Veiled Chameleon Care Sheet

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Chameleons are one of the coolest pets you can have. They have become a popular choice as pets recently. However, chameleons are exotic in nature so keeping them at home is not as easy as it may seem. You have to consider a lot details like its habitat, food, temperature, humidity etc. to keep your colour changing pet healthy and happy.

You have quite wide range of chameleon species to choose from. Some of them are more demanding in terms of maintenance while others are not so much. That’s why it is recommended that you choose a species that is quite easy to maintain. In that aspect, Veiled chameleons are one of the most suitable to be kept home as pets. The reason behind it is that this species is easy to be taken care of and maintain.

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In this article we will cover everything you should know about Veiled chameleon as your reptile pet.

Specialty of Veiled Chameleon (Yemen Chameleon)

Veiled Chameleons are colorful and can be easily recognised by the helmet (casque) on their head. Both males and females have casque on their head. However, females will have smaller casque compared to their male counterparts.

This species is large in size compared to other chameleon species. They are native of Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Veiled Chameleon’s natural habitats include mountain tops, valleys, and plateaus.

They prefer high temperature and humidity. The length range for a male chameleon is 43 to 61 centimeters and female chameleons grow up to 35 centimeters long.

The hatchlings will have pastel green color, which will change gradually to green color with multicolored (yellow, white, orange etc.) stripes and dots.

The lifespan of Veiled Chameleons is 4 to 8 years (up to 5 years for females and 8 years for males). Chameleons captured from the wild often would not be able to adjust to the climate of captivity and hence their lifespan is significantly reduced. So reptile shops started to breed them in captivity and now you can get captivity bred hatchlings from reptile keepers and reputed pet shops. Veiled Chameleons are a good choice for a beginner, because the captivity bred chameleons adjust to the captivity very well.

How to build a habitat for Veiled Chameleon

Once you decide to buy a Veiled Chameleon as your first reptile pet, the next thing you have to do is build its habitat. Bear in mind, Veiled Chameleons cannot be kept in groups. So if you are planning to buy more than one Veiled Chameleon you have to build different enclosures. Keeping them in the same enclosure will give rise to competition among them causing stress and in turn health issues.

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Build an enclosure that has enough air circulation. The best material to make enclosure is mesh screen that will give the needed airflow for your pet. You can keep the hatchlings in a cage with dimensions 16 x 16 x 30 inches. But as the chameleon grows you will have to make a bigger enclosure. Ideal dimensions for a male Veiled Chameleon’s enclosure are 24 x 24 x 48 inches. If you are planning to buy a baby chameleon better start with a smaller cage. Once it reaches the age of 8-10 months move it to a bigger cage.

After you are done with building the enclosure, the next thing that you have to do is to create the environment suitable for your pet inside the cage.

First, decorate your pet’s cage with plants and foliage so that it can hide and perch on. Mix non-toxic plants like Ficus, Pothos, Schefflera, or Hibiscus with artificial plants to give them enough branches to perch and travel. Using non-toxic plants will also help you regulate the temperature and humidity in the chameleon’s habitat. The base of the cage can be covered with paper towel so that you can remove the waste easily.

Veiled Chameleon needs the temperature to be regulated between 24 °C to 35°C. To regulate the temperature you can fix an incandescent bulb that will provide enough heat for your pet’s body temperature regulation.

Veiled chameleons also need UVB for proper calcium absorption and this can be achieved by fitting a fluorescent bulb or tube inside the cage if you cannot provide the sunlight.

Ideal humidity for a Veiled Chameleon would be 60 % to 70%. To regulate humidity in the enclosure you can use a mister. This will also serve as source of hydration (water) for the chameleon. Misting gives the chameleon a feeling of its natural habitat. Setting up a drip system on top of the enclosure that would allow a drop of water to fall on the leaves every few seconds would be a good idea.

Diet and nutrition

All chameleons are fundamentally insectivores and the Veiled Chameleon is no exception. You can give crickets as staple food for Veiled chameleons. You can also include gut-loaded (recently fed) insects, waxworms, and mealworms in the diet. If you are feeding gut-loaded insects make sure you supplement the insects with vitamins and calcium.

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If you have a baby chameleon, you have to make sure that constant food supply is there. You can feed the adult chameleons on alternate days and also provide calcium supplements (sprinkle the food daily) and multivitamin supplements (sprinkle the food once a week).

You can also feed them dark and green leafy vegetables (Ficus leaves, collard greens and Pothos) to keep them healthy. Leftover leaves and vegetables should be removed from the cage after 24 hours.

Advantages and disadvantages

Veiled chameleons can be used as display animals. They are beautiful, striking and adjust to most of the difficult climate conditions. It is very simple to set up the habitat when compared to other species. This characteristic of Veiled chameleon makes it the best choice for a beginner.

You can hold them only for relatively short period of time. If you hold them too long they may get stressed. Also, if you want to hold them make sure you give them the freedom to walk on your arms, shoulders, and head. They tend to go up to your head because they are arboreal and like to stay high.

For a complete step-by-step guide on how to care for your Veiled chameleon and what to consider before you even get one, check out Robert Jone’s “Chameleon Care Guide” at chameleoncareguide.com which is an 83 pages ebook full of detailed information.

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Chameleons as Pets

chameleons as pets 6One of my friends was planning to raise a pet to spice up his otherwise uneventful life. He wanted a pet that was different from what others owned. So, cats and dogs were out of the equation. He also did not have the courage to own a python. So, the choices were filtered based on the uniqueness of the creature and the risk of injury.

Being a close friend of his for years, I decided to help him in finding the right pet. Since his priority was to have an exotic pet that is quite different from what other pet lovers did, we had to do some bit of searching. There began our quest to find an exotic pet that is both tameable as well as fascinating. The thought of having chameleons as pets came up and we did give it due consideration.  So, here I am to share my bit of thoughts on having chameleons as pets.

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Chameleons are solitary animals that belong to the family of lizards. They are quite distinct due to the specialized range of colors they come in, and the ability of some of them to even change their body color according to the environment. Other factors that can allure you to opt for chameleons as pets are their ability to move their independently mobile eyes, curved tail ending, and hunting prowess using their special tongue.

The carvings on their skin and the unique eyebrows are bound to catch the attention of the onlookers. Your chameleon can make you a unique pet owner award winner! While I can go on and on about this admirable creature, let me stick to the core topic of this write-up.

Yes, having chameleons as pets is indeed a wonderful idea, but let me throw a word of caution that this pet is not for casual or inexperienced pet owners. Agreed that they are unique and interesting, but they are not for everyone as they require a good amount of cage space and time to be invested to be kept well.

Apart from the thrill of having chameleons as pets, maintaining chameleons can be quite a difficult task, especially for inexperienced reptile pet owners.  I would advise that if you have not owned a reptile pet earlier, it’s best that you reconsider your decision.

One of the reasons why chameleons are among the most sought after exotic pets is their ability to change colors. The change in color can be due to many reasons. Traditionally, it has been believed that they change color as part of their camouflage so that they can prey on insects in a stealth mode.

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However, recent studies have revealed that the color may also be an indication of their emotional levels. They can be a trigger when the chameleon is excited, under stress, senses a temperature change or even to communicate with its own kind. It has also been revealed that brighter colors are an indication of good mood while the dark ones hint at the reptile being under stress.

pet chameleonChameleons prey on insects. Their favorite insects while in captivity are cricket, silkworms, dubias, hornworms and of course flies. Among the wild species, the larger ones even prey on other lizards and birds!  Their unusually long tongue is one and a half times longer than their overall body length helps them in hunting from a fair bit of distance.

What you cannot expect when you have chameleons as pets is holding them in your hand like a Chihuahua or any other dog. They just are not meant to be cuddled.

You will also have to consider the habitat that your pet chameleon should be subjected to. The factors to be considered include temperature, lighting, and humidity. Before, you build its habitat look for a solitary place where it has privacy. If you have another pet, take caution to ensure that the chameleon is not placed in its vicinity.

If you are a first-time chameleon pet owner it is best that you choose a species that are captive bred and are accustomed to a moderately humid environment. The advantage of bringing in captive bred chameleons as pets is their ability to adapt. Moreover, they are more likely to be healthy and would be less stressed. Check out our chameleon buying guide.

Another interesting aspect you need to consider is that chameleons prefer to live alone – they are solitary creatures. Moreover, having two or more chameleons as pets can cause territorial disputes and competition among them – so go solo. This applies only if you have two male chameleons as pets. Males of the species have longer life spans than the females and are hence mostly preferred.

Most chameleons are not poisonous, at least the ones that are made pets. They are not known to be aggressive. However, situations and the way you handle them can determine their aggression. Forced handling or unwanted handling can make these reptiles nervous. This can result in hissing and biting. Though, their bite is not toxic (at least to humans), it is quite painful. So, if you plan to own chameleons as pets you need to learn to handle them well.

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There are over 150 species of chameleons that have been identified. This gives you a lot of choices to opt from for adoption, but not all chameleons can be domesticated. If you are a first-time reptile owner go for the veiled chameleon, Panther Chameleon, or Jackson’s Chameleon. Just be sure that they are healthy – look for signals mentioned above such as bright colors and reflexes.

To conclude, chameleons as pets is a good choice. Just like any other pet, you need to be really serious about owning it. It is like raising a kid. You need to have time and patience and of course some money too. Do your bit of research before deciding to bring one home and I am sure you would soon realize that you had made a wise choice.

For a complete step-by-step guide on how to care for your pet chameleon and what to consider before you even get one, check out Robert Jone’s “Chameleon Care Guide” at chameleoncareguide.com which is an 83 pages ebook full of detailed information.

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Chameleon Care Sheet

chameleon care sheetIf you are seriously looking for a chameleon care sheet, you have reached your destination. Chameleons are exotic creatures that are quite different from your regular pets. Of course, owning them gives you a sense of pride and brings you that much hyped “Wow” factor among your friends and relatives which great.

However, with the esteem of owning an exotic pet comes the added responsibility of taking great care of them. Unlike other creatures, if the chameleon is not well taken care of it can severely impact its health and life span. So here I am yet again with my simple and minuscule effort on helping chameleon owners take good care of their pets.

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Chameleons are solitary animals that have special needs and thrive in the wild. So, domesticating a chameleon that has been brought from the wild would be an uphill task even for experienced reptile owners. It is best to get in touch with a reputed chameleon breeder to bring your pet home. Captive bred chameleons are best suited as pets due to their ability to adapt and lower stress levels.

Let us take a closer look at the chameleon care sheet.

Species – which one to buy

The chameleon care sheet should differ according to the species. Some are easier to handle while some may need a herculean effort to maintain. So, be sure about the kind of money, time, and effort you are willing to put even before you buy the pet. The cost involved would be for the habitat, food, supplements etc.

Jackson’s chameleon, Veiled Chameleon, and Panther chameleon are the most common ones that are owned as pets. Do your research and get the one that you are confident to raise. Also, consider the lifespan of the species that you are intending to bring up.

Habitat – the dwelling place

Chameleons require specialized habitat. They cannot be just brought home and left along just like a puppy or a kitten. Chameleons have to be kept individually in their own houses!

The size of the enclosure varies depending on the species, age and sex of the reptile. Females are relatively smaller in size and have a shorter lifespan than their male counterparts. It would be ideal to have the biggest cage possible that gives the reptile ample room to move around. Typically, if you consider the length of the chameleon to be X, it is best to have an enclosure that is 2X/3X/3X in dimensions.

A ficus tree that has many branches (both horizontal and vertical) and leaves can give the chameleon a close to home experience in the cage. The bottom of the cage should be covered with newspapers, eco-earth, soil or even tissue papers.

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Chameleons are cold-blooded, so they cannot regulate their body temperature by their own. Hence, your chameleon care sheet should also include installation of a UVB tube or bulbs across the length of the cage. A basking bulb or a heat emitter would complete the habitat. To prevent the chameleon from getting too close to the bulbs make sure that light fixtures are used.

If the environment is not moist enough, your chameleon care sheet should include a dripper, mister, or fogger to supply water and create a humid environment. If you are willing to stretch your budget a bit, you can also install a humidity gauge and thermometer to monitor the humidity and temperature levels of its habitat.

You can attach a food bowl to the branch of the ficus tree or to the side of the cage.

Food and Nutrition – what they eat?

The chameleon care sheet should include food specific for the species that you have brought home. While all chameleons are insectivores, they should also be given a bit of greens to ensure proper health.

Larger chameleons can be fed even a pinkie mouse. For the not so bigger ones food supplies – worms, insects etc. – can be procured from a pet supplies shop.

If your chameleon pet readily eats plant matter, you can feed it with mustard, collard, turnip & dandelion greens, or lettuce. Else, you will have to gut load them. Gut-loaded insects like flies, crickets and mealworms help the chameleon gain nourishment from the food that the insects or worms have eaten.

Supplements – What more?

Just like humans, sometimes the regular food that is served to the reptile does not completely meet the nutritional requirements. Chameleons may need calcium and vitamin D supplements. Do include them in your chameleon care sheet.

However, be careful not to overfeed them with these supplements as then they may prove to be detrimental. You get multivitamins specific for chameleons at local pet supply stores.

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Water – the elixir

Chameleons require water, like all other animals or reptiles. However, you are not supposed to offer them water the way you do it for other pets. Use a mister, dripper, or fogger to create droplets of water on leaves that it can drink. This will ensure that it drinks water in the right quantities and in the way it is used to. So, include the dripper or a similar item in your chameleon care list.

This should end my list in the chameleon care sheet. Besides these, the other thing that you really need to be wary of is not to cuddle this reptile like your dog or cat. They are just not meant to be handled that way. Just leave them in solitude and they will remain active.

Also, do not put more than one male chameleon in the same cage as the competition can raise their stress levels, significantly affecting their health and life span.

For a complete step-by-step guide on how to care for your pet chameleon and what to consider before you even get one, check out Robert Jone’s “Chameleon Care Guide” at chameleoncareguide.com which is an 83 pages ebook full of detailed information.

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Chameleon Habitat

chameleon habitatChameleons are unique and they are arboreal (living in trees and plants). They need a spaced cage and décor with correct temperature and humidity in order to be happy and active. Each species needs different temperature and humidity to survive. I understand that you are excited and are eagerly waiting to bring your pet home. But, did you create a home for your pet yet? Here, let us see what should be considered before setting up a chameleon habitat.

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Type of enclosure

The first thing you have to consider before buying a chameleon cage is the type of the cage. It is recommended that the chameleon cage walls be made of mesh or screen walls. Using plastic or glass for the cage is not recommended unless you have a screened roof. You can even dedicate a part of your house if you have vacant space like a small room or garage space. The mesh or screened walls facilitate the air flow in and out of the cage.

The size of the cage

Once you have sorted out the shape and material, you have to decide on the size of the cage. Chameleons need spacious habitat comparing to other other pets. For the smallest species, the ideal measurement of the cage is 24 x 36 x 36 inches. The bigger you can get the cage the better for your pet. Other than some large species, you can use a cage having the above mentioned dimensions.

Enclosure decorations

As I mentioned before if you can dedicate a room for your pet, you have to decorate the chameleon habitat. If you are buying the enclosure from the store, you get all the accessories with it. Be it a room or the enclosure, a chameleon habitat should contain a plant or tree that give enough space for the chameleon to perch, sleep, and hide. Before keeping the plant inside the chameleon habitat make sure it is clean and is free of pesticides. I am sure you will also check whether the tree or the plant is poisonous because your chameleon is going to nibble on it.

I would like to give you some suggestions on the live plants that you can use in your chameleon habitat. Weeping fig (Ficus benajamina), mulberry, dwarf umbrella tree (Schefflera arboricola), and yucca are commonly used plants.

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Water and food supply

You cannot keep your chameleon pet hydrated in a regular way using a water bowl. They rarely come down and they drink water as drops. To provide proper hydration your chameleon habitat should contain a water dripper. Chameleons drink drops of water dripping from leaves so you have to sprinkle water on the plant kept inside.

For feeding your chameleon you will need a food bowl. The location of the bowl in the cage is also important. Just keep this bowl at your pet’s favorite spot. The food bowl can contain insects or worms. The best option would be clamping the food bowl to the side walls of the cage.

Temperature and lighting

Chameleons needs to be exposed to sunlight and UV rays to keep them healthy. If you are planning to keep them in an isolated room, make sure that there are windows facing east side. By this, your pet chameleon can have a good exposure to the morning sun. To regulate the temperature in the room you can use a cooler or a heater.

If the chameleon is kept in a separate enclosure, you can use basking bulbs (can use Fluorescent UVB bulbs) to regulate the heat. Fix the bulb in the cage where your pet cannot go. The advantage of having these bulbs in the chameleon habitat is that the chameleon can move around the cage to adjust the heat. The area around the bulb will be hotter than the other parts of the cage. You can buy a temperature regulator from any reptile pet shop.

Humidity

Just like the temperature inside the chameleon habitat, you have to adjust also humidity of the enclosure. To have the ideal humidity, you will need to mist the cage. There are many products available for this purpose. You will get this done by using manually spraying or keeping a dripper. If you are not going to be at home all the time you can either use the dripping system or can buy an automatic mister. The automatic cage mister can be set on a timer and need no human intervention.

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Remember the cause for most of the reported losses of captive chameleons is the lack of hydration. It is advised that you have a humidity gauge and thermometer fixed inside the cage so that you can monitor it on a regular basis.

Substrate

Now, let’s look into the flooring of the chameleon habitat. This is actually used to make the cleaning process easy. Your pet’s cage should be clean of debris and other wastes. Use pieces of newspapers or paper towels to cover the cage floor. Some plants come with large pots with the potting soil. You can use those pots also.

Conclusion – The chameleon habitat

Now, you have looked into the different aspects of setting up a chameleon habitat. By now, you would have understood that chameleons are very sensitive to the atmosphere around them. Even a slight change in the temperature and humidity can make them sick. You can get guidance from pet shops and reptile magazines about this. Get ready to bring your chameleon friend home!

For a complete step-by-step guide on how to care for your pet chameleon and what to consider before you even get one, check out Robert Jone’s “Chameleon Care Guide” at http://chameleoncareguide.com

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Types of Chameleons

If you have made the decision to keep a chameleon as a pet, you have to have some knowledge about them. You have to research about their habitat, diet, and types of chameleons available on the market.

Chameleons are a distinctive and specialized clade of lizards and till now 202 species are described by zoologists around the world. However, here we will see types of chameleons that can be bought from pet shops.

Veiled Chameleon (Cone-head chameleon)

types of chameleons - veiled

In the types of chameleons, the veiled chameleon is the most commonly used species. They can be found in Yemen and Saudi Arabia and are also known as Yemen Chameleon.

The male can grow up to 61 centimeters but the female veiled chameleon will not grow more than 35 centimeters. This species has a casque on their head and can grow up to 5 centimeters.

Adult veiled chameleon can have different colors of stripes on green color.

There is also the difference in female and male.

Their lifespan is up to 5 years.

You have to be careful about the temperature in their habitat. The temperature should be around 80 oF and humidity 70%.

Carpet Chameleon

types of chameleons - carpetThis chameleon species that is small in size (17 to 25 centimeters) is a native of Madagascar. They are known for adjusting to robust conditions and are ideal to keep as pet chameleon.

The ideal temperature and humidity for these types of chameleons are 75 oF and 65%.

They have a short lifespan of 2 to 3 years.

They can change colors and they start the day with dark colors to warm their body.

Fischer’s Chameleon

types of chameleons - fischer'sAmong the types of chameleons that can be kept as pets, Fischer’s chameleon is a good choice. This species is endemic (unique habitat) to Tanzania.

These chameleons need special care, so if you are buying a chameleon for the first time opt for another species. These are very rare and you may not get these in all pet shops.

Fischer’s Chameleon can grow up to 38 centimeters long.

Ideal temperature is 75 oF.

Keeping humidity in between 75% to 85% will make the atmosphere perfect for this type.

Jackson’s Chameleon

types of chameleons - jackson's Another species of chameleon that is commonly used as a pet. Originally they are native of East Africa and also found in Hawaii.

These types of chameleons are also known as three-horned chameleons because they have three horns on their head. Just like the veiled chameleon, Jackson’s chameleon is also a great choice for a beginner.

These will grow up to 33 centimeters long and have a longer lifespan when compared to some of the other chameleons (8 years).

They need a humidity of around 65% and the temperature range is 75 to 80 oF.

Pygmy Chameleon

types of chameleons - pygmyA unique species in the types of chameleons that can be kept as pets. They are the smallest of pet chameleons which grow only up to 7 centimeters long.

The unique nature of these chameleons is that you can keep more than one chameleon in a cage. You can keep one male and two females in a cage without them causing any problems.

They resemble a leaf that is on a branch.

Panther Chameleon

types of chameleons - pantherJust like the other common types of chameleons (Veiled and Jackson’s) that are kept as pet, the panther chameleons are also easy to maintain. This species can become a great pet for the beginner.

Panther chameleons are native of eastern and northern parts of Madagascar. They are considered as the most colorful species and color can vary from red, blue, yellow, orange, and green.

The maximum length they can attain in a life span is 51 centimeters and can live up to 5 to 7 years.

The temperature should be around 80 oF and humidity should be around 70%.

Oustalet’s Chameleon (Malagasy giant chameleon)

types of chameleons - oustalet’s Oustalet’s chameleons are considered as the largest chameleon species and are endemic species of Madagascar.

They can grow up to 76 centimeters long and can live up to 12 years.

The ideal habitat of these types of chameleons should have a temperature of 80 oF and the relative humidity should be around 70%.

Meller’s Chameleon

types of chameleons - meller'sThese types of chameleons are found in East Africa. They are also known as Giant one-horned chameleon.

The Meller’s Chameleons need a temperature of 80 oF and the humidity level should be 70%.

They have a lifespan of 12 years.

There are reports saying that Meller’s chameleons can reach up to 76 centimeters in length and are a good competition to Oustalet’s Chameleon.

They are known for their aggressive nature and are not a good choice as pets if you do not have experience.

Four-Horned Chameleon (Cameroon bearded chameleons)

types of chameleon - four hornedJust like the name depicts, these chameleons have four horns. They can grow up to 36 centimeters and have a life span of 5 years.

These chameleons can be healthy in a habitat with high humidity (85%) and a temperature of 75 oF.

Although they can be found in Cameroon, Africa, this type of chameleons like cool weather. If you do not have experience, I will not suggest this species as a pet chameleon.

Senegal Chameleon

types of chameleons - senegalAmong the types of chameleons that can be kept as pets, Senegal chameleon is also included. Their natural habitat is in West Africa (Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali etc.).

Contrary to other species, male Senegal chameleons are usually smaller than females. They can grow up to 30 centimeters and have olive brown color.
Above are the types of chameleons you can consider while searching for a pet chameleon. The temperature that I have mentioned for each species is the daytime temperature.

Consider your experience, budget and nature of habitat before buying a chameleon as a pet for yourself. If you have experience you can buy any of these species and if you do not have much experience, buy a species like veiled, Jackson’s or Panther.

For a complete step-by-step guide on how to care for your pet chameleon and what to consider before you even get one, check out Robert Jone’s “Chameleon Care Guide” at http://chameleoncareguide.com

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How to Buy a Chameleon

how to buy a chameleonChameleons are part of lizard family and are unique. If you can take care of them properly they make great pets. But there are so many facts you have to consider you buy a pet chameleon. You cannot just go to a pet shop and buy one. Things like chameleon species, where you should buy, budget, and how to buy a chameleon are the important facts you have to consider. So, how to buy a chameleon? Let us look into the facts.

Are you ready to have a chameleon as pet?

The most important question you have to ask yourself before searching for a chameleon pet is, are you ready to own a chameleon? To answer this question you have to first calculate the cost and then think about the budget you have.

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Also, the temperature and humidity of the enclosure should be checked on a daily basis. So, do you have enough time to spend with your pet? If you are getting a positive response in your mind you can go ahead with the next point of the guide how to buy a chameleon.

Wild caught or captive bred chameleon?

The next thing you have to consider is to buy a captive bred chameleon or a wild caught one. I would suggest you to buy a captive bred chameleon, not the wild caught one.

The reason behind this is that the wild caught chameleons will be under great stress because you capture it from its natural habitat and ship it. All this may worsen the health of the chameleon and will make them more aggressive than captive bred chameleons.

What chameleon species to buy?

Before thinking about how to buy a chameleon, you have to first decide on what species you want to buy. If you are going to buy a chameleon for the first time, choose a species that is easy to maintain and take care of.

Let me remind you reptiles are not easy to maintain and chameleons may not be a good choice for a beginner. But if you are confident enough, buy a species like veiled chameleon.

Where to buy a chameleon?

Once you have decided the budget, type and species you have to look for a pet shop or breeding center that is closer to you. Get information about reputed reptile breeder or pet shop. You can get this information from reptile magazines or veterinary doctors who are specialized in exotic reptiles.

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To make sure that you do not get a sick chameleon avoid buying through online stores.

Is the chameleon healthy?

Whenever you buy something you will check all the aspects of the product to make sure that you get a quality product. Same goes with chameleons. You have to check whether the chameleon that you are buying is healthy.

Straight limbs indicate that the chameleon does not have any bone diseases. Other things you have to check are whether the chameleon is able to grip on branches. Does it have bright alert eyes? Does it have a bright color and have a clear skin?

The chameleon’s eyes will be always alert in the daytime and if it the chameleon keeps the eyes closed most of the time it may be sick.

A dark-colored skin also can be an indication of the ill health of the chameleon.

Make sure you buy a young chameleon so that you can keep it for a long time as a pet.

Building the habitat

Before bringing your pet chameleon home don’t forget to make sure the habitat is set and ready for it.

Chameleons are very sensitive and need to be treated in a special way. So the habitat has to meet certain requirements.

Make sure the cage has enough space. A vivarium can be ideal for it. The enclosure should contain enough branches. It also should be tall enough because chameleons like to rest on branches. You can search for an ideal cage in your local pet shop or on amazon.com.

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What Do Chameleons Eat?

what do chameleons eat

If you want to have a pet chameleon and you have the question – what do chameleons eat? – this article will help you. Chameleons, the exotic members of lizard species, are kept as pets these days and if you are planning to keep one you should know about their diet.

In the natural habitat, chameleons can survive (eat) by their instinct. But if it is a pet you should also know what should not be fed to your pet. A wrong choice of food can be catastrophic. Chameleons are solitary creatures and they should not be fed the same way you would feed your German shepherd. Here I am trying to help you out with some ideas on what can be given to a pet chameleon.

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Insects

Chameleons are generally known as insectivores – carnivorous by nature. Depending upon the size and type of the chameleon the type of insects can be different. But, most of the chameleons eat grasshoppers, crickets, silkworms, flies, and cicadas.

If you want to get a proper answer to the question what do chameleons eat you will have to consult your pet shop and get to know the species based information. For example, veiled chameleon prefers crickets more than any other insects.

When you feed your pet with insects make sure the number does not exceed than what is given in the diet chart. Because even though the insects are small they are filled with fat and hence overfeeding the chameleon is not a wise decision. You can also get gut-loaded insects (insects fed with nutrients) from pet shops.

Insects like house flies, beetles, and katydids are also favorite food for chameleon. It is not easy to catch these insects at home and feed your pet. Not only that, you have the risk of poisoning your pet with pesticides. So you have to depend up on the pet shops that supply these.

Worms

Just like insects, worms are also part of chameleon’s diet. You also can get worms from pet shops. Meal worms, earth worms, wax worms, and silk worms are the most commonly provided food for chameleons and will be readily available in pet shops. You may have to order some of these separately if they are not available in the shops.

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Supplements

While we’ve been discussing about what do chameleons eat, we missed about the quality of their food to meet the dietary requirements. Though you may feed the chameleons a regular dose of healthy food containing insects and worms, at times you may have to give them supplements of calcium and phosphorus.

Typically, chameleons need calcium to phosphorus ratio of 2:1. However, if the habitat of the chameleon is equipped with UVB lighting, you can reduce the calcium supplement.

Plants

Although insects is the main food of chameleons, they also take the occasional bites of leaves. Veiled Chameleons are known for their keenness to have leafy greens such as mustard greens, collard greens, and dandelion greens included in their diet.

If your pet chameleon is not having greens, you can try the method called gut loading. Feed the insects with healthy food like collard, rolled oats, melons, crushed bean, spinach or sweet potatoes before subsequently feeding them to the chameleon. This way he stands to benefit from the food that the prey insects have eaten.

Mice

What do chameleons eat other than insects and worms? Mice. While it is realistically impossible for smaller chameleons to guzzle down a mouse, larger ones can have an occasional pinkie mouse as a feast! Just be sure that the size is something that the chameleon can handle!

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Water

Along with the question what do chameleons eat, you should also have some knowledge about the water drinking nature of these pets. All animals need to keep their body hydrated and water is the one thing that is common for all.

But there are some know-hows while giving water to your pet chameleon. Most important fact is that they prefer water as drops. That too, you may have to give your pet a feeling that the water drops are from leaves or other things that are there in your pet’s habitat. You can use a steamer, or a dripper or a container that has tube and valve to spray the water onto the leaves which will form into drops. More on this you can find in our care sheet.

Feeding a chameleon in captivity is not an easy task. You will have to be really committed to continue feeding it so that it gets the best diet in the best conditions that it deserves.

Sometimes, even the ambience can influence its eating habits. While most of the items in the diet of the chameleon can be obtained from a nearby pet supplies shop, if you have to go a little bit farther or order any of the not so easy to get ones online, please do. After all you are raising a unique pet – that has unique needs!

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10 Interesting Chameleon Facts

chameleon factsChameleons are exotic reptiles and have been catching the imagination of pet lovers for quite some time. Humans have been fascinated by the uncommon features of the chameleon that they’ve decided to domesticate it against all odds. Let’s take a look at some of the top chameleon facts that will allure you further. After reading this article, you will be able to appreciate the fascination that chameleon lovers have for this reptile. Without any further delay, let me present you the top chameleon facts.

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Chameleon eyes are independent

Yes, you read that right. Each eye of the chameleon can move independently and hence view objects separately. The chameleon has unique pairs of eyes among reptiles. They have a 360-degree wide view arc of vision and are capable of seeing two directions at the same instance. Out of all the chameleon facts this one impresses me the most. When they lock down their vision on any object (let’s say a prey), both eyes are brought to focus offering a sharp stereoscopic vision. This gives them the ability to precisely gauge the distance and plan on the next move.

Chameleons can change their color

For many people who are familiar with chameleons, this could be the most interesting chameleon fact. While the majority of the species can change their body color from brown to green and vice versa, there are quite a few that can change to almost any color. Thanks to the presence of pigmented cells called chromatophores underneath their outer skin, chameleons can change to a different color in just about 20 seconds.

Typically, the top layers of the chromatophores have either a yellow or red pigment while the lower ones have white or blue pigments. These four colors combine to give the chameleon the color it desires. While it was believed for long that this camouflage feature helps the animal to avoid detection in a hostile environment or while stalking its prey. However, recent studies have proved that the color change is due to variation in mood, temperature, and light.

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Chameleons come in different sizes

There is a huge variation in the size of the chameleons between different species and sub-species. This should be one of the most surprising chameleon facts – the smallest chameleon is as small as 0.6 inches long while the largest one is about 30 inches long. You are looking at a reptile that can be too small to hold at the tip of your finger or large enough to be able to devour a mouse, other lizards, and small birds. You should definitely consider this before buying a chameleon to your home.

Ultraviolet vision

Chameleons are blessed with vision in both the visible spectrum (as humans do) and also in ultraviolet light. In fact, when exposed to ultraviolet light chameleons are known to exhibit higher activity levels, an inclination to eat, reproduce, and increased social behavior.

Chameleons are literally deaf

Chameleons do not have ears! So they are literally deaf, but not completely. Much similar to the snakes, they can detect sound in the frequency range of 200-600 Hz. Among the chameleon facts, this one is especially fascinating because it speaks volumes about the hunting prowess of the reptile, given the limitations.

Long tongue

Chameleons catch their prey by ballistically shooting their long tongue from a distance. The chameleon is blessed with a long tongue that is as long as 1.5 to 2 times its body length. This is one of the amazing chameleon facts, as this can put its bigger counterparts in the reptile world to shame! The pace at which the chameleon hits its prey is also worth mentioning. It is done in as little as 0.07 seconds. The acceleration of the tongue touches as high as 60 mph. This hunting prowess can make it one of the best predators in the animal or reptile kingdom!

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Great feet

The feet of the chameleon are tailor made for movement in plants and trees. Each foot is equipped with 5 toes grouped into a flattened section giving them a tong-like look. This special foot helps the reptile grip firmly on rough and narrow branches. The claw on each toe helps it grip on surfaces while climbing. Chameleons also use their long tail when moving in the trees to secure their position and balance their body weight.

Males are more good-looking

Male chameleons are more ornamental than their female counterparts. They have a horn-like projection or nasal protrusion or even large crest on the top of their head giving them a very attractive look. Here, it’s the male that scores in the looks department!

Males live longer

Across the species of chameleons, the males tend to live longer than the females. This chameleon fact has been a subject of intense studies. Besides, males are longer than the females also in size.

Young chameleons are independent

Chameleons are quite independent right from the moment they are born. They look like scaled down version of the adults!

For a complete step-by-step guide on how to care for your pet chameleon and what to consider before you even get one, check out Robert Jone’s “Chameleon Care Guide” at http://chameleoncareguide.com

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