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Things to Know About Your Chameleon
*Disclaimer: Not all species of chameleons have the same husbandry requirements and temperaments
Chameleons are generally shy and reserved reptiles. They can be handled but are solitary in nature. Each chameleon's personality can be different within the same species. Chameleons such as veiled chameleons are known to be the most reserved. However, you can handle them; it just takes more patience, time, and trust. Chameleons such as Jackson's and Panthers are known to be more friendly and moderate-tempered but likewise still can be shy and reserved.
*Male Nosy Be Panther Chameleon pictured above
For most chameleons, we recommend a reptibreeze cage! They are arboreal and like to hide, so they need a tall cage with lots of foliage to prevent stress. In addition, they need UVB lighting to thrive. We always recommend a UVB strip light instead of a coil UVB bulb because the lighting spans the entire cage length, so no matter where your chameleon is, they are absorbing enough vitamins. In addition to a UVB light, chameleons also need a basking bulb and dome. To create the perfect basking spots in your cage, we like to use sturdier vines such as bend-a-branch or Moss Vines. To ensure these basking spots don't move, you can zip tie them to the cage. Your chameleon must have enough coverage from vines & leaves from top to bottom to feel comfortable climbing their entire cage and getting proper exercise.
*Male Veiled Chameleon Juvenile pictured above
Unlike many reptiles, chameleons will not have a water bowl because they do not recognize standing water. As you can imagine, however, hydration & humidity are two essential factors in chameleon health. To ensure humidity and a way for your chameleon to drink water, you have to mist! Misting can be done several ways by hand misting with a sprayer or an automatic mister.
*Male Jackson's Chameleon pictured above
Chameleons are insectivores. Although you can catch them munching on plants sometimes, their diet consists solely of insects such as hornworms, dubias, crickets, superworms, and so on!
Their food needs to be dusted with calcium powder daily!
*Male Tamatave Panther Chameleon pictured above
Chameleons are an excellent pet to have; however, they are often recommended for an experienced reptile owner as they are sensitive to their cage conditions and can be very picky, which can cause health concerns.
Common health issues that can occur with chameleons are; MBD (metabolic bone disease), Egg Binding in females, Vitamin Deficiencies, Dehydration, and Respiratory infections. Although some of these issues can be avoided through proper husbandry, sometimes things occur outside our control. We always recommend visiting your local exotic vet for routine check-ups to ensure your chameleon's health!