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May 22, 2005

Veiled Chameleon Ears and Hearing

I just noticed something odd about chameleons: no signs of ears. I wondered about that, so I did some searching of the Internet and found little said about this strange omission from chameleon heads. I did find one little tidbit, though:

Initiation of substrate vibrations during courtship has also been reported recently in vertebrates. The veiled chameleon, Chamaeleo calyptratus, produces plant-borne vibrations that may be used in communication (Barnett et al., 1999). This is especially intriguing because Hartline (1971) noted thirty years ago that structures for hearing in chameleons and snakes were at least superficially similar, and thus chameleons might detect substrate vibrations (Barnett et al., 1999).
--American Zoologist, Vibration and animal communication: A review

And to think I've been tip-toeing around at night and keeping my music low during the day for the little critter.

Posted by Jeff at May 22, 2005 09:39 AM


I have a rather good Deicide live album you can borrow to spice things up for the wee beastie...

Posted by: kenny at May 23, 2005 02:01 PM

Hey there, im new to the Chameleon world. today me and my girlfriend just bought a baby veiled chameleon. we've been up all night looking up information on websites about proper care for veileds, and have found ourselves a little more confused than when we started. Several of these different websites (we just googled veiled chameleons + pet care), say different things every different website we go to. and the hardest thing is, usually the next one, will tell u to do something the last one said to avoid doing, or vice versa. like say feeding it spinach, and not feeding it spinach, pothos plants and other kinds, lighting, misting, regular vs non-regular cleaning of the cage...etc. the list really goes on. so stumbling onto your website, and how i can POST on here, im wondering if you, or someone else here, can offer some SOLID information and care sheets/schedules. any information actually, that i will take as real, i see you have chameleons of your own and do some prominate research too. if youve got the time, my email (if u cant see it already) is jsmeall1984@hotmail.com

Posted by: Jason And Crystal at September 7, 2005 11:55 PM

i need you to get back to me about my veiled chameleon. lately she has been acting wierd and i think she might be lying eggs for the third time.now she is digging herself a trench and almost buring herself plus she hasn't ate for like three days man.i know you are not a vet but maybe you might know a lil more then i do since this is my first chameleon and i have had her for bout a year n a half. other then that ur site is sick and it has some helpful info. thanx

Posted by: chris at December 29, 2005 05:25 PM

Hi Chris. I'm not sure what question you're asking, but I can say that I've heard of chameleons digging for a couple of weeks before finally getting to the egg laying bit. I don't really know the mystery of that, but it sounds like you've got the right stuff for her to lay in. Beyond that, I don't know what to suggest.

Posted by: Jeff at December 29, 2005 06:56 PM

just found your site very helpful. had the same problem, not beeing told about the female laying eggs and the chance of eggbinding. been watching her digging for a few days before christmas woundering what she was up to then new years eve had about twenty eggs. just realised there are still a few eggs in her.get her to the vets tomorrow.
andrew (wales)

Posted by: andrew at January 5, 2006 12:14 PM

how old will my chameleon be when she's ready to mate, then how long before she lays the eggs?

Posted by: Caitlin at January 11, 2006 12:51 PM

Hey i just bought a baby veiled bout 4 days ago and i was wondering if its good or bad to handle the little guy. also i was wondering how long it takes before He'll get some cool colors too. i got a feww more questions if u wanna email me at tklqg5@aol.com thanks

Posted by: Quin at February 7, 2006 04:15 PM

@Quinn: Bad. Very, very bad.

Posted by: Jeff at February 7, 2006 04:55 PM

well i wasnt sure thanks, i didnt try it yet thak god i guess huh? some websites say its good to handle them when their young and so they " get to know you" but i wasnt sure. thanks. could u email me tho ? i got more questions TKLQG5@aol.com

Posted by: Quin at February 7, 2006 08:54 PM


Posted by: Quin at February 8, 2006 09:03 PM

I have a veiled (2yrs old)I have been using a uv spot and was told it would stop working before I needed to replace it . I have just changed it after a year and nine months it still operated . But I believe it was operating with no or very little uv . I have noticed the ankle joints look swollen and one of his rear feet. Does this sound like a calcium deficiency problem ? I am dusting with a mix of "Nutrobal" and calcium 2:1. Do you have any advice for me will my chameleon make a full recovery.
Many Thanks Peter

Posted by: Peter Johnson at March 1, 2006 11:56 AM

yes i haven a new female chameleon i was woundering how to get her to stop trying to bit me and like me if u would please email me at dpanther42785@aol.com that would be great

Posted by: donny at March 2, 2006 06:52 PM

veiled chameleons are smart and very curious creatures, which makes them very intelligent.

Posted by: Israel at April 11, 2006 11:12 PM

MY BABY CHAMELEON HAS THIS AND IS IN BAD SHAPE, PLEASE HELP ME HELP HIM, TELL ME WHAT I HAVE TO DO!! PLEASE...Fractures of the limbs in chameleons are common, especially in young, rapidly growing animals. When this occurs, the front and/or hind limbs may appear bowed or have what appears to be an extra bend or joint in the leg. These fractures are typically “pathologic fractures,” meaning they occur secondary to some disease process, rather than by acute trauma. In most cases, these pathologic fractures are a manifestation of a common reptile disorder called Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD).

Posted by: SUSAN at April 25, 2006 09:25 PM

i have a five year old veiled and i was wondering a couple of days ago she was walking on the bottom of her cage and her hole back end just gave out it has not happened again but she fell off her branch when she was on it i was wondering if someone could tell me what is wrong if anything with her thanks

Posted by: derek at May 11, 2006 01:28 PM

i have just bought a chameleon and wonder how you tell there age mine is about 2" long and the pet shop werent very helpful if you could email me please

Posted by: ashley at June 20, 2006 05:43 AM

PLease write me back i just got a male veil chameleon he is a baby like as long as my finger. INCLUDINg his TAIL! HOW DO I KNOW IF HE HAS EATEN! I LEFT CRICKETS IN HIS SCREEN CAGE BUT THEY ARE ALL GONE I DONT SEE ANY do you think they ALL escaped? IS he eating SECRETly? THEY people at the pet store just gave him to me in a paper bag!!! i thought that was wierd how do i know if hes sick of hungry?

Posted by: LIZ at July 21, 2006 10:56 AM

SMArtass101290@yahoo.com W/B PLEASE I DONT Want em to die hes too CUTE

Posted by: LIZ at July 21, 2006 10:57 AM

Hey, I have a beautiful male veiled chameleon, Petey, and he's hugemongous now, hahaha. Anyhow, I've always been mystified by there being no ears or signs of ears on him, at any stage during his development. So, I asked my dad, he's a biologist I thought it'd be worth a shot, and he said that he most likely has ear drums set closely to the surface of his head, and they only sense vibrations, not neccessarily sounds. Well, I wasn't convinced, I like you was always worried about music etc. Today I found this:

Like snakes, chameleons have no external ears. Airborne sound vibrations are absorbed by a membrane of skin on the side of the head, directing them to a bony plate inside the skull. The bone (pterygoid plate) then funnels the vibrations down a tight, convoluted pathway to the inner ear. While the ear can sense sound ranging from 100 to 10,000 cycles, it best "hears" between 200-600 cycles, about what a snake "hears." In other words, they hear sounds more like a tuba makes than a flute, not responding to sound frequencies above middle C on the piano.

Chameleons have devolved their sense of smell, relying on vision for locating prey and predators rather than smell or hearing. While other reptiles that rely on smell to help them identify objects in their environment, chameleons have only the vestigial remains of this vomeronasal organ, called the Jacobson's organ, which is inoperative."

I thought it was kind of cool, thought I'd drop it by.


Posted by: Meredith at September 3, 2006 11:56 AM

Hello.. I have recently purchased a chameleon.. and i have been dusting his crickets with calcium at every feeding.. i noticed a few days ago a deposite coming out of one of his nostrils, and now today i noticed the other one.. i have started reading some web pages and some say that the deposites out of the nose are normal and i shouldn't worry.. and others say that it is because i am over doing the calcium suppliment.. and that it could be harmful to him. could you please tell me if it is a serious problem, or if i am just worrying too much.. if it is because of the calcium, how much is too much.. i have just been dumping the crickets in a bag and shaking them for a bit then throwing them in..


Posted by: Jacob at November 21, 2006 05:35 PM

@Jacob: First, you are overdoing calcium supplementation. Once per month is probably overdoing calcium supplementation. Personally, I nearly never give supplements to my chameleon, after having been advised by a veterinarian to avoid it. Pet stores (and their employees) and pet supply companies have a vested interest in gaining your business; don't believe labels.

Adequate calcium should come from adequate calcium in the chameleon's food. More on that here:


Adequate vitamin D should come from excellent UV lighting.

Oversupplementation is not harmless. It's a cause of many diseases in chameleons.

Now to the nose crystals: They're "normal" if you consider severe dehydration to be normal. I suggest that you try showering your chameleon...


...and find a better way to make certain that it's getting enough water.

Posted by: Jeff at November 21, 2006 07:14 PM

Alright, i don't get why some people say you can hold them and you can't? Why do u say you shouldnt?

Posted by: Jess at November 24, 2006 12:33 AM

Hi ya there. Just like to say that this is a really good website. I've had my veiled cham (budweiser) for a year now and when i got him i was so confused on the do's and dont's that so many websites tell you and had to pick things up on my own. I've just bought a female and am going to breed them. May need some help with that nearer the time! ha ha!

Thanks for the cool site and loads of info i didnt know.

Posted by: Leanne at December 21, 2006 02:02 PM

Hey i like this site .. my boyfriend bought me a veiled .. and i cant keep my eyes off of it !.. i love her !. i no its a baby still but i was wondering on how you could tell its real age! like how many months it is ...

Posted by: Ashley at January 5, 2007 11:18 PM

can a veiled chameleon hear things

Posted by: Kevin at January 7, 2007 07:17 AM

i got a baby veiled the other day and it is only about 3 to 4 weeks old.... i set up the light on top of a screen cage and when i got hope from school i saw what looked like a burn hole in his back...... would he really sit under the light long enough to burn a hole in his body and not move away? email me---- x7fukindrama11x@yahoo.com

Posted by: zeahna at January 23, 2007 08:20 AM

I know sometimes that my Chameleon sits too long under the light but when that happens she usually moves to a cooler spot, but odd times she continues sitting there for no apparent reason.But she has never got burned,and i know nothing of them sitting in a spot to long to get burned.. but i suppose it could happen. You know they are too hot when their mouth is open. My Chameleon has never been burned, but make sure there is a place where your little guy can go, (shady area) and spay the cage and Chameleon with warm water when ever you can to keep the moisure level up, this might help. good luck

Posted by: Cassie at January 23, 2007 05:54 PM

Should i turn the heat lamp off for my baby veiled at night - i turn the uv light off but i'm afraid he will get cold at night in Canada it's my second night with him i'm also worried about the crickets that he hasn't eaten biting him while he is sleeping so i was thinking of getting a separate terarium just for him to sleep in at night. good idea or not

Posted by: michelle at January 29, 2007 09:49 PM

hi, i was wondering, i have my second veiled cham. both of which had those weird nose crystals like someone else was talking about. i work at the national aquarium in baltimore, so i know a lot about humidity and i spray him all the time, and i also have a drip system set up. i do the calcium supplement about twice a week, i seen that you said that was too much. i dont understand how the crystals could be dehydration...both of my cham's have had this...could it be the oversupplementaion orr is it only dehydration?

Posted by: dee at February 11, 2007 08:04 PM

Hey there. Love the site. I got a Veiled a couple of months ago. He's my second. My first died some years ago from being egg-bound. No one I talked to had a clue and the exotic vet I took her to told me she had salmonella that had gone systemic...psh! Anyway. 1st) Am I wasting my time keeping my veiled's tree close to a window? I've got the UVB bulb suspended over his tree so he gets that but I figure there's no substitute for the real thing. 2nd) And some may cringe at this but I've noticed that some insectivorous lizards in the wild also eat smaller lizards (juveniles of other species) I live in Dallas and my mom's back yard is crawling with juvenile anoles every spring. They're about the same size as the crickets he eats and I know for certain that they and the bugs they eat are pesticide-free. My mother is a totally organic grower. No Sevin dust no nothing. when she gets a problem with say aphids she gets ladybugs...etc. You think the anoles are worth a shot as a food item for my veiled? Also I checked on that Chameleon Journals website: they have a message up about some new server they've just installed and nothing about chameleons. Any news on when that site will be accessable again?

Posted by: Aaron at April 2, 2007 12:50 PM

hey....i just bought a senegal chameleon a few days ago and i love her sooooo much that was thinking about getting another chameleon for the other side of the room....what is the best chameleon i could get...one that doesnt mind being held once n a while..oh yea...if i start holding my senegal when she is real young will she mind it when she's older???will it harm her??? please answer!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jake at April 12, 2007 08:09 PM

Hello I was just wondering when my veileds would be ready to breed. I don't know their exact age but they are about 8 to 12 inches tip to tip. They are very healthy, eat and drink well. They are growinglike bad weeds and fairly active. I also have them in separate cadges. Thanks for any insite,

Posted by: Rick at April 23, 2007 09:08 AM

Sup man! Did you ever find out anything new about the hearing on chameleons? email everything you know about it please hd_alien@hotmail.com


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Posted by: PRISCILLA CRAMMOND at June 7, 2007 02:49 PM

hi, i got a baby veiled chameleon a few weeks ago and i was wondering how many crickets to feed him now that he's getting bigger because the place where i got him wasn't that solid on directions and he doesn't seem to be growing..what should i do?

Posted by: chelsea at July 12, 2007 12:26 PM

Priscilla try to put only the amount of crickets he will eat as the crickets will nibble at their toes while they sleep. Chelsea put a few crickets in at a time once in a while to see how many he wants to eat. If he is still hunting then put in a few more. You can judge how many to feed him by this. Keep an eye out because if he still is hunting you will have to up his amount. He will slow down eating just before a shed. You know he is growing when he sheds. He will eat more in warmer weather.

Posted by: Heather at July 16, 2007 10:46 AM

I have looked and looked for ears on Herman and I always wondered if he had any or not!

Posted by: Heather at July 16, 2007 10:48 AM

dude awesome site! how do u put up with all the questions? lol, also i might add some people should look at other posts cause there are alot of re occuring posts and the answers are already there :P

Posted by: tom at August 8, 2007 08:43 PM

Hello. We got a Veiled Cameleon about a week ago. The Pet store said he was a baby about 2 months old. We have been doing everything they told us and trying to maintain the humidity. But The past two day the Chameleon will not open it's eyes and we are very worried. The pet store said that it's a baby and they are not very active. But I have not seen it eat or open it's eyes. we are very worried and hope that you can help us out. Thank you Jacquie

Posted by: Jacquie at August 31, 2007 09:47 AM

Im getting a breeding pair of veileds at teh end of this month hopefully and was wondering is it safe to house them together, the vivarium they will be housed in is 5 foot tall and 4 foot wide it is about 2 foot from front to back as well. also which kind of plants are suitable for a vivarium of this size and are safe for the chameleons to eat? also at which age wil lthey breed because they are 8-10 cm when io get them.


Posted by: Flea at September 11, 2007 08:25 AM

hi, i have recently got a veiled chamaeleon, and the pet shop told me that it was a male and iv looked all over for information as to why he is digging, but had no luck, do you know what reason he might be digging? thank buddie

Posted by: steve at September 17, 2007 01:10 PM

Hi i have a baby veied i have only had him a few days and i love him to bits, when i got him i made sure i had all the right things for him tank to bugs. George seems to like his tank he has eaten from my hand and found the water dish in his tank. He spends a lot of his time sight seeing in his new home.
got up this morning took him out to say hello and he smells a bit funky any ideas why he smells and what can i do. ps very helpful site.

Posted by: Allana at October 23, 2007 04:14 AM

You need to do more research, Allana. If you've got a veiled chameleon in a tank and if you've given it a water dish, then you're giving it all of the wrong things. Those are no-nos.

Posted by: Panter at October 23, 2007 06:53 AM

ok im not really sure what you mean i got told that it was a veiled chamelion by the reptile centre that i bought him from and ive just been on the intenet and looked up a picture of him and put in veiled chamelion and it looks identical to him and he does go in to his water dish and he does drink it and i asked the centre if i had the right things for him and this is what they told me i needed :
water bowl which he does drink from
a bowl for the meal worms
baby silent crickets
wood to climb on
big tank (eco terra tank)
heat lamp
sunlight lamp
heat mat if light not on 24/7
plants to hide in
spray tank twice a day to keep humidty
and put nutobal on food to keep bones strong
and i think thats about it
wb as soon as possible
thanks allana

Posted by: Allana at October 23, 2007 07:32 AM

Hey, nice site!

I have an about 3 month old Veiled, and I've got some questions about feeding him. I've been told when they are young, that I should let him eat as many as he will eat, but I have also been told that over feeding them is bad and that I should only feed him around five crickets a day. Well I know for sure that he can eat at least 10 small crickets in a sitting so I have been feeding him 6 in the morning and 6 at night, but still giving him enough time to bask and digest before the lights go off. He'll probably be ready for medium sized crickets soon which I will then feed him less of, but for now do you think my feeding schedule is ok? Thanks!

Posted by: Steve at November 8, 2007 10:57 AM

i currently bought a camelion back in May 07'. i haven't had any issues with her at all until now. she isnt eating properly she hasnt ate in 4 days, shes is dark brown (almost black) coloured. her tank is misted twice sometimes three times a day, she has been tryin to bite me when i try to pick her up. i noticed also, when she is sleeping .. she will be sittin on her branch being very weak and almost falling off. and just today i woke up and looked at her and she was sleeping upside down like almost if she was falling because of her being weak?! can you help me, i am starting to get a little worried and im no expert really.


Posted by: amy at February 9, 2008 02:55 PM

CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP ME ?!?! msg on here ASAP please-

Posted by: amy at February 11, 2008 09:49 PM

Here is a tip. Get one of the medium sized plastic travel tanks. Take off the lid. Set this in the cage/tank for the chameleon. Then you can put the crickets in this. Most of the crickets will not be able to get out. In here you can put cricket food and stuff for the crickets. Use one of the flexible vines, or branches. Set it up so it gives the chameleons something to use to climb up and over the little cricket container. This lets the chameleons eat the crickets from above without the crickets escaping, and getting out, and/or hurting the chameleons. This is a good way to feed them. They can eat when they want then, and the crickets can't harm them.

Posted by: Angelo at March 1, 2008 11:27 PM

For water they like to drink dripping water. Have a reptile water bowl in the tank. Set an ice cube above it so when it melts the water will drip into the water bowl. The chameleon will most likely drink from the bowl if it sees the water dripping into it. This is a good way to get your chameleon to drink. Also if you can get the liquid vitamin you can put a drop of this into the bowl so the chameleon will get some vitamins.

Posted by: Angelo at March 1, 2008 11:34 PM

Wow, that's a really good idea. It'd even solve the problem of feeding crickets to a cage free chameleon.

Posted by: Jeff at March 1, 2008 11:42 PM

hey I have a baby veiled. just wondering, what sorts of things I can feed him other than crickets. Also, the lighting situation. I have a U.V and a heat lamp, usually both on at the same time, and off for the night. is there a certain amount of time that the U.V should be on or is all day fine? Also I was told to get a red night bulb for him, is this a good idea? and the drip tray thing, I dont have one, worth the buy or no? one more thing. I've handled him lots and he doesnt seem to mind at all, in fact he explores more than he does in his cage sometimes. ill stop if its bad but it seems to be fine with him. ill appreciate the response, and any other general info you could give would also be greatly appreciated. thank you.


Posted by: Kevin Stafford at March 6, 2008 04:52 PM

hey i realy need your help ive had a baby vaeil for a week now but my mates mum found a month ago it she lives in spain she kept for me until i moved out to its not been eating for her and not been eating for me she traid to feed it apple lettuce and meal worms ive traid to feed it apple and lettuce but nothing live yet its hard to find somthing small enough for him hes names george and hes abought as big my thunp so if you youd could give me some help as soon as possible soo my lovely goerge wont die

Posted by: jack at March 7, 2008 02:21 AM

hey kevin its jack i usauly put my heatlmp on in the day and my uv in the night he seems to like that and the bulb gives him some heat in the night

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Posted by: jack at March 8, 2008 02:31 AM

Hi, we have a male for the past 2 months now- he is stubborn and has a temper- beautiful colours though! he is growing fast but still reluctant to drink water from a dropper.On putting him on my friend's arm, he remarked on how sharp his claws are. Can they be clipped if he is handled often. I wouldnt want to affect his grasp or hurt him- just got me thinking. thanks alot

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Posted by: adam at March 27, 2008 05:46 PM

Leave him alone! his tiny little reptile mind canot process you wont eat him! give it time maybe he becomes less aggressive maybe not. Hi stress is bad. good luck!

Posted by: Jon at April 12, 2008 04:42 AM

hi, i've planned to buy a chameleon next week but i've read some mixed messages about handling. i obviously wouldnt handle the chameleon for hours on end but the man at the reptile shop- who seemed to know everything! about reptiles- said that frequent but not excessive handling is fine.
i would really appreciate any advice!

Posted by: Rachel Ledesma at April 27, 2008 03:49 PM

I got my male veil when he was full grown and I've had him for about 6 years. I'm worried because he is always falling from branches when trying to turn around in his cage and seems to have a hard time gripping. Do you think this is mainly due to old age? I feel bad watching him fall 3 feet to the bottom of the cage, but I'm not sure if there is really anything I can do for him. What do you think??

Thanks, Karin

Posted by: Karin at May 10, 2008 12:31 PM

hi, i was watching my little fellow George and i noticed he was on the lowest branch just an inch off the floor trying to eat the fake leaves and then eating the bark on the floor, before anyone asks he werent trying to eat an insect because they are kept in a tub which they cant get out. Do chameleons eat leaves (by the way he his a Yemen Chameleon) and what real plants can i put in his cage cause i hate those fake ones?

Posted by: faye at July 16, 2008 08:40 AM

I have a 4month year old veiled girl chameleon and I would like to know is it true that they can lay eggs with out being with a mate.I would like to know what to do when that time comes if it is true and what I would need to look for so nothing gose wrong.

Posted by: lona at December 2, 2008 11:37 PM

I have a girl veiled name camey and she is 4month old and she sleep alot could there be some thing wrong with her and if you have any info when it comes to taking care her that would nice cause when I got her off this website she came in a boxs and it had lots of wet newpaper in it for her and they give no fooded for her or any papers on her telling me what I need to do to take care of her.

Posted by: lona at December 3, 2008 04:17 PM

hey i did not read all this stuff because there is to much to read and it will probably take me like an hour or so to read it ...do you kno any good lizard names because i have two lizards one is a female and one is a male and right now my lizards are not named so they are unknown to people and people keepon asking me what their names are and i have to say they are unknown i was thinking a good name for the female could be hushanakah and a good name for the male could be zuro but i dont really kno could you help me please...?

Posted by: kara at December 25, 2008 06:10 PM

hey my lizards are a male and female and their names are prisilla and zike and their are never calm is there something you can help me with...?

Posted by: kara at December 25, 2008 06:15 PM

Hey guys, i recently purchased a baby veiled chameleon, but im having alot of trouble and i think i might be stresed a little more than the actual baby =\. When i purchased him he was a wonderful green, and when i turned him out into his new cage the 1 i got for him he has been a very dark color, like black. He also stays along the ground and doesnt wanna climb too often. The pet store said jsut give him a week or so he should be fine. I think it might be the cage i think it might be too big. The 1st four days that i had him he didnt eat or drink, so the pet store took him back for me and nutured him. I brought him back home and he wont eat and reapeating his same crash course, im new to this whole chameleon thing and i duno what to do, or what i should do. He also hiss's violent at me everytime i stick my hand in the cage to feed him crickets/worms...plz help me somone or give me advice. my emal is :Mymilkshake12345@yahoo.com

Posted by: David RIce at January 23, 2009 01:17 PM

Just wondering if anyone could tell me why my chameleon is diggins a hole into the dirt of one of the tree's i have. She is a female but she's the only one i have, so she's not laying eggs.

Posted by: Ryan at March 19, 2009 12:49 PM

I have two baby male veiled chameleons. They are each 3 to 4 weeks old and while I've raised a veiled before I don't have any experience taking care of such youngins. I have them in the same cage for now, I am aware that they will need to be separated in a few months and I am prepared for that. The enclosure that they are living in now is 1.5'x3'x3' a kevlar mesh and I have some coconut husk substrate on the ground. I have a 10.0 uvb light and a basking lamp situated. The basking temp is between 90-100 and their humidity ranges from 40%-70% depending if the watering system has recently been engaged. I have a watering/misting system that goes off every hour for a minute during 'daylight' which is 12 hours of the day. I also have a feeding station set up where my little babies can easily catch the pin head crickets I have gut loaded for them. There are also easily two dozen crickets crawling around on the ground. With all of this, WHY WONT THEY EAT?? The two of them (Buddha and Rama) just cling to the branches and sleep. I'm so worried about them, and I was wondering if there is anything I can do to encourage eating? Or if there is something I am doing wrong? How much should they eat a day? How long can this hunger strike last until they die?

Posted by: Maria at April 27, 2009 08:34 PM

hey i have a young chameleon around 4 months old and dont know whats wrong with her she has'nt been eating lately maybe like 1 cricket every other day but i keep the small cricket cage right outside of of her terarium and she will climb to that part of the cage and act like she want food but then wont eat she's also been walking around on the bottom alot is it already time to put some sand in the cage for egg laying? how old does a chameleon have to be to lay eggs?

Posted by: paul at April 29, 2009 12:19 PM

i just got a male and female veiled chameleon the male one seems to do fine but the female one seem to be sleeping all the time and im not sure if shes eating

Posted by: ryan at August 29, 2009 10:23 AM

hey everyone i just got a juvinile veiled chameleon
and would like tips on how to care for him

i just got really mixed up with the different contridicting advice ive found so far so please can an established veiled chameleon owner help me out with solid advice thank you


thank you!

Posted by: Erick at August 30, 2009 02:58 PM

i actully have 2 panther chameleons not a vield wonderring 2 things firsts of all my female is pregnate and has dug her burrow but has not layed her eggs in there i havent touched the sand but is it true that they lay them at night as every 1 tells u deffrent and second thing is my male is bout 11months old and have noticed that he has a lump raised off his skin on his side have u any clue wat it could be and wat 2 do thanx

Posted by: bill at April 6, 2010 02:45 PM

and also people say dont handle chameleons i may not no every thing bout chameleon but 1 thing i do no is any 1 who tells u not to handel them is talking bull cos i have tamed both of mine and my mates and now they are like little dogs lol they just love being out of there viv and walking about my house. so do not be scared of them when they hiss and flair up they will not bite as it is not in them try not to cause 2 much stress but when they do flair up just pick them up and stroke them gently on there beard and they will get tame just dont give in to them thats all they do 2 warn u off they will stop it when they realize u aint gunna hurt them any questions email me at billrolo@googlemail.com

Posted by: bill at April 6, 2010 03:05 PM

some one gave me a 3 yr old male. He is very dehydrated, not eating, very skinny, weak. He was healthy 6 months ago when given to my school, but the teacher didnt know how to take care of him. I took him to the vet, said he was starving and she tube fed him a syringe of high calorie food 7 days ago. Have been misting 3-4 times a day but he wont eat anything. Was wondering if I could try to open his mouth and put in a little organic meat baby food? I have been getting some water in this mouth when I spray him but he doesnt drink from the drip or pool it lands in. He rarely moves any wear in the cage, just sits by the heat light. I am also taking him outside for sunlight for half hour a day. Also he was in a cage with a regular light bulb on for 24/7 for the last 6 months..Please send any advise you may have. The vet said he may need to come back for another tube feeding. This is going to become expensive if he doesnt start getting some calories and eating on his own. I hope its not to late for him. I wish she had said I could take him sooner while he was still healthy

Posted by: dayna at May 16, 2010 12:02 AM

im glad i found this site we cought a newborn lizzard it has turned green& brown and have it in a little tank with colored rocks but i know this is not normal my husband & little girl thinks this could be a pet for now i need to know how to keep it alive im scared to let it go because im sure the bugs &ants will kill it thanks for any help my email is dmmazzy@yahoo.com

Posted by: donna at July 5, 2010 01:48 AM

someone please help me. My baby chameleon is sleeping way too much. I've only had him one month. He was a spitfire when I bought him, that's why I picked him. Everytime I fed him I would see him start hunting immediatly, but cautiously. Now every time I look at him he's sleeping. There are crickets still in his cage, so I'm sure he's not eating. What's wrong?

Posted by: DeeDee at September 9, 2010 07:32 PM

hi i just bought a chameleon. I tried feeding him a cockroach but he didnt seem interested. He seems to like to walk on my arm i dont really know much about lizards at all it will really be alot of help for you to explain me how to care for it.

Posted by: Jimmy at November 26, 2010 01:58 PM

Ive had my chameleon for 7 years now after tge shopkeeper said they only live to be 3 ! Also he said it would be a male abd grow big butbit is a female and has the body length of my arm. The eyes of chameleons are are golden if you look closely i think they are so cute mine falls asleep on my chest and i wrap it up in a duster to keep warm when i have it :)

Posted by: Chammy at February 21, 2011 10:10 AM

I have a 3month old veiled chameleon I did lots of research on the veils chameleons but sometimes mostly aftershave trips he will sleep during the day and websites say that if they do that that means they are sick but he is eating and drinking and being actually very social he seems fine to me. Should I still take him to the vet even if he seems ok?

Posted by: Grace Tichters at January 2, 2012 01:45 PM

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