Scientific Name: Chamaeleo calyptratus
Lifespan: Up to 8 years
Size: Body:6”-8” Tail:6”-8”
- 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
- 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.
- 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.