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March 23, 2005

My chameleon is an idiot

So I'm wanting to take a video of my chameleon as she goes after and eats some food. She missed the food, possibly in part because of this smooth move (the video is shot through mesh, accounting for some of the blur):

Veiled chameleon falls

That was from over 5 feet above ground.

About 3 minutes after that fall, and as I'm transferring the video to the computer, I hear the sound of paper crinkling within the pen. I turn and see the chameleon walking down a brown paper lunch bag that I have hanging on from the side of the mesh. The bag had crickets in it and a little hole in one corner so that they'd have a way to get out. I put this bag in there realizing that the chameleon would not be able to grip it and, therefore (I thought), the chameleon wouldn't even attempt to walk on it (my previous chameleon would never have tried such a thing). But the chameleon I have now was walking on it, losing its grip, and sliding bit by bit down the bag. I held my breath until it managed to get a grip on a plant. She likely would not have survived the fall.

Posted by Jeff at March 23, 2005 05:59 PM


They sound like great creatures. Do they bond with humans?

It may be the firewall at work but the video has sound but no picture.

Posted by: kenny at March 24, 2005 05:19 AM

I have to imagine that it's a firewall issue. Can you watch other videos?

If you were using Mozilla (Firefox, for example), you'd see a 2 MB animated gif instead of an .avi file, so you'd get no sound.

Posted by: Jeff at March 24, 2005 08:04 AM

Yup. Got it. It must have been the firewall at the office. It plays fine on Jellicopter's (Helen) PC. :)

So, do they answer to their names or stuff? Lol. Only kidding.

I'd like to keep a snake or two, but I have to admit to being a needy human being and would want more attention/interaction from my pet.

I miss Solar and Ishi (the cockatiels).

Great post, btw. Like the vid.

Posted by: kenny at March 25, 2005 12:41 PM

that is SO funny!

Posted by: Krista at March 25, 2005 09:57 PM

I missed the "do they bond with humans" question.

Answer: I'm pretty sure that they do not. I'm skeptical that any lizard would, or could (though some iguanas sometimes make me wonder). Cats, dogs, birds...those are pets. Other captive animals are called "inmates".

Posted by: Jeff at March 28, 2005 02:06 AM

So you're less a pet owner and more of a jailer...? ;-)

Posted by: kenny at April 1, 2005 08:59 AM

I've been considering "Fido" as the chameleon's name...'cept that it's a girl, and that doesn't sound like much of a girl's name.

Posted by: Jeff at April 4, 2005 05:22 AM

what do the chameleons colours mean?

Posted by: danielle at August 19, 2005 05:40 PM

i am lookin to get a chameleon but im 15 and wondering if i would beable to cope with all the temp changes and things! also i am very confused with the 135 different types you are able to get! like there are 20 inch ones and 4 to 6 inch ones even 1 inch ones!

what i would like is a small one bout 4 to 6 inch with a large range of coulor, but doesnt need a very large pen! is that possible, basicly like a begginers one were you can get use to changeing the temp but if i do something rong it would not affect it magerly! is that posible?

just i have always loved chameleons

Posted by: ashley at August 22, 2005 02:45 PM

What kind of plant do you have in your reptarium?

Posted by: Karley at August 22, 2005 05:00 PM

i'm 16 and ive been looking at chameleons for a while and have done a lot of research. what i really wanted was an amilobe panther chameleon - but those are so expensive. today i went out and bought a veiled chameleon baby. im not really sure whether its male or female though ... i know about the tarsal spur on the hind legs of males - which my chameleon does not seem to have ( do they take a while to grow or are they there from the time of hatching? ) - but its other characteristics seem male ( such as its thin appearance ). is there any other prominent difference between males and females when they are young?

Posted by: carrie at August 30, 2005 08:53 PM

Hi, Jeff.

Your information on the veiled chameleons has been very helpful. We just took over caring for a very sick chameleon who was eggbound and now, apparently, has a fractured back leg due to bone disease. The vet we've taken her to seems to think giving her supplements and so forth will make her "healthy" again, which seems impossible given the state she's in (broken leg, sleeping during the day, etc). What is your opinion of euthanizing the chameleon? Have you seen a chameleon this affected revive?

Posted by: Charlie at September 6, 2005 02:09 PM

I've not seen such things personally, but I have read of them. They are not uncommon. Of course it also depends upon just how far gone it is. My first chameleon, as you may have read elsewhere, had the same problem and it died - quite miserably. With 20/20 hindsight, I'd have euthanized it (probably using carbon monoxide from a car tailpipe). My vet even told me that he didn't think it'd survive, but that he wanted me to do everything that I could to make it survive. I suppose it's just a judgment call.

Posted by: Jeff at September 6, 2005 11:17 PM

My sons just got a chameleon and one of them accidentally put the cage lid down on the chameleon's leg and left it like that overnight. Now it's limping and having a hard time walking.
Does anyone know about chameleon bone-breaks? Can it heal or is it a goner? Any info would be appreciated!! The kids are heart-broken (and one is feeling very guilty).

Posted by: Rachel at September 8, 2005 05:51 AM

i just got a veiled chameleon only 7 weeks old and what i would like to know if it is a male or female it might or might not have the spur but i dont like to stress it out by picking it up cuz u arent supposed to but is there any way of telling what it is without the trouble of picking it up?

Posted by: Dustin at January 4, 2006 02:28 PM

@Dustin: My suggestion is that if you think that you have to pick it up to look for the spur, then there isn't a spur there to see. It should be easily visible without disturbing the chameleon.

Posted by: Jeff at January 4, 2006 04:28 PM

hi, i have a 5 month old female chameleon and she has gone fat in a short time. she has one small blue spot at the back of her front left leg and yellow stripes on her head and body, the rest is green also she has not eaten anything for about 5 days now. the pet shop has told me she will be ready for laying eggs and told me to put some childrens play sand on one half of the viv. i have done what they have said and shes been eating the sand. when she poo's only sand is coming out of her behind and she looks like shes struggling. i have brown crickets, locust and wax worms in the viv to give her a range of foods to try and get her to eat but shes not. she can climb but struggles she looks like shes weak. i have been misting her and shes drinking very well, i have a little fountain and she drinks from there. can you give me some advice and your opinion about this. i am confused because all the web site care sheets say different things. Cheers

Posted by: toast at February 4, 2006 10:29 AM

I have a female vailed for about 2 weeks and woke up this morning to discover a red sack hanging out of her rectum area, I was wondering if anyone knew what it is thanks

Posted by: Drew at March 8, 2006 09:08 AM

Ya vieleds are cool and your chameleon wins the
smoothest move of the day award.

Posted by: Ethan at March 20, 2006 08:11 PM

your chameleon is in perfect company

Posted by: fletch at March 28, 2006 12:10 PM

@fletch: That was good.

Posted by: Jeff at March 28, 2006 04:21 PM

I just got a female Senegal Chameleon and I've noticed that she often seems to turn a yellow color when handled, and is mainly brown when in her cage. She's sleeping on my hand right now and is a vibrant yellow! Does her color reflect her mood?

Posted by: onua19nuvok at March 29, 2006 06:49 PM

I just got 2 chameleons one male and one female.The male is okay but the female is always light or dark brown.Is it because it is sick or scared?I been hering that she is weak,should i take her to some doctor?she has been eating good.She ate 2 crikets when i fed her yesterday.I just put some more in there this morning.

Posted by: tamar at March 31, 2006 12:31 PM

I just got 2 chameleons one male and one female.The male is okay but the female is always light or dark brown.Is it because it is sick or scared?I been hering that she is weak,should i take her to some doctor?she has been eating good.She ate 2 crikets when i fed her yesterday.I just put some more in there this morning.

Posted by: tamar at March 31, 2006 12:32 PM

my female is a baby still. do i still put out sand.how does there eggs look like.do you need a light in there.male and female are together.

Posted by: tamar at March 31, 2006 12:39 PM

Can someone please help me? I have 2 veils. 1 female and 1 male. M y female is dying, she wont move and can barely open her eyes. Is there something i can do for her? Is she egg bound? She has no blue spots. I just got the male about 1 week ago, and he is a little smaller than her. She is about 4 months old at most. Any ideas wgat i can do or what caused this?

Posted by: Shantel at April 28, 2006 09:47 PM

im thinking of getting a chameleon and i was just wondering if veiled chameleons like to be held. just hoping you could answer this.

Posted by: falina at May 23, 2006 08:45 PM

I bought a veiled chameleon today, on the way home he was mostly bright green stripes with brown and orange markings, but since home and I noticed at the store his coloration was rather dull. Was he stressed in the car or at the store or both? What is "normal" coloration? He is approx 1 yr old

Posted by: Josh at May 27, 2006 05:17 PM

I just bought my boyfriend a veiled chameleon and we know it is a female and are trying to name her. any suggestions?

Posted by: paige at June 3, 2006 05:00 PM

My Veiled Chameleon is about 5 mounths old she has been doing realy good till now I think she is egg bound and I have done eveything I can think of to do she is not eating unless I make her , but she is still drinking. I made her a nest but not interested why can you help me?

Posted by: Carletta at July 22, 2006 02:23 PM

is the veiled chameleon really mean ... and can you hold it a lot without it hurting you. also do they stay small... i dont like the chunky fat ugly chameleons.

Posted by: Breanna And Megan at July 26, 2006 12:57 PM

Question: I have a male veiled chameleon about 1 year old. he was fine crawling all over the place last week with nice coloration. This week he has been staying at the bottom of the tank pale and lethargic, and not really using his front legs. His color gets darker when he gets active. What is wrong with him?

Oh, when he first started acting this way he had managed to grip both front legs with his back legs in a vice-like grip it took me over 5 minutes to undo them.

Posted by: A W at July 28, 2006 12:31 AM

What fall? I can't enjoy the whole thing, if i don't know what is going on in the beginning! I am probably younger than you, but i still know how to enjoy a good story,or small bit of information! And what movie? If you found the thing while you were making it,then how could you of made the movie shown above before you saw it?

Posted by: Danielle at August 9, 2006 05:33 PM

I'm a new Cham hobbyist. I've purchased a healthy 2 month old male Panther Chameleon just this week. It drinks normally and moves around plenty, the thing that bothers me greatly is that my Cham doesn't seem to be eating. I've released free running bite sized crickets n mealworms, along with a feeding cup.It's enclosure is well ventilated and heated. It has been amost a week now, since i've seen him eat or pooped. Please advise me at stymie23@yahoo.com

Posted by: Joe at September 11, 2006 04:16 AM

i got a veiled chameleon 2 days ago and when i brought him home, he was bright green, but now the only color he is is brown. i thought they changed color due to heat and environment? is this the case? if so, why wont he change on the leaves?

Posted by: andrew at September 17, 2006 01:48 PM

Many species of Chameleons will use their color changing abilities to also reflect mood, not just to change their body temperature. Darker, drabber colors usually mean that they are in some way, upset. Brighter colors often mean that they are happy.

Also, the vast majority of Chameleons need UVB and UVA, so reptile lights are esential. Without this, and the proper calcium suppliments, they will get MBD and will die, or at the very least, be paralized.

As for the people who appear to be having trouble with their Chameleons, I have to ask - What is your tank temperature? Humidity? Do you have a reptile bulb and what strength? What do you feed your Chameleon and what suppliments do you use?

Female chameleons tend to have problems laying their eggs if they are severely overfed, and also if they are lacking the proper calcium in their diet. They absolutely need more calcium than the males - as they do lay eggs.

Also, someone asked about Veileds. They are one of the larger species, with males reaching 24", females usually max out around 14". They are real beauties with a good old bold temperament, and they are quite adaptable to most tank setups, though they need near desert temperatures, with good access to moving water.

You need to give any chameleon time to get used to you, before they like being handled, but now, after teaching all mine the joys of hand feeding, they just about jump on me when I open the terrarium. They can be very friendly and very loving, especially if they believe that they are being a 'good boy' (repeat these words when they do something you apprecaite, and give them a little treat like a cricket or a mealworm as an incentive).

Also, lizards DO bond with people. Often better than animals such as cats, or small mammals. Much, much better - and also, a heck of a lot cleaner. And yes, they will learn to respond to their names - you just have to be vocal around them. They will not talk like birds, but they will come running when they see you.

Posted by: Amber at September 20, 2006 12:59 AM

Oh, and on a side note. . .I have seen Chameleons survive falls over seven feet high. They are a tree lizard, afterall.

Posted by: Amber at September 20, 2006 06:17 PM

It is not true that a Veiled Chameleon will ever bond with you. They can get used to being around people and they will walk up on your hand. They get stressed extremely easily (that´s usually when they change into brighter colors), and they are best off left alone in their cage. They are great and fascinating pets to observe but if you are looking for a "friend" or someone to sleep in your bed with you a Veiled is not the pet for u.
Its alot of work to care for a chameleon and usually theyjust hiss back at youeven though you just spent hours and all your money on them!! Great pets for what they are though..

Posted by: Rockfist at October 3, 2006 12:50 AM

I am looking to buy a Male Veiled sub adult. I would like to find a Turquoise one. I have the whole set up waiting and would like to get one by the first of the year. If anyone knows of a breader that breads for the blue phase please contact me. thank you

Posted by: Stacey at October 9, 2006 07:44 PM

I have a 4 month old female veiled chameleon. Her name is Camille and I've had her for about 3 months. A couple weeks ago she started sleeping all day and inflating the skin around her eyes with air making them 5 times their normal size. I took her to the vet and he said that there seems to be nothing wrong with her eyes that she is doing it because of another problem that is not visible yet. He gave me some antibiotic ointment to give to her orally and I have been giving it to her but it seems not to work. It's been 2 weeks and she still sleeps half of the day and there are purplish rings around the base of her eye skin now. Other than that shes been eating and drinking normally as well as pooping. If anyone knows what might be wrong send me an email at rileysmurf@yahoo.com with chameleon in the subject line. I'd really appreciate any and all help I can get. Thanks.

Posted by: Nicole at October 27, 2006 01:32 PM

Veiled Chameleons can and do bond with humans. My 4 year old male is a regular cuddle bunny. If left on the floor to explore he will nose around for a bit then walk over to either my wife or myself, walk up our pant legs, up to our shoulders and hunker down. A real treat for him is if when he is on the shoulder or in our lap he loves having his shoulders lightly massaged, just like a cat or a dog. So what we seem to have is a green fur ball. He is also smart enough to know where his home is. When he's ready to call it a day he will walk over to his terrarium, walk up the power line and then wait at the door till we let him in. Chameleons are smart and can become very affectionate if they are handled a lot from the time when they are very young.

Posted by: Hart at November 15, 2006 04:29 PM

I agree fully! I have a Male and his name is casanova. He is my little 'love bug". As soon as I open his tank he practically is running to me. He goes right up my arm to my shoulder and stays there. When I try to put him back he grabs my wrist with his tail tightly and grabs me tightly with his feet. He loves nothing more then to be out with me. He is a major lover....especially at night. During the day he just wants to climb and play. I love him very much and we are very attatched to eachother I feel. So I agree...chameleons can get attached to their owners!

Posted by: Kristen Atkinson at November 29, 2006 09:33 PM

my chameleon name is rainbow. she is not eating or drinking is she sick? shes brown all the time. we give her water,worms and a lot more stuff. but she wont eat or drink. what do i do? shes a baby still. does she need a male? she hase'nt been eating in a long time. she is on the ground of the cage all the time. im scared. what do i do?help pls!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: tanja at December 2, 2006 08:23 PM

I just got my chameleon 2 days ago and it still acts like its terrified of me. what can I do to make it trust me?

Posted by: sara at December 28, 2006 06:49 PM

does any one no why my chameleon is stay at the bottom of it mesh cage it goes up to the top then goes back down i think somthing is rong can any one tell me whats rong please i would really appreciate the info.

Posted by: barry at January 1, 2007 05:08 PM

Barry, how old is you Chameleon?

Posted by: Cassie at January 23, 2007 06:02 PM

How old do Veiled Chameleons have to be to mate. Mine is only about a month or so old.

Posted by: Heno at January 28, 2007 07:13 PM

Hi i dont remember how i found this but maybe u can help my boy is wanting to get rid of his chameleon ( veiled) ummmmm........... know anyone who might want 1

Posted by: NEED TO GET RID OF THIS THING at January 30, 2007 06:31 PM

My chameleon just did something that sounded and looked like a sneeze, does anyone have any idea of what could have caused it? or what it was?

Posted by: Elissa at February 5, 2007 09:38 PM

I actually found a chameleon (veiled I believe) on my doorstep a week ago. I live in a huge apartment complex in So. Cal. I reported him and nobody has claimed him. Anyways I got a mesh cage for him with branches, a real plant, lights, a drip system, heat rock, and I feed him tiny crickets and mealworms. My concern is that he has only climbed twice since I've had him; he spends most his time struggling on the bottom. He eats right away when I put stuff in there, and I have seen him drinking. I know they are slow moving reptiles but the babies I saw in the pet store are far more active then this one. Moving around looks so hard for him. Not even sure what sex it is but I just need help! reply to this or email me at telljess@gmail.com Thanks!

Posted by: Jessica at February 6, 2007 04:10 PM

today i got my vary first veiled chameleon its a girl, what is a good name for her?

Posted by: Kevin at February 16, 2007 12:27 PM

I have a baby veiled. I don't know if it is a boy or a girl. I have had her for about 7 weeks and she has been doing great. I was really excited the other day because I realized she was shedding her skin for the first time but then the next day, one of her hind legs looked twisted and it was wrapped around her body holding on to her other hind leg. She won't let me hold (she keeps opening her mouth, like hissing, or trying to bite). She has done this with her leg before but as soon as I picked her up, it went back to normal. It has been like this now for almost 24 hours. I am really nervous and I don't know what to do for her. She also seems to be having trouble climbing which she normally doesn with no problem. Can anyone help? Has anyone ever seen this happen before? She couldn't have fallen very far if that is what happened.

Posted by: Danielle at February 23, 2007 08:56 AM

My friend just called me freaking out. She has one of these lizards and it and her cat had abit of a stand off and the cat took a chunk out of the lizards tongue. My friend is very upset, we live very rural and it's the weekend so there are no vets to access. Is her wierd pet gonna die?

Posted by: min at March 2, 2007 09:57 PM

I just got a male veiled chameleon and its making a hissing sound is that alright or is there something wrong with him.

Posted by: daniel at March 8, 2007 05:02 PM

i just got a beby senegal chameleon...and i love it soo much that i am going to buy another chameleon...any suggestions on the best chameleon to buy??? and i also would like the names of a few chameleon breeders that are really good and trustworthy!!! any suggestions??

Posted by: jake at April 17, 2007 02:37 PM

I think my chameleon is dehydrated. I have a dripper and I spray his cage 3 times a day. Any other sugesstion for moisture and for helping him get better?

Posted by: Brian at May 8, 2007 07:21 AM

Me and my chap are getting our little veiled chameleon on Saturday (can’t wait) anyway, we have been living and breathing chameleon’s for the past two weeks trying to find out everything there is to know about the little critters as we’re pretty much virgins when it comes to reptiles.

Anyway, I think we know quite allot about them now but one thing I have read quite allot is that the veiled chameleons especially the males, when fully grown get a very aggressive behaviour. What exactly do they do that’s aggressive? Do they bite, scratch hurt you in some way? It’s my main worry at the moment and one that’s not clear on any sites?

Further with that question, are they definitely going to get aggressive behaviour or with enough t.l.c. and attention will they become a friendly house member?


Posted by: vicki at May 21, 2007 07:14 AM

my baby male veiled chameleon has mostly been brown. we take him outside and put him in a tree he turns a pale green but as soon as we get back in a lil later he is back to brown even in his cage is there something wrong with him or is he just brown

Posted by: robert at May 25, 2007 02:51 PM

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I do have a question though. I'm an amateur breeder of veiled chameleons. However, i've been looking into this "blue phase" thing. I've seen an image of a male veiled in blue phase and its extrodinary how they look. I continue to research this, but any info is appreciated.

Posted by: Ash at June 12, 2007 09:23 PM

my veiled is about a year old and has proper lighting and i use dust on the crickets i feed him. a few days ago he started to not use his front leg it dosent look broke and he can move it if he has to. what are the other symptoms of a broken bone. and what do i do if anything. will it heal on its own.
also he sometimes coughs? its like a little sneeze sound.

thank you for the site

Posted by: daniel at June 14, 2007 06:40 AM

HELP PLEASE!!! Hi my name is David I bought two baby veiled chameleons yesterday and only one has eaten but the other one stays on the floor with its eyes closed. I take them outside in the sun and spray them and they become alive or happy, but I bring them back in and they become sleepy. Why is this happening I don't want them to die. They are 3 weeks old. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!! THanks

Posted by: David at June 15, 2007 07:08 PM

what kind of plant is the chameleon climbing on in the video?

Posted by: brandon at June 22, 2007 03:11 PM

Dear David,
I don't know much but you need to ask a
vet or search it on the internet.

Posted by: Kain at June 22, 2007 10:07 PM

I have a 7 month old Veil. She has always been a healthy eater up until yesterday. Now she is not eating anything. She has also turned black and won't change back to green, like she used to do. Are these classic signs of illness? Thanks for any feedback.

Posted by: Jen at July 8, 2007 12:06 AM

So I bought a new Veiled one day ago and bought a glass tank for him (recomended by the shop)...I got the lights and plants, calcium dust and all that. I come to find they should not be in tanks. I Purchased a retarium 36 gallon...then put the little "guy" (I think I can see the spurs) in it. Since he made the last move to the new cage he has not moved an inch. I am talking 6 hours. Eyes closed gripping a branch. He is still a light green but I am worried. I this normal. Can I do anything to hand feed or help him?

I spent a ton of money on all his stuff but I just want him to walk around (like he did for the first couple of hours in his glass cage.


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Posted by: wes at July 23, 2007 10:47 PM

i got a chameleon as a present but i dont know what kind of chameleon it is i have a pic of it, can anyone help me

Posted by: SST at August 6, 2007 01:48 AM

I know I have read numerous posts similar to this type of problem, but I having a hard time finding an answer so I am just going to hope that some of you have had experience in this matter:

Our chameleon is (I believe) a female that's about six months old. Unfortunately, she's just been fed a diet of crickets that weren't dusted with calcium. Now I'm afraid she has MBD because she has just laid at the bottom of her cage for the last two days. She hasn't drank or eaten anything (I'm afraid she's dehydrated because of her color and her sunken in eyes)I've been turning on her humidifier as normal and spraying the cage about two or three times a day (which really seems to stress her out). I've also tried to put some "emergency" reptile calcium mix for malnourishment in her mouth and she swallowed a little bit. What's worse is her legs look severely deformed. Her front legs keep bending up over the top of her head and her back legs are very limp and clumsy. This is the weekend so we can't get to a vet (we also cannot afford a specialist). I'm afraid she's going to die, but I HATE to see her die so slowly. Any tips on making her more comfortable or even euthanizing her would be MOST appreciated. Thanks.

Posted by: Adria at October 28, 2007 11:55 AM

i've just got my first chameleon and he dosent seem to be drinking i spray him 3 time's a day and he seems to stay a dark green colour is this normal? he's about 6 week's old.

Posted by: brett at October 28, 2007 01:48 PM

thats very rude, to say that the animal is an idiot. chances are in the wild it would do much better then yo would. and you should also never compare one pet you had previously to the one you have now. its cruel.

Posted by: ophellia at October 28, 2007 09:48 PM

We inherited Izzy about 4 years ago. He became very docile and friendly. But he got old and passed. Now we have replaced him with a year and a half old veiled chameleon. He was in a cage with a huge pathos and was not handled much. In the last couple of days he has acted lethargic, barely eating, drinking a little. Same color as normal. He has been eating the pathos plant that was bought for his cage. We put him in his travel cage and cleaned his larger cage. His cage has a glass front and he has become part of the family. In the living room. We also have a parrot and a daschund. He is up off the floor away from the other pets, but he can see them. He seemed to enjoy being part of the family and became a greeter. We thought he was doing very well but have been worried all weekend as we do not want to loose our new pet. We have removed the plant and added a reptile humidifier & air exchanger. Willing to do anything for the benefit of our little guy.
Thanks, Michael

Posted by: Michael at November 4, 2007 10:16 AM

weve got 2 Enigmatic chameleons in Cyprus...
we found one on te branch about 5 days ago...
Its really fat... we cant tell if its a girl or a boy and if its a girl if its pregmant!?
the colurs we have is really nice light colors and orange spots we heared for other chameleons if its orange spots around its a girl but can any one give me anny advise

Email: little_nasher@hotmail.co.uk

Posted by: Kyle at November 28, 2007 03:40 AM

Soz for double post:P

i caught another chameleon, its tail has been either ran over or got attacked by a cat, so its tail is half off:(:(
Im getting worried incase it gets infected, is there any stuff to treat it??? Vets dont seem really nice over here....

thank you

Posted by: Kyle at December 1, 2007 03:22 AM

How bad does it hurt being bitten by a veiled cameleon

Posted by: Kassandra at December 8, 2007 02:13 PM


Posted by: jonathan at December 18, 2007 03:11 PM

does he sway? if so touch his back and he mite sway and open his mouth (if he aint eaten for ages put summit in there)
How bad does it hurt being bitten by a veiled cameleon
ive had this loads normally when im hand feeding it... it keeps its mouth open and i just put my finger in a lil bit, but... it depends if it eaten it does;)

Posted by: kyle at December 23, 2007 11:14 AM

DO NOT leave crickets in the cage or tank at all. Not even in the day time, mine got bit during the day and is now going to the vet for an infection. Please people, say a blessing for Woobles. xoxo

Posted by: Jen at December 29, 2007 10:55 AM

I have a few questions... Email me if you have any answers for me at o2forthesoul@yahoo.com

I'm 17 and my mother bought me a female veiled chameleon for Christmas. Although they're not recommended as "first-time" reptiles and I've never owned a reptile, I'm very passionate about my animals and researched basically everything about chameleons. The place my mother bought her estimated that she was 2 years old, but I believe she is much younger than that. She was also (according to my mom) a bluish purple color when she bought her, but she's been mostly green with orangish stripes while in my care which I think is pretty normal.

One of my questions has to do with watering her. I mist her cage often and try to avoid hitting her with the water because she turns dark brown, runs away, and hisses at me. She hates the sound of the spray bottle, the sight of it, and the feel of the water touching her. Is this normal? I've made a make-shift drip system with a cup, but I don't think she's drinking.

She seems also to be very scared and angry when I put my hand in the cage. I've had her for almost a week now and I understand she has to get used to everything. I'm also prepared to accept the fact that she may never want to be handled (as they are semi-aggressive natured animals). Another question has to do with feeding her. The place that sold her to us said she would only eat 5 to 6 large crickets a day. Well... She eats like a horse and usually wolfs down 6 crickets within 5 minutes of me putting them in her cage. So I feed her usually around 15 crickets a day. The crickets are fed a varied diet of oranges, apples, and potato peels and I dust them with the vitamin powder 2 or 3 times a week versus everyday to avoid hypervitaminosis. Is it normal for her to eat this much? Am I overfeeding her? She is kept in a nicely sized mesh cage with plenty of plants and vines with a basking lamp and plenty of lights. I'm just worried that she may be eating too much and drinking too little. Also, if anyone has any advice on how to earn her trust and form a relationship with her, let me know.

Posted by: Allyssa at December 29, 2007 06:49 PM

I need help! I have a male veiled chameleon and I took it to 2 vets. They say it's calcium deficient, but bought at petsmart 2 weeks ago. They rule out fractures. Oh, it's right rear leg is swollen bad and he drags it and can't use it. It's by itself in his habitat. I tried calling pet stores and nobody knows anything. I can't afford to take him to the vet ecery week, because I'm out of a job. Does anyone know anybody in Michigan who would take him and pay for his treatments or have any suggestions?

Posted by: Jen at January 4, 2008 04:45 PM

I have a 75 gallon tank that I keep my veiled chameleon in with a heat and humidity digital meter. Is a cage set up better? If so, how do you keep the humodity up in the cage compared to the tank? I want to keep Wobbles, but don't want him to die, so am willing to give him up. I do so much researching on his kind online and it can be contraditoring. Thanks!

Posted by: Jen at January 4, 2008 04:48 PM

Never mind everyone. I'm giving Wobbles to my vet, so she can try to save him, but I think it's too late. Wish him luck!

Posted by: Jen at January 5, 2008 12:42 PM

My chameleon I just got is about 2-3 months old. Her name is Paisley. She's been trying to eat the fake plants so I want to get her a real one-My question is: which plant provides the nutrients she needs with less toxins but is also easiest for me to keep alive-I don't have a "green thumb" when it vcomes to plants.

Posted by: jennifer at January 8, 2008 07:51 PM

Me again-the chameleon owner of paisley. So no one's taken the time yet to help me with my plant issue. Well, I was wondering now if anyone else out there has ever had their chameleon turn dark grey on top, stays green on her bottom underside and has stripes of maroon? She turns this color often lately. She doesn't seem sick (no sunken eyes, strong arms/legs, is active, eating fine, no mucus in mouth, tongue looks fine, not of egg bearing age, temp/hummidity level fine, etc.) except that she's being sensitive to my normal activity around the room when ever I slowly walk by her cage and hisses me off when she didn't used to before---so is this all normal chameleon behavior or should I be concerned there's something wrong? what's with turning dark greay and maroon? p.s she's still eating fake plants and I'm working on getting her a ficus plant that hasn't been exposed to pesticides.

Posted by: jennifer at January 14, 2008 08:02 PM


I aquired a male baby veild about 2 days ago and already know many of the answers to your questions. Do your research guys! The reson I'm making this post is becasue I dont see the answer to why you female is drolling about in the bottom of the cage.

She is EGG-BOUND. (full of eggs)

Whether a female mates or not she must lay her eggs or she will die. Period.

You need to provide her with a small dish of playsand (the kind you find in a sandbox) at the bottom of her cage and pray it's not too late.

if you chameleon is brown it's COLD. Some prefer different tempatures but it shouldn't ever drop below 75 degrees at night and should be 85-90 during the day.

Chameleons are low humidity animals so if you have them in a aquarium you MUST have a screen lid and there must not be and open water pools.

I actually prefer the Aquarium becasue the tempatures are just too splotchy in the screen cages but you have to keep the humidity down.Drafts and rapid temperature changes in a room can make it sick.

If you Chameleon is getting bitten by crickets two pieces of advice for you. One DONT KEEP THE CRICKETS IN THE CAGE. Keep them in a cricket carrier and only add about as many as your pet eats. The second: keep a chunk of cricket food in the cage. The crickets are hungry too but they'd much rather eat that then risk chewing off a chunk of something that is just as likely to eat them.

For the people with lizzard with bone troubles...

There is such a thing as too much calcium too. a Light dusting every 2-3 feedings is plenty ample. Theres no need to cover the food with calcium. Just a tiny tiny bit is plenty. I'm not a veternarium but i would guess that could lead to abnormal calcium deposits on the bones. Also, I'm not sure how effective it is on chameleons, but you can purchase a special mist from the larger pet stores that has vitamins right in it that can be directly absorbed through the skin. This may be helpful for some of you whose pets actually are calcium defficient.

BTW I named my Chameleon "Waldo" :o)

Posted by: Leon at March 7, 2008 04:37 PM

My Chameleon stopped moving and looks like he is duying :(
He has a yellow discahrge coming and i dont know what to do

Posted by: SAMFAR at March 15, 2008 04:55 AM

Get him to a vet. ^

Posted by: Jennifer at March 18, 2008 11:44 AM

You know, the funny thing is that there is allot of conflicting information. I just got my chameleon a couple of days ago (have a couple beardies) but I would really recommend speaking to a breeder (NOT a pet store 'expert') and reading many different sources. Actually, they should have ambient day temps (from what I understand ;) ) of around 75-80 degrees and nighttime shouldn't go below 60 degrees. However, they can live if it periodically drops to 45 (although not recommended). Never use any heat rocks or 'bottom heating' mechanisms and use a digital thermometer with a probe (in basking spot and in cool area); never rely on the other types of thermometers (stick-ons, etc)... they're not accurate within a safe range. I'm praying that we'll be able to provide a good home for our chameleon. Our dragons are a little easier because they're desert dwellers so they don't need the humidity but man, this chameleon is so awesome and we're lovin' him.

Calcium; I've read that you can overdo the calcium dust and if you see him/ her kind of 'sneezing' or 'snorting' out the powder... it's too much. Just a little. Some people also feed their crickets powdered milk to increase the calcium through the crickets.

Posted by: Jennifer at March 18, 2008 11:51 AM

Hey, I have a female Veiled. She started getting big, but I didn't think it mattered. Now, her belly is quite large, and I'm almost positive shes pregnant. Hoping it wasn't too late, I put a 3 inch deep tub of reptile sand I picked up at the pet shop. She has some trouble holding onto the branches, but I think it is because of increased weight, for her limbs seem quite healthy. Her color is always bright green and shes always wide awake during the day. I really need to know if she will make it, because, as previous people have noted, we have some sort of a owner-pet bond. Please, give me some info and if you cant, wish her luck. Thanks.

Posted by: Sean at April 15, 2008 05:07 PM

To Jeff: We just bought a 3 month old female (my son actually bought it) at a reptile expo. The breeder has a good repuatation. We've stuggled this week with Luna not eating after the first few days and came to find out our tank wasn't warm enough. Within a matter of minutes of placing the warming bulb face down into her habitat she was eating! Now, though, she is very unfriendly... In the first few days she was allowing us hold her, she'd climb onto our hands/arm and now we've got her in a better/taller environment and she's been eating a great deal in the past 24 hours, she shy's away from our hands next to her as an invitation. My son, especially is disappointed... and I've come to really like her. There are many conflicting posts here, and it's understandable, we're all so different as people, why wouldn't animals be as well?

Anyway, any suggestions for a veiled who was friendly before she got cold and hungry? Thanks!

Posted by: CBB at April 15, 2008 11:17 PM

I'v had my male veiled chameleon for around 4 months. He grew out of his first cage (10 gallon upside-down) and i put him in a 30 gallon cage.The cage was so big that the cricets would be everywhere. so i put the cricets in a container. And he hasnt eaten crickets since.

Do you have any answers why he isn't eating??

Posted by: andrew at April 20, 2008 04:14 PM

my 7 month old chameleon hasnt been eating his cricets . y is this???
i give him his greens and feed em mealworms and superworms occasionally.
Will eat eat more than the worms?

Posted by: andrew at April 20, 2008 04:19 PM

hi all. please help. i got two chams, 1 boy 1 girl. the female is small. the male one is getting aggresive when i approach him? makes fearful noise as tho he wants to bite me..
what am i going to do?

Posted by: ami at April 28, 2008 08:00 AM

I have two veiled chameleons, 1 is a boy and not sure about the other...I think a girl. She has had some medical problems due to a fall and suffered 2 broken legs....luckily she is recovering very well. I have a divider up in the cage to help her recover...but today I found the boy on her side twice. The second time I found them almost cuddling sleeping next to each other. Does anyone know why he would have gone to her side and done this? Is is mating? or miss her?

Posted by: Nicole at May 29, 2008 07:35 PM


thats him. hes a juvenile chameleon.

1. what temperature should the tank be at
-in the morning
-at night,

2. its bone on the top of the head is bent now.
- could it be metabolic bone disease?
- if so how do i cure it (i think it could be, if so its in the early stages, so im not sure if i can avoid a vet trip)

3. how long will it take him to be fully grown? ive had for 5 months or so.

4. how many crickets a day should he be fed. i usually give him 10 small ones..

5. hes usually brown. is he un happy? when hes sleeping hes a light pretty green. and i took him outside to be in the grass and he turned green. is it just the surroundings?

6. can veiled chameleons turn colors other than shades of brown and green? does it depend on the type of chameleon
-or does it depend of the gender or how old he is?

7. he just showed to have weird little bumps on his sides?! like under the skin. i DONT think its a parasite because hes eating and drinking just fine, hes not falling off of branches or anything. when i touch the bumps they dont seem to hurt him. its just odd cause when i bought him his skin was smooth. (you could see his ribs when he breathed in heavily, but now you can see the bumps on top of the ribs) could it also be a sign of MBD? or is it a parasite???? if so what kind.

8. I WANT MY CHAMELEON TO LIKE ME! i know they can. what can i do?? he always hisses. and doesnt seem to want to be held. is it because he is stressed?

please please help me.

Posted by: rachel at July 28, 2008 12:12 AM

i just got a senegal chameleon its about 5 inch how old is it,hes in a screen cage whith fake and live plants and ive seen him drink water of the leaves and i always leave 3 crikets in his cage daily is that ok,in the day hes mostly on the floor and a dark brown color is he stresed or somthing,at night he clims on hes real plant and sleeps he turns a light green color hes eating good,i got him a infrared heat glo lamp for how long should i leave it on,i spray him 4 times a day and leave him next to my window where thu sun hits is that ok,any info i need to no anything iam missing plz answer my Q.thnx

Posted by: jaime at August 1, 2008 10:53 PM

We have a Chameleon and he fell today while I was at work. When I found him he was ice cold we have him warmed up but it appears his front leg is broke. Is there anything I can do??

Posted by: Melissa at August 4, 2008 07:35 PM

haha wat a classic video of a baby chameleon! every time i go to feed mine my chameleon, i tip the bugs in a bag to supplement them, then go to tip the bugs in, every time i do this he always trys to eat the corner of the bag! silly bugger

Posted by: dom at August 18, 2008 10:31 AM


My male veiled chameleon is 2 and half years old and i am concerned he is small for his age. What size would you expect him to be?


Posted by: Kyla at October 5, 2008 11:59 AM

You called your chameleon a idiot?! you just let her climb and fall?! your a jerk! you deserve to have her taken away from you. if my chameleon (cindy) fell, i wouldent get out a videocamera and laugh, I WOULD HELP HER BACK FREAKING UP!!!
your chameleon isent a retard cause you are. there fragile reptiles and there legs can break. so dig a hole and build a little coffin cause you gotta be prepared..

Posted by: Jax at October 12, 2008 06:12 AM

dont take advice from the guy that filmed that video.. this guy only kills chameleons. laughs when they fall, calls them idiots, and he is trying to give advice?! the poor little chameleon has done everything she could and probably hopes to not break the last bone in her body.. and you just torture her.. she knows that you should be digging a hole and building a coffin soon..

Posted by: Jax at October 12, 2008 06:26 AM

my chameleon is brown i don't know if she is cold or is sick or is getting sick im wondering what i should do?

Posted by: Brandon at February 12, 2009 07:12 PM

Mingo my male veiled chameleon has been sitting around with his mouth open lately is this normal?

Posted by: shari anderson at March 19, 2009 03:53 PM

Two days ago I got a veiled Chameleon. He is so sweet, and eats like a pig. I need advice for names. I like the name reptar and Karma, like the song Karma Chameleon. lol
How can I tell how old he is?

Posted by: Lauri at April 14, 2009 07:13 AM

i think my chameleon has fllen down her leaves and has possibly broken her back left leg, what is best to do with a broken leg????

Posted by: alison ash at May 30, 2009 04:01 PM

My New baby chameleon is sooo cute but a massive idiot he has twice jumped onto the UV light and fallen off and didnt learn his lesson!! i have had great trouble moving the light and now he cannot get to it but he still tries to jump for it and falls to the bottom of the Viv it is funny but he worrys me hes only tiny!!

Posted by: Cassie at June 4, 2009 01:40 PM

my nan has got a chamelien and she keeps falling off her branche ? do you no what the matter with her s.guy

Posted by: scott at June 20, 2009 09:49 AM

I have two 6 month old male veilds, and my roommate's cat has just taken one from it's enclosure!!! I had opened it's cage to feed it and the cat just gabbed it. I got him back but he has a nasty scratch running parallel to the crest of his eye on the top of his head. I'm going to dab it with water and then triple antibiotic ointment. My question is, is the stress alone enough to kill him if an infection doesn't? And other than killing this god forsaken cat, is there anything else I can do?

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Here are my lists of livestock chameleons now

I would ask just me to you to give
-your list

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please, Sir did you have a surname or a name?

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Hello everyone! I do not know where to start but hope this site will be useful for me.
Hope to receive any assistance from you if I will have any quesitons.
Thanks in advance and good luck! :)

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So i know this site is about Veiled, but i have a jackson and he is about 3 inches from his head to the start of hie tail and was wondering if i could get any guesses on approximately how old he might be?

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Posted by: Wealgaria at April 12, 2010 02:51 PM

how far can a baby fall with out breaking its bones?

Posted by: michael at April 14, 2010 02:33 PM

hi, im a newby for keeping veiled chams, i got my mine 3 weeks ago, he is a male about 8 to 9 weeks old, i called him malachy, he has settled in well and is now eating from a glass that im holding and once walked out onto my hand to get the crickets.

my questions are how often should i hold him each day?
how long for before putting him back?
and should i keep my hand in the cage while holing him til hes used to me?
he seems ok on my hand while in cage but if i bring my hand out he tries climbing back in onto a branch.

also for an 8 wk old how much calcium and vitamins should he have, my shop said everyday for calc and twice a week for vits. is this right.

thanks sam

Posted by: samantha at June 16, 2010 10:08 AM

I got a veild chameleon about a week ago and I found out its a boy. But he seems agreseve to everyone but my dad. At the store he ran right up my dads arm. Would it be ok if I start to hand feed him worms or could it make him sick? Im woried that if he lets me hold him he would not let me pick him back up if I were to set him down. He also turned pink the other day on a bright green leaf should I be consered obout that? Also I wanted to know if it was normal that he sleeps upside down sometimes.

Thx, Lilli

Posted by: Lilli at July 10, 2010 10:05 PM

Hi, have been reading all the info. I can on Senegal Chameleons. We just got ours about 3 days ago. I think she is about 7 weeks old and a female. My question is: Will she have to lay eggs like Veils and others do? She has been eating good, drinking, moving, staying green.

Posted by: Melissa at July 11, 2010 09:09 PM

lol I have decided to name my chameleon charmander because he looks like some type of pokemon

Posted by: zach at September 14, 2010 03:23 PM

To those who wonder if they bond:

Yes, they can. They can also respond to some commands.

My late Chameleon (he passed away two Thanksgivings ago. He developed a cancerous tumor near his eye. He died in my arms. I miss him every day) Daedalus bonded tight with me. He loved to ride on my shoulders and liked to sit beside me and watch TV with me.

He would look when you'd say Daedalus or "Pretty Lizard." He would also respond to "No" when he was doing something he shouldn't (he knew how to open his enclosure. He did this often, especially if you brought a banana in the room). If you called him a "good boy," his colours would brighten up.

At one point, one of his crickets was chirping...all night long, and I told him to "shut that noisy thing up!" and a moment later, I heard his tongue strike the wire mesh of his enclosure. Silence.

I miss you, Daedalus.

Posted by: Nicole at February 11, 2011 01:03 AM

Hey y'all! My boyfriend and I just bought a baby veiled chameleon three weeks ago that we have not named yet but love him very much already. He is very attatched to his daddy and is shy around new people. He's fed at least five small crickets per day (he does not like worms). We will give him calcium powder soon (once or twice a month). We spray his cage at least twice daily. He's a very happy little guy. However, for you new chameleon owners I believe it is natural to be very mellow in their cages so if they're not very playful when put up it is okay. When in his cage he usually has dark stripes except when in his greenery. When out of the gage he's a light green color. Good luck to all with their new babies:)

Posted by: paige td:) at May 17, 2011 07:18 PM

I forgot to mention that our baby loves to play and drink in the sink. Just a tip for any dehydrated chameleons since they do not recognize still water. And I think we decided to name him apollo:)

Posted by: paige td:) at May 18, 2011 11:09 AM

I forgot to mention that our baby loves to play and drink in the sink. Just a tip for any dehydrated chameleons since they do not recognize still water. And I think we decided to name him apollo:)

Posted by: paige td:) at May 18, 2011 11:09 AM

Yet every one I just got a baby veiled chameleon its awesome. I had some questions about vitamins should I get the powdered vitamins? ??

Posted by: david at September 25, 2011 09:58 PM

Just get the powdered calcium I have been giving that to my baby veiled since I got him along the time you got him David

Posted by: Grace at October 10, 2011 02:12 PM

hi, my name is sammi, i have about a 5 week old baby veiled chameleon and he seems perfectly healthy, but i noticed one side of him seams to have broken or deformed ribs, that kind of...protrude from his left side, there is no discoloration next to these jutting ribs, but it does concern me..im wondering if he fell when i was at work maybe? i guess my question is, is this normal, and if not, will he be able to heel himself?

Posted by: sammi at January 29, 2012 06:29 PM

What is wrong with my chemilion if he is walking slower and stays in one spot for a long time and falls on his side a lot and is pale

Posted by: savannah at March 6, 2012 08:25 PM

i have a chameleon....but its very odd.... it makes a sneezing-like noise from its nose and then a white
substance comes out... is that even normal???
it also hasn't been eating ... is something wrong or is it because of winter??? its always falling off its log and stays for really long in one spot.. what is wrong with it???

Posted by: fatima at June 29, 2012 05:26 AM

One sure way to know if your chameleon is dehydrated is by his or her droppings..if there is white it's hydrated.... yellow it needs more water... orange your chameleon is dehydrated!

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