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February 16, 2006


Today I was bitten by a veiled chameleon, and I have just one thought to share:


Posted by Jeff at February 16, 2006 01:12 PM


i have a veiled chameleon that is about 7 months old and a few weeks ago i noticed a small bump on his nose between his eyes, recently this bump has grown and now is huge. i have tried looking this up but have not been successful. im very worried about him. i also have taken pictures of this bump if your interested in seeing it.im in the process of finding a reptile vet but no luck. if you know of anything that this could be please let me know.

Posted by: kayos at February 16, 2006 05:41 PM

i am posting this in response to your chameleons lump... to me it sounds like an abcess(sp?) he or she may have been cut by a cricket some how while eating and it swelling up with puss. you must have it drained immiedietly. i had this happen to my female just recently and had to go to the vet and get it drained several times, but she was healthy all the way through it. think of it as a really bad pimple that needs to be popped. do no try it yourself with out some more instructions on how exactly to do it. hope everything goes well.

Posted by: werner_nola at February 23, 2006 10:48 PM

Didn't I read that that's how you _become_ a veiled chameleon?

Posted by: Ed Flinn at February 24, 2006 07:32 PM

I've had my chameleon Gus for almost a year now, and he's has been sick several times, and we've always been able to get rid of it. But lately he's been acting really weird. He hasn't shed in about two months, and he can't really maintain a good grip. Also his left back leg is bigger than the other one. I've been feeding him fruit, and vegetables, and crickets to try to get him healthy, but I'm not sure what's wrong with him. Any ideas?

Posted by: Allison at February 25, 2006 03:05 PM

I've had my chameleon Gus for almost a year now, and he's has been sick several times, and we've always been able to get rid of it. But lately he's been acting really weird. He hasn't shed in about two months, and he can't really maintain a good grip. Also his left back leg is bigger than the other one. I've been feeding him fruit, and vegetables, and crickets to try to get him healthy, but I'm not sure what's wrong with him. Any ideas?

Posted by: Allison at February 25, 2006 03:09 PM

Yes, Allison, my first idea is that you should take Gus to the vet immediately.

As for what is wrong with Gus, it think it's obvious (but who am I?): I think your chameleon has advanced metabolic bone disease due to a) insufficient UV lighting, insufficient (or excessive) calcium in the diet, or both.

They lose their grip because they lack the bone structure to maintain it. Their limbs swell because of (VERY) easily broken bones.

Also, you might consider that "Gus" might be a "she", and that she has an extra burden upon her due to the production of eggs.

WITH the help of a veterinarian, you MIGHT be able to save Gus.

Posted by: Jeff at February 25, 2006 03:39 PM

I have two Chameleons and one bit the other and the end of it's tail is dead now. What do I do?

Posted by: Kathleen O'Brien at March 1, 2006 08:25 AM

I would like to use your picture opf the chameleon with Edema in an educational presentation. It is Saturday, March 11th., at the NC museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC.
I am doing a pair of presentations on chameleons, and I found your picture to be ideal. It will be used in a powerpoint presentation directed towards adults and children. Due to the short timeframe, I will probably go ahead and use it (please forgive me!) unless I hear from you before. I won't be selling any animals, so this is purely for educational purposes!

Eric Adrignola

Posted by: Eric Adrignola at March 7, 2006 02:18 PM

Go ahead, Eric.

Posted by: Jeff at March 7, 2006 03:03 PM

Im thinking of getting a cheap baby chameleon does anyone have sggestions on what type?

Posted by: DJ at March 11, 2006 12:58 PM

Im thinking of getting a cheap baby chameleon does anyone have sggestions on what type?

Posted by: DJ at March 11, 2006 12:58 PM

HAH! no chameleon is cheap.. Aside from the initial cost, they require a lot of on-going expenses.. like crickets.

I guess initial cost for us was around $700.00

Posted by: Melissa at March 14, 2006 03:54 PM

I just bought a veiled chamellion about a week and a half ago. now when i got him he was very chubby which is one of the reasns i picked him but now it looks like he lost weight. Can any body let me know why, ive been feeding him regulary guttloading the crickets and dusting them with suplement. if anybody could help me fatten him back up id highly apprechiette it. Thanks

Posted by: jesse at March 18, 2006 09:54 AM

Also does anybody know of any realy good chamellion shops online for like new cages and toys (branches and stuff).

Posted by: jesse at March 18, 2006 09:56 AM

Hey there, I've just recently got a 7 month old veiled thats a she. (Her name is Mary Jane because she reminds me of well.. mary jane) But lately shes been acting really weird. She was really fine at my gf's house, but now shes all secluded and hidden under some of the foilage and doesnt come out. Keep in mind, she had to take an hour long car ride, wich i know got her EXTREMELY stressed, and my heart was breaking every moment of it. But i hope i didnt do anything to harm her or make her sick :( i dont want her to die or anything.. and also.. im having a hard time getting her drinking. I place ice cubes over the leaves at the top of the cage so that they melt and drip down to catch her attention, and i have a dripping bottle, and i mist her and the vines twice daily.. i just never see her drink and im afraid shes getting dehydrated. Alright, ill stop rambling on, im just so concerned for her, i want to be a great chameleon owner for her, and so far im nervous as to weather or not ill be a good 'husband'

Posted by: Dan at March 21, 2006 06:08 PM

I have a Veiled Chameleon i bought in january of this year. Durning the day when he is awake his color is a dark green and brown color. At night when the lights are off and he is sleeping he turns bright neon green with orange brown(rust) lines and his tail curled up tightly. This has been normal behavior for the 2 months I have had him. This morning he was a wake then all of a sudden he turn the bright green color he does normally at night and then kind of laid on it side with his mouth gapping open. I tried giving him water through the drip system. this got him to close his mouth. I took him out of his cage and he seemed really still and crouched with his head resting on my finger. did not move at all. but he did return to his normal color and after a few mins he did start moving around. and then wen back to his normal aggressive behavior. I put him back in the tank and about 20 mins later he was bright green and hanging upside down and mouth gapped open. This time when i reached in and grabbed him he was still very aggressive and bite the glove I was wearing. He has a strong bite cause I felt it through the glove and he held on tight and didn't let go right away. His grip felt strong on his feet as well. Again I pulled him out of the cage and he returned to what i have known as normal color for him. I cleaned his cage after that thinking there is something in the cage causing this. but after that was done i put him back in and about 30 mins later he went bright green but didn't collapse ot open his mouth. I just then shut off his tank lights and he seemed to fall asleep. could it be he was tired and need sleep? or is there something more wrong with him?

Posted by: Phill at March 23, 2006 05:20 PM

hi i got my little buddy scar face about 2months ago he is a viled chameleon he is a little guy i have him in a 10 gallon tank whith a mesh top i have lots of branches and plats for him to play on but mybe its just a normal behavior i dont know but he dosent really like to be held i dont think when i hold him he kinda trys to run away and he puffs himself up. also i know that they need a lot of humiddity and when i bought him the guy said that a bubble bowl would be perfect but it doesent seem to do much so i spray him down evry day i just was wondering if theres anything better than a bubble BOWL

Posted by: eric at March 23, 2006 06:29 PM

I hope to be purchasing a chameleon this weekend at a reptile show. I have read everything i could get my hands on, every web-page and book i could find. But one topic i've not seen adressed was their bite. Should i wear gloves while handling or is it more of a nip? Someone plz respond because i may be owning one of these amazing creatures very soon.

p.s. awsome page jeff :p

Posted by: future cham owner at April 10, 2006 04:35 PM

just to let everyone know im no longer a future cham owner. i bought a jacksons chameleon at a local reptile show. he seems to be doing great.

Posted by: future cham owner at April 17, 2006 02:45 PM

I have a veiled chameleon who has an eye problem. one of his eyes is closed and he does not seem to be able to open it. He is still eating and drinking and being himself but we are concerned about his eye. We have not been able to find a reptile vet in our area but are still looking, any suggestions?

Posted by: Kristina at April 22, 2006 02:47 PM

I've read most of everyones comments/concerns. I am thinking about purchasing a veiled chamelion. I live in the Florida Keys, any suggestions from anyone on here about anything I should know before purchasing a chamelion? I've just started doing my reasearch so I'm not going to buy one anytime soon but would love any suggestions anyone has. So veiled chamelions really bite? Do they bite really hard or is it not that bad? I just really would like to know what I'm getting myself into! Please send me any comments/suggestions weather it be about climate, feeding, misting...cage requirements etc... I look forward to reading your comments. Thank you for your time.

Posted by: Tomi at May 2, 2006 02:04 PM

are chameleons a lot of work to keep?

Posted by: laura at May 8, 2006 01:47 PM

We had been container-feeding Gizmo (male veiled, 4mo old) in a 2 cup ziploc bowl - crickets can't climb smooth surfaces but could jump out - so when we started they had to have their back legs maimed .. Not much fun, especially for my wife.

We now put 1" of water in the bottom of the bowl before feeding time -- Crickets can't overcome the suction of the water to jump out - and the extra water Giz gets seems to do him a lot of good.

The bowl needs to be cleaned every day with this method, but feeding is much easier.

Posted by: Erik at May 29, 2006 11:50 AM

I no this has nothing to do with biting but ive just bought a female veiled chameleon and was wondering what to call her. Does anyone have any suggestions???

Posted by: Grant Jones at May 31, 2006 07:17 AM


i just wondered if i could get any advice off anyone. i have had my veiled chameleon for about 3 months now and at first he was quite friendly and didnt mind being picked up but now every time i try and get near him he flares up and bites and attacks me and always wins the battle and stay's in our viv is there any way to stop him being so aggresive????

Posted by: hayley at June 1, 2006 10:31 AM

@hayley: Hiya, hayley! Yes there is a way to prevent that behavior from your chameleon: Kill it.

That's only half-way sarcasm, because if you keep handling your chameleon you will kill it. Think of putting a penny in a jar every time you pick up your chameleon. When the jar is full, the chameleon dies. The jar is stress, and chameleons have small jars. They should not be handled.

Biting and aggression is a sign of a healthy chameleon. If it stops being aggressive, best you get it to the vet right away.

Posted by: Jeff at June 1, 2006 04:55 PM

I no this has nothing to do with biting but ive just bought a female veiled chameleon and was wondering what to call her. Does anyone have any suggestions???

Posted by: Grant Jones at June 2, 2006 04:10 AM

Name her Karma. You know off of that Boy George song.

Posted by: Dalton at June 4, 2006 05:47 PM

I've had my Veiled for a couple days now, she is around 3 months old. She doesn't bite or attack when I interact with her, in fact, she seems like she likes to be held. Is there something wrong with her or is that just her personality?

Posted by: Dalton at June 4, 2006 05:51 PM

She'll likely change as she gets older.

Posted by: Jeff at June 4, 2006 06:55 PM

i sort of inherited a veiled chameleon. I caught a lizard out in the yard and put it in Alejandros tank so see what he would do. He tongued it from across the tank and crush his skull. There was loads of blood and he was trying to swallow the lizard to i pulled it out because I wasn't sure if it is okay for him to eat meat. i can't find any resources about chameoleons eating other smaller lizards. what do you think? is this okay or should i refrain from putting lizards in his tank as food?

Posted by: sarah at June 9, 2006 04:24 PM

In my judgment, you should refrain from ever giving wild caught anything to your pet lizards. Skip the wild bugs, skip the wild everything.


Diseases, parasites, insecticides, toxic food in the prey animal's stomach...it's not worth the risk. Plus it prevents you from doing the single most important part of feeding: GUT LOADING. Think of the insect as being like a burrito, it's stomach filled with food for the chameleon. You've got to pick THE RIGHT FOOD, not just any food.

As for eating other lizards, I don't know. I had a vet suggest to me that, for possibly curing edema, I should try feeding the veiled pinky-mice. Perhaps the bone structure of pinkies is not fully developed yet, though. It's also common to give veileds canned cat food when they're out of balance, so non-bug animals seem to be okay at least chemically.

Posted by: Jeff at June 9, 2006 04:42 PM

hey, my chameleon has a huge bump on the top of his eye as well as several others bumps on his back.im looking 4 a vet and so far i've had no luck. i was reading some of the other posts and im aware that i need to get them drained.I would really appreciate it if anyone could let me no about any reptile vets in the bronx.you can reach me at babygrl4eva23@aol.com thank you 4 ur time...Sandy

Posted by: sandy at June 10, 2006 06:38 PM

any1 no of any vets. in the bronx???

Posted by: sandy at June 10, 2006 06:55 PM

I have read that chameleon's eat gecko's in the wild, but I agree with Jeff...I wouldn't serve mine any outdoor lizards!

Posted by: Susan at June 20, 2006 03:41 PM

Kathleen Obrien

Im responding to your comment about your chameleon biting the other chameleon. First of all YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT YOU CANNOT HOUSE 2 CHAMELEONS TOGETHER EVER! The only time chameleons can be together is if they are extremely young or if they will be mateing. They need to be kept seperate at all times. One cage for one chameleon. As for its tail, I would suggest keeping the cage ridiculously clean to avoid it getting an infection. Call a vet asap and ask if there are any other things that he will need like medication for example. hope this helps and good luck dear

Posted by: Jaxy at June 30, 2006 10:30 AM

I had a vieled chameleon that died today.(I loved him so much and my heart is broken)And i took very good care of him.How in the world could he have died?! The only thing I can think of is i never fed him mealworms...just crickets and i would give him 3 dozen every 3-4 days. yesterday he was himself, crabby and hissing as usual and today i found him dead! What are your thoughts? Please...I'm so distrought.

Posted by: sarah at June 30, 2006 04:14 PM

i just got my chameleon and he isn't that friendly he is mostly dark and i think that means he's mad! We try to get him used to our hand movement and seems interested! but i don't know how to pick him up? could you please give me some information???

Posted by: Ashley at July 9, 2006 11:06 AM

@Ashley: Handling your veiled chameleon is a great way to kill it slowly. If you're looking for a faster way to kill it, you could try a sledge hammer. (Or, put another way, you should only be handling your chameleon when absolutely necessary, and if you use your creativity, chances are that you'll be able to figure out a way not to ever have to handle it at all.)

One way to make it easier to handle the chameleon is to keep handling it, eventually the stress will make it sick and it'll then be much easier to handle. (Or, put another way: don't wish for a chameleon that is easier to handle - that wouldn't be good at all.)

Posted by: Jeff at July 9, 2006 03:29 PM

who is jeff!!! and it doesn't kill it duh!!!!!

Posted by: Ashley at July 9, 2006 05:12 PM

jeff you don't know anything, chameleons don't die from handling them, when you handle them you just make friends, god why are you soo mean, you don't know anything about chameleons

Posted by: ashley at July 10, 2006 11:43 AM

my veiled cham (elvis) is just under 4 months old and about 14-16 inches in length,(nose to tip of tail)ive been feeding him on Locusts and crickets on a daily basis, can anyone please tell haw often i should really be feeding him and how many at a time. thankyou

Posted by: max at July 15, 2006 03:50 PM

hey ashley sure you can make friends by holding them but they can be perfectly healthy and die if you handle them to much yeah that's called stressing them out duh.

Posted by: T.C. at July 25, 2006 05:13 PM

max to answer yuor queston chameleons should be fed 3-4 times a day cricket wise but locust it depends on how big they are

Posted by: T.C. at July 25, 2006 05:16 PM

max to answer yuor queston chameleons should be fed 3-4 times a day cricket wise but locust it depends on how big they are

Posted by: T.C. at July 25, 2006 05:16 PM

max to answer yuor queston chameleons should be fed 3-4 times a day cricket wise but locust it depends on how big they are

Posted by: T.C. at July 25, 2006 05:17 PM

We've had our Chamelion Booger for 3yrs now. He has been sick on and off. Last night he slept in his cricket bowl and now its the next day and he hasn't moved. I just went to check on him and he is in the same spot not moving not taking any water eyes closed and what scares me the most is he has poo hanging off his butt(NO he is not dead)that was my first thought Phew tg he is alive but I don't know what is wrong with him this is the worst I've ever seen him in. Please help me I don't wanna lose my booger.

Posted by: Erin at August 1, 2006 06:21 PM

About my post earlier Well no need for advise. Booger past away some time in the middle of the night. I woke up turned his light on and he was in same position although I was sure last night his foot was open and this morning it was closed I thought to myself there is still hope(just my imagination playing tricks on me I guess) Still I was hoping so I sprayed him, calling his name but he is definetly gone. I'm left with tears wondering what happened to him. He was such a good chameleon.We did everything right,We never handled him unless we had to. There was the odd time my bf would touch him and booger didn't mind at all. I remember the first time we got him and were setting his cage up and bf stuck him to my head lol he went the same color as my hair(blending in) and then he didn't wanna leave me. After that I only touched him through the cage because he did get pissy with me once in awhile. Anyways he was still young and didn't deserve this shit. I now carry around memories and lots of pics in computer. He was so awesome.
I'm gonna really miss him :(

Posted by: Erin at August 2, 2006 08:52 AM

Our chameleon laid eggs last night! What do we do now?

Posted by: Kathleen O'Brien at August 8, 2006 07:06 AM

My veiled Chamelion ,Zim, is shedding he looks very uncomfortable and is rubbong on braches. I was wondering if I shoud try to help him shed or will he get all of it off eventually? I was also wondering is shedding a good sign that he is healthy?

Posted by: Will at August 10, 2006 04:56 PM

i recently got a 3-4 yaer old cham. i was reading on this site a few days ago about spraying his mouth with warm water and how eventully they start expecting it .well this definitly works and works fast it only takes about a week till he started coming towards me when i was spraying his cage.yesturday he came so close i thought he was trying to bite me turns out all he wanted to do is crawl up my arm .not sure if this is stressing him out he dosnt seem to get mad just chills on my arm.do you think im still slowley killing it?

Posted by: jaco at August 15, 2006 08:40 PM

anyway of telling just how old my cham is

Posted by: jaco at August 15, 2006 08:42 PM

I noticed my chameleon started shedding recently. By the next day it had already shed completely, but there's a spot at the base of the veil(forgot what its really called) that hasn't shed. You can see that
the skin is started to peel around the edges of the spot, but its just stayed like that for about a week now. Is this bad? Also, I'v read that they can eat lettuce, is there something(like a webpage) that has a list of everything you can feed a chameleon? Or could someone tell me what other fruits or vegtables chameleons can eat.

Posted by: bob at August 16, 2006 09:37 PM

i have a female veiled chameleon, and i have noticed a lump on the side of her face on her lower jaw. the skin is now white where the lump is. she eats fine so it doesn't seem to be hindering that and when she has opened her mouth i don't see anything from the inside either. is this just a calcium bump or should i be more concernd.

Posted by: Jessi at August 25, 2006 07:58 AM

I am going to buy a chameleon some time this month, im buying a baby. can anyone tell me.... Do they like to be handled. Thanks Erik

Posted by: erik7181 at September 3, 2006 03:28 PM

Um.. Today I checked on my Sand Fish (lizard) and it had a cloudy bubble on it's eye.. Since you have lizards of your own.. Could you tell me what it is and how I can get rid of it..Thanks

Posted by: Shandey at September 10, 2006 07:09 AM

I was planning on getting a chameleon and was wondering what to feed it , if it was allowed to have some tipe of wood bedding , and if i could handle it once and a while?

Posted by: Matt at September 11, 2006 02:32 PM

I have a 4 month old named Socrate because he seems very intellectual. haha. I put him on a branch in the window cill sometimes becuase he is stoked on the sun, he does get proper uv in his home but he seems to like the actual sun more, i noticed that he was swaying back and forth last time i put him there. Is that bad?? maybe a sign of stress?

Posted by: Taylor at September 26, 2006 06:21 PM

Hi! Thanks for posting that chamelon bump thing. My veiled chameleon Emily has a couple and I couldn't find a thing on the internet about them either.

Oh and Emily is pregnant (with eggs minus a male). The first couple weeks she dug like crazy which was why I thought she was pregnant. I switched her woodchips to a thick layer of a dirt and sand mix at the bottom of her tank. she dug up all the corners but never dug any tunnels. I kept the dirt moist and packed it down so her tunnels (if she made any) wouldn't collapse on her. About a week ago she stopped digging. I tried to start a few tunnels for her in the corners she had dug up as well as in the middle of the tank. She won't dig. She doesn't even crawl on the ground anymore. She's still eating some and drinking and I brought her in to a breeder to confirm she was pregnant. I know if she doesn't make a good tunnel she won't lay her eggs, and if she doesn't lay her eggs she'll die. I'm starting to get freaked out. Any advice?

Posted by: Talia at September 27, 2006 07:17 AM

She will lay when she is ready, if she's got a place to dig. That's my thought.

Posted by: Jeff at September 27, 2006 08:55 AM

I have a 3 year old male cham and I am looking at buying a female. She is about 1 and she a has a lump on her nose. I was told by the owner of the pet shop that it is a calsium lump. I'm kind of afraid to put her in with Ziggy! but I want to start breeding him. Can that lump be something that can harm Ziggy (male)?
Bye the way JEFF, you don't need to be such a jerk. Thanks

Posted by: Nikki at October 5, 2006 02:23 PM

@Nikki: I gotta be me.

Incidentally, my chameleon bit me again this week - and drew blood! Pretty cool - I had no idea that they could bite that hard.

Posted by: Jeff at October 5, 2006 06:08 PM

I have a veil chameleon who just recently seems sick. He hangs out down on the floor of his cage and lays there like he is going to die. He has crickets in his cage but chooses not to eat them and he doesn't drink any water lately either. He just looks at you and lays there not moving. The only thing I have change would be his light bulb. Could I have purchased one to strong for him? I've had him for years now and this is the first time he's acted this weak. Any advice?

Posted by: Conni at October 7, 2006 06:31 PM

I have a sub-adult male veilie. He's been really fierce lately. I usually pull him out of his cage at least once a day to handle him. He's a lil crazy at first but has always seemed to settle down. Today I pulled him out and he gripped my hand really hard and kind of curved his body around my hand, tightened up and a blood colored tissue thing came out of his rectum then retracted. It really startled me. I put him back in his cage. I think he was really stressed. Advice, input, thoughts please?

Posted by: Meredith at October 12, 2006 11:13 AM

@Meredith: Here's a snippit of something that I've previously written above:

Yes there is a way to prevent that behavior from your chameleon: Kill it.

That's only half-way sarcasm, because if you keep handling your chameleon you will kill it. Think of putting a penny in a jar every time you pick up your chameleon. When the jar is full, the chameleon dies. The jar is stress, and chameleons have small jars. They should not be handled.

Biting and aggression is a sign of a healthy chameleon. If it stops being aggressive, best you get it to the vet right away.

Posted by: Jeff at October 12, 2006 11:58 AM

here is something to help ANYONE!!! who,s chamilion is acting wierd you see your chamielion will get stressed and die unless you spray stress ease on it (stress ease located in your nearest PETLAND) i know cause mine was all like timber!!!!! then i sprayed that goodness on his back........ and speedy was back in action

Posted by: dominick at October 14, 2006 05:53 PM

i have had my vieled chameleon for 4 years. he was estimated a live of 2 years tops. i fed him about 2-3 days ago but he cant eat because he has a black seel in between his 2 lips. he is unable to open his mouth and eat. i love her very much and would hate to let her go. please if any of you know what it could be say so.

Posted by: Atn at October 16, 2006 07:51 PM

I have a Jackson Chameleon (jackie), we just got her a few months back and she's probably 5-6 months old but lately she has been not active at all, she's acting very odd and is not drinking and eating. She seems to always keep her eyes shut and all this has been happening for probably a week or so... Any ideas what i should do???

Posted by: Robby at October 23, 2006 08:11 PM

hi i have a chameleon and he is about 7 months old just wondering if anyone knows how often they shed

Posted by: wendy at October 25, 2006 01:41 PM

I'v had my female veiled chameleon for 8 months now. And we have a very special canection she loves me and I love her. If she wants to be held then I don't see why I shouldn't hold her? I hand feed her almost every day and when I go to open her cage she runs over and reaches out to me to hold her while I feed her. She also prefers fresh apples, carrots, you name it she will eat it is that o.k.? She is very large so I think she is about 2-3 years old I wish she could live forever because she is my bestfriend. ;)-

Posted by: Jessica at December 3, 2006 03:40 PM

Hi-My Chameleon seems to be feeling sick lately. Recently he has not been moving around and just stays in one place, laying on a branch in his cage. He has also not been eating his crickets. I am wondering what I should do. I have not changed his cage or his feeding. Thanks.

Posted by: Rosie at December 11, 2006 05:21 PM

my boyfriend just cleaned his chameleon's cage and the chameleon seemed to be fine. he hung himself upside down right below the lamp...i stupidly tried to wedge a piece of branch in between where he was hanging and the top of his pen....well he fell straight down but seems to be doing fine...any comments? Also, my little buddy has had this blood-looking crusty stuff hanging out of his bottom...what is this? it fell off when he rub against his branch but it left some bloody lookins residue. he's been around for almost 5 years now...are we coming to the end? please tell me no

Posted by: Morgan at December 14, 2006 02:57 PM

i just bought my husband a chameleon for christmas he's very friendly and when he wants to be held he comes out to the edge of the cage and stands up against the glass, the only time he gets mad is when the mister goes off and he's in the line of fire. I think chameleons like to feel the heat of our skin if they are handled gently with care.

Posted by: erica at December 19, 2006 09:43 PM

I am taking care of my bosses pet while he is away I believe the ride to my house stressed him to much. He is at the bottom of the cage in an odd position and his colors are very bright. He is alive but won't move. Is there any way to help him? He's a beautiful veiled chameleon that is used to me. I'm deparate!

Posted by: Libby at December 24, 2006 06:27 AM

rite a couple of problems 1 my female veild last night ackted a bit wired she looked like she was trying to be sick she was opening her mouth and sticking her tounge out but not like when she eats 2she has a large lump at the cback of her rear right foot and her ribs are all pointy and look like there gonna pop out of her skin and she hasent eaten 4 about 3 weeks and she has just laid her eggs and theres a black spot like when she cahnges colour but its in 1 place and theres bumps from under her skin and ribs and i dont think she has long o live please help this is realy urgent i realy need help please!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: darren at December 27, 2006 05:03 AM

hey guys. i recently bought myself a baby chameleon. he has some very strange behaviours but i am starting to think they are normal like, swaying from side to side sometimes,yawning and the likes. i was wondering if any1 knows of a good chameleon website that tells you the specific needs of a chamelon like feeding times,temperature control,humidity,habits,diseases,temperament,handling etc. because i really want the best for my little guy and i'd like to know these things because i think chameleons are very hard to look after and need constant monitoring because i always need to see if he's thirsty,hungry,the temperature,his health and the humidity. infact i check on him so much i get worried about small things!! if any1 has any interesting information please add me on messenger for a chat. thanks guys!! :D crazysexybeautiful18@msn.com

Posted by: amy baby at January 3, 2007 07:06 PM

does anyone know if veiled chameleons are aggresive or friendly and also what personalities they have

Posted by: jamie at January 4, 2007 02:33 PM

Hi everyone .... could anyone tell me why my veiled little monster keeps eating the soil out of his pothos plant tub. and ignoring all the other food i put in his tank......????????
A concerned owner.

Posted by: Ralph's gofer at January 6, 2007 04:13 PM

Hi all fellow veiled chameleon owners. It seems there is a lot of concern about the health of each of our pets. Here is some basic info from the pet store:

- Chameleons are not cuddly critters. They will express their distress and anxiety through hissing, bitting, swaying side to side, turning a dark color.
- Their bite is no more than an aggression that generally does not hurt. (Certainly not like a dog bite, more like a toothless baby)
- UVB rays are needed 10-12 hours a day. The long tubes are recommended over the small bulbs.
- Heater (ceramic prefered) needed 24 hours/day. Should stay between 70 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Humidity is essential. 30-60% (please use a humidity gage attached to the side of your tank). Either mist the tank 3+ times a day or purchase a mist system. Another good solution is a frozen cup of water with a hole in the bottom. Place on top of the cage. As the ice melts it will drip. The water attracks your little guy. USE NON CLORINATED H2O - Bottled Spring water not distilled. Or use a declorinator from your pet store.
- Food includes gutloaded crickets. (IDEA - create a cricket habitat. You can buy a gut loader food for the crickets.) Meal worms in a bowl at all times are great - sometimes your little guy just doesn't feel like hunting. Fruits and vegetable - carrots, apples and Certain types of plants - pothos, ficus.
- Do NOT use any chemically treated objects in your habitat. DO NOT USE Branches or plants that have been treated by pesticides.
- All screened sides are better than all glass. They need air. Try a taller than wide habitat.
- They need to hide, so create a dense area of fake or real plants.(make sure they are not toxic - check with the pet store)
- Make sure to dust your critters food with a vitamin and calcium powder. The calcium is the most important.

Good luck with your special green friends. If they turn out to like your close company, consider yourselves very lucky. Some will eat our of your hand, but most will be stressed when you get too close.

Internet research will provide you with the most comprehensive information. My info was receive through my pet store and several on-line forums. Some info may not be as reliable as other, but through my experience it seems accurate.

*I only take responsiblity for my own pets and children, not anyone else.

Posted by: train at January 8, 2007 12:42 AM

HUMIDITY: This was mentioned in the post above. Humidity will lead to eye infections and respiratory problems. This is why TANKS tend to be such killers of chameleons. Use a screened enclosure, not a tank.

Posted by: Jeff at January 8, 2007 02:06 PM

Hi! My boyfriend brought two chamileons about 3 months ago now, one is a female and the other is a male. The female has not been eating her food for about a week know and she has gone lumpy all over, she has also gone a bit of a wierd colour like a bright green and a bluey colour with white spots. can any tell me what is wrong with it please! thank you

Posted by: polly at January 30, 2007 01:37 PM

My name's Aaron and I just came across this website and I noticed you respond to most of the posts so I figured I'd leave something and check later. I have a Veil Chameleon, so oohhh about 5 months old, bought her at a reptile show with actually another veil, but they started getting aggressive toward each other so I sold the one back. But I just thought I'd see if I was doing okay with her. I have her in a well ventilated cage, I let her crawl out once in awhile (supervised. I spray inside the cage at least three times a day and I let her dripper drip long enough for her to get a drink or two and then I shut it off. I use to let it drip all day, but I use spring water and I don't like wasting it. She use to eat about 10-15 large crickets daily, but now I've noticed she's had an appetite problem, she only eats about 5 and the others i have to get out. Tomorrow I'm going to introduce her to waxworms; she didn't really eat the butterworms. She's just started to get some color in her, she's got some reddish/brown spots on her now during the daytime. And she gets enough light during the day as well. One thing I was curious about, the other day I notice she was itching her eye on some artifical plants I have and I looked closer. She had her eye like extended out I guess. Like it looked like she had her eye out of the socket. I just wanted to know if that was normal. Other than that, I really haven't seen anything out of the ordinary. When I sold the other one back the vendors were amazed of how big she was and how healthy she looked, so I figured the one I still have was doing just fine as well. Write back and let me know what ya think.

Thank You,

P.S., I wear my hat all the time and she likes to sit on my head, hah.

Posted by: Aaron at January 30, 2007 05:25 PM

MY CAMELEON isnt getting bigger and its teeth arent really coming in hes about a year and a half old so if anyone who has any ideas what i can do write back

Posted by: jimmy at February 4, 2007 11:58 AM

do camiloins turn black when they die???

Posted by: jessica at February 9, 2007 09:24 PM

I have about 23 Veiled Chameleons right now, and another 44 eggs in incubation. I breed them because they are so much fun to have around the house, and my kids love them. I find that the right amount of proper housing, calcium and vitamins, mixing of foods and nutrition, UVB and UVA lighting, regular use of green vegitation for supplimentation and love breeds a happy healthy chameleon. This site has been a great source of information in helping me and my customers answer some difficult questions about chameleon care. If you all would like to see some pics of my babies.. check us out at www.chameleonlove.com. Id be glad to help with any complicated questions you have about chameleons and tell you what works well for us too.

Posted by: Harry at February 18, 2007 09:52 AM

In response to "trains" post... Humidity is not a good thing for vieled chameleons. Niether is an ICY cold dripping of water source. Bad info. Veileds like warmer water sources. I use a spray bottle once, MAYBE twice a day. Definately not three times a day. Usually a good, thorough misting in the morning is sufficient for my babies. Fruits are usually undesirables to vieleds. They dont like to eat them. Use various types of green lettuce, mustard greens, collard greens,etc. Place them in a bowl HIGH in your cage.. most veileds do not like to spend alot of time on the lower part of your enclosure. MIST the greens before you leave them in the bowl. And place some waxworms, mealworms, catepillars, grasshoppers, phoenix worms or butter worms on top of the vegetation. Like a salad! THEY LOVE IT. I havent bred a veield yet who can resist it. And I have sold and bred almost a thousand to date. Handling is ok, as long as it isnt excessive. I think the misconception that your veiled will be extra stressed by handling is wrong. I handle mine all the time... GENTLY. And I watch carefully for the signs of stress while doing so. Look for fast color changes to dark spotted colors and puffing or hissing as a sign. Let them crawl onto your hand like a branch and slowly lift them out of the cage. Let them get out and crawl around from time to time. Place them in direct sunlight in the warmer seasons at least a few times a week.. SUPERVISED! Calcium AND vitamin supplimentation is important as well. I used a mix of BOTH when I coat my crickets. Gutload them with only top notch feeder products. Give your Chameleon plenty of spaces to hide in its enclosure, both in the leaves on the top of the cage, and in plant or wooded type areas on the bottom of it. They like to retreat into them, and they feel safer in a low-traffic area in your home. Temp should be room temp to around 85 degrees ideally. I get beautiful results from the babies I breed. Pay careful attention to yours and you will also.

Posted by: Harry at February 18, 2007 10:14 AM

my chameleon climbs on my hand when i put it in the cage, If he climbs on it all on his own he cant be getting stressed out, can he?

Posted by: caleb beal at March 4, 2007 10:48 AM

ya and i was just wondering where i can buy more vieled chameleons for cheap because mine cost me $90 and i cant afford it but i really want more

i also would want a panthers chameleon if anyone knows where i could buy one of those

Posted by: caleb at March 4, 2007 10:52 AM

hey harry u should totally sell me some of the babies that hatch

hope there not to expensive

Posted by: caleb at March 5, 2007 06:28 PM

chamelions are expensive 78 $ for a juvvenile chameleon petsmart is a good online store to buy toys wood food and reptile friends...you suck.

Posted by: robert at March 17, 2007 06:01 PM

petco man bad pets no CHAMELEIONS thats a jip i live in NJ in livingston i mom only let me get 2 lizards im geting a house gecko and a chameleon witch type of chameleon should i get panther or veiled.both gecko and chameleon in different cages apparently

Posted by: robert at March 18, 2007 05:48 AM

I have a Veiled chameleon and it wont open its eyes.I called Petco and they said I need to find a vet but I can't.Does you'r chamelon do the same thing?

Posted by: Tigerstripes at April 20, 2007 09:41 PM

I bought a baby veiled chameleon named Allin (after GG Allin if you know anything about him) about a month ago. I have no idea how old he is, but e's only about 3 1/3 inches long tail included. soon after buying him i noticed he has absolutely no vision out of his left eye. i'm afraid his eye handicap might be impairing his ability to hunt. he now looks a little bony and his eyes look sunken in. his grip is still strong. he's almost always bright green with some white markings but i'm not sure if any of this is normal behavior. please respond, i'm worried

Posted by: Rorie at May 16, 2007 04:01 PM

Heyy i just bought a baby veiled and i was told i could put branches from outside in the cage if i first steamed them with boiling water to kill off any mites etcc. Is this true?

Posted by: Rae at May 24, 2007 11:54 AM

hey i fell really sorry for you i hope it goes away well i gotta bounce off then bye talk care with ur lizards and u told me some facts about lizards with bye make sureyou take care of him

bye =]

Posted by: ryanne at June 1, 2007 11:07 PM

i have a veiled chameleon and everytime i go to hold him like to clean his tank he freaks at me hes only a few months old iv own him my self for 2 months now im not scared of him but he bits at me and hiss like crazy what should i do to stop him from freaking out at me????

Posted by: jacob at June 13, 2007 12:26 PM

is a 100 gallon tank big enough for a male vieled cham, and is a 65 galon tank big enough for a female cham.

Posted by: lizard lover 111 at June 25, 2007 07:39 AM

what does it cost to own one of these amazing creaturesin the end. i am thinking of purchasing one.

Posted by: lizard lover 111 at June 25, 2007 07:41 AM

would a construction glove stop the teath from going through the glove also would a gardening glove do the trick.

Posted by: lizard lover 111 at June 25, 2007 07:47 AM

I found five baby five inch long black lizards in my small pond this morning. Does anyone out there know what they are. Don't know who put them in there.

I took them out and placed them in a bucket of water until I can get an answer.

Would appreciate you help.


Posted by: bob dunn at June 30, 2007 03:26 PM

They are almost certainly salamanders, not lizards. And their mother probably put them there, or they just wandered in on their own. Most people would have considered that to be a good thing and would have left them alone, I think.

Posted by: Jeff at June 30, 2007 04:56 PM

I have a lovely veiled named Herman. He use to climb on me on his own accord. I just had to put my hand out and he would climb on. He got sick a couple of months ago with a calcium difficiency. He had trouble climbing, his tongue wouldn't come out, he was in rough shape. I took my hand blender and ground up gutloaded crickets, silkworm, some calcium and a little water. I put the well blended mixure in a baby medicine syringe and squirted it into his mouth. He didn't like it but he is all better and up his tree again. The only sad thing is he won't climb on me anymore.

Posted by: Heather at July 16, 2007 10:27 AM

I have a veiled named Rufus, approximately 1 year old. I would recommend anyone looking into getting a chameleon do TONS of captive reptile research first, have owned other less-demanding herps for several years prior, do more research, and then some more research. and more research. Plus be ready to spend anywhere from $300-1000 total for the animal and cage setup, ongoing costs of food and suppliments, possible vet visits, etc.

Chameleons are NOT a beginner, or even intermediate pet. I thought I knew my stuff and Even I've had my share of scares and realizations with ol' Rufus. I've already had to take him to the vet for a hemipeen removal (have him fixed because his man-parts went inside out)due to some digestive problems because I didnt have proper lighting. I originally had a UVA spot bulb and a red reptile lamp on him. He needed more UVB lighting (purchased a long tube to fit in an aquarium hood) and was getting too cold at night so I had to keep better check on the nighttime temps.

Chameleons are aggressive by nature. If yours is hissing, gaping, biting, going all crazy-colored like my Rufus always does...He his healthy. There is no way to really change this behaviour and PLEASE dont "force" him to "like" being handled by grabbing and handling him daily. If your cham comes to you and enjoys your company, this is fine too. I try to avoid handling Rufus unless I absolutely have to, which is rarely. I use a pair of washable leather gardening gloves when i do handle him to avoid bites and scratches, and he seems to prefer the glove to my bare hand anyway. I recently had to change his enclosure to prepare for moving, I let him roam amongst some houseplants while i tended his house. I hope to be able to let him roam more freely (with supervision) once I get moved.

Please do not keep chameleons in a glass aquarium alone. Stagnant air is not good for them. They do need high humidity, however. My current setup is a walmart-issue 29 gallon tank with a "tank topper" wire mesh cage extension on top. This allows for extra cage heigth, higher humitidy levels (dry central texas air). I keep a hygrometer at the mid-point of the cage, and have several thermometers at various spots. an aquarium hood with a UVB lamp, plus a UVA spot lamp on one side, and a red reptile heat bulb for winter and nighttime warmth if the temps are too cold. Plenty of artificial "bendy" vines and some silk plants for climbing, hiding and basking, and some pet-safe live potted plants as well (small aquarium dracanea, pothis ivy).

Any odd lumps, eye problems, "poo" or rear-end problems, should be looked at by your vet IMMEDIATELY. Call around to local vets to find one who sees reptiles. I recommend asking several sources about qualified herp vets before settling for jsut anyone. Shedding is good. Scratching is a means to remove shedding skin...it's itchy. Humidity will help the shedding process (think how uncomfortable your skin is when its very dry). Watch for mouth problems too. swelling of the lips/gums, yellow, white or black areas are a bad sign...if your cham has black/green swollen mouth areas, or cant open its mouth, its probably too late. The gaping/hissing display is a good time to check his mouth. If your cham sits around with his mouth just hanging open...he's probably just too warm. Reptiles hold their mouths open to cool off jsut like dogs panting in the heat.

Dont house them with other reptiles. especially other chameleons.

Wild-caught insects are OK, as long as you are sure they havent been exposed to any pesticides, and dont look sickly. We live out in the country and my kids enjoy catching crickets, grasshoppers, and butterflies for Rufus. Other bugs that may be caught and fed include moths, robber flies (they usually mimic wasps or bees), stick insects and mantids (though i like mantids too much to use them as feeders), caterpillars (be sure you arent feeding poisonous species though. I only use fat green or brown hairless ones. avoid "hairy" caterpillars or those pretty black white and yellow (monarch butterfly larvae) caterpillars.) The safest food source is store-bought feeder crickets and mealworms/superworms. Be sure to keep your feeders in a clean enclosure (buy one of those critter boxes), feed them a proper diet of cricket food, greens, and diet suppliments, and i recommend using the cricket water gel. Dust them with calcium and vitamin suppliments before feeding as well.

phew...i ramble too much. but i think i've covered it all....which most of your chameleon sites and books will cover anyway if people would just read.

Posted by: Trina at August 12, 2007 05:12 PM

I found this website pretty helpful, but I have some general confusion with the comments. For starters is there a general consensus if holding a camelion is good or bad? I have two of them and the one i dont touch (cause he's crazy), but the female is pretty laid back and seems to enjoy being handled. Is it okay to handle her? There are different comments on this page regarding the issue and I would like to know if the handling is making her stressed out at all. Also, just lately I have noticed that her appetitie has significantly decreased. Does anyone know why this may be? I'm pretty concerned about her. She otherwise seems healthy though; with a strong grip, good colouring, fair amount of activity. I thought maybe she's in heat or something, but I'm not to sure.

Posted by: Karen at August 23, 2007 02:43 PM

@Karen: There's no consensus, but the differing opinions can be reconciled this way: let the chameleon decide whether or not its going to be handled. If it wants to be and seems okay with it, fine. If it doesn't, don't handle it and don't try to change your chameleon's attitude.

Posted by: Jeff at August 23, 2007 05:26 PM

My Veiled Chameleon arrived some 2 1/2 years ago at about 6 weeks old. I got him in June and the weather was unusally nice for Toronto at that time of year. I took him out in the sun every day all through the summer for at least an hour and let him crawl on a small ornamental tree in the back yard. After a few weeks he would be at the top of the vivarium waiting for me and would scramble on to my hand as soon as the top was open. 'Moe' is now 20" long, and lives in a 175 gallon Flexarium. 4'high by 30"X30",he has a ficus tree which takes up most of the space and about 12 or so bendy vines. I use 2 four foot tubes, UVA & UVB for 12 hours each day and water fountain. A fogger for 1 hour in the morning as the lights come on, and I spray the vivarium and him no more than twice a day. Sometimes he takes water from the spray bottle right into his mouth. He has always shown an eagerness to come to my hand, as soon as he notices me passing the cage he comes to the front and paws at the netting to be let out. Sometimes as he climbs on to my hand he displays but I think that he is probably a little stressed at that time, then he deflates and crawls onto my shoulder, or most times I'll sit with him on the couch and let him crawl down my legs to walk around the floor. I leave him walking around for about 30 minutes before placing him back in the cage. I do this every day. Last year I left him at my Daughters place (she has lots of reptiles inc chameleons) for 3 weeks, he was in a 24" round flexarium. He did'nt eat the whole time and his colour was very dark. When she brought him home he practically ran to his old cage and turned a beautiful shade of green with dramatic orange and yellow highlights. Since that day he has never lost that colouring. Just recently however I've noticed that he was having difficulty chewing some butterworms, and he could'nt extend his tongue more than an inch or so. I'm very concerned and have started to look for a reptile vet but they seem to be in short supply in the Toronto area. If anyone has had a similar experience, or advice to give it would be greatly appreciated. This is a great site, very interesting.

Posted by: Jim at September 28, 2007 09:03 PM

hi all i've just bought my first chameleon i've had him for 3 day's now and i don't think i've seen him the same colour yet. he's only 6 week's old he's well fed and i water him 3-4 times a day is it just a getting used to time at the moment any help would be good.

Posted by: brett at October 27, 2007 04:06 PM

hi my breeder tols me that it is ok to handle your chameleon as long as you dont try to cup him and pick him up. let him climb onto your hand. he said start while they are babies and when they get to "teenagers" they will get aggressive. once they become adults they most likely will calm down and let you hold them again. he has been breeding them for over 20 years so he should know what to do

Posted by: diana at November 11, 2007 04:48 PM

Hi all
I have just started to keep Chameleons, I Started with one, who is now about 6months old, spike and just got my second, penny who is a baby.
This is the first time I have had reptiles, but seem to be doing really well so far. I have found the advice and suggestions very useful, Thanks

Posted by: Nicky at November 21, 2007 11:04 AM

My veiled is about 6 months old, and has developed an eye problem. His right eye is now smaller than the left eye, and is closed 95% of the time. He is an excellent eater, and we give vitamins, UV and heat like we should.

BUT this eye has me worried. The eye seems to almost be withering away, any suggestions on what is going on?

He had a great "shed" 2 weeks ago, but I noticed him scratching against some branches to shed the skin. Maybe something happened to his eye that way? PLEASE, any comments would be appreciated..

Posted by: Jason Miller at November 24, 2007 08:55 AM

JAson your chameleon may not have been exposed to enough natural sunlight. He could also have an infection in his eye that wuld need medicine from a vet. You said he had a normal shedding and he could have got some skin in his eye and it is irritating him. Either way you need to have it checked out by a vetrinarian. Hope this helps


Posted by: Ken at November 30, 2007 04:06 PM

hey jeff

im scared ive have my vieled chameloen for 5 years he scares me a bit thought he always climbs on me when im cleaning his cage or feedin him or eeven just checking hes ok hes only got agrssive once in the last 4 months and he never seems 2 be agrresive ever and i dont know should i handle him seening he wants to be handled or sould i just put him back

Posted by: stu at December 1, 2007 06:02 PM

i have a veild chameleon and hes about 6 inches and hes always sleeping and i would like to no wat color do they change if there mad,stressed,or happy plz email me bck.

Posted by: weston at December 1, 2007 06:27 PM


I have a female veild chameleon, bought at 6 weeks old in April 2007. Always very healthy .. until aprox a week ago. We moved the chameleon into a very large 5ftxftx4t screened in cage aprox one month ago and shes been acting funny. This week, she's not eaten anything. She's always been very friendly when you approach her cage, ate out of our hands, etc but now - this week - shes hissing, biting, turning black, etc.

I am worried that shes not passing her eggs. In Sept, she laid 53 of them. Could she have another clutch already? Shes' looking larger, although shes never gone to the bottom of this cage that I've seen, no diggin, etc (which were all signs that she did in her small baby cage when she was going to lay). I've had a garbage pail with perlite in her new cage since day one but shes' never gone in it. Ive' tried to put her in it - and she climbs out of it very fast. Just wanted some advice.

Could it be that she has to lay and therefore wont eat? Should I raise the pail to the top of the cage? Should I take her out of her cage and leave her in the pail to lay? (We did this for her first clutch, as her tank was not deep enough to pt the perlite in and have her dig - she was therefor 6 hours diggin and laid, then we put her back in her tank) but I didn't want to do that in the big cage as i feel that it may stress her out and shes able to have the digging area in her cage.

Its been 4.5 days since shes eaten. Shes normally a GREAT eater. I've called the vets and the closest one to look at her is 10 hour drive away. Do you have any suggestions?

Im very worried.

Thanks so much,


Posted by: Kara at December 10, 2007 03:13 PM

Please i would like to know the following:
- Why chameleons change colour
- Their behaviour
- All Their general characteristics

Posted by: Kyazze Sajjabi Paul at December 28, 2007 10:36 PM

why is there such a big thing about handling your veiled chameleons... my one hisses and puffs when i hold him to get him out his cage but he relaxes and doesn't do that once he is out. so please stop getting me worried about chameleons dying younger if handled too much & also what is a screened cage?? and how do u get it well ventilated?? pleasee reply,

Posted by: lydia at January 1, 2008 12:46 PM

i'm probably traveling down to san antorio and it's a 12 hr drive you think that my chamaleon may die from it i live in LA so it's a pretty long way over there any sugestions???

Posted by: Gibran at January 6, 2008 11:04 PM

I have a quick question, sometimes mostly when my veiled is basking, he likes to keep his mouth open. he's normal colored 6 months old. anybody know why they keep their mouth for any reason?


Posted by: Mallia at January 23, 2008 10:53 AM

i want to get a cham for my family but i heard that they were normally aggressive, are ALL species aggressive or are some more mellow and like to be handled? Some help would be greatly appreciated!
thanks so much

Posted by: i_want_a_cham at January 27, 2008 07:43 PM

how do i get fruit flys in her cage ?????????? The cage is full of holes !!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Branide at February 17, 2008 01:44 PM

I am a veiled chameleon owner. I have a female veiled chameleon and their bites are very strong and hurt. My female is ready to be bred so now shes very aggressive right now bc of it. You have to wear a glove when there aggressive like that. The trick is when you put on the glove dont put your hand in the glove all the way so if it does bite then it wont get your finger.If you get a veiled chameleon when its a baby its the best, because then you raise it to an adult veiled chameleon. So when there a baby like that they are very sweet, they are still sweet when there bigger but if you get a female the older she gets the more aggressive shes going to be, and if you get a male hes aggressive no matter what. So choose wisely on that. But over all there very exspenive but very cute and exstremely sweet. My female wants to bite me when i first pick her up but when i actually have her in my hands shes just like she was when i first got her...

Some of them like to be held and some dont. Veiled chameleons do have a attitude. Don't change the bedding all at one time bc that makes them really mad. She went from a baby to a full grown healthy big girl.. anymore questions email me at ajacklynn21@yahoo.com

Posted by: Amber McQueary at February 22, 2008 05:43 PM


Yes having a veiled chameleon is alot of hard work.You need to have alot of money at all times in order to take care of them properly.My husband and I probably have spent well over $400 or more right now on my veiled chameleon.. I have other lizards to but that amount is just on my veiled chameleon by herself.. She eats all the time right now. I get her 3 dozen of crickets almost every week. I got her when she was only 2 months old and now shes almost 1yrs old.. The thing that you need to know is that the older that they get the more aggressive they become, especially if you get a female. When shes ready to breed she will let you know and believe me when shes ready you will know. She is very aggressive with me right now and its due that she is ready to breed . When they get to adult size you have to switch there cage to a 25-55 gal tank.. so alot of work but very fun to have as a pet.

anyother questions feel free to email at ajacklynn21@yahoo.com

Posted by: Amber McQueary at February 22, 2008 05:58 PM

My female veiled chameleon is very aggressive right now. Their is nothing wrong with her shes i think ready to be breed... any advice let me know


Posted by: Amber McQueary at February 22, 2008 06:00 PM

Who told you that handling a veiled chameleon will kill the chameleon? If that was the case then my female shouldve been dead along time ago. And let me tell you shes not dead at all. She's very healthy and growing great right now. Holding them is letting them know that your not going to hurt them in any way, also letting them know that you want to bond and make a connection to them. Showing them attention is wonderful, they love that.Also when you hold them you are making friends with them and they also love that. My female when i get her out of her tank she litterally will sleep right on my chest until i put her back into her cage and then when i do that she doesnt want to go back into the cage, so wants to remain sleeping on her mommy's chest... Its so freakin cute


Posted by: Amber McQueary at February 22, 2008 06:05 PM

I have a veiled that has ben rubbing his eyes on his branch and he scratched the pupil off. he keeps rubbing the other......I don't know what to do?

Posted by: preston dunn at March 11, 2008 12:02 PM

Help, I have a year old female veiled who has been in good health. The last few days she's been acting different eg hanging out in the bottom of her cage, not eating etc. She has been drinking when I spray. Her stomach seems to be enlarged. After reading a few articles I figured she was laying eggs. Then about an hour ago I noticed that she seems to be having troble getting her front arms to move where she wants (it takes several tries for her to grab something). Please help, I'm very worried.

Posted by: sheila at March 14, 2008 06:45 PM

hi sheila,
it seems like your cham might have a calcium defficiency. if she is having trouble moving her limbs thats usually my intial thought. usually not eating is another sign of that, having trouble opening their mouth, not eating, etc. things along those lines. i would just make sure that ur uvb and uva lights r working correctly and make sure to give her plenty of calcium and vitamins on her food. and if she wont eat AT ALL i saw one lady post that she blended food up and syringed it into her chams mouth till he could get healthy again. well good luck and i hope to see another post saying shes doing great!

Posted by: marsan at March 25, 2008 04:13 PM

hey guys.....i have a vield chameleon bout 4 months old...i know i should not handle him much but what is the best way to get him out of the cage when we need to clean it.....dont wanna stress him to much...thanks

Posted by: john at April 11, 2008 10:23 PM

PLEASE HELP. my gravid female has been laying on the ground for quite some time now. I was hoping she was ready to lay her eggs. But a couple of days ao, i noticed that her front right leg was tucked under her body. when i went to lift it, her claws had grip, but the actual leg was slightly limp? could her leg be broken, or did it just become numb because she was lying on it? i am very concerned.

Posted by: meghan at April 14, 2008 09:16 AM

For those of you who are bad mouthing Jeff, you shouldn't! He's just trying to help, and you're the people asking for advice. It's not like he's saying you're a bad chameleon parent or something, he's basicly giving you the facts.

Posted by: kaitybug at April 27, 2008 04:01 PM

and if Jeff is reading this, should you just put sand everywhere when a chameleon is pregnant or in one area? i'm curious.

Posted by: kaitybug at April 27, 2008 04:03 PM

I just have a question for anyone on here with alot of chameleon experience, I've had reptiles before and I recently bought a veiled chameleon, the first one I've ever owned. I keep reading on here that they dont like to be handled, But my chameleon Molly, is about 3-4 months old, and I've had to take her out of her terrarium many times to clean and take her to the vet etc.Now everyday when I go to feed her she waits along the top facing me and as soon as I open it up she climbs right out onto my hand. She has no unusual behavior, no aggression what so ever, coloring or changes in her behaviour, shes eating and drinking well and everything seems to be completely normal, she eats off my hand and climbs all over me, but I've never picked her up or forced her out of her cage I let her do everything on her own, and when I put her back in she waits along the top for at least a half an hour to see if I'm coming back, her terrarium is very large and full of vines. I dont understand her behaviour, its sounds completely different than anything I've heard. Someone please let me know if I'm doing her any harm by letting her out to explore, or do I just have a one of a kind chameleon...

Posted by: Blair at April 30, 2008 05:05 PM

we have 2 veiled camalions and the female LOVES! to come out of her cage and ge held, we got her when she was a lil baby and she eats out of my hand all the time! the male we took from a pet shop where someone had droped him off at about a yr old maybe,, he was healthy looking except he had some bumps and a kink :/ on his tail and his spine was a lil curved,, he never liked being held, idonno if its tru but i heard "wild"cought ones dont like to be held at all and captive bread ones are more apt to like it if they wer held alot when they wer young, im not sure if thats tru but it sounds good ^_^,he bites she never even hiss's but i would sugest holding him/her as often as you can,let them crawl on your head LoL it must get boreing in the cage. its a cage rite? not a tank? if its glass tank then maybe it wants fresh air?

Posted by: billy at May 7, 2008 08:14 PM

Yes she is in a terrarium, not a cage, and she is by her own window that gets opened when its nice enough out, so I don't think that air is an issue. But I'm glad to hear that She's not the only one with this behaviour.I usually take her out about once a day, ahnd let her cruise around(supervised of course!)

Posted by: Blair at May 13, 2008 02:30 PM

I know this is probably a stupid question but do females lay eggs even when they are not fertalized? And also, i put vegetables and fruit in her cage but she never eats them. She prefers crickets over everything else. Why is that?

Posted by: Molly at May 30, 2008 12:17 PM

Hey my name is ashlee and im wondering if you can get Cham's in Australia...you see...im aussie :D i i've read this and i really want one now lol

Posted by: Ashlee at May 30, 2008 11:02 PM

My chamelion has sadly passed away this evening and he will be sorly missed by all of my family,his name was morpheus and he was a veiled chamelion with a big heart and a great character.
Goodnight my fiend,you will be missed xxxx

Posted by: leigh & kim at June 30, 2008 05:27 PM

I recently aquired a new veiled chameleon from someone who said it used to be friendly until they accidently closed its hand in the door now its got a serious additude problem it hisses and bites at me i've tried to get it be handleable but itjust isn't working i want to be able to at least let him crawl onto my arm from the cage is there anything i can to do to help with his additude problem

Posted by: Dick at July 14, 2008 07:59 PM

i just got a baby chameleon named wesly and i got a 2ft. by 2ft. by 1ft. terrerium when should i up grade? im worried i dont want him to be cramped.if any one could hit me back that would be great. peace

Posted by: dick viciouse at July 18, 2008 07:14 AM

i was wondering howlong it takes a baby chameleon to grow fully and when i should start feeding it adult crickets. i was also wondering if a 100 watt bulb would be good for it hit me back any one.peace

Posted by: dick viciouse at July 21, 2008 05:53 PM

I'm by far, no expert on reptiles - but my girlfriend and I have both owned reptiles of different varieties - and have managed to keep them healthy and happy. We've both been intrigued by chameleons for quite some time. Have we got one just because we thought they were cool? No. Why? Because that's not how you go about things. Especially with a pet! Say one day you decide you want to drag race...You go out, buy a top-fuel dragster, hop in it, take it down the track with no experience, then crash into a wall and burst into flames. That could have been prevented if you did your homework... It's the same with anything else. I read for years before I even got my iguana. And you know something? It helped immensely. I didn't have the internet yet either. Imagine that? They make all kinds of books filled cover to cover with great useful information. If anyone posting on here asking questions about handling your chameleon has even cracked one of these hundreds of said "books", it will be sure to tell you they should be handled sparingly - and with care. Reptiles are exotic pets...Which to me that translates they're cool to watch and require attentative maintenance...Like an exotic car...And let's face it, an Aston Marton's not a daily driver unless you're Sean Connery... If you want something that looks forward you petting it, maybe you're more of a dog person? I didn't see many questions on here that couldn't be answered by good old fashioned book research... They're not a fad, disposable, nor an impulse buy like betta-fish chillin' in the 10 items or less lane between the Icebreaker Sours and the eyeglass repair kit. Didn't mean to vent, but I found this page on a google search, and after reading this far - it had to be said. Peace.

Posted by: Hardluck at August 30, 2008 04:23 AM

i do not get why all of your chameleons are mean and sick and dont liked to be touched mine loves me eats out of my hand all the time comes right to me when i take him out of his cage no problems eating he runs around everywhere in his cage climbs anywhere. it seems like he trust me i help him peel when he sheads his skins and he likes it the only thing he doesnt like is when he gets misted

Posted by: jimmy at August 30, 2008 10:19 PM

Punctuation rocks.

Posted by: Hardluck at August 31, 2008 11:34 PM

my chameleon headbutted me today ! ... sooo now im pretty scared to touch her because i dont want to feel her bite or her tongue lol so ive decided i just wont... for a while lol she was in a huge showroom at the pet store and now is in a 30 gallon tank so.. i think shes a little pissed.
so here are some things im wondering about pleeease answer! ( and jeff, i like your straight up attitude, haha..so feel free..)
1. misting... do i mist the whole tank? including her? i have been.. but i never see her drink. im going to try the frozen water bottle above the tank too.
2. the lamps. i heard they shoujld be on for 12 hours, then off for 12 hours, true?
3. fruit and veggies.. will they choke?..should i cut them up into small small pieces

thats it!.. for now :)

Posted by: Candice at September 7, 2008 07:46 AM

hi there i have a vieled chameleon bob he i 4 months old in the past 2 days his head has went a white colour but his body looks ok and he's not sheading i have seen him seeding plnty times before this is diffrent

Posted by: katrina at September 23, 2008 09:28 AM

hi i have a veiled chameleon and i think its front leg is broken its swowlen and he dosent walk on it anymore what should i do?

Posted by: holly at October 24, 2008 08:01 AM

Hi Jeff!!

Thanks for a great sight. I just got my Chameleon (Ray-Ray) a few weeks ago. At the pet store where I got her she was living in a dry environment with sand and the only water they where getting was standing water. According to the owner they where drinking from this and where happy in that tyoe of enclosure. Is this correct or am I better off changing things around a bit? (I'm at the moment keeping her in the same type of enclosure as the pet store)

Many thanks!


Posted by: Sofie at October 27, 2008 11:12 AM

I have a few questions that are not quite made clear through these posts.

My veiled chameleon 'Clarence' is very friendly. He crawls on me when I open his cage to feed him, doesn't bite me nor 'hiss'. In fact, I don't even know what this hiss will sound like, so I am scared to find out! He is about 5 months old. I understand he may get more aggressive as he gets older.

I am wondering when I should start feeding him the larger crickets. Right now he is fed 10-15 small crickets daily. I don't want a large cricket to harm him, but this boy can definitely take down some crickets. This is my first chameleon so I am not sure how much larger he will get and therefore not sure when he is ready for large crickets. Right now he is about 7-8 inches long tail to head. Any ideas?

Posted by: Anthony at December 14, 2008 11:16 AM

My chameleon is about 8 months old - when I moved with him (10 hour drive) he was never the same - stress I assume... He hadnt ate barly at all for 2 months and was acting really scared and peed off - couldnt go near him... now he is getting his appetite back and is more sociable but as of 1 1/2 weeks ago - he cant seem to zap his food with his tongue- he misses and he looks right passed the food and sometimes bumps right into it- I think he is going blind - is this maybe due to the lack of food and water when he was stressed and what can I do besides spray him with water infused with clacium and electrolites??? He is already slimer than I think he chould be at this age and now that he is finaly wanting to eat - it breaks my heart to see him unable to get the worms. Hes gotten the odd one when Ive held it up to him after he tries about 5 times and when he approaches a large bowl of worms he goes in for the kill but then stops as if confused and never tries for any of them.... His energy is good - he crawls around a lot and has good colour... any advice or info on problems with eyesight would be greatly appreciated - I don't know what else to do.

Posted by: Heidi at January 12, 2009 03:21 PM

My veiled chameleon. just finished shedding about a week ago. But one part did not shed or the skin did not come off. When I went to take the skin off it was hard. It hasn't gotten any better. What should I do?

Posted by: josh at March 13, 2009 05:52 PM

my veiled chameleon is about 2 months old i have ownwed it for only two weeks and i have noticed that one of his eyes is closed sometimes. He can still open it but it olmost looks like it hurts him when he does. I have him in a 3' 3' 4' high exo terra with a with a large basking light 100 W for UVA's and a 13 W repti glo for his UVB's i spray his tank down 3 to 4 times a day he was eating like 10 to 15 crickets a day but now he is only eating 7 or 8 the last couple dAYS. What do you think is wrong with him

Posted by: bringbackdouble at March 14, 2009 01:05 PM

I have 5 chameleons 2 of them have something wrong with their legs i have uvb lights and put calcium on crickets can someone tell me whats wrong?

Posted by: Joshka at March 23, 2009 07:18 AM

my uncle recently gave me his female veiled chameleon. i dont know her age but i do know she's young.
she's been eating gut loaded crickets and found a random mealworm at the bottom of the cage. today she threw up and has been very lethargic. her eyes are sunken in and she hasn't eaten anything in the past 2 days that i've seen. i dont think she has been drinking either. i read on another website to soak her in gatorade for 20 mins, i did that and i still haven't noticed any improvements :( she has a cage with screen on all sides and the proper heating and ligting. HELP! :(

Posted by: chelsea at April 19, 2009 08:00 PM

Ok, I Have just gotten a new Veiled Chameleon. I have No idea its age. In total length from head to tail, its about two inches. She is so tiny, and has no interest in eating small crickets. HELP!

Posted by: Lauri at April 27, 2009 07:54 PM

Hunter, Chameleon's dont really get along with other lizards. Id be careful. that could be really bad. you tube has a video or two of chameleons eating other lizards.

My name is Kaila I have a baby Vieled Cham. Hes in a 2 by 2 by 4.5 foot screened cage. Hes got a waterfall and all the ficus you can imagine to hide in. I watched him fall today. IT SCARED ME!! i had just misted and he took a bit to risky of a "grabb" and fell about 1.5 feet. I picked him up scared outta my mind. he was breathing heavy and looked SO stressed. but im not too worried he seems fine now... just scared. Im a first time owner but ive wanted one for about 12 years. i love everything about these animals. the way they move, the way they adapt to thier surroundings, but most of all, i love that their purpose in life, which is to blend in for survival, and how opposite that is to our modern culture. basically the point im getting at is in response to most all of our questions, can we hold chameleons... well here it is, if ur chameleon is like mine he will act like the normal chameleon, and want nothing!! absolutely nothing to do with you. which is normal. so i leave him alone.. but if he was eager to be held and wanted to play, dont deny ur animal of their desire to be friends. I would not change Papa for the world, i lvoe him for what he is, a shy, timid little fellow who loves to disapear, which is the very essence of why i love them, so i accept it. maybe someday he'll trust me, but until then he is happy. so am i. if u wanted an animal to hold u shouldnt have gotten a chameleon... thats not what they r genetically programmed for. Good luck to all. hope ur chameleons surpass ur idea of the perfect pet!!

email me with questions, im not an expert but ive had 12 years of studien these creatures, i might beable to help. kaila.kraft@gmail.com

Posted by: Kaila at May 9, 2009 10:43 PM

I am debating on getting a chameleon and I was just wondering do they need a lot of attention and how much does,on average, a chameleon cost to feed and give a good life? soooo if you could answer my questions that would be very helpful.
Thanx Abunch!!

Posted by: Bobbi at June 1, 2009 10:32 AM

hi me and my bf have got 2 chemeleons, the male is fine and is 9 months old and demands to be handled, and the female is 6 months old and is very moody and aggresive and doesnt like being handled. was wondering if she will stay like that or if we work with her and build some trust will she become tame again?

Posted by: roxanne at June 24, 2009 04:23 AM

Hi I have a Veiled Chameleon that for some odd reason she waits for me at the top of her cage and every time i reach in to give her new water[she drinks from a bowl i've seen her do it many times and she seems to enjoy it!]she will get on my arm and won't get off!When I take her out of her cage I put her on this nice Chameleon safe plant[i am watching her of course] by a window so she can get real sunlight.Im I doing her any harm by doing that?Butnow when I take her out she falls of the plant alot hits the ground but lucky for me i have been catching her but today i couldn't get to her in time she fell and was BLACK every where and when i picked her up to put her in the cage her skin was very mushy but she wasn't mad. She is a juvinile and is very small I am very worried for her . Also very weird when she walks sometime she will lift her leg and scracht her self and gets black in the one spot where she scrached herself.Guess I will stop whining I just want to raise a nice helthy nonstressed chameleon. P.S.Is the black some form of bruising on her she is very stiff when it happens .This is a old message it has happened more then once now

Posted by: Owner of a Chameleon at July 16, 2009 07:44 PM

hi i have 4 panther chameleons(3 girls and a boy )cleo neffy hatty and tut. tut and cleo are verry healthy but neffy is verry skiny and she has a bump on her left eye also she wont grab her food i have to drop it in her mouth and hatty is pregnant but she looks sick she dosent want to move much and i havent seen her eat in a couple of days i think she might be egg bound i dount know so if you can give me your opinion befor i take them in to the vet

Posted by: sarah at August 13, 2009 08:02 PM

my 6 or 7 month veild chameleon wont drink in front of me will she be ok we have had her 4 4 months

Posted by: jake at August 16, 2009 10:09 AM

I bought a chameleon a few days ago.. Pet store said he was 6 months old but I'm not so sure.. I'm not sure how long he should be. Anyways, I've never seen him drink! Is it possible he's drinking only when I'm not around? I don't think he's dehydrated.. I keep the tank around 50% humidity all day and night long.. I have a dripper that constantly drips so he always has fresh water. I also spray his cage down with tropical humidity spray made for chameleons. I live in Alaska where there are literally -0- (and I really mean 0) reptile vets so I'm kind of flying solo on all his health care problems. He's started to leave his mouth hanging open today. Someone said earlier that it's a sign he's too hot, but wouldn't he seek out a cooler place in his terranium if he was too hot? Also, has anyone had any problems with your chameleon swallowing a still live cricket? He swallowed it but I think it was still alive because I'm pretty positive I saw it moving around in his neck.. That's when he hda his mouth open so I thought he might just be alleviating some of the stress on his skin or something. Anyways I wish people weren't so stupid and read over the comments before they just started posting - it would save them a lot of trouble.

Posted by: Donna at August 20, 2009 01:27 AM


Someone help me!!
Ive had Harold for a while now and he is extremely aggesive! most of the time that I come close to it it atempts to bite me... please help me!! send me an email... why is he agressive? he was not always like this...

Posted by: Zietske at August 24, 2009 10:14 AM

I'm trying to decide whether my veiled chameleon needs to go to the vet. Her behavior has changed radically in the last two weeks. She is hardly eating anything at all and I never see her drinking water anymore, which I used to see her do occasionally. But her color is good and she seems very strong and normal in the way she moves. Lately she has started obsessively trying to get out of her cage. She climbs all over the sides, even climbs up onto the mesh ceiling, and if the door is left open for a while she will climb out. I saw something that said she may be trying to find a place to lay eggs but I provided sand for her and she ignored it. I never see her digging in the dirt on the floor, just clawing at the sides of the cage trying to find a way out.

I'm very concerned about her disinterest in food. I don't know how she has so much energy, but she is very strong and able to grip and climb surprisingly well. She "looks" happy (doesn't look sick to me), but I can't see how she's healthy if she's not eating or drinking?

Posted by: Gina at September 5, 2009 09:42 AM

I got my veiled chameleon about a month ago. She was six months old when I got her and she was doing fine. Then about a week ago she got a bunch of brown spots all along her body, legs, tail and face. Now the last couple of days, she hasn't been eating as much as she use to and she has lost a lot weight. I was wondering if anyone knows anything about what's going on? Please help I a new chameleon owner.

Posted by: Bill at October 6, 2009 05:51 PM

im not sure what type of chameleon? to get i want a veild chameleon but i heard they are aggressive what do i do if i have two 9 year olds that want one so bad does it hurt when they bite?

Posted by: kami at October 12, 2009 05:31 PM

Hey, I have a 7 month year old veiled who is living great so far. Basking lap with cage extended out. Vines and leaves all over for optimal climbing. Night time red light, and I mist him every day. Ever since I bought him he's has these 4 tiny lumps that seem attached to his ribs almost. When he inhales you can see similar ones on the other side as well as other places but these are always there. There are 4 of them but over the month they haven't become bigger at all. I'm just curious if they are a unique part of the spine. Should I worry about them? See a doctor?

Posted by: Andy at November 22, 2009 08:33 PM

Hi, i recently had an interest to buy a chameleon. But i want to be able to hold it. Or take it out with me somewhere. Do they not like to be touched? Or is it all about adapting them to being handled since they were young? If someone wouldn't mind giving me an answer that would be great. Thanks.

Posted by: Priscilla at December 8, 2009 03:38 PM

hi ive been looking for a chameleon do you think the veild chameleon would be best for me im looking for one i can buy cheap but i dont know where to buy them and i dont want to order one becausei heard the dont do well when orderd are the good pets for kids too

Posted by: goco at January 13, 2010 04:49 PM

i just recently got a new veiled chameleon and im trying to look for a vet. does anybody now where i can find one????????

Posted by: kayla at March 24, 2010 05:21 PM

how are baby veiled chameleons suppost to act because my chameleon bobbie likes to move around a lot and he always sits near the top of my cage and whenever my hand comes near him he always backs off.is he suppost to do that?????

Posted by: kayla at March 24, 2010 05:30 PM

Yes they are supposed to do that since they are very s they will love
To move

Posted by: guillermo at March 29, 2010 09:05 AM

Dear piscella,
Yes they will get I
Used to be touched if you get them out regulary
I have a veiled chameleon and he is an adult
Now he.doesn't mind when take him out
You actually should get him out regulary to keep
Them fit
Many thanks

Posted by: guillermo at March 29, 2010 09:10 AM

hi i have a chameleon and both of his eyes are closed and he cant open them and he is very skinny and sence his eyes are cloosed he cant eat cause he cant see his food and my brother said that its because i havent been handling him a lot so i think he might DIE... And im very scared and please tell me what i can do???? Thanks Chameleon Owner Caitlin

Posted by: Caitlin at April 5, 2010 09:55 AM

please help my chameleon has its tongue out and won't go back in i dont know wat happened? please help i think shes DIEING

Posted by: kevin at August 16, 2010 09:30 AM

please can some-one help!!...my chemeleon 'cumma' has a pink thing hanging out of his rectum an he just hasnt got any life in him :(...can some-one please tell me what to do...i dont want to lose him!! thank you xx

Posted by: anne-marie at September 8, 2010 08:57 AM

i have a veiled and his right eye stopped changing colors it just stays light green im pretty worried about the lil guy..hes like 3 or 4 months old...i walked inn one day and he was scratching his eye...and ever since then his eye has not changed the same color as the rest of him...please help...whAT COULD IT BE???

Posted by: erik chavez at October 7, 2010 06:40 PM

Just today my Cami got out of her cage while i was still sleeping and when I woke up I found Cami on the ground with a missing tail.. I assume my cat decided to play with her.. She is still moving but she isnt moving alot.. Any suggestions as wht to do since the Vet is closed today?? please respond ASAP!!! i am so sad right now and i dont know what to do until the Vet opens tomorrow morning!! :(

Posted by: Riann at November 21, 2010 02:20 PM

i was considering getting a chameleon BUT after reading all of this nonsense...i say no way! im not about to pay 200-300 dollars or so just to get this lizard and all his belongings and him die. its just crazy. me worrying about a lizard being stressed out? STUPID! i may not spray him or his leaves quiet right and he dies. and what in the **** is this about gut loading? now ive got other "pets" to feed just to turn around and feed this lizard? ill be getting something else. godd luck with your lizards, maybe they will live thru the night. im sorry im so mean about this but its all the truth.

Posted by: Lori at November 30, 2010 07:27 AM

i have had my male veilded chameleon for 5 and a half years now he still quite healthy theys just one problem to get a check up for him is that i would have to travel and the vet isnt cheap. The only thing am worryd about is the tip of his tail won't straighten he dosent seem to be in pain but i would just like a bit advise on this please. Am very suprised buds lasted this long heres a hint the hemps seed from budge seeds chameleons love the leaves i found this out when i put the seed out for the birds and a little while later they was a plant among some fowers so l pulled the leaves off put it infront of bud nd he eat them i didnt think 4 one minute he wud eat it ? but he alwasy been a one for grapes, apple and the leaves of a cheese plant. He didnt get his name through this its short for budwiser

Posted by: eleanor at December 11, 2010 04:02 PM

Hello! I used to have a jacksons chameleon a few years ago. I often picked him up and he seemed to love it. He was never aggressive or nippy. Just wondering, I am thinking about getting a panther chameleon. Does anyone know if the panther is more aggressive?

Posted by: Chelsea at December 12, 2010 10:16 PM

Hello Veiled Chameleon Fan :)
I feed My Veiled Chameleon flies only and sometimes
a wedding Locust

My Veiled Chameleon age does not exceed five months, almost

I still feed the chameleon flies for two months

I do not see any problem !?#@
Is this a healthy

Posted by: Mahdi at December 19, 2010 09:07 AM

Hi I have appreciated all the helpful information from this site. I will admit I was a bad pet owner and bought my veiled chameleon on a whim but I have reseached a lot of information, however, I still have some questions.

1) How do I detemine Hairy's(chameleon) age?
2) He has a couple bumps on his side so I need to find a vet from what I read to get these drained.
3) Is the ornage fluker's stuff good for gut loading?
4)I clean his cage once a week is that too much?
5) I give him meal worms and wax worms am I suppose to be feeding them too???
6) Sometimes he is super hungry and goes after the crikets fast (I put 2-4 in at a time) other days especially lately he is not interested in the worms or crikets and they will stay in there for a day or so. Should i feed him every other day?
I will appreciate information on these quetions thank you.

Posted by: Hairy's Owner at February 20, 2011 11:14 PM

i have a 4 year old panther chameleon and he started rubbing his face and hands on his vines till they bleed i but him in a tank with no vines for a bit and but polysporin on the wounds till they healed and last night i put him back in his normal cage and this morning he ripped his chin open again. i had him looked at and he has no viruses or anything. but i dont know what to do?????????????

Posted by: vanessa at March 14, 2011 07:02 PM

can you train a chameleon to like being handled; by relating it with positive connotations like food on/near the hand to get it to walk on it.

Posted by: emma at June 26, 2011 11:31 AM

I own several reptiles, one of my personal faves being my veiled chameleon Neo.Neo doesn't mind being handled even willingly climbing onto my hands.I am not Elmyra I don't maul my pets to death, but not all chameleons mind being handled, with time and patience your chameleon can learn to trust you.Now not all chams are like that.But when people enter these forums looking for advice they don't need people patrinizing them and insulting them .People need to feel comfortable to ask questions so they can learn.The last thing we want is for some novice owner have a bad experience with some know it all and not ask anymore questions.then who suffers

Posted by: Amy at July 22, 2011 05:31 PM

my best advice for new owners.Make sure you get proper lighting for your Cham.Seriously.Your chameleon needs uvb.You can buy a full spectrum bulb its a bit more expensive but if you only have one reptile its easier.Now the down side is you must replace your bulb every six month.your bulb looses like 10% every month or something like that.Dusting your crickets very important,Don't use substrate or at least be careful because your little buddy has a sticky tongue and you don't want him to get an impacted tummy full of sand he can't pass.If your looking for a pet to interact with a chameleon would not be a good choice.much nicer to look at.

Posted by: Amy at July 22, 2011 05:43 PM

Hi my name is mike please can someone help me I have a 1 1/2. Yr old female veiled I got from some for free to good home I noticed a lump or curved knot on her lower back. Where her tail begins and she's extremly fat over fed diet can someone tell me why she might have the lump please

Posted by: mike at July 24, 2011 01:04 AM

so ive just been reading up on some of the posts on here.. ive had my chameleon cam for about 2 years now who i inherited from one of my friends hes probabaly around 4 or 5 in age and is the most friendly lizard i have ever seen.. he is very easy to handle and never bites, ive read a lot on here that says handling them will stress them on but he loves it, he has a cage and all but RARELY ever wants to be in it. hes free roaming and seems to be really healthy, maybe hes just unique, but I really seem to believe you can train your chameleons to be handled. I recently bougth another one this ones female and she was a little skeptical at first about being handled but she doesnt seem to mind now and gets along with cam great although shes still a baby, maybe you just need to start holding them when there young i swear they get use to it. Ive taken cam with me to stores, friends houses, in the car with me, I actually thinks he likes it

Posted by: Amy at November 17, 2011 02:10 PM

I have a Jackson's Chameleon his name is Rango, and I have two questions. He tends to sleep on the ground during the night time, he woke up covered in dirt but he tends to rub it off on his vines anyways. I noticed he had a peice of dirt right by his eye and now it is not visible but it seems he has had trouble with his eye now. He has it open most of the time but sometimes half closes it or puffs it up. I';m wondering if anyopne has any information on this? I also now noticed he has a black spot (not part of his skin) that is jutting out and it looks like its almost clinging to him. Should this be a big concern? Can they get mites or ticks as well? Besided this he eats well, drinks water, and seems to be very happy. He does not mind being handled in fact he free willings climbs on you. I have never had to grab him and he has never showed any signs of aggression except for the occaisonal puff up when misting. He's in good health these are my two only concerns. Please somebody help!
-VERY Concerned Owner :/

Posted by: Rango at November 30, 2011 07:59 PM

Dear all

I live in Mozambique and have a chameleon which I am not sure of its species. Its light green with white and some black spots on the sides (If you access my Facebook under my name "Armando Feio", the one in Mozambqieu because there are quite a few elsewhere, you will be able to see him or her as I am also not sure of the sex)
My big worry is that I have heard from the locals that the chameleon's bite doesnt heal cusing the bitten area to rotten and eventually leads you to death. I have read in internet an article in the blog "Auroville" where it states otherwise.

Can anyone please give me more information on this?

Many many thanks

Posted by: Armando Feio at January 3, 2012 05:34 AM

What is the best type of chameleon to get?

Posted by: Rick LaMar at February 20, 2012 01:39 PM

I used this site many times to get info when I first purchased my veiled chameleon, because it's got loads of great info. I have to share this.....a veiled chameleon WILL bite when stressed, and it does hurt, so please be aware. I have a beautiful veiled named Rango, and I've had to handle him a lot the last few days. He had surgery on an abscess a few days ago and I have to give him several different medications, including a cream, and let me tell you, it is not fun trying to avoid the gaping mouth of an angry chameleon! He got the skin on my finger and even drew a little blood.

Posted by: Stacie at March 4, 2012 06:05 PM

I am watching my friends vieled chameleon and recently the fog machine broke and after that happened the chameleon has been pooping his right eye out of the socket i guess and rubbing it against the artificial plants. he is staying brown and i am trying to keep the humidity up and he is also keeping the right eye closed i am scared that he got something in it. what do i do i dont want to have the chameleon die because its not mine and i would feel awful!!!! ;( please help and respond fast!!

Posted by: Kim at June 7, 2012 10:19 AM

my chameleon had this lump on his bottom jaw and he dident eat any crickets since and didnt drink his water.I gave him a naarjie(citrus fruit) he ate it a bit...... today wen i was about to turn off the lights i found him on the ground in his cage didnt know what to do so i gave him water from the sewringe he doesent want to open his eyes but makes small moves when i touch him he's bright yellow now.....what to do plz help

Posted by: sasha at July 8, 2012 03:39 PM

hi i was woundering if u could help me ive got a 1year old vieled chaemeleon and he has a big red lump hanging from his bottom could anyone please tell me this is?

Posted by: terri at March 8, 2013 04:02 PM

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