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Veiled Chameleon

Scientific Name: Chamaeleo calyptratus
Lifespan: Up to 8 years
Size: Body:6”-8” Tail:6”-8”
Diet:Insectivore
Handling Ease:Good

FOOD

  • A Veiled chameleon hunts solely by sight; they must be fed live (vs. canned) insects. Their diet should consist of:
    • 100% appropriately sized* insects (crickets, mealworms, superworms), fed,daily
  • IMPORTANT:
    • All food should be dusted with calcium powder/vitamin powder (alternating days)
    • *Insect size fed is relative to the animal’s size. Babies and juveniles should be fed ½ grown or smaller crickets as well as mealworms. Adults can be fed large crickets and superworms.

Caging & Environment

  • A minimum of a 20" high tank with screen cover [for babies] OR a screen enclosure [for adults].10 gallon tanks are not recommended because they do not provide the adequate thermal gradient.
  • Reptile Bark substrate
  • 50w Basking Light with fixture (or a light that will provide a basking temperature of 83°- 88°)
  • 5.0 Compact Fluorescent UVB light with fixture
  • Lots of artificial plants/vines (Artificial plants are recommended over live plants, because Veiled chameleons may eat live plant matter and some plants may be toxic when ingested.)
  • A branch or climbing platform
  • Cricket Keeper & Cricket Food
  • Calcium & Vitamin Powders (used alternately)
  • Spray bottle for misting
  • All chameleons should be misted at least twice daily.

Behavior/Handling

  • Veiled chameleons are considered the best pet chameleon due to their hardy nature.
  • Chameleons are best housed individually (even pairs should only be housed together for breeding purposes). Chameleons housed together may stress each other out.
  • Chameleons rarely bite, but may mouth “gape” when feeling threatened.
  • They are highly susceptible to stress, so handling should be kept to a minimum.
  • Chameleons will change color when regulating their temperature, when mating, or when stressed.