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April 07, 2005

Before Buying a Veiled Chameleon

I was asked within a weblog comment for advice on purchasing a chameleon. This is what seems to me to be most important from the beginning. In addition to this, you should read the care sheet, then follow the links at the bottom of the care sheet to read care sheets written by others. Some of them will give advice on selecting a healthy chameleon, as well.

This was all written at a moment's notice - I'll update it soon, and probably often.

First and foremost, realize in advance that a veiled chameleon is going to cost you a lot of money - and I'm not talking about the purchase price of the chameleon itself. I'm talking about what it takes to take care of it properly.

The temptation is to want to just get the pet, then make do with what you have at first and then to slowly, over time, improve the pet's habitat. But, really - don't skimp on this. If you do, it's the lizard that'll suffer. The biggest mistake that people make is purchasing the animal and then setting up its environment. Spend the money, then spend a few days, perhaps a week, getting an environment put together before purchasing the chameleon. Here's a setup list which mirrors what I have for my chameleon. I've taken no shortcuts, and I'd expect anyone who really wants to care for their pet to take none either:

Initial setup: Using Petsmart for prices (except where indicated)
Reptarium: (29x29x60) $149
Reptarium liner: $25.99
Substrate: $5.99
Clamp lamps: (At least two.) $20.98
Basking light bulb: $7.99
Nighttime heat lamp: $6.49
36" Florescent lamp hood: (PetCo price.) $48.99
36" UVA/UVB florescent light: (PetCo price.) $36.99
Hanging pothos plants: (I have 3.) $25.00
A small tree: $20.00
Cricket Keeper: $14.99

That's to get you started, and it totals: $362.41 (without sales tax) - and without the price of the chameleon!

Next you'll want to purchase a chameleon. Expect about $90 (without tax) local retail, or about that much including shipping if you buy online.

So now, just to get started, we're up to $452.91

If you visit many websites where people feature their chameleons, you'll probably notice that NO ONE has a cage that is less than about 2.5 feet by 2.5 feet at the bottom and about 6' high. Anything less is really skimping for a chameleon. They're climbers - they need up and down space, and lots of it.

So now that you've seen the price of getting started, consider what it'll cost per year:

Crickets: (10 small per day, or 6-7 large for older lizards - $0.80/day.) $292.20
Cricket food: (For gut loading - a necessity;PetCo price) $5.98
Cricket quencher: (Calcium fortified, also necessary.) $7.47
Vitamin powder: $5.99
Calcium powder: $11.99
Basking lamps: (About 3 per year.) $23.97
Nightime heat lamps: (About 3 per year.) $19.47
36" UVA/UVB florescent lights: (About 2 per year.) $47.92
Substrate: $23.96

That comes to, per year: $438.95 - without tax; with tax, where I live: ~$512.23 - or $36.58/month.

So plan on spending around $450 just to get a proper set-up going. You may visit all kinds of online pet supply stores which advertise "complete set-ups" for much, much less - but I promise you, they're wholly inadequate and you'll feel bad keeping your pet veiled chameleon in such conditions. And you'll feel ripped off when you find yourself re-purchasing what you should've purchased in the first place: the proper size and type of set-up.

Next, plan on spending around $40/month on maintenance (food, etc. - and notice that I haven't included sales taxes anywhere).

If you're going to buy a chameleon, my advice is to print out this page and try to mimick it as best as you can - especially the size of the enclosure. And crickets alone aren't adequate food - more expensive food, most notably (for chameleons) butterworms, should be purchased and fed regularly. Good luck!

Posted by Jeff at April 7, 2005 11:59 PM

Comments

why get one!what do they do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: xander at April 18, 2005 08:46 PM


They eat crickets.

Posted by: Jeff at April 19, 2005 04:27 AM


Do they have to eat live crickets?

Posted by: Rachel at April 27, 2005 08:59 PM


"Have to"? I don't know. I know that that they can recognize dead crickets as being food. That doesn't mean that an exclusively dead diet is an okay diet, though. I really don't know.

Posted by: Jeff at May 6, 2005 05:54 PM


Bull, you dont need to spend $150 on the crickets,
your full of it.

Posted by: jamie at July 17, 2005 06:42 PM


Your math is as bad as your punctuation.

Posted by: Jeff at July 17, 2005 08:56 PM


Do really small chameleons need 6 feet climbing space as well?

Posted by: Joss at August 12, 2005 07:58 AM


aside from the costs, do you find that chameleons are a worthwhile pet to own?

Posted by: stephanie at August 16, 2005 07:14 PM


Are veiled chameleons good for beginners? Or should i get a different chameleon?

Posted by: Marielle at August 18, 2005 06:57 PM


Is A 29"x29"x72" A good size reptarium for a full grown female veiled chameleon? Or should i go bigger?

Posted by: Nadine at August 18, 2005 09:53 PM


@Joss: The chameleons grow very, very fast. Its best, in my judgment, to start out with whatever you plan on keeping them in when they're an adult. Captive chameleons hate change, and switching enclosures is a big stressor.

@Stephanie: Chameleons are no so much a pet as they are a decoration. They're also much more "inmates" than they are pets. Interacting with a chameleon is one of the most common ways of killing a chameleon through accumulated stress.

@Marielle: Veiled Chameleons are an advanced lizard. Many pet stores will not carry them because of this. However, this is true for all chameleons that I'm aware of. If you're just starting out, I'd recommend a different lizard. Leopard geckos are very cool. I'm rather fond of anoles too.

@Nadine: That is the size of enclosure that I keep my chameleon in. It was the largest that I could find. I've thought often of building one myself about twice that size.

Posted by: Jeff at August 18, 2005 10:51 PM


This is the stuff i have right now but I don't know if i need anything else.
29"x29"x72" basic reptarium, lees mini cricket keeper, zoo med 250 watt basking bulb, zoo med 48" repti sun 10.0 florescant bulb, 75 watt night glo moonlight bulb, regular clip lamp (2), infrared temperature gun, RepCal ultra fine calcium with D3, sticky tongue minerall indoor formula. Is there anything i shouldn't have or should have?

Posted by: Karley at August 22, 2005 05:46 PM


Do you have to have those hanging pothos plants?

Posted by: Alexander at August 23, 2005 09:38 AM


Oh ya I actually have a 36" reptisun 10.0 florescant bulb with a 36" florescant hood fixture.

Posted by: Karley at August 23, 2005 09:43 AM


that seems really steep considering where i am the chameleon costs $250. Plus a cage thing for it which would be 4' high. and you dont have to feed just crickets to them - but meal worms or wax worms ect.

Posted by: alana at September 6, 2005 07:50 PM


I WAS WONDERING I BOUGHT A MALE VEILED CHAMELEON AND I NOTICED EVERYTIME I TRY TO TAKE IT OUT OF ITS CAGE ITS GETS RUFF AND STRIKES AT ME TRYING TO BITE ME WHY? I THOUGHT CHAMELEONS WERE SOPOSE TO BE DOCILE. ANY HELP? ID BE REALLY GREATFULL

Posted by: DORIAN DELGADO at September 22, 2005 03:36 PM


I acquired a female veiled chameleon last week, she came with a mesh cage and a florescent light, she had one branch that she lived on. In the bottom of her cage she had some wood chips and a non toxic plant. She lived like this for just under a year (also with know human interaction) I bought her a clamp heat lamp and a basking light, added a couple more branches, she seemed fine until 2 days
ago when she couldn't seem to stay on her branch, stayed on the bottom of the cage, she never did before and her colour seemed pale. Someone mentioned that she might have to lay some eggs. So I put some clean sandbox sand in her cage which seemed to make her happy. But last night I thought she was going to die. She had her eyes closed more than I have ever seen, her colour was pale and her breathing was very deep breaths but long periods in between. She seems to have perked up today, I put her on the branch by her heat light, she climbed down after a short stay, her colour seems better and she appears to be more active( come on, how active are they?)
Anyways, if you have any advice or idea of what is or was going on please e-mail me back. Thanks
Dennis

Posted by: Dennis at November 27, 2005 07:15 PM


um how do i know my veiled chameleon is pregnant

Posted by: michael at November 29, 2005 05:42 PM


my last message um email me if you could help that would be appreciated

Posted by: michael at November 29, 2005 05:46 PM


i would like to get myself a chameleon but i'm not realy sure which one and which tipe i need help. . .

Posted by: arina at December 22, 2005 02:50 AM


I recently travelled to Maui, Hawaii and spotted a small three horned green chameleon on top of a small tree. It is the most exquisite little creature I have ever seen. I don't know much about chameleon before, but after seeing this delicate & beautiful little creature, I really hope they do not become extinct from this earth so we can enjoy this wonderous specie.

Posted by: Sherisse at December 30, 2005 10:38 PM


What kinds of things should I put in my chameleon's cage? What should his habitat look like? Did your old chameleon use all of the cage you got for him, do you think a smaller one is ok?

Posted by: Machielle at January 21, 2006 03:14 AM


I would love to get either a Jackson's chameleon or a Panther chameleon... but I really need a way to cut costs. What chameleons are the cheapest to buy and maintain? Also, can't you just feed the crickets carrots? Finally, I've seen some chameleons in pet shops with far less vegetation and climbing space than what you say they need. Do you really need all that space? Couldn't you just put a ton of stuff to climb on in the cage?

Posted by: Roxy at January 27, 2006 09:10 AM


Pet shops are there to make bucks, not spend them.

Chameleons need everything that I've said that they need (and probably more).

What they especially need are owners who aren't in need of saving a buck, as trips to the veterinarian are commonly necessary, and they tend to average more than $100 per visit.

Posted by: Jeff at January 27, 2006 11:30 AM


I had a veiled for about six weeks. Her name was Fiona. I discovered I had listened to too many people who didnt know what they were talking about. She started to hide & hiss at me. Previous to that she would climb into my hand but only 1 or 2 times a week. Didnt want to stress her out. After a few days I came home at noon one day to leave on a trip & she was clinging to a branch but laying on the bottom of her screen cage. I freaked & called my vet who told me who to call. They said bring her in. She last about 5 hours at the vets. They are so sweet I was really upset and had them do, what we would call, an autopsy, to see why she died. Her kidneys werent working. So I couldnt blame the pet store for parasites. I had all the bells & whistles for her. Here is what the vet told me. We try to domesticate all animals. Our dogs & cats can "puke" in our shoes to get our attention when they are ill, but, a wild animal, like a chameleon, turns dark so it can hide so it won't be prey for another animal. Therefore, we have to pay alot of attention to their changes. He basically said, they are not meant to live out of their own habitate. So, I won't be trying another one. Fiona was it for me. Good luck to you all. But, pay attention.

Posted by: diane at January 27, 2006 03:55 PM


Why does my veiled chameleon puff up and try to snap at me when every time I try cleaning the cage or trying to hold it. I only try to pick him up about once a week but he still gets agressive with me. Can anyone help? and give me some good pointers on why this is happeningto me.

Posted by: James at January 30, 2006 10:19 PM


How do I determine the age of my female chameleon and if/when she is pregnant?

Posted by: Kimberly Romano at February 1, 2006 10:01 AM


ii jus got a veilded chameleon for free from a friend who couldn keep it i have a a 30 gallon take its in i think its a girl n now i gota watch for her bein pregnent alls i need is sand? how many crikets can i keep in her cage shes baby basicly n shes sweet but is 60 watt heat lamp enough n can i hold it alot?

Posted by: kenny at February 11, 2006 04:17 PM


I just got a veiled chameleon like 3 to 4 weeks ago, when I took her out of the bag to put it in her cage she was really really friendly. Now even when I put crickets in her cage or try to clean her cage she turns black and tryies to ATTACK ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why is this? And she's about 10 to 11 weeks, well thats what they told me.

Posted by: Brian at February 20, 2006 01:25 PM


So if someone can please tell me why this happens, I would really really really appriciate it. But please someone help me.

Posted by: Brian at February 20, 2006 01:27 PM


She attacks you because that's what chameleons do. If she ever stops attacking you, consider that to be a sign of serious illness and get her to the vet.

Further, think of putting a penny into a bank every time you handle her. Each penny represents stress and the bank represents accumulating stress. Once the bank is full, the chameleon dies from stress related illnesses.

And chameleons have very small banks.

Posted by: Jeff at February 20, 2006 03:38 PM


do chameleons bite?

Posted by: samantha at February 22, 2006 08:18 PM


Hey everyone, I notice alot of people asking alot of questions here but not many responses. Alot of the questions that you have are already answered on caresheets at various websites and forums. Also, there is a forum that I use where people answer questions very quickly and are always eager to help. Go to www.chameleonforums.com if you want to check it out. Good luck with your chameleons.

Posted by: Tim at February 25, 2006 12:16 AM


EXCELLENT!

Thanks!

Posted by: Jeff at February 25, 2006 02:50 AM


I've had my chameleon for about 5 months now and it has grown maybe half a centimeter. Why wont it grow? it is a veiled chameleon male and is only like 6 inches

Posted by: Cam at February 27, 2006 08:16 PM


Do you have a photo of it? Are you sure it's a veiled chameleon? There are dwarf species of chameleons, and perhaps you've got one of those.

Also, I'm assuming that you're referring to its length from tip of nose to tip of tail. Otherwise, if you're referring to tip of nose to base of tail, 6 inches is good sized chameleon.

Posted by: Jeff at February 28, 2006 01:58 AM


I just wanted to start by saying you've got a great thing going here. I have year and 4 month female veiled chameleon. She is in the process of laying her third batch of eggs.
(1) I noticed it was said that handling the chameleon is a huge stressor and can lead to complications. Anytime I open her enclosure to clean, or feed her, she runs (or whatever we call that) over and climbs on. Occasionally she'll be, "cranky" and ignore me, but most of the time I have to 'peel' her off me. I allow her to roam supervised whenever possible, but strangely enough she usually ends up like a queen atop my head. I don't think I'm handling her more than I have to, should I be avoiding the amount of interaction? And how?
(2) She will only drink water from a spray bottle at the top of the cage, I've tried drip systems and she doesn't seem too interested in them, but as soon as I spray the top of her enclosure, she drinks for 3-10 minutes at a time. I'm worried that if I go away for a few days and leave her with my roomates, they won't put in that extra effort and she could become dehydrated. What can I do?

Thank you so much!
Nicole

Posted by: Nicole at March 9, 2006 11:12 PM


I got a cage 2 feet deep 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall (upgrading once adult)
Here is a list of what I have:
Basking light
infrared light for night
UVA/UVB
Branches
Gut Load
Rep-Cal (calcium and herptivite)
mister
Do you guys think I need anything else?

Posted by: Matthew at March 18, 2006 08:17 AM


What is the youngest a veiled chameleon should be purchased at? I have an opportunity to buy one at 6 weeks, but that seems really young to me.

Posted by: Robin at April 7, 2006 07:03 PM


I have had my chameleon for over 2 years now. He is currently mating at a local breeder, but I don't know how much $$$ this breeder will give me for half of the (litter?). How many eggs do females lay, and how long do they take to hatch?

Posted by: Zach at April 23, 2006 12:05 AM


@ robin: i've read in one site (forgot the site), the breeder himself, says that its better to aquire a chameleon not less than 12 wks or 3 months.. that age they can adapt more (environmentally) than younger ones.. for me, in that age (3mo.) they can eat a larger cricket.. coz not all the time petstores have these pinhead crickets available..
@ matthew: i think u need a chameleon in it.. hehe.. jk..

my jackson -->http://img57.imageshack.us/img57/3715/jackson29al.jpg

Posted by: boracay at May 8, 2006 10:50 AM


hiw can i tell if its a male or female

Posted by: brody at May 9, 2006 12:42 PM


Hello I'd just like to say your sight is very informative on Veiled Chameleons. I'm a lizard person and own a collection of them (right now my Green anole is sleeping on my arm and my leopard Gecko is resting on my shoulder) A Chameleon has been my life long dream and your site has been helpful in deciding which type I want, THANKS!

Posted by: rye at May 13, 2006 10:40 AM


Please,
l just which to find from you that as suppliers of chameleons and others, would you be interested in chameleons(especially Rhinocerus chameleon) and some frogs from Cameroon?
Thanks for your kind response.

Posted by: NDONWI DERICK SHU at June 16, 2006 08:20 AM


How do i tell if my female is pregnat (sorry about spelling, it's summer)

Posted by: victoria at July 6, 2006 11:54 AM


be back in a jif

Posted by: victoria at July 6, 2006 11:56 AM


* goes to a difrent web site * no offence

Posted by: victoria at July 6, 2006 11:58 AM


Having just read most of the questions and answers I feel I've been ripped off by the reptile and aquatics shop that sold me my Veil Tailed, he told me that a much smaller terrarium was suitable for Sneak, (also told me he was a she)what can I do to make sure she stays well untill I can afford to buy her a bigger space?

Cir

Posted by: Ciaran at August 17, 2006 12:39 PM


um.... thats a lot of money...

Posted by: gabriel at August 18, 2006 03:51 PM


Jackson Chameleons

GOTO: http://www.exoticlizardz.com to purchase Jackson Chameleons and for care information for them.

Posted by: exoticlizardz at August 21, 2006 03:40 AM


Hi Jeff, Love your site. Have a few questions though. Someone gave me a veiled chameleon for helping her with water problems. I brought it home in the back of my truck cage and all. I don't know if this stressed it out, but it seems to be doing O.K.. It eats lots of crickets and superworms, I mist it with a spray bottle and all the things I was suggested to do on your web site. We now have a hurricane coming our way (we live in S.W.Florida). What I would like to know is how will this chameleon do with the stress of a storm on top of a major move? What can I do to make it stay healthy and alive?

Posted by: Debra at August 27, 2006 06:33 PM


well how can u have a friendly chameleon if u dont interact with it at all?

Posted by: sskerss at August 27, 2006 11:25 PM


my leopard gecko is pale because we havn't been using anything to keep it warm. it's my first gecko so i don't really know what to do. i have a heating rock, but i don't know if i'm alowed to let him sit on it or if i'm supposed to put something over it first. what do i do ?

Posted by: Brian poop at September 7, 2006 05:31 PM




well brian poop i currently own a leapord gecko,and NEVER have a heating rock because they cause burn marks...my best bet is to buy a heating pad or basking lamp with a 50 watt bulb that should help your dying gecko

Posted by: matt at September 8, 2006 12:09 AM


velid chameleons are the prfect pet for a kid or an adult

Posted by: dillon at September 13, 2006 06:45 PM


@ brian poop i have leopard gecko's too have u thort maby he/she is or about to she its skin ??? and what age is it ? if its not adult or full grown then proberly about to shed : )

Posted by: Danny at September 17, 2006 03:01 PM


Some of you may not believe or understand this, Chameleons are a beautiful delicacy eaten on the first day of every month in far North Africa where we are from.
We spend up to 10 days hunting them prior to the 1st of each calendar month, we catch between 20 to 100 where we feast ourselves on these lovely little morsels.
If you ever try this beautiful dish this is how to prepare it.
I must NOTE please never try eating a Chameleon that you have found dead as they can easily become septic very quickly.
The best way to prepare the Chameleon/s is to cut a 1 inch incision and pull out the whole gut/intestines, then rinse well with vinegar. Now take the zest of 4 whole Lime's and 1 Orange and mix the lime and orange zest with 2 heaped desert spoons of honey, stuff the zest honey mix inside the Chameleon. Wrap your Chameleon in a banana leaf, if you don't have a Banana leaf use Aluminium foil.
Gently place the package on open coals with NO flames leave it there for 4 minutes then turn it only ONCE and let it cook for another 6 minutes. Remove the Chameleon package from the HOT coals and open a small section of the leaf or foil and poor approximately 100 mill's of any white wine in, then let it sit for 5 minutes. Then open the banana leaf or foil wrap and have some fresh bread handy to dip in the juices and white wine then ENJOY a beautifully cooked delicacy.

After you try it you'll be WANTING to breed as many Chameleons as you can for a beautiful tasty meal as you need at least 5 for a decent meal depending how much bread you consume. :o)

Posted by: Tasty at September 22, 2006 07:38 AM


just curious as to the different types of chameleons you can get?
I went into a small independant pet store and they had about 20-25 chameleons that were no bigger then my thumb climbing around. The rep proceeded to tell me that they are incredibly dorcile and prefers males because they grow more colourfully. Just curious as to the type of this small compadre that i fell in love with

Posted by: Russ at September 23, 2006 11:17 PM


Hey, sorry if this has been answered, but when do you start feeding your chameleon larger crickets? And should you expect pet stores to know the age of the chameleon?

Posted by: Carly at October 2, 2006 06:56 AM


Well i have a vieled chameleon and i just got it and this morning at the bottom of the cage their was a pile of white stuff is that droppings or what?

Posted by: Crystal at October 3, 2006 12:19 PM


Crystal your vieled chameleon is obviously a female and has a severe case of thrush. I strongly suggest you rub a little canestan on her vaginal area. Or you can collect all the discharge directly from your chameleon under parts and add it to your next fish broth for a little extra flavour. To totally rid your chameleon from this simply follow my recipe as listed above. I would appreciate it if you invited me over for dinner though. Good luck with it. :o)

Posted by: Tasty at October 6, 2006 04:34 AM


Hello i just got a veiled chameleon. It is about 8 inches long, its a female, i have a pan of sand i have the uva and uvb lights and the red night light. i mist 3-4 times a day. I think its doing good but the colors are changing a bit. It thios normail It went from bright green to a lillte darker and has spots, is just getting its adult colors? I a have it in a glass tank, the kind thats pretty much upright with open fron doors made for reptiles. I think it might be a bit small though, so i'm ordering a new cage. i found some great open air cages, but does the heat stay in there with a wire cage? I want to make sure i get this right. But i'm looking at a 65 gallon wire mesh cage.. I also want to get a fog machine, but im not sure if it will come out of the screen cage. please help/

Posted by: stephanie at October 9, 2006 01:03 AM


Hey there all you chameleon experts.. lol.. not.. I know many of us don't know alot. my son has a pregnant veiled . WE are separating her and doing the nest thing etc.. my question is... how long do they stay pregnant.. and what to do and how to feed the babies when they are born!!! I personaly like Meller Chameleons. I had a huge one for many many years. please respond via email if you will! Ty Aka wolfdog

Posted by: wolfdog at October 21, 2006 07:44 PM


Is It Possible To Make A cage And Are There Any Relatively Easy Chameleons To Take Care Of ?

Posted by: smallsbuff at October 22, 2006 09:42 AM


Hey Tasty, i really enjoyed your lizard recipe, i never thought lizard could be so delicious and tender. i strongly suggest to give it a go for all you lizard lovers out there, more bang for your buck.

Posted by: lixadlova at November 20, 2006 07:45 AM


I have just recently bred my male and female veiled chameleons successfully. Out of 55 eggs she laid, all of them hatched, and all the babies are beautiful and in good health. The problem Im having is this; I wasnt expecting so many of them at once!.... I am set up to care for them for about the first 6 months or so, but when they have to be seperated, Im screwed! lol. So, my question is this... What is the best way to sell as many of them as possible to good homes with people who know how to care for them? Any suggestions? Please feel free to email me or comment. Im pondering what to do.

Posted by: hseebold at November 24, 2006 06:59 PM


I have raised my male and female veiled chameleons from about 5 weeks old to around 2 years old right now. They both are very healthy and in great shape. I bred them, and all the babies are in great shape. I had a 100 percent hatch rate, so even my incubation was perfect. Now I want to take the next step to become a retailer who sells my well cared for babies to good homes. Advice is welcomed of course, and if anyone is looking for beautiful veiled chameleons.. hit me up at my email address: harryseebold@yahoo.com...
Also, I can answer and complicated care questions for those who have veiled chameleons. Drop me a line anytime.
Id also like to say this guy who made this website helped me out alot with the links to caresites and helpful tips. If you have questions on care, check his links out. When followed, they surely help a great deal in answering questions.

Posted by: hseebold at November 24, 2006 07:14 PM


I think that leopard geckos are the best beginner lizard pet owner person to have

Posted by: leopard gecko man at December 1, 2006 11:12 PM


I have just made a website that shows some neat pics of my baby veileds and the two adult ones I have as well. Im in the process of selling them to good homes. Of course my website pretty much sucks compared to this one.. but it is only a few days old and we are working on it daily to bring it up to snuf. www.chameleonlove.com is my site. If nothing else, the pics are nice to look at.

Posted by: hseebold at December 3, 2006 12:53 PM


To: lion7574@yahoo.com.au


Yu are like cannibal... how can you eat your friends? Probably you eat dogs, cats, rats and also your grandma..

Good apetite!

Thomas

Posted by: Thomas at December 4, 2006 01:40 AM


I have two chameleon and my female looks like she is bloated and she really hasn't been eating much and she looks like she is going to shed. I think she might be pregnant how can I tell. I am really worried that she might die.

Posted by: Fran at December 6, 2006 01:26 PM


Ok the best begginer reptiples would be a corn snake, lepord gecko, and a bearded dragon. all are easy to care for the corn snake and lepord geko do not require much space. and all can be handled. Personally I would choose the Bearded Dragon. corn snakes are cool...but I like lizards better. A lepord geko is also good but you must be "very" careful wjen handeling, they will drop there tail if you grab it by the tail, if you attempt to hold it when it isnot aware or if it feels scared. But with cautious, and carful handeling they will losen up and get to know you better. Bearded Dragons are naturally good with humans, but still needs to be tamed, they can be let outside of there cage regulerly aswell. I think the veild chameleon sucks. There ugly as hell, they need specific living/housing requirements, they stress real easily (Will not tolerate being handeled, and if handeled could cause it to become stressed and possibly die right in your hands, know sudden movements around the reptile encloser or it will become stressed) There also really boring things, not only do they pretty much have to stay in there encloser at all times to stay healthy, they will just stay many times they will just stay perfectly still in their enclosers and when they do move it is really slow. A bearded dragon will do many different things while in captivity, when moved into a bigger encloser or when put out of cage it will bob it's head contiuously, because it feels it has gained knew land, they can do this for a good 5 mins! lol it is really funny. They're naturally really alert creatures and will eventually be able to sence there owner. And become loyal to you after a few months of reguler handeling. They'r e pretty much always moving, and they're deffence mechanism is cool. They puff out they're beard making it big and spiney like, which I've seen in pictures and at shows. It is really rare for one to do do while in captivity, but just thought that it can do that is cool. Veild Chameleons SUCK! EGT YOUR SELF A BEARDIE OR A SNAKE OR A GOEKO! FA REAL!

Posted by: Wa? at December 16, 2006 07:49 PM


you people keep talking about how you shouldnt hold you chameleon and that they will strike at you but ive had my female chameleon for 2 year ive held her many times almost every day since i got her. she was around 1 month old when i got her. is there a problem with her. she will actualy clime on me when i clean her cage.

Posted by: soba at December 27, 2006 06:16 PM


To Thomas.

Firstly a cannibal eats human flesh and I must admit I have NEVER tried human and never will. I must confess I have never tried Dogs, cats and rats. I do eat parts of my female friends at times, I consider that as desert. MMM You should really try it before you knock it.
It is a tradition in North Africa to eat Chameleons on the first day of each month, they really are DELICIOUS.
I have been so grateful to have had 4 successful clutches in 2006 giving me a total of 213 live baby Chameleons.
So we are basically set for this years harvest. Unfortunately my other 3 females laid eggs but there eggs became dark yellow to brown in colour meaning they weren't fertile. Thomas if you are ever in North Africa come over for a delicious feast. I personally consumed the most ever at one sitting on New Years Day I literally ate 21 with so much bread, believe me I didn't eat the next day.

Posted by: Lucky at January 8, 2007 06:06 AM


Hi all, I've read all the stuff on this page, and personally I feel you can own a Veiled, or any species chameleon for much cheaper. This website will be very helpful to the less "rich" customers out there. I've personally bought everything for my chameleons from this website. I just lost a Fischer's to dehydration (I was out of town, and my brother isn't what you could call "responsible") so I am planning to buy a baby veiled from this website. When I do I will let you guys know how well they ship the little guy. So far I have yet to have any problems with this business.
Kent
http://lllreptile.com/store/catalog/reptile-supplies/reptariums-reptarium-accessories-and-explorariums/

Posted by: Kent at January 11, 2007 12:34 AM


What do you think about wall less cages because i bought one a year ago, but i dont know if it would be better to buy a fully inclosed cage.

Posted by: Eugene at January 13, 2007 10:25 AM


A walless cage would be fine as long as you have some sort of way to keep your chameleon in the spot you want him

Posted by: Kent at January 16, 2007 10:16 PM


So tomorrow is my birthday and i really want a chameleion. I've researched it for the longest time and talked to all the reptile pet store owners i know. But when the question comes up about weather Chameleions HAVE to eat crickets or not i sometimes feel like they are telling me what i want to hear. Is there anyway way that i wouldn't have to feed my chameleion crickets and all thoses other nasty night crawlers. Please let me know. and if i have to feed them to it than i guess ill just have to live with it because what ever is best for the Chameleion. Thank-you

ps: Do Chameleions Bite and if so does it hurt a lot or...

Thanks again! --> Please post your response on this page instead of sending me an email-- thankyou!!!

Posted by: Parker at January 23, 2007 01:38 PM


Crickets, superworms, live food, definitely YES. And that's a major part of the chameleon experience. If this is something that is repugnant to you, I suggest that for your own sake, as well as the chameleon's, you choose another pet.

Posted by: Jeff at January 23, 2007 02:01 PM



Thank- you sooo much for your response but im totally fine with feeding my Chemelion crickets and other insects. Its just my mom thats parinoid :s ... anyway i already have a snake... well 2 there both corn snakes and feeding them rats is way worse than feeding a chameleion crickets... Thanks again!

Posted by: Parker at January 25, 2007 01:16 PM


What would be a way to keep him where i want and why do i want to keep him in a certain spot?

Posted by: Eugene at January 29, 2007 07:17 PM


please help!!!
i have a 6 month vield cham ,he's eating good and looks o.k. I'ts my first one. I notised that on one of his sides it looks like one of his ribs have been broken B4 and grew back together, but not like it's supposed to be-it grew just a little more inside!
Please tell me if i should go immideatly to the vet or will he be o.k.
it looks like it does not bother him at all.
PLEASE ANSWER ME!!!

Posted by: dily at February 6, 2007 03:36 AM


Heyy everyone i just have a few questions:

1. You know the calcium powder that you put on the crickets before you feed your chameleion the crickets, well i was wondering if it would be okay to put it in the chameleions water so that when i spay it onto the leaves it will get water and calcium.

2. How often should i feed my chameleion. Its just a baby right now and one guy told me to feed it every 2-3 days 12 crickets, and another guy told me to feed it 12 cricketes a day! Please tell me what to do i dont want anything to happen to my chameleion!!!

PLEASE POST YOUR RESPONSE ON THIS PAGE A.S.A.P!!!

THANK-YOU - ps: sorry for the spelling errors spelling never really was my forte :p

thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Parker at February 7, 2007 02:42 PM


to all the people who asked questions in this forum, take 5 mins to research this stuff on the internet. you guys are the laziest bunch ive ever seen

oKAY???? stop cluttering the site up with really obvious questions.

Posted by: John Everyman at February 12, 2007 02:39 AM


how much do heat lamps cost??
And how long is it to hatch a chook egg with a heat lamp???

cheers damo

Posted by: damo at February 15, 2007 12:11 AM


im sorry but this sites care sheet pricing is totally absurd. first of all if you are crafty you can get almost everything you need off of craigslist.com search your own area. You can buy an entire screen at home depot for $5. Screw 4 together and all you need is a top and bottom. If you get a piece of plywood and more screen, then youve got a 20 dollar cage thats better than any internet sites homemade cage. If cage size is an issue, then dont get a chameleon. Also you can buy 1000 crickets for about $14.95 on many crickets websites, so if you read up on criket husbandry you may realize that 15 bucks gets you crikets for life. And if your not into cricket breeding then its still 125 days of crickets were as if you retartedly buy a dozen a day its $125 worth of crickets in 125 days. stupid. The real expenses besides the chameleon are the lights. And once again if you read up of chameleons, you can expose them to natural sunlight when its warm out side, and there are also uv lights sold as 45 watt bulbs for like 11 bucks. some claim to last 10,000 hours. Dont buy some idiotic ballast. Honestly what good is an oversized bulb going to do? When the chameleon wants light it walks to the light. Just please do the research. They say its not for the novice lizard owner, but then again its not anymore work than passing the 5th grade. you pack a damned lunch everyday and get a little sun at recess and as long as you do the homework you cut the mustard. Just dont let the geek who made this website deter you from owning a chameleon. Bottom line is if you wont take it to the vet or do research on it then dont get one. But money is really not a huge issue.

Posted by: the lizard king at February 15, 2007 12:34 AM


Dear the Lizard King:

YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!! The owner that made this page is a genious. He's helped me sooooo much with my lizzard that i love to pieces. Without this site I would probably be convinced that the info off google (Witch is soooo not true ) was true. You are an idiot and sorry if we arn't all poor. Some of us would rather spend time on other things than making a dame cage as opposed to spending some money to make sure that our lizzard has everything it need.

Learn to appresheate that the owner of this site has taken his time to help the rest of us who arnt very knowolageable about lizzards!!!

**********GO BACK TO SCHOOL, or better yet go back to the saggy old box that your probably forcing your lizzards to live in**********

***KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK OWNER OF THIS SITE, YOUR A LIFE SAVER***

Posted by: unknown at February 15, 2007 01:33 PM


I think this is a great website and people can ask any question they want thats the whole point. Why don't stop cluttering up this website with you incoherent thoughts john everyman

Posted by: Eugene at February 17, 2007 09:51 PM


for all you people who are having problems with your chameleon not eating... if you just bought it, then give it a few days. moving a chameleon from the pet store or breeder to a new home can be very stressful to them. as specially males. because chameleons are teritorial, changing the cage or even the placement of plants in some cases can cause them to feel like they are out of their own territory. a good way to tell the mood and stress level of your chameleon is it's color. if your girl/boy is dark in color, it's usually because he/she is under stress. also, check the humidity level in the cage (i hope all of you have a thermomiter and humidity guage in the cage). make sure baby chameleons have atleast 4 sq. ft. of living space. my babies are kept in a 1x2x2ft. they are solitary animals so if you have 2 or more, make sure they cant see eachother unless its breeding season and you plan to breed (do us and ur pet a favor... please dont breed if u dont know how to take care of the chameleon(s) u have now.) if they dont eat, try giving it smaller food to catch like baby crickets or fruit flys (babys LOVE domestic flys) if you suplement your chameleon, do so lightly and NO MORE than once a week. chameleons can become ill in many different ways due to over suplimentation. if your chameleon doesnt drink try using a dripping system (u should already be using one, if u arent thats prob y it doesnt drink)mist the leaves in the cage so the chameleon becomes stimulated to drink. set the dripper on the top of the cage and let it fall right infront of the chameleon. (they get stress from being wet so DONT spray then as babies.. adults can deal with it but try not to) if none of this works please take it to a vet. chances are it's sick and needs some help. if any of you have any questions or issues please feel free to e-mail me at astcomjakecw@aol.com or you can text or call my cell (727) 432 1655. as a breeder and chameleon lover, i would be happy to answer any questions.

in reply to the person who asked about veiled chameleons being good for beginers, the answer is no. veiled chameleons, while having a longer life span that other chameleons, also have a very high mortality rate. they are also the least colorful of the chameleon breeds (usually consisting of only green, brown, and yellow.)

i recomend panther chameleons for beginers. they arent as snesitive as veileds. they also have some pretty insane colors. a male panther can be seen here -->

http://chameleonsonly.com/Pictures/Isairy-mifidy%20-%2010.JPG

females are shown here ---> http://chameleonsonly.com/Pictures/Elros-1.jpg

start up cost isnt 450, if anyone tells u that, they're full of it.
the cost for a cage can be anywhere from 30 - 75$ for rearing cages of 4 square feet. i build my own out of pvc pipe and screen thats heald on by zip ties. (all found at my local hardware store) the most expensive part of the cage is going to be the lights. uva/uvb bulbs run about $50 down here. all you need is a bulb and flourecent fixture from the hardware store (u can get them in pet shops but they jack up the price) watering systems can be as simple as a cup with a pin hole in the bottom. basking lamps are cheap and the bulbs dont even need to be for reptiles. as long as it generates radiant heat, it wil work. stay away from synthetic plants as plastic can breen bacteria cultures very eaily. use non toxic plants. plants, be they from outside or from the store, NEED to be rinsed off using a water or a light solution of soap and water (one drop of dawn to 2 gallons will be enough to clean them), this is needed because parasites and chemicles can often be lurking on the plant. you then need to re-plant them with fresh, store bought soil that doesnt contain fertalizers, as these chemicles can KILL your chameleon. humidity and temperature varies from species to species. as does nutritional needs. the age of your chameleon also has a factor in this.

again i am more than happy to answer any questions or concerns about your chameleon. my contact info is shown in the first section of this post.

Posted by: Kyle at February 20, 2007 02:08 PM


how do you keep the tanks humidity up at the normal level when your are not home for more then 6 or 8 hours for the chameleions

Posted by: roger at February 24, 2007 10:25 AM


The tanks are suppost to be sprayed a minimum of twice a day. I suggest you spay the cage very thourly in the morning and even more thourly at night. If you can get someone to come in to spray the cage while you are out that would be great! but if not there are things like waterfalls that ovbiviously the lizzard will not drink out of however it will keep the cage faily moist. Best of luck!

Posted by: Blah at March 4, 2007 10:41 AM


Hii everyone, i have a bit of a delema with my Chameleion (The Sherminator) every time i open his cage to pick him up or even spray his cage with water he puffs up and sometimes even hisses at me, whats the deal??? I feed him well every day make sure his cage is moist i supply him with a wonderful cage enviornment and i dont even pick him up that much??? maybe once a day but sometimes ill skip a couple days... why does he do that ... please help me someone, and fast.. i love my chameleion and i want him to love me to
:(
Please post your response on this site ASAP- thanks!!!

Posted by: Dip at March 7, 2007 01:53 PM


hey, i got my veiled chameleon and i was wondering why he hisses at me and opens his mouth when i try to handle him.. i know they're territorrial, but how am i gonna change his enclosure when he gets bigger if he wont let me handle him?

Posted by: Becky at March 10, 2007 06:44 PM


Hey i am getting a Veiled Cham 2morrow at petsmart just tellin u

Posted by: Hi at March 12, 2007 09:13 PM


hi I live in Dubai and im not insulting the owner of this website but they have a lot of chameleons in the pet shop who have been there for years and they dont have half of the stuff that you mentioned. Is it really necessary or do different types of chameleons need different amounts of care and appliances? i am not challenging you.

Posted by: Stephen at March 17, 2007 09:47 AM


Hi everyone i've had a veiled cham for about 3 and a half months. He lives in a full sized cage with many vines... to climb on and i have not had any problems with him what so ever. However he still is farly young he was born in December and i was considering getting another veiled cham that has been living in the reptile store for a while now and is full grown and an adult. Is this a good idea? To have 2 chams in the same cage especially at such a vas age apart? If its fine, does it matter if there are 2 boys in the enclosure or does it have to be a girl and a boy????????

PLEASE ANSWERE ON THIS SITE A.S.A.P

Thank- you sooooooooo much :)

Posted by: Linne at March 17, 2007 01:31 PM


i want a chemileon so bad but i cant make that much money. *sigh* i wish there was a cheeper way.

Posted by: sierra at March 18, 2007 08:11 PM


can i take to Chameleion to australia ?
I am in hawaii for hollyday ! I love Chameleion J!

Posted by: peter at March 18, 2007 09:20 PM


Dear Sierra

I'm very sorry to hear about your troubles resulting money but if you can't offord to take care of a cham than it's for the best that you dont get one. I think it's great that you realize that and that your not perchusing a cham even though you can't offord it! good for you! You truly are looking out for the well being of the chameleion!!!!!

Posted by: Marshallie at March 19, 2007 12:28 PM


Dear Perter

No you most certainly can not take a cham from Hawaii to Australia! It is just crule to force the cham to deal with that sort of change, as well as toorture. Hopefully im not to late and tank-you for asking

Even though you probably are just a nerdy teenager kid sitting at your computer trying to think of ways to cause havic on this wonderful website. GET A JOB!!!!!

Posted by: Polly at March 19, 2007 12:31 PM


Please helpe me with this if you can. I have been searching to purchase a Chameleon for as long as I can remember.. I live in Boston Ma, Can you help me on giving me more info. on where to purchase a Chameleon? I preffer an e-mail from you. Thanks

anarosado690@hotmail.com
Ana Garcia
Chameleon Lover

Posted by: Ana at March 19, 2007 01:01 PM


@whoever was talking about canibalism

youre retarded
get educated on what your talking about before you correct someone. Canibalism is the eating of the same species as the consumer. nothing to do with humans. By the way i absolutely love chameleons :) anyone have a leaf variety? any info on them?

Posted by: chrome at March 24, 2007 04:35 PM


i like chameleons but xander is right what do they do? what a waste of money!!!

Posted by: hayley at April 3, 2007 07:50 PM


i dont like chamleons and they dont do a thing. wht buy one?? xanders right im with him on this one!!!!!!!!

Posted by: hayley at April 3, 2007 07:51 PM


Quick question... is it better if i put the crickets for my cham in his tank with him, or keep them seperatly in a different container?????

Posted by: Nina at April 6, 2007 05:57 PM


Hi. I'm looking to draw a chameleon. (for A childrens book) But there arn't any at the zoo. I live in london. Where is the nearest place i can find one? pet shop maybe?

Posted by: jess at April 13, 2007 04:36 AM


yall are a buch of idiots i cant beleive i read four lines of this crap.. get a life and stop jerking of on your parent computer ..get a job

Posted by: tony at April 13, 2007 03:35 PM


Dear Jess.
It's sooo awsome that you live in London!!! But if you can't find a chameleion at the zoo or in a pet shop the internet is one of the best places for a picture of one. Try searching the web for the perfect pic... Good luck

Posted by: jennifer<3 at April 13, 2007 08:55 PM


Dear Tony: Your calling us a bunch of idiots! Your the one that came to this site in the first place and i seriously doubt that you just stumbled on to this wonderful site by accident. Oh and maybe the reason for you hatting this site so much is because you dont understand it in the first place.. Have a nice day!

Posted by: ollie P at April 13, 2007 09:02 PM


JESS SEND ME AN EMAIL AND I WILL SEND YOU A PICTURE OF MY 8 YEAR OLD MALE VEILED CHEMILION TOMORROW

Posted by: JAMES at April 16, 2007 04:02 PM


SORRY JESS MY EMAIL IS NIKKIS66@TELUS.NET

Posted by: JAMES at April 16, 2007 04:08 PM


HELLO NINA I HAVE FOUND IT IS BETTER TO PUT THE CRICKETS IN THE SAME CAGE AS THE CHEMILION. BUT IF HE OR SHE IS VERY YOUNG AND IN A BIG CAGE I WOULD PUT THEM IN A DIFFERANT CONTAINER UNTIL THE CHEMILION GROWS A LITTLE

Posted by: JAMES at April 16, 2007 04:16 PM


THIS IS FOR THE LIZARD KING.

EVERY ONE HAS THERE OWN OPINIONS BUT MABEY YOU SHOULD GET YOUR FACTS STRAIT BEFORE YOU START TELLING PEOPLE HOW TO KEEP CARE OF CHEMILIONS.
WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT IS WHEN YOU TOLD PEOPLE TO USE UVA INCONDECENT LIGHTING FOR UVB. YOU DO NEED TO GET BALASTS OR COMPACT FLORESCENT UVB LIGHTS OR YOUR GOING TO GIVE YOUR REPTILES METABOLIC BONE DISEASE!! YOU CAN GET THE METAL HALID INCONDESCENT BUT THEY ARE PRICEY. I HAVE RAISED MANEY TYPES OF CHEMILIONS AS WELL AS MANY OTHER REPTILES AND I KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE. I HAVE ALSO SEEN WHAT THE WRONG LIGHTS CAN DUE TO A REPTILE AND IT IS NOT A NICE WAY TO DIE.
ALSO YOU CANNOT PUSH THEM UP TO A WINDOW FOR SUNLIGHT AS UVB DOSE NOT GO THROUGH GLASS.

Posted by: JAMES at April 16, 2007 04:32 PM


How much do the chameloens cost I mean not the hole icheulada but just the chameleon and does the price differ if him/her is a older or younger chameleon. Also if any one can pls tell me the cheapest tpe of chameleon and the price of him/her.

Posted by: Andrew at April 17, 2007 03:49 PM


i have read that quite a few people are having this same problem but i cant seem to see the answer my chameleon will come to me and go to sleep on my stomach for quite a while but its not happy when i put it back in its tank and if i go to get her again in the same day she hisses and goes to bite me why is this i cant seem to find the info anywhere else

Posted by: julie at April 23, 2007 04:09 PM


I HAVE A CHAMELEON IT LOOKS LIKE A CB FLAP NECK BUT NO FLAP WHAT TYPE OF CHAMELEON IS IT? AND HOW DO I TELL IF ITS A FEMALE OR MALE? IS IT GOOD TO PLAY WITH THEM? IM THINKING ABOUGHT HE/SHE SHOULD I HAVE A-LOT OF TROPICAL ENVIRMENT?

Posted by: joe at April 26, 2007 10:28 PM


Okay, Joe, you really, really need to spend some time doing research, reading, looking at pictures and so on. - the internet is great but use more than one source and discern!

And if you want to give that chameleon a good life you need to take this seriously!

I play with mine - but I put them back as soon as they start looking stressed or like they arent enjoying being out of their cages - there are no hard and fast rules there - from my experience, each is an individual and will tolerate things to a different point. - but be sensitive to your chameleon, dont stress it unnecessarily!

Posted by: Adi at May 10, 2007 04:41 AM


i am thinking of getting a chameleon probably a panther chameleon but on a different site it says your chameleon can be on a diet with chopped up apple and celery and lettuce and carrots is that true?


PS this is very important please e-mail me!!!

Posted by: kallyn at May 17, 2007 01:51 PM


OK so it might just be that your chameleon is trying to relax or its scared of you. try hand feeding it a wax worm to show your good and not bad!

Posted by: @ julie from joel at May 17, 2007 01:59 PM


re: chopped up celery, apple and lettuce diet.

Will the chameleon eat this? Probably.

If so, will the chameleon live a short life and die a miserable death? Also probably.

Posted by: Jeff at May 17, 2007 02:34 PM


then i won't do that
but even if i give it bugs and worms and the cut up celery and letuce and apple will it still die quick and not live long?

Posted by: kallyn at May 17, 2007 05:39 PM


my mom is against all bug diet and says its ok but shes no pro

Posted by: kallyn at May 17, 2007 05:40 PM


A young chameleon will not eat any vegetables at all. An adult chameleon will only eat them when desperate and starving. If there are insects around, they're not going to touch the veggies.

Posted by: Jeff at May 17, 2007 06:18 PM


Hi Jeff. I purchased a 19 [now 23]week old female veiled chameleon last month, and I am on this site all the time reading posts and stuff, and I am beginning to worry that I am not doing anything right. I give her about 5-10 small crickets daily, depending on what she will take. I have given her a few small mealworms, but I am afraid they aren't good for her yet because she is still so young. I have also read butterworms are great for them but cannot find them anywhere in my area. Any suggestions on a good site online to purchase them? I'm also worried because she hasn't laid eggs yet, and doesn't look like she will any time soon, but I was wondering if I should just put a container of sand in there at all times or if I should do it when she starts getting big? What kind of container should I use for that, and is calcium sand okay or should I only use playsand? I have attempted to hold her but whenever I do she hisses and attempts to bite me so I have given up on that, I know that's bad for them anyway. I really just want to make sure I am not doing anything to make her life shorter than it should be. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and hopefully responding to me.

Posted by: Brittany at May 18, 2007 12:07 PM


ok i won't feed it that stuff then but what is the best types of bugs to feed a panther chameleon?

Posted by: kallyn at May 18, 2007 03:57 PM


o i forgot what are a few good tips because the other websites don't help much. i really want to have a chameleon but i want to be prepared for it. i've wanted 1 for four years and i'm finally allowed.any advice is good advice to me. oh yeah if you don't have a guy chameleon in the same tank as a girl chameleon is there any chance it would still lay eggs?
Thanks a million!

Posted by: kallyn at May 19, 2007 07:16 AM


Some of you guys are horrible spellers. It's embarrassing to read how stupid you sound. My boyfriend took his chameleon to the vet today and the vet said that the "night light" does nothing for the lizard at all. Be careful taking you chameleon to the vet because I think some of them don't have a clue about small animals or reptiles.

Posted by: Nikki at May 25, 2007 04:53 PM


how big do veiled chameleons get?

Posted by: Tia at June 13, 2007 08:59 AM


@whoever was talking about retardism

Look in the mirror, eh?

Posted by: JinxCat at June 15, 2007 05:08 PM


Nikki,
I agree with you, horrible spellers. I read all the comments, but I have to say, no one cares.

Posted by: JinxCat at June 15, 2007 05:11 PM


I have had chameleons, and you do not need to spend that much on them. It is a nice pet to have and the care is about the same with a dog or cat. Of course you feed it and it just needs a few basics. Do not get discouraged about the price. It is not all that bad!

Posted by: Tamara at June 21, 2007 02:08 PM


Im building a chameleon cage, I used cedar wood, and was wondering if the cedar would be poisonous to a chameleon, or if i should paint it. The wire is going to be on the inside of the the cedar, so he wont be able to directly contact it.

Posted by: nate at June 26, 2007 09:11 AM


Aren't UV lights harmful to people. I believe thay cause skin cancer. As chameleon keepers how can we deal with the UVB lights we use.

Posted by: Allan at June 30, 2007 10:13 AM


How often shoulld i clean my Chams tank? It's pretty big and covered with different forest aspects

Thanks a million !

Posted by: Balit at July 3, 2007 12:18 PM


i dont understand this, like everything online and people over hype and over stress certain points because you read and you read of these facts and info,,,,, i have a veiled chameleon male, and i got him at 3months ive held him on my hand every single day since day one, 2 times a day and now even more. he loves to come outside the tank and sit on plants i have in my room or sit on me. you just feed them crickets throughout the day maybe different meal worms etc... for (goodies) spray some water throughout the day or have a drip system which people over stress that too. but i think its all in all like a person a chameleon has a personality my chameleon has a great one.... raise it properly and care for it thats all.... dont get sucked into this spending so much money it robs the bank. its a very adaptable creature like ALL but dont steal one from the wild they will die

Posted by: GLZ at July 4, 2007 08:01 PM


have a UVA basking light, have a UVB light, these are nutrients that youd get from the sun. about the only thing ive heard harmful about UVB is the warning on the damn box when you buy it, it reads like a laser (do not stare into the light directly) people youd have to stare and stare and stare for something harmful to happen..... my chameleon has shed its skin and grown great under these lights and im not developing any skin cancers im not sitting in the tank with him,

Posted by: GLZ at July 4, 2007 08:05 PM


id say for female owners just keep a nice sand bar in the corner so if and when it shall lay its eggs 2-3 times a year like some do it has it.... i dont own a female for this matter i figured get a male they seem to have a good personality like male cats compared to female cats and so forth....

People never try to PICK UP your chameleon when you first get it nor later on in life its not like picking up another type of lizard....
since ive got my male veiled chameleon ive had him in my hands since day one like i said.... sometimes a few days before hed shed his skin he wouldnt come onto my hand... meaning i put my hand in the tank infront of him and usually hed walk onto me.... but before he sheds he doesnt want to sometimes but holy hell after that he is always waiting for me to walk by the tank or sit next to it cos he comes right to the doors and wants out and i put my hand right into there and he crawls all over me...

chameleons when stressed will extend that lower flap and move from side to side this replicates a leaf like motion.... ( someone said in another comment box that the weird movements slow movements are do to calcuim deficiency this is not true) chameleons move like that too look like leafs in the wild ive seen some bad diseased up chameleons at bad pet stores youll know when theres trouble. also when really pissed chameleons buff out like a ball and hiss turn red maroon brownish. ive seen my chameleon do this when he was smaller to some of the crickets crawling on him

Posted by: GLZ at July 4, 2007 08:14 PM


I have a chameleon and i really cudnt of picked a better pet! he's always active! his color changing is amazing and quite relaxing to watch, and watching him eat is even better!
its alright saying why get one wot can they do?
y is having a dog, cat, snake, bird or nething else nemor exciting?? just bcos YOU dont like them it doesnt mean theyr not a good pet! wot pet do YOU have thats so exciting!! BUY A CHAMELEON DEFFINATELY!!

Posted by: Luke at July 10, 2007 08:06 AM


Alright so I have a pretty basic question. I have been to many different sites learning all I need to know about having a chameleon as a pet. Most reputable sources agree that Veiled chameleons are the most hardy and easiest to maintain...using the term "easiest" quite loosely I might add. I was just wondering what makes Veiled chameleons slightly easier to care for than Jackson's or Panther chameleons, etc.

Posted by: Matt at July 10, 2007 11:10 PM


Hi, I've had a vieled one for about two months now and he just bit my bloody finger off. No im serious, he was great and then yesterday, I went to pick him up and he hissed at me, puffed himself up and bit my third finger clean off above the knuckle. My question is this, how do I get my ring back?

Posted by: fingerless at July 12, 2007 02:47 PM


I've had my female veiled chameleon for 3 months now and she is awesome! Her name is Amelia. She is very friendly, except for when it's feeding time and she is hungry, then she will hiss at me. Most times when I go to get her out of her cage she will maybe hiss a bit, but she will come to me. She falls asleep in my hands when i rub her on her nose and horn and she will remain a bright green. I've taken her many places and nothing seems to bother her. I have her set up in a cage that is totally screened and is full of live plants (mostly pothos) and sticks for her to get around on. She loves to hunt bugs and seems happy as can be in there. I take her out often and let her explore outside and catch bugs. When I go to get her out though, unless she is hungry, she comes right too me and is loving and happy. I don't understand why people say that chameleons are mean. Mine seems to be very loving. She is now about 8 months old.

Posted by: Pam at July 17, 2007 09:20 PM


im wondering i saw a realy cool veiled chameleon up for sale at a pet store and i decided to take a panphlet they wer handing out explainning about them it says that veiled chameleons are for experience reptile owners.,...is this true? Ive never had a reptile for a pet and id like to start with a chameleon....is that a bad idea?

Posted by: Lost at July 21, 2007 12:29 AM


well I dont understand why mine has become more agressive lately. Readers may recall that I had my finger bitten off last week. The good news is that I was able to retrieve my ring. Unfortunately, it's more like a mood ring now and keeps changing colours for some reason. Today, I'd like to report his further bad behaviour towards me though. I came home from a weekend away when he started swearing at me. I don't just mean the tame words that you'd expect your pets to pick up but some real filthy insults. It's certainly true that they chameleons can change.

Posted by: fingerless at July 23, 2007 03:23 AM


Do you think I could make a cage for my chameleon with chicken wire or is it not safe?

Posted by: Don Gonza at August 5, 2007 08:54 PM


I don't know about all you posters, but I think the price is very reasonable. A chameleon needs a lot of care (I would know, I love them so much I've done two reports on them since 2nd grade...) The only disadvantage is when I tell my mom the price... *gulp* that will not be pretty. Also... eheheh... crickets creep my mom out. Eheheh... yeah... my mom says I have to wait until I move out to get one :(. Yeah.... anyway, wish me luck telling her. Bye!

Posted by: Rock-dude75 at August 9, 2007 08:17 AM


hey i am building a cage and was planning on using cedar. i was wanting to find out if cedar was a problem for veiled chameleons bc of the sap or anything else that would be in the wood. please respond if you have the time. thanks.

Posted by: Casey at August 9, 2007 11:56 PM


hey im in australia and wondering how to go about buying a chameleon here in oz????????

Posted by: thomas kuta at August 20, 2007 09:12 PM


i'am getting a Veiled Chameleon and wondering do thet eat live and dead crickets ps:
Veiled Chameleon rock there so pretty and cool i;am getting mine at petco and they are $150.00
but i dont care because i love them thety ate so nice i'am going to have a pretty big cage and i'am going to take care of it i live in salina ks,and it rocks until the type back abd tell me whats up!!!!!!Veiled Chameleon rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: coalton at September 18, 2007 07:22 PM


I wish i could get one.i need info to get my parents to buy me one?

Posted by: matthew at October 3, 2007 11:52 PM


im getting a veiled (yemen) chameleon next month

Posted by: joseph at October 4, 2007 09:58 AM


LOL to the morons who bought veiled chameleons at Petco for 150 BUCKS?! Ever heard of a reptile show? Or convention? They sell veilds there for $30. $50 for medium sized ones. Do your research next time. And can everyone please stop asking if veileds need live food. The answer is yes. U can buy live crickets at petco as a matter of fact. A varied diet is healthy so try to find a store that sells mealworms, waxworms, and the like. Do your research before spending money on a pet you don't know how to take care of, people!!

Posted by: John at October 8, 2007 06:24 PM


how can i know the age of my chameleon and if it a male or a female????

Posted by: eslam at October 9, 2007 05:45 PM


im getting a veilled chhameleon next month for my birthday how long do they live for?

Posted by: josh at October 14, 2007 01:26 PM


you are very disabled and i dont like you . I am George Bush and I say we bomb Iraq. Everbody listening we should all kill me! I have 890 girlfriends and each and everyone is pregnant!

Posted by: george bush at October 19, 2007 09:35 AM


John = right, reptile shows are in many areas year round for a weekend or a day out of the weekend. They sell a huge variety of reptiles, from different species of geckos to the largest snakes. Go to a reptile show and meet with a breeder, buy supplies on discounted prices and buy a HUGE box of crickets for 7$...just have a large container and some potato slices ready for them. Read up on Chameleons from MANY different websites and books from people who have experience, get a better idea of how to care for the animal. The animal isn't a toy, it's an animal that needs specific care, they are quite delicate (some more than others). Do the research, buy the setup then get your new friend.

Posted by: Ash at November 2, 2007 03:21 PM


can i keep bromeliad plants with my veiled chameleon
please e-mail me @ scully_79@hotmail.co.uk

Posted by: scully at November 3, 2007 11:59 AM


Hey just wondering if any one can e-mai me an answer..iam a young herp lover,i grew up in southern africa keeping flap necked and dwarf chameleons, and no lizard better than a chameleon....iam now living in australia and unfortunatly they dont support the captivity of exotic reptiles (wich i find rediculous,australia lacks its reptile lovers due to this i think)such as chameleons...just wondering if u can buy chameleons while livivng in australia and what sorta lisence would i need and who would i need to speak to and who could i contact if its possible?...thanx for any reply i get
cheers
sean

Posted by: Sean Corbett at November 16, 2007 08:29 AM


wow weird lol!!!!!

Posted by: vicky at November 25, 2007 08:03 PM


i have 4 chameleons and 1 iguana is it alright to let a iguana and chameleons together

Posted by: peter at November 26, 2007 04:14 PM


@ eslam

You asked about female or male?

well, underneath a male there is a SMALL bulge
and usually a thin pale line underneath this
this apperance is for a male

the females are completely smooth
with no pale colour variation

Posted by: Johhnnnn! at December 4, 2007 03:02 AM


another issue is about the food,

DO NOT FEED YOUR LIZZARD DEAD INSECTS!!!

they need live prey
not only is it good for them
but it also a good spectical!
watching them lock on, and shoot

Posted by: Johhnnnn! at December 4, 2007 03:05 AM


I just bought a baby female veiled chameleon and it falls asleep constantly and i havent seen her eat yet but there are crickets in the cage. She will sometimes walk around especially when i let her out but sometimes ill pick her up and she'll just close her eyes on me is this bad??

Posted by: Robb at December 5, 2007 01:22 PM


Hi People wow i have read the whole of this board just now.
I recently been to the reptile shop in the uk and come across one of these veiled yemans chameleon and was so amazed on how they move, eat, change there colour. i was like what you call a child when i had to leave without one....

My Wife and i decided to start with a Crested Gecko as the Chameleon was far to advanced for us as we do not know anything about them.

Just wanted to say to the owner of this site a real big thanks and for the people that have left some real good facts for housing such wonderful reptile. I have learnt alot and i will be doing more homework on this aspect before we consider getting one.

Thanks to you all

Best Regards
Darryl

Posted by: Darryl at December 10, 2007 10:03 AM


Just noticed a lot of people on this site have no idea what to do once they have bought there lizard? Thats why many of these animals suffer because of poor caregivers. You dont buy a chameleon to bairly get by and live unhappy. YOU BUY A chameleon so that it can grow and thrive and live and enjoyable life. You dont buy a chameleon saying i bairly have any money and how cheap can i basically keep this thing alive for. Dont have a chameleon yet myself but i know when or if i get one i will do my research from the hundreds of websites out there. As well as be prepared to spend the money needed for the lizard to THRIVE!! Just putting my 2 cents in

Posted by: Shawn at December 12, 2007 07:41 AM


I have a veiled chameleon and the costs per month are tiny. I got a perfectly adequate set-up second hand for 100 as well as a chameleon. Pe stores arent that expensive either. It doesnt cost as much money as this guy makes it out to. And its not really hard owrk looking after them either. Anyone can do it.

Posted by: Lawrence Seager at December 18, 2007 01:01 PM


Hey jeff, I just got a 1 year old veiled chameleon and let me tell you he loves his lettuce, even when their are live crikets in the cage he eats the lettuce from my hand. Why is that? And i have a glass reptrium and now i wanna change it cuz you said it causes them stress, do yu think i should go get a wired cage? Also, how will i know when my chameleon (Bud) will let me handle him?

Please respond. Thank you.

Posted by: Trevor at December 26, 2007 03:43 PM


Im about to get a veiled chameleon but dont know whether to get a female or a male.Both have similar tempermaents but i do not know which is more work to take care of.Also im thinking of getting an exo terra waterfall but will the chameleon drink from it?finally ive looked on different websites and some of them say that it is okay to let your chameleon eat fruits and vegetables but others name some vegetables that they can not eat. i am a little confused.

Posted by: Emme at December 30, 2007 03:13 PM


If you are getting a chamelon, heres what you need:
screen terrariums
vines and REAL plants
crickets, mealworms, waxworms and gutload
UVB and heat lights
mist 2X per day
don't get 1 if you don't know what you're doing

Posted by: taylor at January 15, 2008 07:52 PM


1. Whats the best site to buy a plant for my chameleon that IS SURE to be safe? ie. no pesticides and contaminated soil? I went to home depot and asked about their plants--they use pesticides and some kind of "pearl" stuff in the soil thats good for the plant but definately not the chameleon. By the way, my chamelon got a little paper cut from the fake plants I have in there so remember if you're getting a chamelon to check for this possible little hazzard. My chamelon (named paisley) is eating my fake plants all the time but looks healthy otherwise-also,
2. which type would you say is the easiest to keep alive in the habitat (i don't have a good green thumb when it comes to live plants usually)
HEY-plus, 3.I try to hand feed my chameleon and she gets upset-I still want her to hunt for food or eat from her bowl so she won't one day rely soley on me handing it to her but sometimes I'd lie to bond with her by giving her a little treat--should I give up trying or will she one day get used to me? i don't want to keep stressing her out either. please will someone respond with some helpful info?
jennifer.

Posted by: jennifer elola at January 16, 2008 04:22 PM


Regarding my posting above, sorry there's a type error-I don't lie to my chamelon!!! lol..giggle. I meant to type like, that I'd LIKE to bond with her...blah blah blugh.

Posted by: jennifer at January 16, 2008 04:26 PM


if you are getting a chameleon i would also recomend doing a little more research such as speaking with a breeder (not that this sight is not very informative!). i just purchaced my second veiled chameleon a couple of days ago and when i spoke to the breeder about possibly using a waterfall he informed me that they are not a good idea because some chameleons may use them as a bathroom and then possibly become sick from drinking the water. i would also go with a male chameleon because with a female they will usualy become egg bound unless proper nesting material is provided which they may not like and they will typicaly die from being egg bound and on the upside males usualy display more colors. just be carefull to take good precautions with the uvb lighting and the calcium suppliments because i know many people who have ended up with a chameleonm with bone disease and trust me it is terrible... i just had to have one put down that i had gotten from a girl who didnt take care of her and my chameleon's bone disease was so far along to fix and usualy with bone disease it is almost impossible to turn around. if you would like any more information i could help you or give you the number of the very knowledgeable breeder that i have been speaking with.

Posted by: sarah at January 16, 2008 09:12 PM


I have to poop.

Posted by: Bob loblaw at January 17, 2008 09:45 PM


Hello all I brought a cute baby chameleon for 5$ at my local petstore they told me to becarful and I brought little little crickets and cut maxworms into little piece"s and I am responsible. I plan to breed crickets what would I need and wth is with the potate and crickets plz help me out im a begginer and read a lot but really don't understand much and I have a cage that gives air circulation and keeps it from escapeing I plan not too touch my pet TJ for about 3 more days I just feed it and let it be and I have a UVB light and heat light and TJ is a boy can any1 teach me to cricket breed I need too know im 15yrs old and nearest petstore is 15 blocks away. I am not lazy but want 2 learn how 2 cricket breed.

Posted by: lizardlover at February 14, 2008 08:49 PM


So far, i have read some comments that were very useful. This is a great website! i have two questions to ask but before i do, i did not see the care sheet yet. i will after this and see if it will answer my questions. until then, is it necessary to buy a misting system? I see they do not like water bowls and they drink of the leaves some im guessing yes.. i'm planing to buy a veiled chameleon but before i do, id like to see the comfortable environments they live in. Also, how long should they be kept alone before handling him/her and start the bonding? hope these questions help others as well. =]

Posted by: Kalynn at February 18, 2008 12:20 AM


are u a herpetologist ?

Posted by: scott slaven at March 3, 2008 08:33 AM


We have had our veil chameleon now for a year. You don't really have to buy the spray system. you can also daily just use a water spray bottle. make sure you are using hot water it does not stay hot.. when you spray it it turns to warm to room temp.. they say to feed them 2 crickets every second day... now i don't really agree but it could just be because fingers is a pig lol we have found that a comfortable feeding is about 4-5 crickets every second day. we don't keep fingers in a cage at all.. she has a room to her self an comes out to play with us often..her room is fill with fake plants that reach the ceiling and also has a mush hanger for her for a bowl of water an greens. The soon you start to bond an touch your chameleon the better... if you wait to long she will become moody.. not that she wont either way but she will be more moody the longer you wait...Oh did i mention they seen to enjoy jumping lol.. when having your chameleon out roaming your place keep an eye on it lol. live plants to look for that your pet will eat are pothos plant.. they are good for them an will not harm it. another feeding diet for your pet would be meal worms. you also have to give your chameleon calcium dust. hmm did i forget anything ??

Posted by: Jenn at March 14, 2008 06:37 PM


Holy crap! I can't believe some of the stuff I am reading. Pardon my frankness. I have just read through all of the posts since last year because I am just amazed. This will fall on deaf ears I am sure and for those of you who already know this stuff, i'm glad.

There should be absolutely NO SUBSTRATE of any kind in your chameleons enclosure, unless you have a species of pygmy.

There should be no water fountain or water bowl either. It breeds bacteria. Most chams will not drink from them either they drink from mist coming down on them or from condensation the leaves in their enclosure. Plus they are kinda dumb and can drown in it if they mistakenly fall in.

Chameleons do not bond, cuddle, nor do they really like being handled in general. There is no way to "get them used to you". If you happen to own a more tolerant cham, then consider yourself lucky because they can be a snobby bunch of animals and they will let you know if they are willing to bite you if you touch them.

Over feeding a female is something you want to avoid, as you do not want her to die from the stress of bearing too many eggs in one clutch, but 1 cricket a day is by far not enough. To keep the clutch sizes low, because your cham will lay eggs regardless of whether you mate her or not, 4 crickets a day is a good amount.

The crickets that are fed to your animals should be gutloaded for at least 2 days before you feed them to your cham, with a mixture of greens, fruits and vegetables(no iceburg lettuce, avacado, onion, or banana)romaine, kale, endive, red bell pepper, apple, pear, and go light on the carrots. Do not feed them cat and dog food either, too much protein. The fluckers stuff in the jars is good to keep the crickets alive but it doesn't really do anything for the cham.

Chams in my opinion should never be fed mealworms. There are many other bugs that they can enjoy that are good for them. Mealworms are to difficult for them to digest and have no nutritional value whatsoever. Superworms are a little better if gutloaded. Silkworms are by far the best feeder choice. They are exceptional healthy and most chams love them. If you buy all your bugs via pet store though, you are better off just sticking to crickets and maybe throwing in some wax worms once in a blue moon because they love them, but it's basically like feeding them french fries.

For those wondering what kind of cham to get as a beginner I would recommend a male veiled, particularly a juvenile. They are in no way easy to keep, but generally speaking they are the hardiest of the chameleons and tend to be a little more forgiving when living conditions are not optimal. I would also recommend a male panther as they are just about as hardy, but they are for the person with a deeper pocket and a little more experience because of that price tag.

Rarely does a person at a pet store know what they are talking about when it comes to chameleons as most of you with dead chameleons that you purchased from a pet store would know. Don't give up on ever owning one, they are by far one of the coolest animals ever, I find them to be a refreshing and rewarding challenge. If you want something easy, buy a snake. Try again, but this time equipped with the correct information. If you have access to this site, there is no reason that you can utilize all the other information that is floating around on the web. Take advice from many different sources, not just one. Compile them until you find something that works for you.

I really don't mean to sound brash, but I really have grown fond of these creatures and to hear all the things about them being sick and dying because of things that should never have come to be with a little knowledge kinda makes me sick to my stomach.
Sorry this is so long.....

Posted by: Ashley at March 16, 2008 04:21 PM


are all veild chamilions able to climb?

Posted by: dc at March 17, 2008 07:17 AM


that last bit of information posted by ashley was very helpful im 30 years old now and have kept reptiles and amphibians most of my life i agree with a couple of you leopard gekkos and beardies are a good 1st choice i have got many reptiles my list is 3 iguanas 1 water dragon 4 leopard gekkos 1 rainbow boa 1 common boa 3 corn snakes 1 basilisk 1 burmeese python 1 hermans tortoise 2 terapins and 1 chilli rose terantula yes my electricity bill is very high lol i have been tempted many times 2 buy a veiled chamelion but been put of i am a firm beliver that if u are gonna purchise any of these magnificant creatures u should read up and gather as much info on them as you can posably take in as i work in amazonia world of reptiles and there are many people who bring there unwanted animals in due to not getting the correct info from the pet retailers (iguanas get 6ft not a bit bigger than a water gragon as 1 of our customers got told by a pet store muppets) n e way just make sure you look before u leap and if properly done u should have many years of enjoyment out of your herp as many can live for a good 30 years plus thanx mike

Posted by: mike at March 21, 2008 10:34 AM


can you put a green anole and a chameleon together? do they reguiar the same care like the lights and stuff?

Posted by: lindsay at March 29, 2008 02:49 PM


dudes forget about it and lindsay ur a scary man

Posted by: jeff at April 1, 2008 09:45 PM


to the ozzie guy looking for a chameleon there in ozland im sure someone out there is breeding them , you just have to look around on the web and it may be that there illegal to keep as pets there so check into that first

Posted by: mary at April 13, 2008 07:13 AM


As I was driving home in my neighborhood today, I ended up finding a chameleon walking across the road. I ended up catching it in a shoebox to ge tit home and I think it may be a female...not sure...it seems to be a veiled chameleon because of it's characteristics...it's about 3 to 3 1/2 inches from the tip of it's nose to the base of it's tail...any idea of the age?

P.S. No worries, she's no longer in the shoebox...she's in my daughters old bathtub with a screen on top and waiting on my husband to come home and buying it a home until we figure out if it belongs to someone or maybe give it to someone who has taken care of these before.

Thanks!

Posted by: Jessika at April 14, 2008 01:28 PM


Graceful Chameleons are awesome!!!!!!

Posted by: Zach at April 18, 2008 09:11 PM


I have one and it is sooooo much cooler then any veiled chameleons.

Posted by: Zach at April 18, 2008 09:13 PM


is it okay to put a chameleon in a glass 35 gal. tank with screen lid??? write back....

Posted by: bob at April 26, 2008 10:51 AM


I have two veiled cameleons that I think are about 5 months old. One is a boy and im not sure about the other possibly a girl. The one that i think is a girl has always shown stress since the beginning and now she seems very sick. I have put up a divider in the cage to give them their own space, even though being together didnt bother them before. Her legs dont seem to work right, she doesnt reach in the right direction of a branch, and seems too weak to hold her self up, resulting in falling a lot. I'm not sure what else to do besides hydrating her. PLease help with any suggestions!

Posted by: Nicole at April 29, 2008 02:34 PM


these are so cool!! im working on these in school for a project!!....

Posted by: chico at May 2, 2008 02:08 PM


Nicole, your chameleon seems to be suffering from calcium deficiency. i would take it to a vet immedeatly, and i would give it a 25% chance of living. They NEED calcium dust!!!!!

Posted by: Kyle at May 19, 2008 03:23 PM


I have a leapard gecko!! its (idk if its a boy or girl) Lenard Stuirt lovely name lol i was going to say i ran out of food and im not going shopping untill next week and i dont know what to do, can i feed it any human food? like bread,peanut butter, or anythihng else?
because i want my gecko to last and i luv it!

Posted by: Courtney H at June 12, 2008 12:14 PM


Courtney,

First off, this is a forum for chameleon information not for leopard gecko information. Secondly, NO you cannot feed a leopard gecko human food. If you can't afford to properly take care of your pet, I recommend giving it to someone who can. Either that or find a way to feed it!

Posted by: Kat at June 18, 2008 07:30 PM


Is it okay for baby veiled chameleons to eat June bugs as food for everyday for about a week?

Posted by: Don at June 18, 2008 10:49 PM


how do I tell if my four horn is a male or a female?

Posted by: chris at June 24, 2008 09:51 AM


i really want a pet chameleon and have found out a lot about them but i think that mum and dad may think it is too expensive what shall i do?

Posted by: ellie at July 10, 2008 11:05 AM


I would just like to say that many people are buying Chameleons before they do their research. If you were/are one of these people shame on you. Before you come here and post some stupid question take the intuitive to look it up for yourself.

Posted by: aperson at July 13, 2008 04:26 PM


i wood like to hav a pet chameleon because it can change skinn color and there eyes can work independently so they can see 2 complete pictures

Posted by: joel at July 13, 2008 08:05 PM


where do i get chameleons

Posted by: joel at July 13, 2008 08:07 PM


I have a male veied chameleon, and his crown is kinda tipping over. does that mean that he needs a bigger cage?

Posted by: Lia at July 25, 2008 11:22 AM


how long do veil chameleons live?

Posted by: norman at July 27, 2008 01:00 PM


i am getting a chameleon tomarrow from my future job for only 74.99.
but in the habitat that they live in at the store they have like 3 or 4 in the same cage.and the cage is maybe a foot hight and a foot wide.but full of vines and lights.they were moving fine and seemed happy.is that okay?
i was just wondering.thank you:D

Posted by: randy at August 1, 2008 10:23 PM


how long whould a fish who lays eggs stay pregenet for

Posted by: brooke at August 13, 2008 05:00 AM


well, i got my veiled chameleon about a month ago.i found out there was only one other in the cage.it was a male and female.im hoping to snag the other soon.but i have about a 4 foot tall hanging circular cage that is about 2 nd a half/3 feet wide.
i do have a question though.since the male and female chameleons have been apart for about a month, would they be ok if i bought the other one and still put it in the same cage since its been so long?


P.S...i snagged the female:DD...her name is ginger.she is beautiful:D.i also have a ball python:D...i love them both SOOO much....and to let the others know.they are my first reptiles.but before i bought them, i did WEEKS of research.and i have a job, so i can afford all of their food:D.and my mom is perfectly fine with them(she just doesnt want another snake.lol.)i love my reptiles:D

Posted by: randy at August 27, 2008 10:09 PM


I feed my chameleon crikets but I have loucas in my back yard do you think I could feed him a loucas???? My chameleon is about 5 years old.

Posted by: spikeo at August 31, 2008 02:12 PM


I have a chameleon and I take it out so it can eat flys damn its cool

Posted by: cool at September 4, 2008 05:37 PM


@ randy... I would be very caruful about the male and female you purchased from the pet store. 1) you said you did weeks of research, so you should know that they can be kept together when they are very young (can, not necessarily should); 2) if they do well together as they get older, actually probaly now, there needs to be plenty of visual barriers between the two (thinck plants, etc) and their cage should be very large to give them distance from one another; and 3) it could be very possible that these two are brother and sister or related some other way. if you want to breed them you need to find out from the pet store if they are from the same breeder. Hopefully you can get the pet store to give you the breeders contact info, as good breeders keep track of every clutch's distribution. I recommend getting hold of some books and articles by Phillipe de Vosjoli (if you don't already)if you do plan on breeding. Also, since you did get them from a pet store you might want to get them dewormed at the vet's. I'm not an expert but I hope that helps. Good luck! They are alot of work and require alot of attention but I think it's worth it!

Posted by: momo at September 13, 2008 02:42 PM


are you alowed chamilions in tasmania

Posted by: callum at October 10, 2008 11:04 PM


If you've noticed dehydration in your chameleon and don't want to spend big bucks, set up your own easy dripping system by poking a sewing needle through a cup of water and placing it over the mesh tank. Make sure it IS a mesh tank, of course. My chameleons seem to be so fascinated by this, and will drink forever. If you're worried about mold, wrap the bottom of the tank in plastic wrap and change it every couple days. You do NOT want to have water bowls in your tank as your chameleon simply won't be interested and they breed bacteria.

No, you cannot put anoles in with your chameleon. Anoles carry plenty of parasites and I can almost garuntee that your chameleon will make a feast out of them.

And please don't try to bond with your chameleon. I'm sixteen and I purchased my first chameleon knowing full well that herpetology was my thing. If you just want one to impress your friends or because you think they can change the color of whatever they're standing on, please for the love of god, buy a bearded dragon. If you really want to take out your chameleon, narrow it down to once a month and make sure you're not stressing him/her out with vacuum cleaners, other animals, etc..

Posted by: Paige at October 20, 2008 07:59 PM


I believe in spending as much as necessary to ensure the safety and wellness of any animal. If you can't afford to take great care of it, then you don't need to have it.

Anyways, I saw on a website that baby veiled chameleons were being sold for $70 a piece. Is that a good price, or do you think there's a good chance that I would be ripped off? Thanks!

Posted by: Meg at October 28, 2008 08:00 PM


I HAVE A 5 MONTH OLD MALE VEILED CHAMELEON. I REALY WANT TO HOLD HIM BUT HE IS GIVING A REALY HARD TIME....HE HISSES AND TRIES TO BITE. I TRIED MAKING HIM GO ON A STICK THEN MAKE HIM WALK ON MY HAND TO GET BACK INTO HIS CAGE. I DID THIS FOR WEEKS AND HE STILL WON'T COME TO ME...HE IS STILL VERY A FRAID. DOGS, CATS ALMOST ANY THING YOU CAN EARN THERE TRUST WITH FOOD, BUT WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A CHAMELEON. MY OTHER TWO HAD NO PROBLEM COMMING TO ME, IS IT BECAUSE ONE WAS A JACKSON AND THE OTHER A GRACEFULL. IF ANY ONE HAS ANY SUGGESTIONS PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I REALY NEED TO BOND WITH HIM LIKE I DID THE OTHERS. I DON'T WANT HIM JUST TO BE A THING I TAKE CARE OF I REALY WANT HIM TO BE MY PET LIKE THE OTHERS.

Posted by: SUSANNE at November 17, 2008 05:29 PM


ok im getting a veiled chameleon on december 21st at a reptile show the chameleon is $45.00 the cage is $30.00 the light is $12.00 the leaves are $2.00 each im getting 3 or 4 the vines are another 5 dollars thats what im getting and will some1 please tell me what the diffrent colors mean thanx

Posted by: anthony at November 23, 2008 06:09 PM


how much are chameleons

Posted by: aden becker at December 3, 2008 02:59 AM


what is th price on chameleons

Posted by: aden becker at December 3, 2008 01:56 PM


how many eggs do the chameleons have and how many survive in captivity

Posted by: aden becker at December 3, 2008 09:33 PM


Amazing... this thread is over three years old and the idiots persist! Wow!

Posted by: HoofArted at December 7, 2008 08:46 PM


Chameleons require many similar habitat specifications as many other reptiles. would it be ok to put a vine snake and a chameleon in the same habitat?

Posted by: Rosa Parks at January 1, 2009 01:40 AM


I am thinking about buying a chameleon but I dont know anything about them but what they eat can you tell me more info about them.?

Posted by: Devin Howard at January 1, 2009 06:22 PM


my boyfriend got me a chameleon for an early christmas present. its my first reptile. well and first little animal. well everythings great. hes doing good, i just bought him a brand new cage. hes very active. the cage temp is normally around 80 degrees, and im still trying to figure out how to make it warmer...any ideas? i have two lamps and a heating pad at the bottom.
and also id like to buy a female and breed this spring. do you have any imput on that?

Posted by: Ashley Y at January 5, 2009 10:45 PM


my chameleon died, how sad!

Posted by: kate at January 7, 2009 04:38 PM


good page, i have a flapneck, i would reccomend this kind to a begginer for the humidity dosent need to be watched as much, as for food i have the kids go out in the yard in the summertime and collect crickets

Posted by: perry smith at January 9, 2009 05:58 AM


hi i luv this website and i was wondering if any one has any tips for a beginer. thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Abbey at January 10, 2009 04:18 PM


I amd 14 years old and i'm thinking of getting a chameleon. I need some help and info on cool chameleons. I have a leperd gego and a redtail boa. Are they kinda hard to take care of? I'm nerves about getting one cuz i don't want it to die.
If u can give me info on what chameleon to get and other stuff about them email me back please.

Posted by: justin at January 11, 2009 09:58 PM


For all of those who are new to chameleons do not buy one unless you have researched about how to take care of a chameleon!!! Chameleons are very delicate animals and are a very high maintenance animal. The best thing you can do is research about chameleons and read books about them.

If you are buying chameleons for the first time order on online from a breeder because they will set you up with everything you need for $300-700 depending on what type and age of chameleon you want.

feel free to email me at jarodmilloy@msn.com with any questions I have 2 Red Bar Ambilobe and two Veiled chameleons right now so i should be able to awnser all of you questions

Posted by: jarod at January 12, 2009 03:02 PM


Hi, I am looking to get a panther chameleon. I have a 60" long tank with 6" water with 6 turtles living there. I am setting up a corner of the tank with branches and live plants for a chameleon. I have all the necessary bulbs and lamps as they are the same for the turtles. I am just afraid of the chameleon falling into the water and drowning or getting eaten. You probably think it would be stupid to mix these pets up like this but looking at cham setups I'm doing everything right except for the water at the bottom. Does anybody think this could be a problem or do chams not really venture to the bottom of their habitat? Thanx in advance.

Posted by: alex at February 1, 2009 07:01 PM


UH... I was wondering if you had any advise on purchasing plants i currently own a veiled CHAMELEON and his name is PRESTON he is an adult male who is very fond of my two kids he als has a lot of plants and foliage to perch on. I currently own a 10 gallon terranium for PRESTON and i have a wondering jew and venus fly trap for his live basking. My kids love him they always play with him and put fries and play dough in his little home its so cute. My question was is it nessary to have a 6 feet high tank and should i be feeding him more crickets because for the past month i have been holding off on the crickets and just giving him some potato chips and peanut butter and a variety of other snacks like the other day i layed a big mac in the tank and he didn't even touch it!! I am really concerned Jeff because he is lately been all black and brown and HIS EYES have puss comming out and his turds are red; i don't know what to do with him please send back soon because i think it is urgent HIS life might depend on your complex and difficult suggestions. THANKS YOUR BEST CHAMELIEON OWNER SAmUEL PERKINS!! OH AND Preston needs your help too bye bye please send back soon THANKS!!!!

Posted by: SAMUEL PERKINS at February 10, 2009 08:40 PM


how many eggs do veiled chameleons have???????????

Posted by: Tim at April 4, 2009 08:14 PM


Right now I have a 15"x30"x24h" terrarium with full spectrum florescent bulb, a rain system, and a small pool of water with a waterfall going into it as well as small orchids and trees. I have a pigmy chameleon, some tree frogs and some fish. The chameleon is doing pretty well, but it keeps going in the strong current of the waterfall and wading out to the deeper parts of the pool of water. I am kind of concerned. Can a chameleon swim?

Posted by: Karoline at April 14, 2009 11:09 AM


how much does a chamoleon cost?

Posted by: janelle at May 18, 2009 05:11 PM


I would like to buy a chameleon i'm thinking about buying a carpet chameleon the laterial type.How difficult would you say they are compared to other types of chameleons.I know chameleons are a difficult reptile to keep. I've had expieriance with hard reptiles though, there was a stow-away gecko in our lugage that we found in the snorkal supplies which we guessed was a distant cousin of the dwarf gecko bassed on its small size. It refused to eat and was quite difficult. We probably managed to keep it alive for a year and a half, but when we came back from our vacation our petsiter told us it had broken its jaw while trying to escape. By the time we got to it though it was too late. I have decided that i would like to try a more interesting and captive breed reptile this time(that is a large enough to see). I have always loved Chameleons so i thought it would be interesting to try and take care of one. I still have most of the supplies left basking lamp/ uv light, criket keeper, cage, decor, soil and sand subsrate, thermometeer and humidety gage,mister, and water purifier. I was also leaning towards getting a female. Do you think a automatic mister or a dripper would be better. Also i would like it to be captive breed, after my last expieriance. Do you know where i can buy one in georgia. I would prefer not to ship. I know i would need more supplies, like night lamp, probably more decor, calciam, more cricket feed, and probably a new cage(larger). Any tips would be appreciated. Also i know there have been many conflicts about how much calciam suipplement should be used. Also when we had the gecko i changed it to different feeds like potatoe and the quencher, the quencher and flukers feed,ect. is this safe and healthy? Finally would anyone like some african clawed frogs? i have hand raised them from eggs myself. Free, unless you need them shipped, you pay for shipping 7 are available. I live in Douglasville GA. Thanks Jordan!

Posted by: Jordan at May 30, 2009 11:22 AM


janelle
At reptile depot you can buy a female for 30 and a male for 40.

Posted by: Jordan at May 30, 2009 03:40 PM


At petsmarti have seen them for 80. Though i didn't see what condition they were in.

Posted by: Jordan at May 30, 2009 03:43 PM


Karoline
Pygmy chameleons seem to exhibit this behavior alot.Technically they shouldn't be able to swim though.They can float though as long as they can hold their breath. I don't think floating is the same thing as swimming though. Some species do swim though. Hey would you like some african clawed frogs there aquatic and live in tropical areas. Can you send me a pick of your cage it sounds great.

Posted by: Jordan at May 30, 2009 03:58 PM


Tim
Veiled chameleons can lay as many as 80 eggs and as few as 12 eggs in captivity depending on their size. In the wild they lay between 12 to 20 eggs. A veiled chameleon that lays huge clutches doesn't live past a couple of clutches.
Also even without rebreeding female veiled chameleons will go on to lay a second clutch from retained sperm 80 to 100 days after the first breeding.

Posted by: Jordan at May 30, 2009 04:09 PM


Quoia
It depends on what you think a pet is. They shouldn't realy be handled that much and are more for just looks. They are vary interesting though and very fun to watch. Especilay when they are eating. They aren't for everyone though. It takes alot of commitment and is costly too. For a begginer i would go with a pygmy. They are smaller and easier to take care of. Their coloration isn't as great as others though. If you wanted something more interesting i would go with a panther or a veiled chameleon it will still be alot of mantinence (i forgot how to spell) and very very costly. If you have not had lizards before i do not recomend any type of chamelleon. Get a basic understanding of geckos and lizards before you buy a chameleon. If you are entirely new at all this i sujest a leaord gecko. I'm pretty new at the chameleon thing myself so i'd ask other people and look up some more information beforetaking my advice I'm only 12.

Posted by: Jordan at May 30, 2009 04:24 PM


Samuel
Is it a screened terrarium or glass and how old and big is your chameleon. You are probably going to need a much bigger tank! I would take the venus fly trap out it will eat the chameleons food and you don't want preston to go hungry. The most commonly used plants are the ficus tree, the umbrella tree, and the pothos. The ficus can sometimes be a little difficult though. If it is a baby i would suggest using fakes, make sure it is non toxic. You can easily buy these at petsmart or petco.

Posted by: Jordan at May 30, 2009 04:38 PM


Maybe i can help you out a little bit Jef. By the way i realy love the site.

Posted by: Jordan at May 30, 2009 04:40 PM


JEf is the expert though so his opinions and thoughts are probably much better than mine. Yet again i am only twelve years old.

Posted by: Jordan at May 30, 2009 04:42 PM


Sorry Jeff its a double ff.

Posted by: Jordan at May 30, 2009 04:44 PM


I'm done for today bie.

Posted by: Jordan at May 30, 2009 04:44 PM


HELP!HELP!HELP! PLEASE HELP! Please someone help me asap. my chameleon is about 2&1/2 yr old. shes been fine and a good pet for that time. but today shes been acting weird haning out on the bottom of the cage. Then what first appeared to be poop stuck in her anus now appears to be actually part of the inside of her body (intestines, or uterus maybe) on the outside. I am really scared she wont make it through the night until i have time to take her to the vet. if any one has ever heard of anything like this please let me know and email me this site is real big and i dont want to risk missin it ( tricieq@aol.com) im really scared. her name is nibbler and i love her. thanks

Posted by: patrice at June 2, 2009 10:16 PM


patrice
Get your chameleon to a vet imediatly. I think you have overfed your chameleon and it has suffered a prolapsed rectom. Make sure its a girl for me. How much have you been feeding your chameleon? For more info go to www.chameleonforums.com/prolapsed-rectom-1123 .

Posted by: Jordan at June 3, 2009 10:47 AM


I'm thinking about buying my carpet chameleon at the reptile show here in atlanta, i know alot of times they put alot of chameleons in one cage, is it still ok to buy my chameleon there as long as it isn't in one of those small crouded cages? I would prefer to be able to buy my chameleon localy and not to ship. When i was refering to the potatoes i meant what i was feeding my crickets. Also is it okay not to put a heater on the cage at night, Our house is NEVER colder than about 64 even in the coldest winters? All help apreciated.

Posted by: Jordan at June 4, 2009 10:47 AM


What kind of live plants does everyone recommend? I was looking at some that some sites have recommended and they didn't seem very big or firm.
Thanks.

Posted by: john at June 5, 2009 02:34 PM


Hi. I have a veiled chameleon female that is about 6 months old. She has not layed eggs yet and I am worried that maybe the problem is shes not healthy enough. Do you know anything about egg laying?

Posted by: cloe at June 6, 2009 12:19 PM


In my reptile collection I have a chinese water dragon, a panther chameleon, a veiled chameleon, a egyptian uromastyx, a ball python, and a nile monitor.

Posted by: Harrison at June 18, 2009 03:39 PM


My name is Harrison and I want you to send me a picture of you holding a chameleon. My email address is Maryjohelms@triad.rr.com.

Posted by: Harrison at June 18, 2009 03:41 PM


Hi, I've just purchased a veiled chameleon and was wondering if the bulb I bought is enough. I was told it was UVB and heat so that's all I would need. It's called a Solar Brite 160 watt. It says its UVB and it's also extremely warm. It also says R40 clear mercury vapor if that makes any difference. I have a Bearded Dragon and have his tank set up with the UVB 10.0 and a heat lamp, same as my painted turtle, but when I bought him the LPS said just this one is fine. Please let me know, Thanks!

Posted by: Cassidy at July 25, 2009 07:57 PM


hi every one... i have notised a lot of comments on this page from people i quite frankly need to do much more reserch on chameleons, like some people who wonder why their chameleons try to bite them and ive got a chameleon but dont know what to keep it in.. so ive put together my own care sheet for vieled and panther chameleons.. well here goes.

Veiled vs. panther:
in my opinion veiled chams are easier to care for in some ways but do remember if you provide the right ammount of patience, time and effort for your chams, taking care of it will become a breeze. so i think that if you ARE somone who can provide this i would go with the panther seeing as they are much more beautiful and have somewhat better characteristics, even if they are that little bit more difficult.

Housing:
It is true that chameleons need a good cage that provides ample ammount of ventalation, however if people have been saying they need a complete screen cage they are just about as bad as the peple who say a full glass tank is ok.. i myself use exo-terra vivs seeing as they have the two qualities that come from both types of cages. Full screen top and vents on the front, as well as glass everywhere else (plus the back pannel) which chams need to keep in their humidity.
As for the sizes chameleons realy do not need 6Ft of climbing space! as chameleons are quite an in-active animal and enjoy quiet compact hiding places, a 2Ft x 2Ft x 3Ft cage has ample ammount of space for them, if you decide to watch them all day you would find that overall they only move about 10-20 inches throughout the whole day! which only consists of them thermoregulating and going for a drink or for food every now and then.

Lighting:
This is the aspect of chameleon keeping that most bigginer keepers get wrong. chameleons in general need either a simple 60w bulb or idealy a 100w with a thermostat (if having a thermostat,aim to set at around 85-90F at the basking spot) bulb for their basking light and a simple 5.0 UVB (zoo-med's reptisun) bulb for their artificial sunlight, personaly i posision my lights by putting the basking light on the top right or left at the back and the UVB actualy inside the viv, securly positoned verticaly at the back (exo-terra backing is adeal for this, simply cut holes big enough to fit the to fixture ends through and wires going up through the back) i do this because (if you HAVE live plants like me) my plants would cover up nearly all the UVB light if positoned on the top, whereas on the back the chameleon gets the UVB light whererever he is in the vivarium and the UVB bulb is only slighlty warm to the touch so the cham cannot hurt itself on the bulb even if it wanted to...

Feeding And Watering:
feeding is fairly simple if you use my method... I use zoo-med's reptical calcium with D3 twice a month, reptical cacium once a day and multi-vitamin twice a month also. I dust my feeders (mainly cricets) in a bag and i made myself a feeding cup out of an old small milk bottle, simply cut around the lid of the bottle for inserting the cricets and so the chameleon can eat them and plug up the handle holes with some sort of glue (i use a hot glue gun). Now simply insert about 10-15 feeders (dusted and gut-loaded) and re-fill in the morning when the crickets will have been eaten. As for water i suggest zoo meds automatic mister with the nossle on finest spray possile pointed at a plant leaf or the glass side of the cage so the chameleon cannot be sprayed directly, and set the mister to 30 second intervals 4-5 times through out the day. plus you can also add a nice looking reptile water fountain if your budget persists.

Decorations And Plants:
Here comes the fun part, the ideal thing to do here is to get a good amount of fake vines hanging suction cup plants and things of that calibre and go wild while positioning them all over the cage(just remember to leave enough room for plants and some un-filled space for your cham to 'strech out'). Now for an important bit, the REAL plants you will NEED for your chameleon, (you WILL need at least one) real plants are essential for your cham to feel at home and to hide in and also in some occasions be a small part of their diet(mainly occours in veild chameleons), and because of this reason, you will need non-toxic plants, here is a quick list of suitable plants for you chameleon: hibiscus, ficus benjamina(weeping fig), dwarf umbrella tree(not to be confused with its toxic cousin the queensland originating umbrella tree) and fianally the pothos or devil's ivy << all of these are completly safe for for either a panther or a veiled chmaeleon to eat.

Additional Info:
Here are just some quick statements...
.chameleons under all surcumstances should never be housed together even temporarily(obviously exludes mating sessions)
.chameleons DO NOT like to be handled so if your chameleon tries to bite you this is completely normal and natural, if (as only a few are) yours is quite 'friendly' it is still not a good idea to handle more than 5 times a week.
.with chameleons it is quite easy to spot when something is wrong but you have to observe closely, if you chameleon starts displaying unusual colours and is acting slighly different it is a good idea to take him/her to the vet as soon as possible.

that pretty much covers my care sheet.. thanks for reading and if anyone has any other questions please leave me a comment.. :)

Posted by: constar94 at August 24, 2009 03:10 PM


ok i LOVE reptiles and i wanted to find the best chameleon for me.i had to let my lizard go recently and i wanted to get a chameleon.what is the easiest one to take care of?which one would you suggest?i have some new things i didnt get to use for my last lizard like sand a ten gallon tank climbing sticks a uvb light a few vines and a heated rock what else do i need.

Posted by: olivia at August 30, 2009 09:23 AM


i just got a veiled chameleon two days ago he is a baby still, wha kinds of live plants would be ok for his cage

Posted by: Ronnie at November 4, 2009 12:16 PM


Hi, My birthday is coming up on Dec. 12 and I parents say I can get a Chameleon for my birthday, I've researched for a few years now and im thining about getting a veiled Chameleon, and I found this site that sells Chameleon and Supplies, is this a good site to get it from http://www.flchams.com/inventory_all.asp?id=1026&cham=Veiled%20Chameleons%20For%20Sale please email me back at Shaboo10@gmail.com

Posted by: Cassidy at November 28, 2009 01:14 PM


Jeff, you're maths is horribly off. An entire setup, bought from a professional store cost around £100 so around $160 dollars (inc tax). A basking/UV lamp bought at a decent price, £20-30, last an entire year, so work out cheaper in the long run, buying all the needed vitamins in one mixture work out at £7 a year, and crickets come at £2 a tub and the tubs last a week. So for anyone interested in a realistic price (excluding vet bills)
Setup - £100/$160 - £200/$320

Yearly cost - UV/heatlamp £30 / $48
- Vitamins £7 / $11
- Food £102/ $164
or £139 / $224 yearly
And this is based on UK prices, which generally work out more expensive than in the US. The other yearly costs you've listed are heavily optional and its doubtful you'll notice any change to your chameleon's health without them if you're living in an adequately heated home.

And with regards to handling, this is total BS. If a chameleon is handled from youth, it becomes accustomed to it, and thus causes no stress. In fact, I'd recommend handling a young one for 5-10mins a day while its young in order to get it to trust you and form a bond like Nicole's posted a while back. If you've ignored you're chameleon at youth then yes, handling can cause it stress. But I can't emphasise enough, these ARE handleable pets if you treat them so from youth.


Posted by: Leo at December 20, 2009 06:15 AM


Thanks for the blog place Jeff. This place is very helpful for chameleon owners. Sorry about your veiled : /

Posted by: Taylor at January 20, 2010 06:11 PM


First of all if you're at all intelligent you won't have to spend anywhere near this amount. Your local hardware store can become your reptile's best friend! Ceramic clamp lamps that will support 150 watts for $8.00 each (or less). There's no need to buy the expensive basking light bulbs with the pretty packaging... depending on the size of the enclosure a 75 to 150 watt Reveal will do just fine. UV bulbs, however, you can't skimp on and you'll have to buy bi annually at your local pet store. As for a night time heating light bulb... I've found that a 75 watt black or infrared red light bulb (less the pretty packaging from ones you pay big bucks at the pet store) will suffice! Your electric bill might be $10 more a month though. I'm not saying not to buy the best for your pet, I'm just saying to be smart. As with ANY pet it's important to provide proper nutrition and vet care when needed.

Posted by: Adam at February 5, 2010 01:51 AM


How big does a chameleon cage size need to be? Do they use alot of space?
Also, please e-mail the answer if possible?

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Posted by: PernCrizdiz at April 9, 2010 11:44 PM


Is there any types of plants I cannot put into my veiled chameleon cage? At what age do I start giving him bigger crickets (he is 2 months now). And also, is it okay to feed him fruits so that he doesn't get bored with his cricket diet?


Thank you, Katie.

Posted by: Katie at May 5, 2010 01:26 PM


can you buy and keep one in Australia!?? because im in Australia and it sounds like to me that use guys are in America!

Posted by: mogs at July 1, 2010 03:25 AM


can you buy and keep a chameleon in Australia?

Posted by: mikayla at July 1, 2010 03:26 AM


Jeff,

You really seem to know your stuff, and I highly respect your for that. But I wouldn't recommend this site for someone who was doing research to buy a Chameleon because you put things in a very cold and serious sense. You can be serious without being cold, and get your point across better in many ways. Instead of commenting on how you shouldn't do something because it's stupid and will kill the animal, try saying that it isn't a good idea and that they need to do something else. Here's and example-
"Handling your chameleon is a great way to kill it slowly. If you want a quicker way you might try a sledge hammer."
That's just kind of a cold and depressive statement in itself. And I completely agree with the point you're trying to get across, because a Chameleon is not a hands on pet. But putting it in such a cold sense is just downright depressive. Most people who would read that would be completely turned off from owning one of these great creatures.
I'm not here to criticize or to try and tell you how to run your website. You definitely know what you are talking about and I respect you for that, but you might want to lighten your mood up just a little. Because, to be crude, it makes you seem like a jerk. No offense, but it kind of does. I'm sure you're a nice guy in person, but constant statements like the one above make it seem otherwise.
Just some food for thought, no worries. Keep the site going! =)

Posted by: Chris at July 29, 2010 10:27 PM


ok well i am getting a chameleon very soon and i need to know- how old is it when it can have babies...and doe sit need a male to have babies?

Posted by: mike(: at August 4, 2010 09:27 PM


hello...i have another question~ do you have to feed your chameleon insects only? or can you also feed them fruits and other things? and if so what?

thanks, mike

Posted by: mike(: at August 4, 2010 09:31 PM


Hello, I have a female veiled Chameleon, she is about six months old and every time I put my hand in the cage she turns black and her pupils dialate. When I try to pick her up she runs away and if I get close she goes on two legs and tries to bite me. She has been like this since I got her when she was only little... Email me please.

Posted by: max at August 14, 2010 06:17 PM


i want a pet i can play and interact with. would a veiled chameleo be a good pet or would a crested gecko be better?

Posted by: JIMMY at August 23, 2010 07:13 AM


how big is a cage suppose to be for a baby veiled chameleon.

Posted by: jahrell at September 12, 2010 06:56 PM


i am just about to get a veiled chameleon because i saw one at petco its abot 6in long and its so cute that i have prenamed it patrick, anyways i just hace one question: we have three choices for a tank the first is a glass tank, the second is an open air tank, and the third is a hybrid of the two with two glass sides and two screen sides, but the problem is that more people recomend the open air, but will the humidity and temperature levels be harder to maintain, because the heat and moisture just escape through the screen? you might just say to get the glass tank but I'll have to clean the tank more often so it wont become to soggy. what should i do?(please answer ASAP because i really want that chameleon soon!) :)

Posted by: Danielle at February 19, 2011 11:48 PM


Completely open air, and as tall as you can get it.

(By the way, I don't get around here very often. It's just luck that I happened to come by now.)

Posted by: Jeff at February 19, 2011 11:49 PM


I want a veiled chameleon for my birthday but after wat I read I don't want myself or it to get hurt and it's a lot of money but it's so cute and I REALLY want one I have the time to take care of it and every thing and now I will relax with the me getting hurt part but I need more tips to convince me to not handle it a lot cause when I get a new pet I love to hold soooooooo I NEED TIPS TO NOT HOLD IT

Posted by: Veiledchameleon at April 19, 2011 10:45 PM


Do the potho plants need to be real or artificial

Posted by: Veiled chameleon at April 21, 2011 10:01 AM


I'd like to get a Chameleon, but I don't want it to be a decoration, I'd like to take it out and hold it. not all the time, but once in a while.
Thoughts please.
Jeff

Posted by: Jeff Patterson at August 15, 2011 08:47 PM


i just got a baby vieled chameleon. i have had him for almost 2 weeks. i asked the lady at the pet store if i should get 2 so that the one is not lonely. she said not to get 2 because they are territorial but she suggested getting him a mirror so he had some exposure to another chameleon but he is not in danger. so i got him a small locker mirror and put it in his cage in the bottom corner. i am concerned because when he sees it he looks almost fascinated by himself. he will stay on the bottom of the cage for hours admiring himself. is this normal? should i take the mirror out? he does not show any signs of stress, he does not changer colors, and he does not puff up, but i have noticed a lack of diet yet i do not know his diet schedule because he is so new. i dont know what to do. any advice?

Posted by: britteny at August 18, 2011 01:00 PM


Veiled chameleon- Chameleons prefer real plants to artificial, as they (veileds in particular) enjoy eating the foliage in their cage as a dietary supplement. Plastic plants aren't particularly nutritious.
Jeff Patterson- Most chameleons can stand being held once a week. When picking up your chameleon, DO NOT grab it. Put your hand beside it, and let it climb onto you. If it doesn't want to climb onto you, then don't force it. Try again another time.
Hope this helps!

Posted by: anonymous at August 28, 2011 09:08 AM


Hi'guys i am 15 and got a veiled cameleon 4 weeks ago and i am not sure what it likes more..grass or sand..cuz my brother got 1 and it loves sand the sand but i cant keep buying new sand every week,so if you can help me tanx.

Posted by: gizzmo at October 29, 2011 04:22 AM


can i feed a chameolon ladybugs

Posted by: Ian at February 26, 2012 06:10 PM


can i feed my(FUTURE)veiled chameolon ladybugs?
how hot does the enviornment have to be

Posted by: Ian at February 26, 2012 06:16 PM


Hey, I have a male yemen (Rhino) he's 3 years old and about 14 inches long (including tail) and I have just bought a female yemen (daisy) she is about 6 and a half months about 8 inches (including tail) and are kept in different vivs, how big/old should she be before I let her and rhino mate as I don't want her to get ill/die or rhino to eat her as he doesn't mind her and she doesn't hiss or notice him but he keeps trying to grab her back/spine area and I don't want daisy to get hurt, what should I do? Thanks lauren

Posted by: lauren at March 6, 2012 08:06 AM


Hey, at what age will my female yemen chameleon lay her first clutch of eggs? Thanks

Posted by: lauren at March 6, 2012 08:15 AM


um im getting a chameleon in a month or two im wondering is a female kinder then a male ples tell me ples

Posted by: kk at July 10, 2012 01:58 PM


Your fucking lier ive had my chameleon for 5 yrs now an i prob just spent that much this year an hes very happy i hold him every say get of fucking crack

Posted by: alejandro at November 17, 2012 02:37 PM


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