Veiled Chameleon Care

Chameleons come from a number of places which range from rain forest to desert. They are mainly found in Africa and Madagascar along with other species being found in Asia and Europe. All chameleon species have resemblances. They all have eyes that move independently of each other, moving in 360 degree angles therefore enabling them to see every where at all times. They also have very long retractable tongues that are about 1.5 times their body length.

Their tails are prehensile which means they can grip vines and branches by using it; they are also ideal for balance. They can change their colour pending what mood they may be in or climate. Being mainly green provides them a great camouflage against predators in the tree tops and canopies of the rain forests.

They vary in dimensions based on species. A grown-up Veiled Chameleon would be 35cm-60cm or perhaps an adult Panther Chameleon 30cm-53cm. Their lifespan is between 5-10yrs. The Pigmy Chameleons are smaller between 5cm-10cm and live 3-5yrs. All Chameleons change their colours, in case a male is chasing females it will display bright colours or if they are angry. When keeping a Chameleon as being a pet you should consider their enclosure as well as their environment.

A great reptile vivarium/terrarium should be half or all mesh as they need good ventilation. A good size would be 91cmx61cmx91cm. The greater the better they enjoy space. Chameleons are solitary animals and must be kept on their own. Within your reptile vivarium/terrarium you may need a great deal of climbing branches and plenty of foliage. Plastic plants are ideal the Chameleons enjoy drinking through the leaves after spraying. The climbing areas should cover the vivarium so that they can reach hot and cool regions of the tank. You will need a good UVB light and a basking light.

You will additionally require a thermostat so as to have a constant temperature. You will need to cover the basking lamp so that your Chameleon will not burn itself. A dripper for any water supply is a great idea, spray your Chameleon 2 or 3 times a day. You may also purchase an electrical waterfall as chameleons do not drink from still water but this can be optional as spraying is going to be kfepll as long because it is done daily. Chameleons eat locust cricket’s mealworms along with other insects. You need to use additional minerals and vitamins dust their live food before feeding or add to water supply i.e. water spray or dripper.