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June 30, 2006

Frequently Asked Questions

The most frequently asked question that I get on this website is something along the lines of: "Help! My chameleon is very very sick! It has a growth! Something is stuck in its rectum! It's lethargic! Etc." The best response that I have to this is the following, which I actually did use to answer one person who had a problem:

I believe there are no good suggestions for that other than to take the chameleon to a qualified vet and be prepared to take whatever measures are necessary to find the problem and fix it.

Do it yourself veterinarian-ism isn't a good idea. It never is. The fundamental question is: How much do you value the welfare of the animal?

Chameleons are an advanced pet, as opposed to a pet for novices, and they require more, not fewer, trips to the veterinarian than a novice pet such as, say, a cat or a dog. Yet many people routinely take those pets to the veterinarian for yearly check-ups, even when the animal has no apparent problem. Chances are that those pets, when acquired, didn't even cost 1/2 as much (if they cost anything at all) as people pay for chameleons. Yet, still, even when a chameleon has a very significant problem, people are more inclined to search the Internet and look for "home remedies" than to simply put the chameleon into a critter keeper and visit a veterinarian.

That's really the bottom line. Prey animals, such as lizards, hide illness very, very well. If they don't, they get targeted by predators. By the time it becomes visible to you, the problem is likely so severe as to require immediate and drastic intervention - something that only a qualified veterinarian can provide.

This site should be thought of as a prevention website. I put things up as I become familiar with them, and as time permits, with an eye toward preventing problems from happening in the first place. It is not a "do it yourself veterinary" site.

That doesn't mean that you shouldn't ask the question somewhere on these pages if you feel the need. Perhaps another visitor, possibly myself, will have something valuable to tell you about your situation. Go ahead and ask.

If you really need answers quickly, though, whether you're going to visit a veterinarian or not, I can't recommend any action more strongly than to join the Chameleon Journals mailing list and ask your question there (note: unfortunately, the owner of the site allowed her domain to expire; it no longer exists, but she has registered a new domain name: chameleonjournals.net; unfortunately, it's been roughly a year and she's not uploaded a site yet). There are many chameleon owners, just like you, and breeders, and even a veterinarian or two on that mailing list, and they're on it because they want to hear from you, to learn from your experiences, and to help one another solve problems. Just do it. Do it now.

The most likely reason for your chameleon to be dying:

Metabolic Bone Disease

The symptoms include: a weak grip, trembling or shaking when walking, a curved head casque, curved bones in the legs, broken bones, undigested insect parts in the chameleon's stool.

The two most likely reasons for this problem: inadequate UVB lighting; inadequate calcium in the diet. For a little bit of information about UVB lighting, click "A Chameleon's Environment" and scroll to the paragraph that begins with "About the lamps" (below the second quote box). For proper nutrition, visit "Keeping Crickets and Gut Loading".

Be aware, however, that if your chameleon is already displaying physical symptoms, simply giving the chameleon now what it has actually needed all along is likely to be inadequate. See a veterinarian. You're also going to want something like Grav-Aid/Calci-Herp.

Good luck!

Posted by Jeff at June 30, 2006 06:32 PM


Hi i was just wondering if you could shed some light?

I have a female vield chameleon and i purchased her as being pregnant, she looks very big so i believe she is but i would like to know if when she lays her eggs if i will notice a change in her body size straight away. I am stuck for clues on how to tell if she has layed her eggs or not. she is always on the ground and active but i can't tell if it is because she is pregnant or she is just exploring her new surrondings. I am a big fan of your website because it has helped me alot with my vield. I bought it from a shop and they fed me aload of rubbish on how to keep them.
Thanks for your help

Posted by: Matthew Stelfox at July 5, 2006 11:09 AM

@Matthew: I've created a new entry to give you some information which might help you. Good luck!


Posted by: Jeff at July 6, 2006 01:35 PM

i need to know what kind of plant to put in my chameleon's cage could you help???

Posted by: mitch<3 at July 11, 2006 08:01 PM

hey,i am a future first timer and i really want a chameleon but i think it will 2 hard 4 me 2 take care of cuz i am only 12 and btween school and soocer it will b difficult but i will tri...hav any tips

Posted by: ben shato at July 12, 2006 11:20 PM

hey,i am a future first timer and i really want a chameleon but i think it will 2 hard 4 me 2 take care of cuz i am only 12 and btween school and soocer it will b difficult but i will tri...hav any tips

Posted by: ben shato at July 13, 2006 11:26 AM

I am very much enjoying your website and some of the information I am finding here. I own a pair of Pygmy Chameleons (as well as 5 leopard geckos, and a pair of bearded dragons), but just bought my first Veiled a few days ago. He seems to be quite happy in his new home, though he is SO tiny (only a month old). Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for the personal perspectives on care of them. :)

Posted by: Stormy at July 13, 2006 06:04 PM

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Posted by: anon at July 13, 2006 06:58 PM

Hello!I'm so glad that i located a website like this..Im not able to subscribe to the journals so i figured I'd ask here. I have a wonderful female veiled chameleon.She is my obession but I have no where to turn to when it comes to any of my questions.My chameleon is about a year old and I just recently added a sand area where she can lay her eggs.. I just found out that they lay them regardless to weather they mate or not..How would I know if she's egg bond or not?Where would I even go to bring her to a vet???Also should I be concerened if she ate a rather large piece of bark while eating?Please help as soon as u can... I'm so worried!!!!!

Posted by: Emily at July 14, 2006 09:00 PM

I REALLY NEED HELP ASAP. i was given a chameleon by someone who had to get rid of it due to living on a military base. i had no clue how to take care of it so i did the best that i could with the info i recived from the internet. he's about six mo. and i noticed his eye is buldging when he blinks it looks like blood is stuck inside. i can't get him to eat, sometimes iget water down him. i have to hand drip it. he's looking frail. i really need help. he does'nt have the strength to hold him self up or anything. im worried he was doing wonderfull two weeks ago.

Posted by: tiffany at July 17, 2006 10:29 PM

Hey! great site! I'm a new Veiled Chameleon owner and I was woundering, I turn off the UVB light at night and turn it on in the morning, but not at the exact same time everyday, is this bad? Should I get a timer so the light goes on at the exact time and off at the exact same time everyday? I heard it can result in a hunger strike... Thanks for your input!


Posted by: Michael at July 20, 2006 04:48 AM

hi jeff.
i know your prob busy, but i've studied up on veiled chaneleons for a long time and eventually got one. i have her (ANN TONI) about a month and she's healthy and full of personality, the one thing i couldn't find out is how to move her or get her out of her cage without stressing her, she dosn't mind me rubbing her (on her neck and belly) but gets very stressed when being moved. have you any sugestions?? cheers man.

Posted by: martin at July 23, 2006 07:13 PM

hey i have two quick questions i have a 7 week old chameleonand i live in florida since florida is on the same latitude than yemen where they are originally from do u think i could keep the cage outside with no lighting because the temperature are just right and i feed him about 4 crickets a day do you think it is enough by the way your website is awesome.

Posted by: alex at July 27, 2006 10:24 AM

Please caould someone help? I have just recently purchased my veiled chameleon and now we have a problem. He cannot or will not open his eyes??? They move around but he cannot see. I can tell due to the fact he never goes to the bottom of the cage but was at the bottom next to the glass trying to grab on something to climb? There is nothing in that area of the cage. I am worried. Anyone that can help and give me info on what to do I would greatly appreciate it.

Posted by: Jen at July 30, 2006 08:20 AM

Hey, I saw the pictures of your cockatiels and was wondering what type of cool things can they do. I use to have four. They all died at one point or another. The most tragic getting stuck in one of those ceramic bird feeders. I was horrified to come home and find Yahgo stiff as a board. He was the best bird ever...

Posted by: Q2ggirl at August 1, 2006 05:41 PM

My veiled Chameleon used to eat real good. She started shedding for the first time and she stopped eating and now is always hissing at me when i try to get her out of her cage. We finally caught the crickets that were hiding in the log. Do you think this is what upset her. What do you suggest i do. Do i need to call a vet. She seems stressed all the time now. She used to be so bright and ready to be held. Help.

Posted by: Jaydon Brown at August 2, 2006 11:15 AM

Hello thank you for your interesting site. I have a Veiled Chameleon he/she is very interesting.

I have noticed that he/she has a white dot on its tail, it is actually a bump. What could it be? We are going to the Vet Wednesday or Thursday. What do you think it can me? Your help and/or advice is very much welcomed.

One more question, Can you tell me, again, what are the signs of male/female, I have read and seen the photo at the beginning of your website. Thanks again MeShan

Thanks and have a great day. MeShan

Posted by: MeShan at August 8, 2006 02:44 PM

I need an answer. I think the baby veiled chameleon I bought way back in February for my boyfriend ( It is Sept. 2 now) is slowly dying. When we purchased him we have about an inch and 1/2 to two inches long. He was one of the healthier males so we paid a little more for him. He did fine at first and grew regularly. Now for the past 3-2 months he hasn't grown at all. He is around 5-5 and 1/2 inches long as of now. He has been having dark blueish blothes appearing on his skin and displays a characteristic we find very unusual. He grabs his back feet on to his front feet and won't let go. My boyfriend has found him at the bottom of his screened cage many of times hopelessly holding onto his front legs. He won't let go of them, no matter how hard he struggles. I think the dark patches on his skin come from his back claws were he grabs on. I think he has become a goner and I'm sad to say it. Is there anything that can be done at all? What has caused him to act this way? Thanks for any of the help.

Posted by: Audrey at September 2, 2006 12:56 PM

Hey I was wondering if you knew what was wrong with my Veiled Chameleon based upon his actions as of late;

-VERY lethargic, will not eat, sleep, or even bask anymore
-Stays at the bottom of his enclosure all day, sleeping most of the time (its 1 1/2" L x 1 1/2" W x 4" H)
-One thing is that he keeps his color, changing whenever stressed/ or when not moving

Things that I have done;
- Confined him to a smaller space to where a light is within distance of him so he can bask easier
- Put a few drops of fresh water in his mouth since he doesnt seem to get his water

Any thoughts?

Posted by: Tam at September 6, 2006 08:41 PM

I have a veiled. He is about 1 1/2 years, I have him in an 55 gal aquarium with screen top, heat light, uvb light, lots of climbing things, plants etc. He sheds alot, seems healthy, eats well etc. Recently when his "veil" started shedding it seemed to have a dent like indentation in his veil. A small bony like peice that usually is in the front of it "shedded" off. I moved his house to a window so that he could get some natural sunlight but still have a backround on some of it so he has "hiding places" I keep an eye on temp and it's ok there. My questions are... He is hissing, opening his mouth wide, vicous now! This is new, is this because I moved him? I have had him outside in the past, holding him and also in a ficus tree outside and he has always reacted this way outside but never inside, maybe he thinks he's outside since he can see it? Should I move him? Also.... What do you think about the veil dent? My husband is building an enviornment with screens on the sides for more ventilation and taller for him to climb more, should I maybe not consider this? HELP PLEASE, I don't want to kill him accidentally.

Posted by: Roxanne at September 17, 2006 03:22 PM

My son has a Vieled Chameleon, and one of its eyes is swollen shut the eye can be moved but it looks like it can open it. What can we do to care for it?

Posted by: Anthony Nicotra at September 21, 2006 01:42 PM

My husband and I got a senegal chameleon in June. He was diong fine until about 2 weeks ago. He'll climb to the top of the cage and just fall. This goes on all day over and over again constantly. I'm afraid he's going to get seriously hurrt. What can I do?

Posted by: krystal at September 27, 2006 10:02 AM

@krystal: best guess - advanced metabolic bone disease brought on from either inadequate UVB lighting (most likely), naturally-occurring-calcium deficient diet, or calcium deficiency brought on by over supplementation of calcium powders.

By the way, if you visit a lot of websites, you'll notice (I think) that amateurs, pet stores, and supplement manufacturers are the most ardent in their recommendations of calcium powder supplementation. This is partly because most people don't appropriately gut load (simply feeding is not "gut loading") their crickets, and even if they try they gut load with crappy products from pet stores, rather than good products from the grocery store, so the advocates rightly assume that your lizard isn't getting enough calcium. Breeders and long term keepers, however, often recommend *against* using calcium and other supplement powders at all.

Chameleon's aren't potted plants. Simply putting some water and some food in their containers occasionally isn't going to do them much good. They are an *advanced* pet, requiring more work, not less, than a cat (for example).

Parents get strange ideas about pets. They want something simple for their children, so they get them exotic lizards, mostly because they think it's some kind of tiny contained thing which won't be much difficulty; they want something easy for their children. This is just plain animal abuse. Yes, the pet is easy for the children, until it dies within a few months or a year. Then the parent tells the child that a year is a long time for a lizard and the child did well. It's completely untrue.

Posted by: Jeff at September 27, 2006 12:13 PM

I got a veiled chameleon two months ago and for the past 4 days I have noticed that she has not defecated and is laying down in the bottom of her cage. Also, when she walks she shakes. I took here to a regular vet but the only thing they said was that I was doing everything correctly. They want me to to take a stool sample which she has not been able to produce a stool sample. Please can somebody help me. I don't want here to die.

Posted by: Natalia at September 29, 2006 09:12 AM


I bought a two year old female veiled chameleon in February. She seemed very happy, eating well, drinking, climbing and basking lots until last week. Since she has almost completely stopped feeding and is spending most of the time on the bottom of her enclosure and seems to be digging in the substrate. As she was adult when i bought her could this be because she is laying eggs or is there another reason for her behaviour? I am very worried about her. Any ideas or help would really be apriciated. Thanks!

Posted by: Berit at October 3, 2006 02:51 AM

dude, i have a 10 month old vield male chameleon, i got him when he was about 8 moonths is that when he is considered an adult? and why doesnt he go on my hand he never wants to play and seems scared of me. this book i read said the chameleon should be given attention by having about 3 shoet sessions a day with it but i cant even get 1 session.

is it him or should i leave him alone?

Posted by: henry at October 12, 2006 06:39 PM

I recently aquired a large female veiled, heavily gravid. I promptly set her up in a 18X18X36 screen enclosure with a large ficus, branches, flourecsent UV light, and incandesent
basking light. I placed a tupperware container in the bottom of the enclosure with approx 3 inches of moist sand. After a few days she went to the tupperware and dug into the sand for approx 1 hr, then retreated to the ficus. She repeated this behavior the next day. The 3rd morning I replaced the tupperware with a
bucket of sand approx 8 inches deep. She has now dug into this deeper sand 3 straight days without laying any eggs, retreating to the ficus each evening.
Everything I have read suggests veiled's dig one time, deposit their eggs, and cover them up. Is repeated digging typical behavior? Is she at risk of dying eggbound? Is there anything I can do to entice her to actually lay her eggs?
Her basking area is approx 90 deg F with the lights on, the room cools in the evening to the low 70's/upper 60's. I have been spraying her enclosure twice a day with warm water.


Posted by: Steve at October 14, 2006 04:09 PM

Jeff, I have a veiled baby chameleon that is very small, roughly 6cm. It seems to be fine eating and drinking regularly. I rarely ever handle it (only to clean its home) but it seems to be terrified at everything. It's blackish green about 50% of the time and i think it's to to it being scared? Are younger veileds usually darker than older veileds?
p.s - its quite a grumpy male. Oh and also i have a very high powered uvb light thats recommended for desert lizards such as bearded dragons - is this doing it more harm than good? Thanks for your time

Posted by: Gareth at October 16, 2006 06:48 AM

Jeff, I just need a quick answer if you have it.
I'm not pleased with any of the cages I see online 4 my veild. I'm just gonna build my own. What material is safe to use.. wood? metal? let me know. thanx

Posted by: Raquel Fernandes at October 16, 2006 04:45 PM

Hi, I have a 1 yr. old male veiled that passed away about an hour ago. For the past few days he wouldnt eat or move from his spot in his cage. his diet basiclly was gutloaded mealworms and crickets. We would take him outside and let him sit in the sun and he seemed to move around a for a few minnutes but then want to lay his whole body on the branch when we put him back into his cage. he has a well ventilaed cage with a drip system and uv lights and a basking lamp. for the past few hours I have only been able to drip water into his mouth when he would open it himself, other then that he wouldnt move or do anything. right before passed away he kept on flicking his tounge at my finger and not bringing it back to his mouth, it just hung there. I would try to put it back into his mouth cuz I didnt want him to bite it. but he just flicked it back toward my finger. Finally after the third time of doing so, he had a bowl movement and passed away. He had food, and his enviroment was decent. We had a family with two kids move in recently and I wonder if all the activity could have caused him too much stress. I wonder if there was something that i could have done since I also have a female the same age as him.
Thanks for any info that you can offer


Posted by: Heather at October 17, 2006 08:26 PM

Jeff We were in the same position and my husband ended up making his own cage for the chams. He used wood and a special non toxic paint that they use at his work to waterproof the wood. Its the same paint that the people who make the cages use. unfortuanly I dont know exactly what its called im sorry. But it does work rather well and is easy to clean. There shouldnt be anything wrong in doing so. However what I would be carefull is what kind of screen to use. We used mesh cuz by using metal screen it could heat up by the lamps and burn the Chams. Good Luck

Posted by: Heather at October 17, 2006 08:32 PM

how many crikets do i have to feed a baby chameleons???????

Posted by: miguel at October 23, 2006 02:56 PM

Jeff, Nice website. I discovered it on my to looking up Yngwie Malmsteens 'Overture 1383'. I thought it sounded like the xmas carol 'What Child Is This'. Seems we share similar tastes in Rock n Roll. Nice collection you have. I also enjoyed reading your political views. Very insightful. I'm sorry, I don't own a chameleon. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Randy at November 13, 2006 12:43 PM

My beaded drangon has been shedding its skin and hasnt eaten very much is this normal as he is only small yet?

Posted by: Karla at November 14, 2006 05:30 AM

I have bought a female veiled chameleon but she is not growing. She seems to be eating and drinking but hasn't increased very much in size in 4/5 months?

Posted by: chase at November 16, 2006 07:12 PM

I have a veiled chameleon. I just resently took her to the vet because here tail started to dry out.... Part of it had to be removed and he put her on so meds.... She seems fine except for these little oval shaped spots on her tail.... they seem harmless .... An I cant find any info on any type of tail problems .... I was wondering if anyone had an idea of what may be the problem.... thanks phil

Posted by: phil at November 30, 2006 03:38 PM

I just bought a veiled chameleon about 2 days ago. Shes probably about 3-4 weeks old.

She always green with usually white or orange spots, but what exactly do the orange and white colors mean?

Also, i came to check on her and she was a brownish color, but as soon as she saw me walk in she immediatly went back to her green and orange. I have no idea what to think.

I know they change colors according to how they feel, but I have no idea what these colors mean.

Can someone please help!

Posted by: Brittany at December 3, 2006 03:50 PM

Can you tell me other than pogona what are other types of bearded dragons?
How do they get the pretty colors or does that go along with the type you get?


Posted by: T at December 4, 2006 01:37 PM

do chameleons make good pets? i am going to get one and I want to know ,are chameleons kind can you hold them?I NEED HELP PLEASE HELP ME

Posted by: camille at December 4, 2006 06:09 PM

hi, camille, from what ive read the are not very good to hold..it gives them alot of stress....i will be getting a 2 month old male veiled chameleon and am wondering what i should watch out for in the early months...im building a 4ftx3ftx3ft screen tarrarium for him....

Posted by: mike at December 6, 2006 01:17 PM

I have a 7 month female veiled that I have a couple questions on:

1. Since I've had her, she hasn't eaten any of the vegetation that I offered (unless she's eating the pathos in there, which doesn't seem like it's going away), and ignores the meal and wax worms that I put in the dish. She eats plenty of crickets though. Is there something I can do differently to get her to eat more varied diet?

2. There's a tiny bump on her head (probably from a cricket or scratch) that doesn't look very bad. I called the vet, and she suggested putting a little neosporin on it and to monitor it. Although it is tiny, I'm still worried. Is there anything else I should do? She's very active, eating well and showing no signs whatsover of illness. Thanks.


Posted by: Chris at December 9, 2006 03:25 PM

I have a Flapneck chameleon. I have had him since he was a baby and he is almost one year old now. He has never given me any problems, but I am worried about him lately. His eyes are red inside and he turns into dark colors alot during the day. He still eats and is very active, but I think he doesn't drink enough water and might be starting to dehydrate. I shower his body with water all day long and it seems to help. I do not keep him in a cage, he has his own 1.5m tall tree inside the house. He gets enough sun and alot of attention. He has absolutely no problem with people and is comfortable with everyone. He never gets mad, he doesn't hiss or blow up at people. He is a really happy little bundle of joy and I would like to keep it that way. I would just like to know what is wrong with him, if anything. The dark colors and the red eyes bother me and I would like to know what I can do to fix it. I know it is mating season now, and when I introduced him to a girl chameleon, he turned bright blue, so I knoe he can still turn into his bright colors, but I don't understand why he is a pale green or darkish grey all day? When he sleeps at night time, he is a nice green/yellow color. Am I paranoid or is there something wrong, and could you please help me to make him better? I love him very much. Thank you. Mandy

Posted by: Mandy at December 10, 2006 10:18 AM

I think my veiled chameleon is sick!!!! She keeps her eyes closed during the day and isnt as active as she used to be!!! PLEASEE HELP ME.!!!!

Posted by: Brittany at December 13, 2006 11:55 AM

my girlfriend and i have a one month old vield chameleon and i was trying to find do i mist him directly and the pther question is what temp should she be in the day and night

Posted by: art at December 13, 2006 12:27 PM

No where can I find anything about the reproductive system and mating of the chameleon. I am very fortunate in that I have several of these little beautiful creatures roaming free in my garden and the babies are doing really well. Can one distinguish between male and female?
Thanks for your help

Posted by: Ruth at December 14, 2006 10:20 AM

Hello Everyone!

My and my Boyfriend own an Exotic Reptile business which supplies reptile shows and some breeding, in St.Johns Newfoundland, and i am familiar with most Reptiles as i have over 20, But... i recently received a Bearded Pygmy Chameleon and he is about the size of my thumb nail. I Have NO idea what to feed this little guy, as most of my reptiles eat pinkies, fuzzies or crickets. My Veiled Chameleon will eat anything, and usually is given the larger crickets, but i have no small crickets.. is this what she is supposed to eat?? Anybody if you have any information of pygmys, i would greatly appreciate it!! I work at a pet store and will keep my eyes open for small baby crickets.. but can she eat lettuce? Thanks so much.
If you have alot of information you can contact me with it at Aamiegillam@hotmail.com. Thanks again!

Aamie G.
owner of
Extreme Creatures
Exotic Reptile Shows
St.johns NL

Posted by: Aamie G. Owner of Extreme Creatures Reptile Shows in St.Johns, Newfoundland at December 15, 2006 07:22 AM

I suppose I'd start with fruit flies.

Good luck.

Posted by: Jeff at December 15, 2006 04:41 PM

I have a small Veiled Chameleon of about 2 months old (called burt by the way) and I was reading the Chameleon Care sheet section when i came across the no-no of heated rocks for night time. Other than the specialised heaters, are there any other recommendations. I have heard of people using those small pocket warmers with a metal disk that chemicaly heat up. Is this safe enough for them? and are there any other recommendations out there? Living in England my chameleon does not get the most of the heat so any extra help will be a bonus. rhcboyo@googlemail.com

Posted by: rhcboyo at December 16, 2006 03:34 PM

Hi there. Think the website is great. Well I have a male veiled chameleon that is about 7 months old. He seems to be healthy and enjoys his homemade 6x3' cage but Ive recently noticed that there is a dark brown spot on the side of his body. Now to me, it looks like just a dry patch of skin that didnt fall off in his last molting stage but I am no expert. It also doesnt feel like the rest of his skin so I am beginning to worry. I took a few pictures of my chameleon to maybe give a better idea of what I am talking about. Hope they help and also if there is any other problems you noticed. Please don't be afraid to let me know. Thanks a lot!


Posted by: Angelo Taylor at December 17, 2006 10:56 PM

Hi everyone,

I just got a Veiled Cham for X-mas and its just a little baby. It shedded for the first time and all went well. It shedded in about a day and it looks a healthy green and also looks kinda pudgy. The problem is that the skin on the top of his head won't shed off. I've kept the cage moist and put plenty of food in it. Is there a problem and should I see a vet?

Taylor -Cham fanatic-

Posted by: Taylor at December 28, 2006 07:56 PM

And sorry for writing another topic but its a question that just came up. "He" keeps digging in the sand! It's only a baby (about a month old at most) and i can't tell if it is a boy or girl. Please help me! And if this helps at all I have the cage bedded with Pete moss (sorry about spelling if it's wrong). Thanks for answering.

P.S. Great site Jeff.
Taylor -Named chameleon Louie after budweiser commercial

Posted by: Taylor at December 28, 2006 09:15 PM

hey, I was just wondering if I could put a small frog or newt or somthing in the bottom of my Veil Chameleons tank? Its a 30 gal and filled with climbing stuff.

Posted by: Reis at January 2, 2007 06:43 PM

Pleasssee help!

I have a month old veiled chameleon and she wont open her right eye.I am taking her to the vet on tuesday but until then I dont know what to do! she is constantly opening her mouth like shes trying to get air..and ive heard eye problems are connected to respritory issues..Can someone please help me.I hate to see her in that condition!!!! what should i do until tuesday!!!!!!!????

Posted by: Britt at January 5, 2007 11:32 AM

hey Reis!
FYI in case you were wondering ive read lots of info on people puuting other species in with thier chameleons BUT you might want to watch out... a small frog could become a "small snack" if you cath my drift!
Also, a chameleon SHOULD NOT be in a tank, 30 gal or otherwise. If theres a petco or somethign near you go there and you shuld be able to find those crazy mesh cages, thast what your chameleon should be in. just lettin you know!

Posted by: Jill at January 10, 2007 08:15 PM

The enclosure my veiled chamelion lives in is 4, 4 by 3 foot. currently has a 100watt bulb in and uv light. he seems to be to hot as he has his mouth open regularly. He eats and drinks well. And is very active. Is it normal for him to have his mouth open so frequently

Posted by: JOANNE at January 11, 2007 08:14 AM

can a turtle live with a leopard gecko

Posted by: robert at January 15, 2007 08:48 AM

I was given a chameleon by my daughter. I believe it is a male veiled chameleon. She said it was a 3 horned female chameleon. Is their anything you can tell me to help me know which kind of chameleon it is?

Love your web site
Thanks for any help

Posted by: Nora at January 19, 2007 12:47 PM

help is my cham able to eat its fruit and greens like lettuce because he is just a baby and cannot chew properly

Posted by: jamie at January 19, 2007 01:29 PM

help my cham is not eating small crickets and is it able to eat fruit and greens when it is a baby plz answer thanx?

Posted by: jamie at January 19, 2007 01:52 PM

My Veiled Chameleon just bit my boyfriend on his nose and made it bleed. Is there any reason for concern, meaning should he go the ER for a vaccination of some sort?

Posted by: Kimberly at January 19, 2007 03:19 PM

I have a three or four yr old veiled. We have had him for 3 years and he was already full grown when we got him. He will not eat anythign othr than crickets. We dust all the time...is this ok for him? If not, what can we do to make him eat his veggies?

Posted by: Melissa at January 21, 2007 05:31 PM

my chameleon is having eye problems as well, she keeps them close during the day and is less active please let me know how your trip to the vet turns out!!

Posted by: Cassie at January 23, 2007 06:15 PM

Help, I think my veiled chameleon is dying. I have had him for 1 year, and about 1 month ago he would not open one eye, I took him to a vet who gave me eye drops but it has not helped. Now he can't open both eyes, he's not eating, he is not happy I can tell, although his color is bright pretty green still, I do not know what to do for him. Please help! Thanks

Posted by: Sandy at February 3, 2007 02:56 PM

what does it mean when a box turtle puts their head and front legs in their shell but not the rest of them? and, if they walk around like that, well, try to? also, if they have something sticking out of their butt? my turtle has been like this for 2 days! what should i do? is she just constepated or something? please help!

Posted by: Jordan at February 10, 2007 08:15 AM

Heya, I some how came across your site and wanted to let you know how great it is!!!.
I've kept chameleons and other reptiles for many years and really enjoyed reading your site :).
Thanks and have a great day,
Amber in Seattle

Posted by: Amber at February 13, 2007 02:32 AM

Cassie- The vet prescribed my veiled a bunch of medications for a respritory infection, but unfortunatly it was too late. I think the added stress from me having to hold her to give her the medicines contributed to my veileds death as well.Oh and make sure to get a experienced vet because some exotic animal vets seem to have no idea what they are doing.
I just purchased an older veiled and recently he has been alot less active and he always keeps his eyes closed during the day!!!I dont think it is a respritory infection but I heard it could be a vitamin A deficiency.?

Can someone please help! PLEASE!! Help save my veiled!!!

Posted by: Brittany at February 13, 2007 03:23 PM

have you ever had a jackson chameleon? i live in hawaii and they are everywhere here. i recently captured one and i hava had him for about a month. he is doing fine but my intuition tells me he should be free. i cant stand to see him locked up in a cage..i still let him hang out on an isolated tree is my backyard for a couple hours a day i think he enjoys that. i guess i just want your advice on whether i should free him or make him keep me company for a while longer. do you ever feel bad for your chameleons because they are forced to live in a cage? do you think that if i let him go in my backyard he will stay there forever? i love him so much..like he is my child! but im torn between keeping him and letting him go. please give me your advice! thanks!

Posted by: kelsey at February 14, 2007 03:01 PM

I've just purchased my first juvenile veiled chameleon and have some questions that I could not find any answers to. Hopefully somebody can help me out. Here they are:
#1 How much water does a juvenile drink in a day? I can't tell if she is drinking enough or not.
#2 When can I expect her to to start laying eggs? That way I can start to prepare for that phase.
#3 How hot should the basking temperature be for a Juvenile?
Please let me know. I've searched the internet for these answers for a week straight. This is my last resort.

Posted by: Marc at February 19, 2007 02:57 AM

Hi, I have a male veiled chameleon, and I love him very much. Just a few days ago I noticed his crown/helmet has kind of buldged on each side, very much not normal from what it normally looks like, also the top has started to get blue on each side, and it has never done this before. I have called vets who deal with chameleons and such, however nobody has been able to help me yet. I was hoping you might be able to give me some advice on what this might be and weather or not I should stop worrying that it might be normal? Please email me?

Posted by: Toni at February 20, 2007 05:50 AM

chameleons are aseme.

Posted by: sydney at February 20, 2007 08:09 AM

My chameleon can not open his what should I do?

Posted by: Gary Hofmann at February 20, 2007 06:13 PM

hi i like toyr page. But i dont have a chameleon
i always wanted 1. i want a fork horn chamaleon.
i have a leapard geko. i have qestion how can you
tell how old they are?? also how sticky is a
chameleon tongue???

Posted by: christopher at February 22, 2007 11:45 AM

Hi. I have a veiled and he is a little over a year old. I noticed recently that the top of his veil is turning blue. I was told by a friend that it was most likely just color changes but I didn't think veileds could turn blue. I've looked on many websites and couldn't really find anything but it could just be me. He seems fine and he has a very strong grip, I was just wondering if maybe he's getting sick. I don't have the money to take him to a vet just to find out he's fine so this is my alternative for the moment. If you can help I thank you dearly. Oh and you think your female chameleon is stupid mine will charge off my hand or arm or basically anywhere he is and fall flat on the floor. And don;t worry too much chameleons have flexible bones and most falls even high ones won't phase them. :]

Posted by: Ashley at March 1, 2007 10:44 AM

hey i just got a veiled and wanted to know if it was ok to take it out of the cage and let him chill?? is that a good idea? he sometimes puffs up and then i leave hima lone, but will he become friendly or will he just want to chill in his cage?

Posted by: chris at March 1, 2007 06:05 PM

Hi! I have found so much helpful information on true chamelions. But i dont have a true chamelion. I am the proud new owner of a "dwarf veil leaf chamelion". I know this is not their true name and i am very disappointed in the pet shop i purchsed him at now that i have done some looking around. He is kept at about 60-80 humidity and around 78 degrees in the daytime and about 65 at night i use UVA/UVB lights .. this has been disputed as helpful or not by different sites. I also am keeping him in a 2.5G aquarium.. seems small to me but he has climbing vines and fake foliage to grab. Does this sound acceptable? so far he seems ok. I am not sure if he is boy or girl.. and I also dont have his specific breed. he is rhampolean (sp?)for sure after looking. please give me any extra sdvice you might have for me. So far crickets seem to be good for food. A lot of sites say different things about what worms are ok. I would like to vary his(her?) diet.

Posted by: Tamis at March 5, 2007 12:21 AM

Hello Jeff

I have mine for 5 days. The first two she was a lively hunter, then stop. For 3 days now.
I have Hagen UV and IR lamps.
And the only time I saw her drinking was when I put a drop hanging on her mouth.
I spray the cage.The last feces were black with the insects visible.

Any help very appreciated before she gets weak and sick.

Thank you

Posted by: Miguel at March 8, 2007 02:26 AM

hey... ok we have a chameleon and it just this morning turned very very pale and was sittign at the bottom of her cage not moveing and very cold... shes leaking something from her butt.
and gasping for air..
I know everyone recomends a vet but what happens when people really cant a afford a vet???
we called and its 60$ alone just for a checkup..
we love this animal very much but no matter how much we love it it doesnt make the money appear
it had everything nessicary that the books said to give it
we barly afford the supplys and food..but we manage the everyday care and basics we knew we needed before we got her
.. this pet has been extreamly spoiled...
I dont know how much longer shes going to be alive...shes very weak.
do you have any ideas on what to do here??

Posted by: Jasmyne at March 8, 2007 12:09 PM

(I also posted this on the chameleonnews.com mailing list questionaire)

My question is somewhat complicated. I have a young male veiled chameleon, who I bought in October. His health was good, and he was relatively small when I bought him. Initally we had him in a smaller container, as he was very small, and was more able to hunt for crickets in a smaller enclosure.

About 2 months after buying him, and two shedding cycles, we made a much larger cage for him (4'x3'x17"), very well ventilated. In this cage, feeding the crickets loose because a problem because they can crawl through the mesh and pegboard, so I trained Nixon to eat his crickets from a large deli cup. I also dusted his food 2 times weekly, as reccomended on the supplement container, which contains calcium and D3.

Unfortunately I'm afraid Nixon is in the early stages of MBD. I know it can develop relatively quickly, reflecting improper nutrition within 2-3 weeks of the event...and We noticed bumps along his longer bones, as well as a slight coftening of the very top of his casque. He is very sensitive at these bumps, which I am sure are fractures. He does generally support his trunk, but seems to exhibit some difficulty climbing within the leaves and dowels within his enclosure. I have moved him to his older, smaller cage for the time being, as to more adequately focus his care and (hopefully) recovery.

My crickets are now being more properly gut loaded, as well as the fact that I have bought a UVA/UVB flourescent light, as I probably should have initially.

I would like nothing more than to be able to bring him to a proper herp vet/specialist and get any specialised care that he needs, and I cannot provide. The problem is that I am only 16, and my parents generally see him as only a "novelty" pet, like a hamster... I feel horrible that this has happened to my pet, he is my first chameleon, and I have been trying very hard to practice proper husbandry with him. The biggest problem standing in my way right now is simply getting any specialised care he may need. I'm afraid that, if I find someone who can treat him, my parents won't assist me with the bill, and I can't afford an expensive veterinary bill.

I know theres a very real possibility that you can't really help me, but if you can...it'd be really appreciated. I'm not sure exactly the extent of what I can do myself by changing the way I gut load my crickets, and correcting the 2:1 C:P ratio.
When searching for help, I was referred to Gravid-Aid Calcium Supplement, which another chameleon owner who's veiled had MBD was prescribed by a veterinarian. I don't know if this would be a proper supplement to ask a veterinarian about.

My biggest problem is simply finding adequate help, that I can actually sustain. I can't just change things here, and still feel sure that hes getting the care he deserves.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I know he needs to get to a veterinarian...but as you can see there are some things holding me back. You mentioned the Gravid-Aid Liquid Calcium Supplement...do you think ANY veterinarian would be generous enough to simply take a look at Nixon, and reccomend an appropriate dosage?


Posted by: Ali at March 17, 2007 11:16 PM

@Alicia: I can relate to your problems. I had a similar experience with my first veiled chameleon. I bought a UVA/UVB light when I first bought the chameleon, but it was too small. I was relying upon the pet store employees for information, but unfortunately they weren't up to the task. The light I used was terribly insufficient.

Here's my guess, based upon communications that I've had with others as well as my own personal further experience with chameleons: gut loading IS important, but it is dramatically secondary to lighting. I suggest the following:

1) Make sure your chameleon is in a proper enclosure (i.e., not a tank).

2) Buy one of these (search the Internet for the best price): http://www.veiled-chameleon.com/cgi-bin/newfront/link.cgi?af=pm&pd=activeheat . This light is why I first mentioned the proper enclosure - they need plenty of room to climb up to the light and away from it as they desire. This is no small thing. Get one. Use it in conjunction with your fluorescent tube.

3) Use the Gravid-Aid as well. As for dosage, I seem to remember my veterinarian telling me to give my old cham 1 drop per day.

4) If your chameleon dies, get another one, with the proper lighting and armed with more knowledge. You'll feel better.

Posted by: Jeff at March 18, 2007 01:13 AM

I bought a 7% UVA/UVB light, because I have an enclosure with a built in heat lamp. Its a strip flourescent, and I have changed the way I am gutloading the crickets. He already has shown improvement. His casque is returning to normal, his legs are not as sensitive, and he is supporting his trunk more. Thank you VERY MUCH regarding the gravid-aid, I hope I can buy some soon.

Posted by: Ali at March 21, 2007 05:40 PM

would a cannabis plant be toxic to keep in the cage with my chameleons? perfect lighting for both chameleon and plant.

Posted by: whitney at March 23, 2007 02:44 PM

i have a baby senigal camelion that does not want to eat or drink ,for some reason even though i give it different types of food it does not eat
can u tell me why?, or what i should do? and how can u know if your camelion is a male or female?
is it a good idea for me to get another one?

Posted by: ian at March 25, 2007 10:09 AM


Posted by: AMBER at March 31, 2007 12:52 PM


I have a female veiled cham about 1.5 years old. She hasn't defacted in about 2 weeks. The last thing she ate was some butter worms and gutloaded crickets. Today I put her in the shower because I've heard that usually solves the constipation. I had her in for about 30 minutes in warm water, and still no poop. How long should I wait before I take her to the vets? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Posted by: Stu at April 5, 2007 06:06 PM

Does anyone know of a vet (or how I can locate one) In the Dallas area. I've had my chameleon now for about 3 months and I think he's due for a check-up.

Posted by: Aaron at April 8, 2007 11:11 AM

Hi.. i have a 5-6 month old veiled chameleon seems happy and healthy enjoys human contact not to be touched but just letting him clim around where he wants.. seems happy but lately in last month or so.. ive noticed him rubbing his back feet on stuff.. thought maybe he was sharpining his claws .. or had itchy feet from shedding..but he just shed recently with no problems yet he continues to rub his back feet on things.. maybe he likes our soft human skin.. not sure.. ever heard of this or know wut hes up to let me know if u can thanx.

Posted by: Ken at April 8, 2007 02:28 PM

I have a baby jackson, and just a couple of days ago my little sister stepped on its horns and it looked like the hard part of his middle horn came off. Now his middle horn is soft and not hard like the others..........what should i do?

also, i am new to having the jackson and need to know EXACTLY what to get him.. please advise. Right now he is living in a glass cage with fake leaves, is this o.k?

please tell me everything important to know! :)

Posted by: Jessica at April 9, 2007 01:57 AM

I have a bearded dragon who is about 7 months old. He is getting to big for his 29 gallon aqaurium. We are going to purchase a 60 gallon mesh cage that will stand upright. MY boyfriend wants a chameleon. My questions are...If you grow the chameleon in the 29 gallon would we be able to put the dragon and a chameleon together? If not is there anything besides another bearded dragon that can live in the same home with him. I am pretty sure that I will have to raise them for a little bit in the 29 gallon first but this new cage is an okay size for 2 animals plus i want him to have a buddy. thanks

Posted by: Molly at April 10, 2007 10:38 PM

You should not put a chameleon in a tank. If you do, it'll likely develop eye and/or respiratory infections. Not a good thing.

As for keeping two lizards in the same enclosure, I wouldn't recommend it. I suspect that the bearded dragon needs heat down low toward the ground (where it hangs out). The chameleon, on the other hand, needs heat up high, which it can climb up to when it wants heat, and down away from when it wants cooler temps.

They are not similar animals.

Posted by: Jeff at April 10, 2007 10:59 PM

Hey, i just took my chameleon out to play with. i have only had it for about a week, i am doing everything right but it did something it hasnt done before when i take it out. its making a weird sound.. like a heavy breathing or cherping. and it opens its mouth.. does it want something.. is that a bad thing? do they usually make noises.?

Posted by: Court at April 13, 2007 07:30 PM

It sounds like you're referring to hissing. Yes, they're supposed to do that. I essentially means, "If you keep handling me, I'm going to die from a stress related illness."

Posted by: Jeff at April 13, 2007 07:32 PM

You stated the above "veterinarian or not, I can't recommend any action more strongly than to join the Chameleon Journals mailing list and..." when I clicked on the yellow highlighted area "CHAMELEON JOURNALS MAILING LIST" it took me streight to the adult site. please not promote a such site. I believe this wil hurt credibility of your site. Thank you.

Posted by: Maki at April 20, 2007 01:44 AM

^---thank you for that.

The Chameleon Journals website disappeared from the Internet almost a year ago. I've been checking to see if it would come back as another Chameleon resource, but it's always been a sort of non-descript page...until now. I'll find every link I can and change them.

Thanks for the heads up.

Posted by: Jeff at April 20, 2007 04:00 AM

i just got a baby senegal chameleon and i love it so much that i am goin to get another one for my birthday.....does anyone know of any good veiled chameleon breeders????if so please write!!!!!!

Posted by: jake at April 20, 2007 02:45 PM

look up on the net for breeders and you should fine 1.

Posted by: mike at April 21, 2007 01:30 PM

well....does anyone know of any good breeders that i can trustfully buy from?? ive heard a lot of things but im not sure which breeder could be the best!!! please help

Posted by: jake at April 24, 2007 02:22 PM

Hi you would'nt whant to know how much I love animals and chameleons are one of my favorite so I would like to say:you're site ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: abdulkader-al-qadi at April 28, 2007 10:47 PM

My son bought a veiled chameleon about 1 1/2 years ago. He has been doind great but a day ago he got some white crusty stuff around his nose and now it's on his back. The point on his head doesn't look normal, either, almost like it's becoming deformed. The spikes on his back seem to be going down, also. What is going on?

We use calcium on the crickets, have an automated sprayer for the cage, and have done everything we have learned about taking care of him. Recently, my son cleaned the cage and put down new bark. He also added some new plants (plastic) but washed everything before adding it, just like we did when we set it all up in the beginning.


Posted by: Jody at May 4, 2007 07:37 AM

it seems my boyfrind doesnt love me anymore,cos he doesnt pick my calls and neither call me nor say love you

Posted by: maryann at May 4, 2007 01:24 PM

hi i luv this space for q and a's anyways......i was just wondering about sleeping habits for the chameleon........i've looked everywhere and i can not find anything on it........now we had an ill chameleon and the vet said to keep his temp in the cage st 85-90 now to do that at night we need to have an infrared light in there...the problem is, he is not sleeping.. with that light on...what should I do? the temperature needs to be that temp for his bowel movements to go back to normal.says the vet..cause he was constipated and in turn his rectum came out and wouldn't go back in... the question is can I keep the light on for a night to see if he'll adapt and go to sleep or is the sleep so important we should not listen to the doc and turn off the lights???

Posted by: Jeni at May 10, 2007 12:35 AM

hi i luv this space for q and a's anyways......i was just wondering about sleeping habits for the chameleon........i've looked everywhere and i can not find anything on it........now we had an ill chameleon and the vet said to keep his temp in the cage st 85-90 now to do that at night we need to have an infrared light in there...the problem is, he is not sleeping.. with that light on...what should I do? the temperature needs to be that temp for his bowel movements to go back to normal.says the vet..cause he was constipated and in turn his rectum came out and wouldn't go back in... the question is can I keep the light on for a night to see if he'll adapt and go to sleep or is the sleep so important we should not listen to the doc and turn off the lights???

Posted by: Jeni at May 10, 2007 12:35 AM

Hey Jeni

I use an infrared for mine at night as well - we need it in winter here, and the only thing I can say is that mine got used to it after a while - I think the light just bothers them at first. But if he needs the heat, he needs it - just give him some time to adjust. A bit of missed sleep isnt going to kill him! ;) good luck

Posted by: Adi at May 10, 2007 10:19 AM

Hi, I am concerned about something thats going on with my male veiled chameleon. He is about 4 months old and just a few days ago I have noticed that when he goes to the bathroom the white part(uric acid) is all runny. Everything else is normal and he still has a good apetite and is drinking plenty of water. Also he is still active although I have to say he has started settling down for the night earlier than usual but I thought this could be due to the fact that I just transfered him to his larger enclosure and he has alot more space to climb and exlore which he has been doing. Anyway, I'm concerned that he may have some sort of a parasite or something and thought if anyone has any thoughts as to what the problem could be if any? I can't take him in to the vet for a few more weeks but I am worried that may be too long of a wait...???

Posted by: Tasha at May 14, 2007 04:03 PM

hii tasha'
I noticed with our veiled that everytime we changed the cage around like the vines and stuff (cause my bf thought it would be good for him) he wouldn't do anything....but they get use to it... so it probably is because you changed him to a differnet cage... now i don't know about his bowel movements... all i can tell you is that it is very important for you to bring a sample for a vet when you bring him... cause they send it to the lab and we found out that he has worms... which is very common in veiled's but should be taken care of as soon as possible or it may cause stress... i'm sure a couple of weeks may be ok... but check your local vet to see if you can just get a fecies analysis done... before you can bring him to the vet for a check up.....these guys can get so helpless so quickly... it sucks... so i know your worries....but if he is eating, sleeping, drinking, having normal bowel movements and looks considerabley healthy... then i'm sure he should be ok... dont mark my words though... i'm still learning about these guys there is so much to learn....

Posted by: Jeni at May 17, 2007 10:29 PM

thanks for the advice adi.... it's nice to have another opinion...

Posted by: Jeni at May 17, 2007 10:30 PM

hi jeni

i also have a veiled and wut i do for his sleepin schedule is.. i dont use the infared light. i use a moonlight one its like a black light instead of the bright red ones...and i just turn out all his lights for like 10 min.. he then passes out quickly in complete darkness they roll up and pass right out.. then shortly after i just go in and turn on his light.. its not a big hassel.. and then boom sleeps right threw the night

Posted by: Ken at May 18, 2007 02:28 PM

what do drop-tail lizards eat?...i want to know because i have just got some and i want to give them the right food.

Posted by: sarah at May 19, 2007 12:06 AM

How can I feed a chameleon that is tree weeks?

Posted by: fabian at May 20, 2007 11:47 AM

hey Fabian..

as far as i know.. u are supposed to feed baby chameleons flys.. and let them fly around in the cage...or wutever u have him in.. i just know that.. babys need target practice.. and flys are perfect for there tounges to snipe off with

Posted by: Ken at May 22, 2007 12:42 PM

hi how do you no if your chameleon is hurgy and needs water.

Posted by: cuzcuz at May 24, 2007 10:21 AM

Hey Everyone,
My male veiled has one nostril all clogged up with some white stuff, is this going to go away or should I be concerned? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Posted by: Jordan at May 25, 2007 08:39 AM

do u have a good edcation.

Posted by: sherry misakian at May 25, 2007 12:03 PM

hey cuz cuz.... i got 1 answer for ya.. ur chameleon.. is always hungry .. he will eat forever it will seem.. but its best for u to make him up a shedule..something u can repeat everyday . make his schedule.. considering his age and weight..and span it out through out the day.. if hes gettin older or seems starving add 1 or more crickets to his eating time...i feed my chameleon several times through out the day.. just to keep him full all day pretty much..morning evening and night..pretty much... and with the water mine never used the fountain that i bought for him.. that i noticed..witch sux.. im sure some do.. might even might use it now.. im not sure.. but i took it out cuz it leaked.. my chameleon was small when i got it.. so i suggets either sprayin the leaves a couple times a day or get a drip system were its always ready for him if he need .. but with mine.. i just water him with a eye dropper after everymeal.. who dosnt like a drink with the crickets .. am i right? lol

Posted by: Ken at May 25, 2007 12:10 PM

Hi Jordan

the stuff that is comming out of ur chameleons nose is a build up of salt.. its nothing to be concerned about. chameleons cant sweat... thats why u will see them panting like dogs..with there mouth open if its to hot.. so the salt just builds up and comes out there nose.. it will go away.. and will prolly continue to happen so i wouldnt worry about it.. or remove it.. it will go away on its own

Posted by: Ken at May 25, 2007 12:13 PM

Thanks Ken

Posted by: Jordan at May 25, 2007 12:41 PM

I was just was just wondering about a certain lighting question i had. Would it be too much have one or two fluorescent strip lights running the length of the cage along with one of those uva/uvb basking bulbs? I really love the idea of the uv basking bulbs, but i would also want some fluorescent lighting to illuminate the entire cage. I just didnt know if you could over do it with UV or lighting in general....as long as the temperature is alright, of course. I would appreciate any advice you have! Thanks

Posted by: kari at May 26, 2007 07:29 PM

My anole has a growth, getting bigger by the day, near his ear. He is lethargic and doesn't want to eat. Is he suffering? If he is could you tell me the best way to lay him to rest so he doesn't have to suffer anymore?


Logan Ritchie

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Posted by: 1 at June 2, 2007 03:58 PM

Hello I just purchased pigmy chameleons but how do they mate and when?

Posted by: Carmen at June 4, 2007 06:11 PM


Posted by: lauren at June 8, 2007 05:59 PM

I have a year old female chameleon. Here's my question. We had had her for about a couple of months when she was shedding one day and someone tried to "help" her and pulled of her shedding skin. Now her skin is really hard in place and she is getting blister is what it looks like. What is wrong with her and how do I help? She won't change color anymore.

Posted by: ANON at June 11, 2007 05:14 AM

How long does it take a chameleon egg to hatch?

Posted by: Mike at June 11, 2007 02:35 PM

Anon im sure this dosnt help now.. but ur never supposed to help them take off there skin let them do it them selves

Posted by: Ken at June 12, 2007 12:59 PM

My veiled chameleon just sits in her aquarium with her mouth open she still eats and drinks and is bright green but alwayse has her mouth open WHY? does she need better ventalation????

Posted by: robert at June 14, 2007 08:11 PM

1) Gaping is common with chameleons.

2) Yes, your chameleon needs better ventilation. No chameleon should ever be in a tank/aquarium. She's likely to develop eye problems (eye touches wet side of the tank and gets infected, a very common problem), or she'll get respiratory infections (a very common problem with chameleons that are in tanks). Beyond that, chameleons need a lot of HEIGHT in their enclosure, and not so much width. Aquariums are absolute, 100% positive, no-nos.

Posted by: Jeff at June 14, 2007 09:28 PM

What are most questions not answered. Mine was important and I have recieved no response and now I fear that my chameleon is dying. Thanks for nothing. If you're going to let ask question to be answered then the least you can do is answer them!

Posted by: ANON at June 17, 2007 12:49 PM

your chameleon is panting with his mouth open all the time they dont sweat they are like dogs that way they do that to kool off in temperature its nothing to be concerned with

and to ANON go cry somewere else.. take ur pet to the vet.. this site is very reliable.. ur the one who made the mistake taking skin off ur lizard.. go buy a new one and u might wanna learn to talk .. u can thank ur friend for "helping" maybe they will buy u one

Posted by: Ken at June 17, 2007 08:36 PM

for the new cham owners, it is best to put real plants inside the terrarium. it is good for the environment, humidity and it acts as and additional source of food and water. research what plants are best for your chameleons.

Posted by: jai at June 18, 2007 07:34 PM

hi jeff,
just wondering how frequently can i hold my veiled chameleon i read that your not supposed to. Just asking for your opinion.

Posted by: brandon at June 19, 2007 09:21 PM

Hey Brandon

It does say not to hold them.. and so did the lady i bought mine from.. but mine.. is definatly not like that..mine wants out and wants attention.. so they can get used to u .. ive had mine climb on my head.. and all over really.. its to the point now.. ware if i go in to feed my chameleon then he will try to climb for my arm or wareever..hes very friendly and will even eat from my hand.. the trick is never grab him. always let him come to you..and never touch him any ware on his back.. they take even the slightest touch as a aggressive attack.. so as long as u let him come to u and just does as he pleases then u shouldnt have a problem .. remeber.. dont touch his back..

Posted by: Ken at June 20, 2007 12:45 PM

Thanks for the help ken. I would be real dissappointed if i couldnt hold my chameleon. Your information is very helpful and i will remember to not touch his back.

Posted by: Brandon at June 20, 2007 02:40 PM

Hey Jeff ... or anybody:

i have had a female veiled chameleon for about 6 months and i just got a male veiled chameleon. I try putting them in the same cage every now and then but they are not mating! instead the female either ignores the male or bites him. I want to breed them what do i do?

Posted by: gibs at June 22, 2007 06:51 PM

Hey anybody,

I just got two veiled chameleins
1 male 1 female. I heard if my female turns orange then its pregnant. Is that true?

Posted by: Kain at June 22, 2007 09:41 PM

Hey I have had my beautiful female veiled chameleon for two months now and she eats like a horse,drinks,sheds fine with beautiful colors after,comes out to check things out and is very active. I am a slight bit worried about her health because I have done my research and I know that respiratory infections are very common due to stress. She sneezes from time to time, and seems to be very cranky sometimes and I' not sure if I should take her to see a vet or not. I would truly appreciate any advice on the matter if anyone cold spare the time to share information or give your opinion on it, Thanks!

Posted by: Harrison at June 23, 2007 07:55 AM

hey i just came across your site and want some more advice on A+ Certification. i didnt see an email address i could respond to you on but would like to contact you about it. plz contact me on my email and ill email you. any help would be nice thanks

Posted by: scott at June 23, 2007 10:32 PM

yesterday, my male veiled mated my female...
...she was showing all the signs and was very "up for it".
(before, when she saw the male, she hissed and opened her mouth. obviously showing that she was not ready).
anyway this morning she was very dark in colour, she is normally a very bright green. and when i offered her a wax worm this afternoon, she didnt take it (which is the first time EVER she has refused a wax worm. really worried. please HELP, any advice...is this normal ????

Posted by: Amber at June 24, 2007 10:19 AM

My female veiled chameleon just started acting strange. Shes been mostly on the bottom of the enclosure and doesn't seem to have use of her back legs. She tries to climp her vines but can only get the front half of her body up. Also, her back legs were twisting and grabbing her front legs....kind of like the fetal position. Shes been eating and drinking normaly up to this point. Any halp would be appreciated. Thanks

Posted by: ryan at June 25, 2007 05:53 PM

Also, shes still eating...I just watched her.

Posted by: ryan at June 25, 2007 06:24 PM

Hi I was offerd 10 senegals for a great price but do you think there in demand right now?

Posted by: Dan at June 26, 2007 08:29 PM

Hi! This is a great site and I hope no one minds me posting this here. I noticed that the link to the chameleon journals was broken and wanted to offer another site that has GREAT information and advice for people looking for material on chameleons. It is www.chameleonforums.com The people there are VERY friendly and are very helpful with pretty much any question that you may have. If you do sign up, tell them Cherron referred you!

Posted by: Cherron at June 27, 2007 03:37 AM

M male veiled chameleon has been digging in the dirt at the bottom of his cage, and i dont know if he is sick, or its just something they do, can u tell me what is wrong with my chameleon?

Posted by: oof at June 29, 2007 04:06 PM

oof.. dont worry its just something they do
prolly lookin for bugs

Posted by: Ken at June 30, 2007 12:02 PM

how do you know when a veiled chameleons dead.

Posted by: cole at June 30, 2007 11:01 PM

Dear cole,
if your chameleon is not
moving then there is a good chance its dead.

Posted by: kain at July 3, 2007 05:59 PM

Hi there.

I have a yeman chameleon, she seems to have got very agressive recently. she used to love coming up to me and climbing on me, now whenever i open the cage to feed her she hisses and goes for me.

also i never see her drinking, i spray the cage every day and have a water bowl and a waterfall. i guess she must be drinking otherwise she would be dead.

i have also been told that it should be ok to kkeep a bearded dragon of the same age in the same tank, i have been to the local reqtile place and they are keep young dragons and chameleons together. will this be a problem when they get older??

cheers all

Posted by: Jon at July 5, 2007 05:59 AM

I bought a one year old flapneck chameleon exactly one week ago. The only thing the pet store ever fed her were crickets. I try to feed her crickets every day and she won't eat them. The only thing that I can get her to eat are meal worms. Is this okay for her? I still have a few questions to ask. How often do they have bowel movements because she has only had one this whole week? Do they quit eating when they are about to have a bowel movement because she hasn't eaten in two days (not even the meal worms)? The last question I have is about shedding. How often do they shed and what do I need to do different for her when she starts shedding? I have had a water dragon before but never a chameleon and this is all new to me. I would really appreciate a response. Thanks!!!

Posted by: Megan at July 7, 2007 04:46 PM

Make sure that she is drinking plenty. Notice that I did not say to make sure that she has plenty of water available to drink, I said to make sure that she's drinking.

Posted by: Jeff at July 7, 2007 06:24 PM

hey i have just set up a chameleon tank ( i know u are not supposed to keep them in a tank but this is just for sleeping and eating he has a huge tree that he will climb on) well i am getting one on tuesday and i was wondering how much should a 2-4 month old veiled be eating i am a teen but am a devoted reptile lover and have a beardie and amphibians so i no the routine and how to take care of it also how long should it be and how is the most stress free way of getting it home from the breeder thanks i think your site is great -
cheers Albert camu (that is going to be my chameleons name)

Posted by: camu at July 7, 2007 08:54 PM

@ jhon dude thats insane the beardies will get al the food and if need be can climb i have one myself also they turn aggresive and territorial as adults when other lizards are in the vicinity plus they need completely different lighting and heat recirements so i highly suggest you take ether one of them out before they both die - cheers camu

Posted by: camu at July 8, 2007 07:55 AM

How do I make sure she is drinking water? I have a waterfall and she goes near it all the time but I've never seen her drink from it.

Posted by: Megan at July 8, 2007 10:48 AM

@Megan: That's not surprising. Chameleons are not cats or dogs. They can't be expected to drink out of bowls. Many can't even be expected to go and find water when thirsty. In the wild, they're forced to drink due to a rainy or dewey environment. They can't get away from it. If you put water into a chameleon's cage hoping that it'll drink it, chances are great that it'll either die from severe dehydration, or from organ problems developed from long term mild dehydration.

There are many pages on the Internet about how to water chameleons. Look for them. They all involve spraying of some kind. You've got to make it rain on the chameleon, for at least a couple of minutes at a time and several times per day.

Yours sounds like it's in a bit of an emergency situation. I recommend this:


Posted by: Jeff at July 8, 2007 10:56 AM

I've had my chameleon for about 5 months now since it was a baby and now that he has gotten bigger every once in a while he will sit there with his mouth open.

Posted by: Kimberly at July 8, 2007 01:39 PM

Hey there, Me and my girlfriend purchased a chameleon about 5 months ago. It is a senegal chameleon and i beleive its a male due to how it puffs its neck. I have a couple of questions for you. First off how exactly can you tell the sex of the chameleon. Next, somtimes he will puff his neck and open his mouth without movement. He is in a 30x30x56 screened enclosure so there is no reflection of him so i dont think its territorial issues. My next question is if that behavior is due to that he needs a female can I put a different species of chameleon but still female and it be okay? Would they still breed? I would really appreciate it if you could help me out. Thanks Tony

Posted by: Tony at July 8, 2007 03:30 PM

The link only brought me to a picture.... I still don't know what to do.... I spray her cage 2-3 times a day but she doesn't like me to spray her.... should I get a dripper for the top of her cage.... and should I spray her with cold or warm water?

Posted by: Megan at July 8, 2007 04:19 PM

@Megan: The link brings you to a picture and lots of text.

The temperature of the water should be slightly warmer than luke-warm. She should be sprayed whether she wants to be or not. Don't assume that she'll go and get water; they do, but it's often not good enough. When it rains, they get rained on whether they want to be rained on or not. And I know that you don't have a veiled chameleon, but veiled chameleon's heads are shaped to cause water to run down their heads toward their mouths where they can't help but to drink. I suspect that flapnecks need to be put into a position in which they can't help but to drink either.

@Tony: Sorry, Tony, but I don't know the answers to your questions.

Posted by: Jeff at July 8, 2007 04:33 PM

Thanks for the respones. I have put ice cubes on top of her cage all day so it is continuously dipping and I am going to make sure I spray her whether she likes it or not. I am also going to buy her a water dripper to hang from her cage. I didn't know that she wouldn't drink from her fountain herself. Thanks!!! She also ate over 20 mealworms today. She won't eat the crickets at all, but I'm just glad that she ate something. Can you tell me how often she should have a bowel movement? She still looks extremely healthy though and I don't know if she is just stressed from moving to a new home.

Posted by: Megan at July 8, 2007 07:33 PM

Holy Cow everyone....

Megan i dont know about your Chameleon but mine Shits every day and for it to be eating worms all the time expecially 20 a day lol is crazy they are very fattening for a chameleon and should be use as a variaty option or a treat id say ...put them crickets in there i bet they wont last that long it will eat them.. maybe they are to big or to small ....ice cubes i guess isnt a bad idea but its cold water .. and it only falls in a small area.. wut i do is i hand water my chameleon i got a eye dropper and i water him after everymeal just puttin it on his mouth till he laps it off ... i also have a very friendly chameleon ..soo this might not work for everyone.. and for whoever wondered about them having there mouths open they do that to pant like a dog they dont sweat like us.. so they pant ...and if when my chameleon used to open his mouth and shake a bit .. just looked like a big yawn and stretch to me..im sure they do that to

Posted by: Ken at July 9, 2007 12:50 PM

Hey.... thanks again for the respones.... I tried the eye dropper and it worked a little bit... she would occasionally lick the water off.... what has worked the most though is I went to the pet store and bought a Little Dripper.... I hang it from a shelf and it drips water into her cage.... once it hits the wire it spreads out like a shower.... at first she hated it!!! Now, she really likes it and keeps drinking the water off of the leaves.... I also went to the pet store where I bought her and asked them all of my questions and concerns.... they reassured me that I am just extremely paranoid and that she is doing just fine.... So thanks again for everything.... I am going to try and chill out now and quit worrying over everything like a new mother...lol

Posted by: Megan at July 11, 2007 02:10 PM

hello i have just become the proud owner of a veiled chameleon he is 6 months old and got him from reptillia they helped me out and he is great he is now confident in his surroundings and is changing these amazing colours he eats 4 2 week old crickets a day and seems to be doing fine my question is how big should he be he is still looks very small and is only 4 inchs tail uncerled and half a inch tall and wide. please respond and thanks for all the advised
- cheers

Posted by: camu at July 11, 2007 06:43 PM

Chameleons dont "pant" they open their mouths during basking and such to regulate heat... their internal organs can get hot too, they open their mouths to balance out the heat. thermal regulation..

Posted by: Ren at July 20, 2007 10:07 PM

Ya well Ren u can kiss my ass.. cuz im just puttin it in terms that people can understand and relate with i hope ur pets die for wasting ur time and mine writin shit... u really helped alot of people with that comment


Posted by: Ken at July 23, 2007 12:20 PM

I have a male veiled cham and he is about four years old. He has started digging holes.Why? Is he going to die soon?

Posted by: Chantale at July 27, 2007 02:01 PM

hi I am just wondering how much it cost all of you people to get your veiled chameleon and set it all up cause i have a 500$ Will that be good. I know i can kept her alive but plz tell me how much it cost you to get started thanks!!!

Posted by: Jared at July 27, 2007 06:18 PM

Cricket question? Help!
Are all crickets created equal? It seems like when I buy crickets form one particular store they tend to die before they get a chance to get eaten and then from the other store they live longer. Am I doing something wrong or are they just bad crickets?

Posted by: Jordan at July 31, 2007 12:38 PM

my chameleon some time closes one eye and ever now and then shakes when he is walking is he sick or could the shakeing be because the branches he was walking on was to thin

Posted by: cody at August 4, 2007 08:38 PM

Hi, is it okay if I put different types of chameleons in one cage because i have two baby veiled chameleons,one baby graceful chameleon and one baby flapneck chameleon in diffrent cages, but I want to put them all together in my living room.

Posted by: Chameleonaire at August 5, 2007 09:07 PM

How long does it take for baby veiled chameleons to mature?

Posted by: Chameleonaire at August 5, 2007 09:29 PM

hey do u think its okay for my veiled chameleons to be an an outdoor cage?

Posted by: donatello at August 13, 2007 02:22 PM

Hi, I just wanted to know if instead of providing synthetic lighting for my chameleon I could leave his screen cage in the sun every day for ten hours?

Posted by: Arya at August 13, 2007 03:55 PM

I have the same question as Arya please reply.

Posted by: donatello at August 13, 2007 10:55 PM

I just got my first veiled chameleon she's only 2 weeks old. My question is: she's making a wierd noise. She opens her mouth then inhales expanding her lungs and then breathes out and makes a squeeking noise is this normal?

Posted by: josh at August 20, 2007 02:46 PM

what are the lil bumps only on one side of the lil chameleon girls ribcage??? they are under the skin.

Posted by: steph at August 20, 2007 09:51 PM

i own 1 year old male veiled chameleon who is about to have his 2nd birthday. But i think he's sick. When i come near his cage, put my hand in his cage he turns black and becomes very aggressive but when i touch him he shrinks away and runs like a maniac around his cage. His physical apearence isnt pretty either. His crest is curved near the top and he has a large bump on his head that wasn't there before. I try to make sure he has the right food, lights and im going to buy a new cage for him with new leaves and everything. but im very worried about him and i dont know what to do so please answer back.

Posted by: Alex G. at September 12, 2007 06:24 PM

josh the chameleon is hissing he is scared of you and stressed dont hold the babys let them aclimatize

Posted by: camu at September 14, 2007 07:51 PM

hello! i was wondering if anyone can answer a question. Remus the veiled chameleon has all of a sudden stopped eating and i'm not sure why. He has both crikets and worms in his cage, but their numbers don't seem to be decreasing. It's been about 4 days now. Should I start worrying?
Thanks in advance
ps. this site is awesome

Posted by: forge at September 18, 2007 04:51 PM

hi my name is val , my grandaughters chameleon is about 9 months old. she has taken to digging in the substate and she is now behind her water fountian. she is quite brightly coloured and is still eating .Do l need to do anything for her? thank you .

Posted by: val at September 27, 2007 01:22 PM

Hi there,

My female chameleon is ready to lay eggs. She's been digging a tunnel in the substrate for 6 days. She usually comes up every hour or so to rest but I haven't seen her come out at all today. I'm rather concerned because by now she is weak and I don't want her to get stuck in the tunnel. I'm hoping she's laying her eggs. I've put my ear to where the tunnel is and heard digging a couple times but not constantly. This is by far the longest she's been in the tunnel. Should I dig her out and check on her or just leave her alone?? Thanks ... Dave B.

Posted by: Dave B. at October 1, 2007 09:14 PM

Some Chameleon web sites say that a Phothos plant is good for Veiled Chameleons, but I have looked at several websites reguarding plant toxicity and they all say that the Pothos Plant (Devil's Ivy) is toxic. So what do I beleive? Is the the pothos just toxic to humans? Is there a website of plants I can use in my Chameleon's cage? I am also interested in some plants that are not common house plants and I can't seem to find a good way to see if they are O.K. in the cage.


Posted by: Brenden at October 15, 2007 02:58 PM

Hey there!

First off I have a male veiled. He has been very healthy since i have purchased him and I have done a ton of research to make sure he stays that way. He has gotten alot bigger since i have purchased him so i have just transfered him into a 3'x 3'x 4' full screen enclosure. So of course upon transfering him into this new enclosure he shed his skin. Today i noticed that he now has a small pinkish red bump above his mouth. It is not very big at all but concerning me. I have heard these things can happen from a cricket bite or from rubbing up agaisnt sharp or abrasive things in his cage, which i think might be the case here from him rubbing his shedding skin off on the fake vines. But what is really unusual about this bump or to me at least is when i sprayed him and the enclosure with a mist to try and clean it out a little the bump went down almost completely with no redness. Do you have any ideas what it could have been or is?

I would really appreciate any info!


Posted by: Dusty at October 16, 2007 05:35 PM

Im very confused. My chamelon was very plump when i got her about a month ago. Tonight i came home and there are 12 baby chameleons in my vivarium. Thank God my Red Eyes were still Sleeping. I moved them out. Now she is very skinny well not very just dropped a couple pds if ur fallowing me. The information im acquiring says they lay eggs in sand and it takes 6 mths. Ok im sorry but she had them tonight alive no eggs and i can send pictures of her yesterday eating all fat and today normal again with all these little chameleons everywhere. Please this is not a joke i need some help im going to get wingless fruit flies to feed them will have pinhead crickets wed. What is going on???????????? Thank you for any help you can offer me and please believe me im not crazy just unprepaired and confussed. These did not hatch!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Sharon de Silva at October 19, 2007 12:44 AM

What kind of chameleon is she?

Scroll down to the bottom question (about livebearers): http://www.chameleonnews.com/qa_sep_2005.html

Posted by: Jeff at October 19, 2007 02:27 AM

Hey, my male veiled chameleon has a little bit of blood coming out after he poops, I know this is something I should look out for, but never knew why or what to do if it happened. Can you help me out?

Posted by: kate at October 25, 2007 03:33 PM

i just bought a chameleon, and i have no idea what type he is, the person i bought it from told me it was a sand chameleon, but there is no such thing. he only changes to black brown and white and his tail is red. i think his species name starts with ist. do you have any ideas?

Posted by: Brittany at October 25, 2007 05:20 PM

well that wasnt very much help to me.
i live more then 200 miles from the closest reptile specialist. im not a vet but im very very experienced. yesterday a very healthy little baby chameleon dropped dead for some unknown reason. his eyes wernt sunk in, no runny nose, no heavy breathing, not dehydrated, he was eating then all the sudden he's just dead and another is almost dead just like the first one.
any suggestions?

Posted by: rachel at October 28, 2007 10:02 PM

I have a 48" tall screen cage for my veiled chameleon and right now I have a hibiscus plant in there with a pot that has lots of
fertilizers in it. I covered up the soil/fertilizer balls with some damp paper towels and was wondering if this was ok for him. I also want to know how often the drink water; I have a drip system set up and I've seen him drink about twice. I don't know if he's just not that thirsty or if I need to try a knew approach.

Posted by: Sarah at October 29, 2007 07:16 AM

My female chameleon mated with my male chameleon 1.5 months ago. yesterday she laid 67 eggs!

I put them in vermiculite, in a container, each 1 inch apart, in the dark, and at about 80 - 82 deg. BUT THEYRE DYING! ... i think

The eggs are pruning and denting in! ALL OF THEM. I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO!! HELP ME PLEASE!!

Posted by: Gilbert at October 30, 2007 05:13 PM

Please help> I have a baby bird that cannot put pressure on his leg - have tried keeping it warm and gently encouraging movement --- any ideas?
South Africa

Posted by: louise at October 30, 2007 09:39 PM

I am new to this pet-keeping. The problem I have is beatles in the cage.....does this get in there from the fresh bagged litter? This has happened twice with 2 different products. Help! Thank you.

Posted by: Paul M at November 3, 2007 07:45 PM

LOUISE: This is a website for veiled chameleons, not for birds. Sorry!

PAUL: The problem is not from bagged litter. It is from mealworms / superworms!! You probably fed your chameleon these worms, but they have dug into the ground. Then after a while (months), they turn into beetles!
Solution --> Don't leave the mealworms in the cage until you see your chameleon EAT them! Otherwise they will most likely go underneath the litter and won't come out until they're beetles.

Hope that helps.

Posted by: AnswerMan at November 3, 2007 11:07 PM

Hey, very helpful site!

Just want to get your opinion about feeding because I seem to get a different answer from everyone...

I have a male Veiled, approx. 4 months old, and I've had him for about 2 of those months. I've been told that when they are young I should let them eat as many crickets as they will eat, however, I tried that within the first week I had him, and I had to cut him off at 10 small crickets because it seems as if he will eat whatever amount is in front of him.

Now I have also been told over-feeding them can cause some problems, which is part of the reason I am uncomfortable about letting him eat as many as he will eat.

So, what I've been doing for the majority of the time I've had him, is feeding him at the same times every day about 6 small crickets in the morning and 6 small crickets in the evening, but still giving him plenty of time to bask and digest. Soon he will be ready for medium sized crickets and I will keep the same schedule but lower the potions a bit. what are your thoughts on this feeding schedule??


Posted by: Steve at November 10, 2007 06:59 AM

Hey I have a 1 year old veiled cham. It has been extremely healthy until recently. About 4 days ago it lost all movement in its rear legs and tail. We took him to the vet and he said that he may have something compacted in his stomach. He gave the chameleon calcium and a dwormer for "just incase" but we have seen no improvement. as a matter of fact it has gotten worse. He has stopped eating and drinking. He is still very active, attempting to crawl around using only its front arms and dragging his rear everywhere. It is hard to find a good chameleon vet around here. We have another appointment next week but I would like to be a bit more educated before we go back in to see the vet. would you have any ideas on what this could be other than compacted stomach? OH! also we took Xrays, saw no broken bones or build-ups in Xray.

Posted by: justin at November 10, 2007 03:34 PM

STEVE: It sounds like your doing a great job with the amount of crickets you are feeding. Up until the age of 4 months old, your chameleon should be getting all the crickets and food he/she wants. After this time, you should keep it on a diet and moderate the amount of food you give. I think 12 crickets a day is a little much. Try about half that and maybe substituting the rest with vegetables and nutritious fruit. Having a variety in your chameleon's diet is essential in health and growth.

JUSTIN: Sorry to hear about that. I have never experienced anything like that with my chameleons. I hope things turn out okay in your next vet appt. Let me know how things go.

Posted by: AnswerMan at November 13, 2007 02:41 AM

I have a near four month old male Veiled named Larry. I have a 38 gallon reptarium with a 165 watt mercury vapor bulb lamp, its fully furnished with numerous non toxic plants and i mist the enclosure around about twice a day.

Since larry has started to grow bigger, ive noticed lately his color has dulled considerably since when he was smaller, his normal bright lime green color has darkened to a dark olive color. I know color change is normal but he only turns back to lime green when he sleeps. Is there anything i can do to help this or encourage brightness in his color? Any help would be awesome im desperate.

p.s. does anyone know any good online sites that sell reliable pygmy chameleons?

PLEASE REPLY anyone i am open to any suggestions,


Posted by: carter at November 16, 2007 12:57 AM

i have just bought a fischer two horned chameleon ....i wantd too know what is the best set up for his cage ....i have it set up now soo there is alot of climbing space and soo fake leafs an stuff its not all over the place just enough too have like a hideing place or something like that...but i heard that if the tail is not curling as much as it should itz sick ...i have no idea whaats goin on ...i have his cage set up soo the higher he is the hotter""85-90"" it is then lower gett cooler ""65-70"" ....soo i just need a lil help with my chameleon health...what doo u think ...is wrong !!????

Posted by: michael at November 24, 2007 01:10 PM

hi there,i have a female veiled chameleon she is about 3 to 4 months old she has just started holding her head with her front feet and not moving around very much ive noticed that her belly is looking swollan she is light green in colour can u please help ASAP as i dont want loose her ty very much rachel

Posted by: rachel at December 15, 2007 03:08 PM

heyy on my chameleon there is a bump by his nose and I don't know what it is and I'm worried if it could hurt him,do you know what it could be?

Posted by: kile at December 23, 2007 07:27 PM

I have a couple quick questions.

I have a veiled Chameleon and he's about 5 months.
well he sleeps alot and i heard that means he might be sick.
i mean he will stay awake in his cage but when i pick him up he just sleeps.

he has only done it twice that i know of but he will bob his head up and down really fast like he cant help it.
is this normal?

and 3rd
he will some times have a white crust on one side of his nose is that nomal?

please if you can give any imformation let me know.

Posted by: Alyson at January 5, 2008 06:59 PM

How do you know if your chameleon is a boy or a girl???

Posted by: Alison at January 5, 2008 08:34 PM


I have a male veild chamelion. it was acting fine i have a heat lamp and uvb and i feed it a prpoer diet and everything with calcium powerder, i gut-load, i mist the cage. but just a couple days ago he started turning very dark ontop, and wont eat now, and he squints his eyes alot and closes them. its like he sleeps alot now. can you help me???

Posted by: Emmily at January 7, 2008 11:39 AM

ALYSON: Your chameleon is probably not sick. I currently have a male chameleon and 75% of the time I pick him up, he falls asleep within the next 5 minutes. He has done that ever since I've owned him (one year) and he's perfectly healthy.
Sometimes chameleons bob their heads to mimic moving leaves in their surroundings.
The white crust is just a build up of salt due to the fact that they aren't able to sweat. Its harmless and will go away eventually.

ALISON: The male also has spurs on the back of his hind feet, and the female does not.

EMMILY, RACHEL, KILE: ... Go to the vet.

Posted by: AnswerMan at January 7, 2008 06:37 PM

Howdy, I have a jackson chameleon around 6 months old and i think its a male, not sure though. My question is this: He has dark spots on him that look almost like pimples with out the white head that do not change color, not many but a few. It started out with only one on its hind quater that i noticed but now there is one one his neck and foot makeing his toe big. They do not seem to bother him, and he is still acting normal if there is a normal as far as eating and moving around. I wondered if i should be concerned. I dont know who else to ask and there are no reptile clinics in my area, please help!
-Sorry about posting this on the wrong page.-

Posted by: Charlie Faries at January 15, 2008 01:39 AM

hey, I purchased what i thought was a male veiled chameleon. Iv had him for a month now and i was doing some research on him. I noticed he doesnt have spers on his back feet. I was told at the pet store that he was male. Does this mean hes a she? Also i just put him in his new cage i built him 3 days ago. There is a 3 foot tree in his cage. He has been up in his tree since i put him in his new home. Is that normal?

Posted by: Nicole at January 16, 2008 07:42 AM

I was curious if holding chameleons is alright or not? I love to socialize with my animals and wondering if there is a specific breed of chameleon that is holdable without any disturbance to health?

Posted by: Kytten at January 19, 2008 02:50 PM

We have a male vailed Chameleon, he has crust around its nostrels and a few weeks ago he was gasping... he is doing better in the screen home we now have him in but the nose still is crusty even after the visit to the vet and antibiotics. What can we do

Posted by: Wendy at January 21, 2008 05:42 AM

I just my chameleon yesterday. It's about 3-4 inches long so I'm not sure how old it is. I had a couple questions on what I need to do to get the cage set up.
I bought a 10 gallon glass tank, is glass okay to have? and when should I get a bigger tank? How big should it be?
I also have a basking light that I keep on during the day. Should I use a long uvb light that goes across the top instead?
There's a small heating pad on the side of the tank too, is this enough to keep it warm at night?
It has a warming rock but I read that I should get rid of it, is this true?
There's some crickets, mealworms, and lettuce in the tank but it hasn't eaten anything! It's been in it's tank for 24 hours now. What should I do to get it to eat?
There's also a drip system and I've been spraying the tank 3 times a day, is this enough? Should I really try to spray my chameleon?

Posted by: Ashley at January 25, 2008 05:30 PM

i'm thinking about getting a cham for my family, but i hear they are normally aggresivive, are ALL species aggressive, or are some more mellow and able to be handled? some help ay-sap would be AWESOME!
thanks a bajillion

Posted by: cham_wanter at January 27, 2008 07:36 PM

I have a female veilded chameleon (Norma) who seems to not like me very much!
She has a large waterfall, an 36-1/2" long tank, a heat ceramic bulb, a tropical UV bulb, live and fake plants. And is fed Super, meal, and wax worms dusted once a week with vitamin powder and everyday lightly with calcium powder.

If you ask me she's spoiled rotten!!!

I bought her when she was very young and tried to handle her regularly but because she usually turned black. i didn't want to stress her out at her young age so I handled her for less time less frequently.

She has become very aggressive towards me! She is also very territorial when being touched her in her tank, and always makes a fuss and picking her up.

Usually i pick her up, pet her, let her clime on a jungle gym i made her, and then put her back in the cage.

Because she was not improving in her aggressions towards me i stopped feeding her in her cage and started taking her out and only let her feed while i was holding her.

Today, i went to pick her up but by the time i walked up to the cage she was all puffed up with her mouth wide open at me, the usual chameleon aggressive body language reserved for intruding chameleons!

She also has one bright light colour spot on her back? And is beginning to shed again, the last time she shed, she only shed her bottom half and today she is shedding her top half ...


PS I also have a male veiled chameleon (Norman) of a slightly older age, that I think she is jealous of?

Posted by: Hannah at February 1, 2008 08:57 PM

HANNAH: It seems that you are taking care of your chameleon VERY well! As to her aggressive attitude, I suggest the following:

Its good that now you only let her eat when she's out of the cage and in your hand. This lets her know that when you approach her, she is getting fed and therefore will soon welcome your presence. This is what I did with my female chameleon for her to get used to handling me. But one thing I also did was when taking her out of the cage, I would lure her out with bait (ie, cricket/fruit) and then she would just come on my hand WILLINGLY. Also, try not to pet her back. They dont like that. In no time she'll be a friendly companion, but with mood swings from time to time.

Posted by: AnswerMan at February 3, 2008 08:17 PM

=) ok good i'm glad to hear i'm doing a good job!

Thank you!

Posted by: Hannah at February 3, 2008 09:05 PM

I have a couple week old veiled and I have him in a 38 gal reptarium. I feed him crickets everyday and I know the crickets like to dig into the soil to hide. My question is whether or not my cham will be able to find the crickets because he likes to hang out at the top of the enclosure.
Thanks, Chase

Posted by: Chase at February 9, 2008 05:14 PM

I have 2 veiled chams and they are male and female. the female is much larger and all is good except lately just her head has been looking pale compared to the rest of her body. Is anything wrong??

Posted by: miranda at February 11, 2008 10:47 AM


I was wondering whether you could help me.

I have recently (early January) purchased a veiled / Yemen chameleon.

I have her in a exo-terra glass vivarium with a mesh roof, I have a standard heat mat down the back of the viv, and a hood with a UVB bulb and a heat bulb.
The daytime temp right under the basking spot is rough 90-95'F and at night around 80'F
I have a 'Little Dripper' kit for water and I spray the inside of the tank every morning.
When feeding I alternate between crickets and locusts, I have a calcium supplement which I sprinkle on the locusts/crickets as well as 'Chameleon dust' which I also sprinkle on the food.
For the last couple of weeks there has been a Bonsai tree also in the enclosure.

Over the last few days she as become quite lethargic, she has been eating very little / if any of the locusts I have put in the tank.
I have also not seen her near the water.
She simply slumps herself on a branch and sleeps most of the time, moving very rarely. She has been spending a lot of time on the floor of the tank.
Last night I went in to see how she was doing and she was lifeless on a branch, I picked her up and she hardly reacted, she walked slowly across my hands but kept her eyes closed all the time, her eyes appeared to be sunken in but I was more bothered at the fact that she would not open them.
I tried putting drips of water on my finger and bringing them close to her mouth in case she was dehydrating but she did not react.
I put her back in the tank where she slumped down onto a branch.
I started the spray the inside of the tank and she opened just one eye and ambled over slowly to the glass where the drips of water were, she pushed her face towards glass as if to drink the drips but did not open her mouth.
I turn the dripper on full and she looked up at the droplets of water forming on the mesh roof, she looked as though she was going to push out her tongue to drink them but then stopped, and did something that appeared more like she was 'chewing' than shooting her tongue out.

I went in the room where she is kept numerous times to see if she was ok but she had hardly moved.
This morning I went to screw the UVB daylight in and she was stood in the water tray at the bottom of the viv, I was obviously worries that she may slip/fall and drowned while I was out at work so I picked her up and put her back on a branch, where again she slumped with both eyes closed.

I am obviously very worried about her and was wondering whether you could decipher from the above symptoms what is actually wrong and more importantly what I can do to make her better.

Any help or info would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You

Posted by: dane at February 12, 2008 10:24 AM

actually I don't have a chameleon, but we do have 4 beardies, 3 basilisks and just got a tegu. So as you can probably figure out, we use a lot of crickets. We are going to try and build a cricket cage like the one you were talking about. Can you tell me why they need so many of these items? We usually give them the cricket bites and some fruit and greens. Can you give me the recipe to the green?

This is my email addy... girlsrule91329@sbcglobal.net Thanks alot. Hope to hear from you soon.


Posted by: Amy at February 17, 2008 04:39 PM

Hello, i am looking for some info on what possibly could be wrong with my male veiled cham. Over the last few weeks he has developed two large lumps near where his tail connects to his body. althought they are on the top of it, not below it. Someone told me it could be his "jewels" but they dont look natural at all. and they seem to be getting larger. i have pics i could email if needed. Im just not sure what it could be.

Posted by: MELISSA at February 19, 2008 03:47 PM

I have a veiled, and she just laid her eggs. It has been 5 days now and she wont eat!!! I have 9 small crickets roaming around my cage. And she keeps getting skinnier!I have even tried to hand feed her the crickets. She just wont eat. What shoud I do?

Posted by: Austin at February 21, 2008 05:28 PM

i have a female vieled about 6 or 7 months old sometimes she goes down to the bottom of my tank where my 2 pots are for my live plants and another pan just filled with reptile sand and she just keeps shooting her tounge into the sand and soil not shooting at anything but the dirt. is this normal and why is she doing this?
thank you this site is great and you were right about the pet stores not telling anyone about them laying eggs. petland employees were arguing with me that they dont lay eggs and even were trying to prove it with a book in the store where its not mentioned

Posted by: chris at February 22, 2008 10:00 AM

I have a yemen chameleon 3 months old and she has white stuff in her nostrils what is this? Is it bad? What can i do?

Posted by: Gemma at February 27, 2008 03:24 AM

i have a veiled chamelons and he is eating and every thing no probs other then the last 2 or 3 night he is sleeping on the floor temps good around 80 gets sprayd 2 or 3 times a day hes in a big all screen cag i blow on hime he wakes up and gets all grumpy all day long he stays up in the cag never comes dawn exp to naile a meal on the run i dont under staind can some one give me some info padro is about 1 year old and is a big health angry man thats why i dont hold him he will bite but thats ok i love hime anyway well thats please asap with some info

Posted by: dan at March 6, 2008 07:38 PM

what do you do if your lizard isnt hyper and dosent have alot of energy

Posted by: lizard lover101 at March 11, 2008 09:26 PM

hello we have a 2-3 mont old veil named "dale" we noticed today the he's left eye is closing and he's scratching it i've dont alot of research and have found nothing to tell me whats wrong with him and if dale will be ok... please help my son is getting very sad...

Posted by: wendy at March 13, 2008 10:31 PM

hey theres this white stuff comeing out of my chameleons nose plz help im worried!

Posted by: Brandon at March 22, 2008 04:55 PM

i've had 2 veileds for about 6 months. after watching them fight i saw one grab the others eye. now her eye has swollen about 5 times its normal size (about the size of 3 skittles)
please HELP!!!!

Posted by: joe b lance at March 24, 2008 04:57 PM

hi everyone. i bought my first chameleons about 3 weeks ago. my husband tries to hand feed him meal worms and superworms and he just hisses. he eats his crickets sometimes maybe 3 since we bought him. he moves fine, doesn't shake but i just noticed that most of the day especially when we get near him he closes one eye and has the other one opened. i am very concerned...i don;t want him to die. should i take him to a vet or is this normal?

Posted by: suheidy at March 29, 2008 05:51 PM

This site if fantastic, my male chameleon is 10 weeks old and he is lovely, but i never see him drink from the waterfall, he eats very well though and is very active.
My main concern is he seems darker inside the tank and everytime i go near the tank or open it he jumps out on me or is strctching trying to come out. The tank is 3ft high so the tank is fine, maybe he is just very sociable as when he is out on me he is vivid green??? Also he is stratching on the substrate lately is all this normal behaviour????

Posted by: anoushka at April 4, 2008 10:50 AM

hey my camelion has white stuff coming out of this nose what is it? please

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Posted by: lolo at April 7, 2008 09:28 AM


I was wondering what a baby chameleon is called?



Posted by: Kathy at April 26, 2008 11:25 PM

please can you tell me how hot a chameleon tank needs to be thx lol


Posted by: jessica at April 28, 2008 10:29 AM

people, havent you seen that this guy has gotten so lazy? forget about it, he aint never answering your questions.

Posted by: jeff's father at April 30, 2008 06:49 PM

Hi, what should the humidity level be for a chameleon?

Posted by: hi at April 30, 2008 06:52 PM

I think I have a problem. My male veiled is about a year old and has only shed about 3 times. He is definetly male, but he is very small for his age. My aunt gave him to me last september, and he's only about 5 inches not including the tail. Im thinking about upgrading into a bigger cage incase its the environment, but i need some help. Whats going on?

Posted by: Lacey at May 4, 2008 01:54 PM

hi, wev go a chameleon that we hav had a year now, and lately he suddenly has phases where he wants to get out of his viv. he quickly comes right to the front an even with the door closed he tries to get to u! i opened the door last time and he shot up my arm and started hissing at me! he doesnt seemed to have learnt his lesson tho cos he is satill trying to do it!
wot does this mean? does it mean hers not happy?

Posted by: heather at May 13, 2008 06:54 AM

hi, wev go a chameleon that we hav had a year now, and lately he suddenly has phases where he wants to get out of his viv. he quickly comes right to the front an even with the door closed he tries to get to u! i opened the door last time and he shot up my arm and started hissing at me! he doesnt seemed to have learnt his lesson tho cos he is satill trying to do it!
wot does this mean? does it mean hes not happy?

Posted by: heather at May 13, 2008 06:55 AM

This is a fab site, but please help!! my chameleon is 6 months old and in a glass fronted tank with ventilated mesh top, 2.5 ft high is this too small?? will he be safe in a flexarium? some people recommend them and somepeople dont, will he be warm enough in one?
My main concern is that he loved being handled before but has all of a sudden become aggresive, when i put my hand in tank to feed him he puffs up, hiss's and tries to hit with his foot? this worries me as he was so friendly before, the pet shop said its cause he needs a bigger tank?
He is feed very well and spoilt but am worrid his aggresivness will get worse PLEASE HELP?

Posted by: anoushka at May 15, 2008 04:09 AM

Hi, i have a veiled chameleon named Tila. shes a recently thrown up some of her crickets....only once though so i didnt think much of it. but i noticed alot of experts say you should watch their stools to see if there are any changes, or disformities. what should it look like in the first place??.... ive only had her a week. please shed some advice?

Posted by: Cassandra at May 19, 2008 10:32 AM

I have a female chameleon and i think she might be egg bound... i have all the conditions she needs to lay the eggs, she just wont dig a hole or anything.... should i take her to the vet? can they remove the eggs? or is it too late now and there isn't anything i can do to help her? i don't want her to die, but i know that if she doesn't lay her eggs, she will.... is there anything i can do to help her? and if she is egg bound, how much time do i have left with her before she is gone? please help me...

Posted by: Christine at May 23, 2008 02:16 PM

i need help, my pastal geacko just laid eggs and the last 1's inflated. So what do u need to keep their eggs alive?

Posted by: Mandy at May 28, 2008 02:25 PM

I have a Female Veiled Chameleon and im not quite sure what is wrong with her! she is 16 months old and she all of a sudden stoped eating, i tryed changing her diet because i thought she may have been sick of what she had been getting but that didnt work! she has never layed eggs before, and i know that they will stop eating for a little while before they do, but this has been just about a week!

Posted by: Robin at May 30, 2008 03:29 PM

My roommate has got 5 Veiled Chameleons and he has 1 separate from the rest because he bites the others. But the other 4 are in this small cage, he won't take my advice when I say he should take the smaller VC out because the bigger ones are taking all the food. But what I'm really concerned about is that one of his smaller VC is black all the time. It starts turning a lighter shade when I pick him up and remove him. My roommate also thinks that just "spraying" the cage is giving them enough water. I'm not sure if its true, but from everything I've read they need a bowl with running water. Am I wrong? And how do I get the smaller VC to become green again? He's had a VC die already and I really don't want this one to.

Posted by: Jean at June 8, 2008 02:58 PM

why ent my lizzard not eating

Posted by: k8t at June 12, 2008 11:00 AM

I have a male veiled chameleon about 3 moths old. I was wondering what I have to do to make him eat veggies or fruit? Do you have any tips or certain kinds. Then he has some brownish spots on the sides of him. Do I need to worry about those or can you tell me what they are? And one last thing is how often do they shed and why? I would really like your advice so please contact me back as soon as possible. Thanks

Posted by: Jamie at June 17, 2008 12:52 PM

Hi your chameleon is still young, my advise to you is to stick to the "gut load" cricket diet.
i have a couple of chameleons and for atleast 4-5 months i feed them once a day untill they had enough, and every 4 days i skip the food completly for 24hours.
the most important thing for young chameleons are to get fed "goooood old" crickets and other insects, and all of these should be fed with a diet that you can asamble at home after a run to the grocery store.
my cricket diet is:

1kilo of dogfood (light chicken ect)
1 hand full of grain
some spinage
slised carrots

all of above is to be mixed together (a bit messy)
then make small portions of it and use zippable bags and throw them in the fridge...
ofcorse keeping one out to feed the crickets.
there are more specific info about this on this site, but i dont know where =/

the secondary thing is UVB/UVA light.
in have exo-terras sun glow 2.0 and 5.0
(1 of each in each cage)

third basic thing is the vegetation in the cage.
i use only plastic plats, try to "think like a chameleon"
alot of hiding places and atleast 2 baskin places.

these are just basic restrictions that works verry fine for me, my chameleons are helthy and im awaiting my fist female to lay eggs =)

dont mind my spelling, im swedish you know =)

chers Robin

(the brownis spots or marks on the side of your baby chameleon is totally normal, for more secefic info about the marks, you can email me a picture and i´ll do my best to inform you)

Posted by: Robin at June 19, 2008 09:09 AM

I have a veiled chameleon that was my boyfriends and I have found him at the bottom of his screened cage a few times in the past couple of days grabbing onto his front legs with his back. He trys walking but his back legs seem to not be working properly and goes even slower then usual. He's off balance and skwints his eyes alot. I can't take him to the vet until tomorrow. Is there anything that can be done at all? What has caused him to act this way? Thanks for any of the help.

Posted by: Molly at June 29, 2008 11:43 AM

My one week old puppy is bleeding from rectum and cold but still alive. She is gasping for air. What would cause this? Is there anything at all I can do to try to save her? Is it something contagous? There are sibblings and I don't want to loose them as well. Please help!

Posted by: marye at June 30, 2008 08:35 AM

i have a 6 month old female. her eyes are closed quite alot and she has a black line across her eyelid. she cant see her food so not eating to much.

Posted by: tara at July 5, 2008 01:29 AM

hey, ive just had a custom enclosure built for my male veiled cham the thing is its the back is wooden and not very attrctive i wanna paint it but was wondering if you know of any colours i should avoid or any that he would prefer? thanks

Posted by: hannah at July 14, 2008 06:20 AM

Tara and Marye.... Both of you, get to a vet, who has knowedge of reptiles, both of your chameleons are sick and will die without help... afterwords you need to look after the basic steps how to keep a chameleon... i wrote som of theese a few rows above, you can find morre specefic care and hold rules and ruti´nes on thís page... good luck

Posted by: Robin at July 15, 2008 02:33 AM

@ Hanna... you need water resistant colour, choose a brighter "nature" colour, since darker colours may affect your chameleon negative, they actuarly could get depressed by dark colours, so i would use a brighter sand colour together with som nice green... óne nice thing you can do, is to get a "jungle" motive, such as just paint random green plants on the sand coloured background... do not forget, you need to consern what chemicals you put in the enlosure, find out about the substance of the colour you are using, chameleons are so fragile to anything ;) and they do have a sense of smell...

good luck =) //RObin

Posted by: Robin at July 15, 2008 02:39 AM

@ Robin and Hannah

Hannah: Please disregard 99.9% of what Robin said. Chameleons prefer darker colors, as in the wild, chameleons defend their territory by using bright flashy colors. Very bright colors can actually be extremely stressful to chameleons. Darker greens and browns are your safest bet. Do not use ANY sand in your chameleon enclosure. I would also recommend that you do not have a "background" as chameleons need fully screened enclosures. There would be no room for a background. If you have further questions, please feel free to email me. I have had quite a few years of experience with these animals.

Posted by: Kat at July 15, 2008 09:09 PM


I really don't mean to sound rude at all, but I went above and read your "advice" posts to people and caught that you have been keeping chameleons for four months?
Most of your advice is wrong. Again, I don't mean to sound mean, rude or harsh, but you are giving people bad advice. I suggest you read up and study the animals you are keeping before you go about giving people information that ends up harming or, worse, killing, their pets.

Posted by: Kat at July 15, 2008 09:19 PM

How often should a veiled chameleon molt? I got him about 5 months ago, and hes on his third molt. I moved 1 month ago, he molted right after the move, and he began molting again yesterday. Is this normal? Is he ever going to stop molting? It seems like hes been molting for months!! HELP!

Posted by: Nathan at July 16, 2008 11:42 AM


How old is your chameleon? It is normal for chameleons to shed all through their lives. When they are young, they will shed as much as once every two to three weeks. As they age, the shedding becomes less frequent, but will always happen. Technically, your chameleon will grow until the day he dies, but once he reaches maturity, the growth will be so minimal you wont even notice it. So don't worry, this is completely normal.

Posted by: Kat at July 16, 2008 02:12 PM

We aquired our first veiled chameleon just over a year ago. We were told he was about 3 months old when we got him. We are very very inexperienced and received some bad info about caring for him. We recently discovered that he is extremely calcium deficient. He also had to take a trip to the vet to have his sex organ removed as it would not retract back into his body. This was about a month ago. For the first couple of days after he came home we had to feed him mushed up food (I used silk worms) with calium supplement and water through a dropper. He then had enough strength to eat mealworms that were coated in calcium when I placed them in front of him. I saw him eating crickets but continued to give him a mealworm or 2 a day (one dusted in calcium). We have had some nice sunny weather so I have been putting him outside in the sun for several hours a day. I try to keep at least half of the cage in the shade. He seemed to be doing much better as he was picking himself up with all four legs and was attempting to climb, and chasing crickets. He was still very unstable, which I am assuming is from the lack of calcium. A couple of days ago he suddenly became very lethargic, he keeps his eyes closed most of the time and puffs them up a lot. He is not moving around at all, but will drink water from a dropper. He does open his eyes and look around but for the most part he has them closed. It seems to be a very sudden change. Any suggestions???

Posted by: Kim at July 16, 2008 06:21 PM

Could you give some general information about your husbandry, such as cage type and size, where it is kept most of the time, day and night temps, humidity level, feeding and supplementation schedule, lighting and types of lights used,misting schedule and whether you see him drink, cage furniture and plants?

It could be any number of things causing him to be lethargic, and lethargy is not good. Please answer the above questions, and, if possible, get him back to a vet that is experienced with chameleons as soon as possible. I would be glad to help in any way that I can if you would like!

Posted by: Kat at July 16, 2008 09:36 PM


Posted by: SUSANNE at July 25, 2008 08:13 PM


Could you please answer the questions that I asked Kim above? I might be able to help you out a little better if I know more about your husbandry techniques. And in the meantime, that waterfall needs to go. Those things breed bacteria and could cause major problems. And if you have a fan blowing into his cage, that needs to stop too. Sleeping during the day and general lethargy are not good signs. Answer the questions posted above in the "kim" message and I will do what I can to help you.


Posted by: Kat at July 29, 2008 08:46 PM

I have a two month old veiled chameleon which seems to have some sort of bump or bubble in the inter side of his right eye. It doesn't seem to bother him but I can't find anything that petains to that condition on the internet. For the first 6 weeks I feed him calcium powdered crickets and haven't been putting calcium on the crickets ever since. I feed the crickets orange type food bought at Pet's Mart that is rich in calcium and omega-3. I mist the cage at least three times a day and have lights to help his hunger and a brighter one for calcium. Thats what it said on the box. Please let me know if there is anything I need to change or what might be wrong with his eye.


Posted by: Adrian at August 4, 2008 04:08 PM

Look, I'm gonna sound stupid and I don't have a pet lizard, but Jeff I was wondering could you steer me in the direction of learning from the ground up about code writing and so on? I currently build furniture and have for the last 18 yrs. I want to change things up and don't know where to begin. I stumbled onto this site and started to read some things and probably could figure out my answer by just reading along (I think). But I just want to make sure nothing is outdated, etc. If any quick good advice, books to read and so-on I would really appreciate it. I know some about computers, and think I can learn more, but I could easily be catagorized as a complete beginer...I really appreciate your help and it looks like you are a real busy guy. Thanks, Brett

Posted by: Brett at August 5, 2008 12:42 PM

Young Veiled Chameleon male. Doing and eating well previously. Today noticed right eyelid closed yet it appears that the eyeball is moving underneath the eyelid. He doesn't seem to be able to open the right eyelid. Thoughts or suggestions?

Posted by: Dave at August 5, 2008 06:55 PM

I've had a veiled chameleon for around 3 months now, and she's seemed fine until recently. I just noticed what looks to be some blood in her cage. I don't think she cut herself on anything because I looked the cage over...any ideas? I'm very concerned. Thank you.

Posted by: art at August 30, 2008 09:08 PM

Hi, do you know any possible way I could get hold of some pet captive bred dwarf chameleons?

Posted by: reuben at September 3, 2008 10:14 AM

Can anyone help me out? I have a female Veiled and i'm having an issue with the crickets laying eggs in the plants in the cage, and I'm ending up with tiny baby crickets all over my apartment. Is there something I can put in the soil that will repel the crickets from laying eggs and would also be non toxic to my Cham? Or, do I just have to live with this? Please let me know if anyone has a solution to this problem. I really don't want teeny baby crickets everywhere in my home. You can reach me at JCK206@AOL.COM...PLEASE HELP!

Posted by: Jeff at September 4, 2008 07:40 PM

The chameleons here in the pet stores are expensive.
Anyone know where I could find veiled chameleons online, which ship to canada?

Posted by: Dee at September 16, 2008 10:12 AM

Hello I have a female and a male chameleon and they have both recently started hissing at me and I'm just wondering is this normal ? are we maybe handling them to much ? please email me back asap
thanks nikki

Posted by: nicole at September 18, 2008 07:11 PM

Hi Jeff,

Awesome website with great chameleon info. Not sure if you can help with this, but I now have my second chameleon, a veiled male, and he is the most ornery critter I've ever had. My first chameleon was such a love, he would actually come to me for attention as I walked by his habitat, and crawl into my hair, he was easily handled and never complained or behaved aggressively. So you can imagine, I thought chameleons were amazing (and still do for the most part), but this new guy! I've have had him since he was just a few weeks old, and he has never had a good temperament. Even now, 6 months later, he hisses at me if I come near him, even if I am holding a cricket to feed him, he is hissing and lunging at me as he plucks it from my fingers. He is now very big and very healthy, but also a little scary. I have been bitten by him once as I often have him walk onto my hand in order to eat crickets, to get him used to human hands, but as soon as he realizes he is on my hand, he goes for a finger. Is this normal male veiled chameleon behavior? Was my first chameleon just very special? Or do I have a particularly nasty chameleon? Any thoughts or advice?

Jennifer N.

Posted by: Jennifer N. at September 23, 2008 09:15 PM

Hi, have my 2 chamelons 2 weeks this week, the male is great at eating, the female has not been eating much at all 1 or 2 locust/crickets here and there..she has gone quite thin she just layed 5-6 eggs she rearranged all the sand herself she is very weak looking and pale green in colour...is this all part of the process???? I have her booked in with the vet tomorrow am. Can you give me some advice at all feel really sorry for her...PLEASE

Posted by: joanna at October 17, 2008 01:30 PM

help my chemeleon has a bg zit or something on its face plz plz i really need help i dont know what it is help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: slplpk at October 17, 2008 05:43 PM

I have had my adult male chameleon for about a year. I haven't changed the environment at all or his feeding routine, calcium routine or water intake but recently he has developed a serious illness -
- He seems to be very weak.
- His front foot keeps grabbing his back one forcing him to fall over.
- His back legs seem to be uncontrollable, as if he doesn't have no perception of where to place them right.
- His food intake and water intake is fine also his excretion, so there is no sign of impaction.
- He seems like a different chemeleon, he looks lost or confused all the time. Could he have had a stroke or fallen?



Posted by: Rosa at October 19, 2008 11:49 AM

i have a year old chameleon who isn't the size she should be! WHY?!

Posted by: shannon at November 9, 2008 02:43 PM

HI ive been worried a about my 2 months vield chameleon she has been realy dark and normaly she i a turquorsi color this past 2 days she has been realy dark and i rely love her and i just wanted to know what might of coused this and how can i make her better

Posted by: jonathan at November 9, 2008 06:26 PM

HI ive been worried a about my 2 months vield chameleon she has been realy dark and normaly she i a turquorsi color this past 2 days she has been realy dark and i rely love her and i just wanted to know what might of coused this and how can i make her better

Posted by: jonathan at November 9, 2008 06:26 PM

HI ive been worried a about my 2 months vield chameleon she has been realy dark and normaly she i a turquorsi color this past 2 days she has been realy dark and i rely love her and i just wanted to know what might of coused this and how can i make her better

Posted by: jonathan at November 9, 2008 06:26 PM

Yesterday bought a vieled chameleon baby that is only a week old. I put it in a 15 high aquarium with an extra ten galon high caged in add on (you know one of those terrarium toppers made completely out of wire,cause I wanted it to have enough room). The vieled has lots of plant things to climb on, but it won't leave a perch about 5 inches away from the light and heat lamp. I tried to give it crickets this morning, it caught one but it accidently fell out of it's mouth and the chameleon hasn't seemed interested in catching them since then. All the crickets are small enough for it so that's not the problem, they are just running around the walls and on the floor of the set up, but the my baby doesn't want to go and catch them. All he does is look at this one green clasp that holds the plants in place and tries to lick it. I've misted the place with water but that doesn't seem to be the problem. how can I make my baby eat? he ate in the pet store.

Posted by: Sarah at November 15, 2008 07:26 PM

can a veiled chameleon be caged with a bearded dragon or will they kill eachother? thanks

Posted by: anthony at November 27, 2008 09:26 PM

Response to A+ Annoyances Explained:
Actually that isn't really a checkmate. It doesn't test experience, it simply shows that you can read a book. I know 3 people right now that passed their A+ exam, but if you gave them a computer with a problem you had better hope it wasn't anything major. In the case of one of those individuals if Anti-Virus can't fix the problem they just format and reinstall. Don't get me wrong, sometimes, that is a necessity but should be a last resort.

Posted by: David Lewis at December 3, 2008 03:57 PM

hey all,

I have a veiled chameleon female who is normally a lime green color with orange spots, and gray toes. But in the last two weeks she has formed two thick gray stripes on either side of her spine, are these signs that she's going to be shedding soon, or is she just getting older and learning new patterns? She does not have any perches close enough to the lights for them to be burns... I think. Any suggestions would be helpful.

Posted by: Sarah at December 10, 2008 08:36 PM

I just took my male veiled chameleon to the vet and he was fine. A couple of days after his vet appointment I noticed his "cone" on top of his head is shrinking and leaning to the side. What could cause this if he just had a good check up?

Posted by: Amber at December 14, 2008 12:21 PM

what is the actual colour of a chameleon?.
what colour will it show when placed in a mirror when all sides are closed since it takes the colour of its back ground.
pls send me this answer to my email add.

Posted by: anjikson at December 16, 2008 08:42 AM

Hi anjikson,
I am not able to answer you through e mail, not sure why. But he stays a bright green with his blue stripes when by the mirrors. His tounge has been sticking out his mouth this morning, but he is still acting normal and being active.

Posted by: Amber at December 16, 2008 11:35 AM

i have a veiled chameleon wwho is about a year and a half i notice sometimes he wont open his eyes or he will have one open and the other close sometimes they both will be open but in a few min they will be closed again i check my humidty temp and i mist the cage what should i do also is it normal for him to be kind of dark doing the day but bright at night

Posted by: Tameka at December 21, 2008 12:03 AM

I leant that chameleon does'nt decay after its death, whats behind this?

Posted by: Anjikson at December 23, 2008 11:46 AM

hia, ive been asked to look after a chameleon for someone because hes ill, he seems to have turned black and sleeps all the time! what does this mean???!!!

HELP please


Posted by: rach at December 27, 2008 02:44 PM

My chameleon has a calcium deficiency. He started falling a lot and became very weak and unable to grip branches and walk properly. I've taken him to the vet who had given him 7 calcium injections. He improved by about 70% but was still not right. After the second visit to the vet and another course of 7 calcium injections there is not improvement. To make things worse, my chameleon doesnt want to eat crickets anymore or anything else for that matter. The vet advised that i fource feed him but i think it makes him more stressed.

I changed the UVB light, i now make sure that crickets are gut loaded. I even started putting my chameleon in the sun during the day. He is still not improving.

Is there a chance that my chameleon will rocover or is it too late to save him?

Thanks, anastasia

Posted by: Anastasia at December 28, 2008 10:15 AM


I have a two year old veild chameleon that is calcuim deficient. He became very weak, started falling, not gripping branches properly. His back legs and tail seem too heavy for him to lift up and half the time he drags them along.

I've been to the vet twice in the past two months. He gave him calcium injections. It helped to an extent but he is still not coming right. He hold me to change his UVB light which i've done. I'm gut loading the crickets all the time and putting him in sun light for more UVB exposure.

My chameleon does not want to eat and the vet said that its ok if i fource feed him. I dust the chkickets in calcium and chameleon dust (vitamins). I think the fource feeding is making him very stressed.

I am really worried that he wont be able to recover fully and die. Is there hope for full recovery? PLEASE HELP!

Thanks, Anastasia

Posted by: Anastasia at December 28, 2008 10:25 AM

I have two chameleons one female one male they are both about 6-7months old now and the female has become very strange she is hiding at the bottom of the cage she isnt eating properly and doesnt want to move could she be pregnant or is it something else?

Plz help

Posted by: Serena at December 30, 2008 05:35 AM

HELP!! I bought a chameleon from another person. Says she is 1 year old, never shed, never laid eggs. Ive had her 1 month and she has since done both. Today I went to feed her (we have crickets and superworms) and she was on the bottom of the tank not moving and cold. I picked her up to find the last 1/4 of her tail is hard and looks to be dead. she wont use her back legs and is shaking. Ive done my research and come up with Vitamin A deficiency. However, I know there is no quick fix. I have managed to handfeed her a few crickets,superworms, and some carrots as I know. I have her in a smaller container on a towel with direct lighting. she seems to be getting stronger. We do not have a exotic vet for hundreds of miles and im scared she is going to die. I know I did not cause this problem, but that she wasnt properly cared for before getting to me and its just now appearing. Can anyone please give me some kind of advice?

Posted by: Amanda at December 30, 2008 11:03 AM

I just have one question... Can Red-Eyed Tree Frogs and Jackson's Chameleons Coexist/Live Together? Thank you in advance for your reply.

Posted by: Wil at December 31, 2008 12:33 AM

Hi, i have a baby chameleon hes about 6weeks old now, ive had him for just over 2weeks. but he tends to just lay on the leafs most the day, he goes to look for some food when he wants but idont see him drinking much, what could i do about him drinking?
also, this morning i saw him like pop his eye out a little and rub it against a branch, is there a problem or is he just scratching?

many thanks

Posted by: Natasha at January 4, 2009 06:18 AM

Does anyone have any tips for a future fist timer? Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Abbey at January 9, 2009 06:04 AM

hi i am a future 1st timr. Which is better to start out with? male or female? I love this website and it has so much info!

Posted by: Abbey at January 9, 2009 06:07 AM

hello my freind has a veilel chameleon and its tail has like a weeping hole in it ive always loved lizards and would like to know if you could help before they do something wrong and ma ke things worse it also has no claws on one of its front legs please help thank you katie

Posted by: katie at January 16, 2009 10:16 AM

Hi there... I'm researching veiled chameleons because I really want one, but want to be prepared before I buy one... I have a few questions:

1. Exactly how many lights do I need? So far, I've read that I need a sun light for the whole cage, a basking light, and a night light.

2. Can I feed freeze-dried crickets and meal worms with Calcium dusted on them?

3. How often should I feed and how often should I supplement?

4. Anyone know of a good vet in the Dallas area who has good experience with veileds?

Any help is MUCH appreciated!

Posted by: Angela at February 7, 2009 10:58 PM

my veild chameleon seems to be gathering white powder at its nostriles i have removed it seversl times with a cotton bud but it reappears do i have course for consern

Posted by: Adam Calziel at February 18, 2009 08:12 AM

Hi. I am not sure who to contact or where to find info. My v cham just laid her eggs. I am not sure when it's safe to remove them? Also, what is the best care that I can provide for her so that she can bounce back to normal? I am really nervous and was not expecting this so soon. i got her less than a month ago and have no idea if the eggs are fertile. Also, is sand ok to use as a substrate for the incubation? i read somewhere that it was and am planning on preparing the container tomorrow. I would appreciate any info you can give me, i am very nervous about this and would like the best survival rate for both cham and eggs (if fertile).

Thank you in advance.

Posted by: Jessica at March 12, 2009 07:18 PM

My chameleon hasn't been eating much and she isn't opening her eyes much, she's not really griping much either, i was told she was hydrated.. but i don't know if there is anything more serious wrong with her. she's not moving much. but i've been making sure she's getting plenty of water...how do i know if shes really sick?

Posted by: shannon at March 13, 2009 05:50 PM

Hi we bought a chameleon 2 days ago and he is turning darker he ate a few crikets but I think he is not drinkin water, if you have an advice for us we would thank you

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Posted by: Darren Wallis at March 16, 2009 12:11 PM

my chameleon is lookin very ill and not eatin
she has gone all shaky and wobbly
my other one is healthy and thriving so i dont no where i have gone wrong
have you got any advice for me please
x x x x

Posted by: laura at March 19, 2009 03:44 PM

I work at a pet store and we received a very small veiled chameleon. He(?) was not eating on his own so we moved him to a hospital cage and have been hand feeding him Repti-aid. He is under full spectrum lighting with a heat light. At this time his top and bottom lip are curling back so his mouth doesn't close all the way. We are now giving him liquid calcium. The question I have is should I adopt him in hopes that he will live and just not be perfect or is he a lost cause. He is growing and will et tiny crickets and meal worms cut in half. Thanks for any thoughts on the matter..

Posted by: mae at March 24, 2009 08:51 PM

Hiya everyone, this is a first time post as I haven't come across anything like the problem I have. So here goes.

My female Veiled is probably just over a year old now and she is quite large. The problem is that she hasn't shed for quite a while (2 months) and her dorsal spikes are all peeling off leaving a scabby ridge along her back. Besides her looking quite shabby she is absolutely fine, eating as much as ever, not minding being handled and generally behaving normally.

Has anybody got any ideas as to what may have caused this or what may remedy it?

Please e-mail me if you have anything.


Posted by: GrungeDemon at March 25, 2009 04:02 AM

My chameleon did a massive poo and wee today with a lot of slimy stuff with it as well. Is this ok? I'm slightly concerned that something is wrong. Any one have any ideas whether this is normal?

Posted by: Melina at April 4, 2009 07:48 AM


I am freaking out... I think I need to provide a nest for my female veiled chameleon... and I don't know how to make one. Trudy is about 8mos and I am worried that I am not ready to give her a nest. I need some advise, pls.. how to build a nest for her. THANK YOU.

Posted by: Abel Pamatz at April 13, 2009 10:34 AM

first time on the sight.wondering how much and how often to feed a 6 month old male veiled chameleon?

Posted by: vin d at April 23, 2009 08:47 AM

my chameleon is not opening his eyes and not eating much. what can i do and why is this hapening to him?

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Posted by: Kevin at May 6, 2009 11:57 AM

I have a female veiled chameleon and she has stopped eating crickets but occassionally she will eat superworms. Not only that but she sits up at the top of her cage directly under her light and doesn't move. Is there something I should be worried about?

Posted by: Fallon at June 24, 2009 02:03 PM

I just had my female veil die, today. I own both male and female, kept in separate tanks, each tank roughly 3 feet tall, and fed regularly crickets dusted in calcium. Both were kept by a window for light, and UV light on dark days. I watered them every day and night.
The vet said the female lacked calcium and was dehydrated. I'm rather confused, taking into consideration the care i gave her.
Any advice or suggestions about her care/death?

Posted by: Melissa at June 25, 2009 02:47 PM

Hi, I was wondering if you could help me. My veiled chameleon has been a purple color lately, but had been acting fine, is this normal?

Posted by: Kaylee at July 15, 2009 12:56 PM

know what it means when a male veild chameleon's casque is white? it is white about a centemeter from the top down...

Posted by: jenn at July 15, 2009 09:26 PM

UV light is filtered out by most home windows.

Posted by: t at July 17, 2009 03:55 PM

i have a male and a female vieled they are in seperate enclosures my female is about 2years and my male is 1 year their cages are in a stand that puts them ontop of eachother not side by side..anyways for the past few days my female hasnt eaten anything except 1 cricket.and she stays in the same spot in her cage and does not move. im worried about her because she has never acted this way before .... i dont think shes ready to lay a clutch because she laid her 1st one about 5-6 months ago...but i put the container of sand in there anyways just in case.... i just did that a few mins ago...help me i dont want to lose her. thank you

Posted by: Kristen at July 23, 2009 04:18 PM

Hi, i was wondering if you could give me some advise. .
Last month my boyfriend baught me a veiled chamaelon for our anniversary. I have owned them in the past and they have always been the best pets. The one i have now, Gandi, was being so good up untill a few days ago. Now he is so angry, everytime he sees me come near his cage he poofs up, and all his colors come out, and he hisses and tries to bite me if i put my hands near him. What's wrong? I haven't changed anything..
please help

Posted by: Kc at July 25, 2009 10:07 AM

Please can you help me??
About 3 months ago my male chameleon died - it was terribly traumatic for me as i am an animal lover! My friend called me the other day to say that she has a male which she would like to keep in my tank to get them to breed.
Well that night he tried at least bout 4 times to mate with her while she was "sleeping". This morning they were fighting, biting and head butting each other (mostly on her part).He is also bigger than her and very gentle. I landed up seperating them but I want to know is this behaviour normal? I really want them to mate so i can be a proud owner of babies... please can you provide me with a bit more information as i dont want to looses him either. My boyfriend is now telling me that my friend has to take him back!
We have had him for one day!
PLease please help asap!!!

Thanks x

Posted by: Siobhan at August 5, 2009 09:53 AM

Please can you help me??
About 3 months ago my male chameleon died - it was terribly traumatic for me as i am an animal lover! My friend called me the other day to say that she has a male which she would like to keep in my tank to get them to breed.
Well that night he tried at least bout 4 times to mate with her while she was "sleeping". This morning they were fighting, biting and head butting each other (mostly on her part).He is also bigger than her and very gentle. I landed up seperating them but I want to know is this behaviour normal? I really want them to mate so i can be a proud owner of babies... please can you provide me with a bit more information as i dont want to looses him either. My boyfriend is now telling me that my friend has to take him back!
We have had him for one day!
PLease please help asap!!!

Posted by: Siobhan at August 5, 2009 09:57 AM

i have a female chameleon which for the last month has not eaten she has lost the use of her back legs and when i force feed her she spits it out an hour later she sits at the bottom of the tank most of the time with her eyes shut, she does drink a little bit of water i really don't know what to do PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!

Posted by: stephanie at August 9, 2009 07:09 AM

when u say i should use sand for the female chameleon for it doesn't get egg bound should i use vermiculite? and i have a female and male together since birth and there alright and there 6 months each ,are they going to be good for there whole life?

Posted by: manny at August 9, 2009 02:11 PM

could you help me my chameleon is bout 2-3 months old onlt had it few days it is opening his mouth nd blowing bubbles do you know y this is thanks jo

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Posted by: Adam Bockhorst at September 12, 2009 02:24 AM

Hi, Im a first time owner of a Veiled chameleon. He is a male and is 8 weeks old i just had a few questions for you if you didnt mind?... So I have him in a temporary Aquarium till next fri. when i get payed and go to the hardware store and build him a proper inclosher.. the Aquarium is very temorary but that being sead i lined the inside of the tank with paper towl taped to the glass with a brown non-toxic tap so he can not see his reflection i also instailed a fan a few feet above on an angle so its not direct on for a constant breeze exsept for at nights and a heat and basking light like i sead very temoprary... but i was just woundering just about how meny adult crickets would be right for one day so far im giving him 3 in the day and 3 at night i also bought him died meal worms and live wax worms i only had him for about 4 days now and so far he ate the crickets the first day the sec. day i tryed to hand feed him a waxworm but no luck i have cocunut fluff at the bottom of the cage making it hard for him to see the small meal and wax worms on the ground so i put a small glass dressing cup at the bottom and put two wax and two meal worms in it he saw the live meal worms moving and headed for them he grabed up the live ones and one dead meal worm on acident he left the other dead meal worm there till the next day when i removed it but for some reasone he dosent like dead foods.. is that a prob?? and even with live foods he wont let me hand feed him any avice... i tryed putting a cricket in my fingers by a leg and letting it scwerm so he can see it but still no luck i tryed taking a dead meal worm and moving it like it was alive and no luck he also just started to shed... any advice on how i could make it easyer for him to shed?? and he dosent seam to like to get misted i went to RightAid and picked up an eye dropper and tryed to give him some water to drink but he didnt seam interested but he might be getting water throw the mistings i'v been giving him.. any advice would be apprisheated!

Aaron M. Shimp

Posted by: Aaron Shimp at October 8, 2009 12:29 PM

Hi, i was just wondering if anyone could help me out with this question. I bought a male chameleon about a week ago. When I bought it the breeder told me he is 7 months old. But everyone that i know who knows about chameleons say that it has to be older. It's already 17 inches long and quite big. The breeder herself also seemed not very imformative when i asked her questons.I dont know but im guessing hes about a year old??

Posted by: angelina at October 9, 2009 12:04 PM

my jackson chameleon first had a fat/swollen foot, than I thought it has a swollen leg as well the next day, and now another day later he has a swollen eye. he can't open it, looks like that there is water under the lid. he keeps it closed...and doesn't move anymore as much since he can only see on one side. I don't know what to do? any help or suggestions?

Posted by: rieka at October 11, 2009 09:06 PM

Hi i just have a quick question. My female veiled died yesterday it is very sad. I would just like some info maybe on how she died. She was almost 2 years old and was loved very much. At 7:30 pm i left my house and she looked fine, very much alive. When i returned at 9:00 pm she was on the floor dead. I have no clue what had happened. She was dark, almost a black color in some places, and the crickets had started to eat her. It was very, very sad and i miss her so much. Could someone please help me figure this out. She had a fountain that she drank from and i sprinkled her crickets with calcium and vitamins frequently. Also she had UV lights and a heat lamp. I don't know what could of happened. Please help. Thanks

Posted by: Chris at October 18, 2009 01:56 PM

Hi.. I just wanted to know, if it was possible for jackson's to have bruises? My jackson usually stays on a stick. (the ones that are in bird cages) we have a couple of them so the my jacksons can go on the ground and walk around.. my cage is kind of big.. When i got home the other day.. it looks like the rubber bands that was holding the sticks together broke.. and my jackson was on the ground with the sticks on him.. So we fixed it and put him back on the stick.. when we got home a little while ago he was on the ground.. So we took him out of the cage.. His color is black right now.. And on his skin it looks like there might be a bruise.. Becasue its a different kind of color.. Kind of like brown.. And when we touched it, he moved quickly.. What can i do? should i put him in a seperate cage from the female? They dont seem to bother eachother.. she just stays on the screen.. Can they have bruises?

Posted by: Heather at November 4, 2009 06:42 PM

He 's not eating his crickets, what could cause this? He's 4 years old, what should i do. Please tell me as much as you can iam worried about him. Thanks

Posted by: amanda at November 12, 2009 12:15 AM

Ello! I just got my Veiled Chameleon today, his name is Gizmo, hes soooo cute! but i put his food in his cage this morning.... he hasnt eatin it... is something wrong... or is he just still nervous??

Posted by: Cassidy at December 15, 2009 05:25 PM

Hey its me again... He still hasn't been eating, but he's been drinking the water i give him, and when i tried to hand feed him when I got close to him he hissed at me.... its that normal?? and I've noticed that he has white stuff by his head when i first got him is he okay?? is it a type of mold?? and can they eat chopped up bananas??

Posted by: Cassidy at December 16, 2009 04:11 PM

and white stuff is by his eyes and nose, and its not the Calcium powder

Posted by: Cassidy at December 16, 2009 04:12 PM

I've gotten him to eat and drink now, but im still wondering what the white stuff is on his head

Posted by: Cassidy at December 17, 2009 10:15 AM

hi im new to cameleons and just got a 5 month female. my question is the soil i have lime in it i believe was wondering if this would be safe to use as egg laying soil? i donth think she has been mated but she was in with a larger cameleon they said they was the same sex but i had to practically tell the guy in shop selling it how to sex it!

Posted by: zoe Jackson at December 22, 2009 03:21 PM

I reealy need to kno how 2 attract any chameleon. any suggestions would help thanks!

Posted by: Linny at January 12, 2010 10:31 PM

how can i tell how old my veiled chameleon is?

Posted by: carly at January 24, 2010 12:58 PM

i just purchased a male veiled chemeleon, and i have noticed it sleeps during the day when im not there observing his habits. he has a firm grip and is eating and drinking, i just want to make sure him sleeping isn't a sign of him being sick or anything.

any tips are very much appreciated

Posted by: nate at February 9, 2010 08:51 PM

Hey guys, I just purchased a veiled chameleon right before december and it got a bad eye about a week later, I changed two things in my cage I added a Tropical series 25 T8 fluorescent bulb and started giving my crickets some reptile vitamin poweder. After about a month of the new changes he shed his skin and his eye was all better. Im not saying what i did helped but maybe it did, good luck all!

Posted by: sean at February 11, 2010 10:51 AM

Hi, I just purchased two baby veiled chameleons and I don't believe the female is old enough to lay eggs, but I noticed she has been digging in the substrate all the way down to the rocks and bottom, what is she doing and could she possibly looking to lay eggs already? I put a bowl of sand in the tank, but she's not interested. Maybe it's just fun to her....I don't know, any info is good info...Thank You!

Posted by: Jasmin at February 25, 2010 01:21 PM

I am a first time cham keeper, I am really enjoying having her as she facinates me. She is only 6 months old and I need some answers for the following please;

when will she start egg laying?
she sits on her branches with her mouth open for some time, is this normal?

I'll look forward to your answers, many thanks,


Posted by: chris brunt at March 8, 2010 03:00 AM

well i am sorry i did not see this earlier. my chameleon just died of metabolic bone disease

Posted by: alexander at March 30, 2010 11:08 PM

I have a question. I have a Veiled Chameleon it's about 3months old. I want to pick him up and hold him but he gets pretty mad when I just try to touch him. I want to be able to handle him but I don't want to stress him out. When should I try to pick him up? Does it hurt when a Veiled bites?? Thanks, Nik

Posted by: Nik at April 11, 2010 12:21 PM

i have male veiled chameleon and my boyfriend recently moved him from the hibiscus to the cage after an hour outside and he now keeps grapping his veil and can't climb without falling. i fear his leg may be broken since he wont grab straight and can only manage to grab his veil. what should we do?? and he is also very disoriented and shaky. we thought it was fear from moving but he hasnt stopped. he is very dark in color, blacks and dark greens. please help!

Posted by: chelsea at April 30, 2010 09:24 PM

i think i've sorted it, i was using a repti glo 10.0 compact bulb, i just read some reports that they were damaging to reptiles eyes (and some birds), i turned it off and he ate two crickets within 30 minutes and he's back to his energetic self again, has anyone else had any problems with this bulb?

Posted by: lee at May 6, 2010 01:37 PM

i need some help. i have a chameleon, she is around 1 yr. i have found like 2 eggs ont the bottom of her tank, but i still feel more by her back leg. her eyes are kinda sunk in because the crikets are dusting off the calcium before she gets them. i am super worried and dont know what to do. im not sure if she is eggbound, or if she is still pregnant. but the last time she laid eggs, they all came in like an hour, so i think she is eggbound. plz help

Posted by: Hannah at May 12, 2010 10:05 PM

I have a ~5 month old veiled chameleon. Right now her joints are swollen and she refuses to eat/drink. She seems to do this every time she sheds. I don't know what is wrong with her. Please help.

Posted by: Marina Smith at June 1, 2010 05:56 PM

I just wanted to thank you for putting this site together. I want a pet veiled chameleon but I want to research as much as I can on how to properly take care of one and I've found your website very helpful! I will keep researching so I can have the happiest, healthiest chameleon

Posted by: Ava at June 12, 2010 06:23 PM


So my Beautiful Veiled Chameleon of 2yrs has ESCAPED!!! he's climbed his way into a heap of trouble, A GIANT WILLOW TREE!!!
i've searched in vain and cannot seem to find him, though i KNOW he's up there (my mother has spotted him0. I searched where she last saw him but could not find him myself. Does anybody have any information to offer on how i increase my chances of finding him? Is there any way of luring him out into the open? i've climbed the tree several times but cannot find my poor guy =( god i miss him . . .

Posted by: Kyle Klauder at June 16, 2010 08:21 PM

iwas wondering a few things #1 is purple play sand a good bedding #2 couild it eat carrots
or brakaly seeds off of the top #3 or can it eat fruit

Posted by: brandan at July 5, 2010 07:43 AM

iwas wondering a few things #1 is purple play sand a good bedding #2 couild it eat carrots
or brakaly seeds off of the top #3 or can it eat fruit

Posted by: brandan at July 5, 2010 07:43 AM

another one of my wonders #4 coulid is eat beetles or maybe some type of plants?
couid it maybe eat of flowers

Posted by: brandan at July 5, 2010 12:44 PM


I've had my chameleon for about half a year now and recently she has become very dull in colour and a little lethargic (she starts moving around the tank a lot more when I bother her), she also now seems to be keeping both eyes shut and periodically bulging one out. This is my first time taking care of a chameleon and I looked at a lot of information before I got her and I thought I had all the things she needed. When she is zipping around she has very dark stripes which usually only appear when she is angry, normally even if i bother her a little she is a nice green. I'm really worried, right now I suspect it could be that she is cold, it's a little cooler in my room right now ( though it still wouldn't account for most of her symptoms).

Once again the symptoms are: Pale, more lethargic than usual, both eyes shut and one eye that bulges out occasionally. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Posted by: Logan at August 12, 2010 03:21 PM

I really need some advice please: I have a one year old female veiled chameleon named mittens. She is very healthy and happy and eats very normally. Although the last time that she shedded, the skin did not completely come off of her spine area until very recently. Then yesterday she started to shed again and today i noticed that a little less than half way down her spine her spikes are gone, it is completely smooth and almost looks like fresh flesh. Is this normal? What do I do if not? Please if anyone had this experience let me know! Thanks, Stacey

Posted by: Stacey at September 7, 2010 04:51 PM

hi can u grow weed in the cage will it eat the plant or will it kill my veiled chameleon and do eney one no wer i can get a auto spray gun so i dont have to spray water 4 times a day

Posted by: adrian at November 4, 2010 02:57 PM

i have a male veiled chameleon about 8-9 months old. the last couple days he has appeared to be sleeping alot. today i took him out and noticed that he has lost alot of weigh and that he didnt hiss at me like normal. he felt cold even though he has been sitting under his heat light all day. he seems to be very weak and wouldnt eat. so i force fed him 1 large dusted cricket and some water/lactated ringers solution. does anyone know what is wrong with him and how to fix him? i am currently unemployeed so i do not have alot of money to take him to the vet and plus there is not a vet any where close to me that knows anything about them. please help me, i do not want to loose him.

Posted by: jennifer at November 5, 2010 04:28 PM

Hi everyone. I have a Male Veiled and hes about 4 yrs. old and my concern is that he has not been eating or drinking. He wont open his eyes at all. The right eye has like a redish bubble, and right between his nose holes he has a big pimple like bump there. Can anyon help me out on this matter. I would love any info on helping me get my "Fred" back on healthy life.... I am unemployed and no alot of money so anything and every info would help alot. Thank you all.

Posted by: Shawnie at November 9, 2010 12:15 PM

Really dig the site! I'm an unemployed network admin/database manager interested in taking the Network+/Security+ exams......how'd you stay motivated? Is it a lock yourself in a room kind of thing, or were there other methods? I live on a small farm, rescue greyhounds, pythons and raise chickens, so my time is precious. I just need some guidance...............really love the veiled look, but in NH, it's hard enough to humidify pythons, let alone something as fragile as a chameleon.

Great site and I will investigate the books you mentioned (I already have 2 of them). ~fritz

Posted by: fritz at December 9, 2010 12:03 PM

Hello, my name is Dominic Torrance. I bought a veiled chameleon 2 months ago an it seemed fine until 4 days ago when we noticed it wasn't on its branches it was at the bottom of the cage an felt cold so i got him out the cage warmed him up he is still very alert but his back legs an front are quite weak an he cant support his body properly he sounds like he coughs as well, we can see his ribs when he breaths, he is a juvenile around 5-6 months old, he is still eating but not as he should be. We took him the vet yesterday and he diagnosed him with MBD (Metabolic bone disease) and gave us calcium gluconate which we give him through a syringe an he takes it we give him 2-3 drops an we give him water every time we give him the calcium gluconate which is 10:30 am – 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm 10:30 pm and the same again, he seems to be getting a bit better with his grip but not enough to keep him supported on branches and i was wondering will this calcium gluconate help him get back to normal?? an he is very alert drinking an eating but eating not as much an its just that he is weak on his legs but with a bit better grip but cant support him self, so i would also like to be sure if it is MBD an this cough he has i would also like to know if that is a respiratory infection?? Thanks.

Posted by: Dominic Torrance at December 12, 2010 11:20 AM

I have three veiled chameleons and today was terrible. My biggest, healthy boy died in my hands. I wondered if anyone could give me their opinions.

Pablo lived in a large screen terranium (24x24x48) with a drip water system. His favorite food is waxworms as well as crickets and mealworms that are all fed supplement-type food (gut load). He was getting so big that I worried one of his branches he loves was getting too thin. Last night I wrapped a plastic reptile branch around the smaller branch (since its his favorite perch place). He didn't want to move so I worked around him. He turned when I wasn't looking and got his tail caught between the branch and the stick I was installing. He was hissing and I quickly moved the sticks. He seemed fine, if not a bit miffed at me but he would not eat. He ate a lot earlier in the day. His tail had some scraping but he was moving it and it was not broken, just skinned.

Before this incident, he accidently grabbed two waxworms at one time and took them both down at the same time. This morning he was lethargic, shakey and would not eat or drink. I picked him up and he snuggled into my sweatshirt and died about an hour later. I cannot believe it, he was so healthy.

I wondered if the stress of hurting his tail could have put him into shock or if it was the possibility the worms lodged somewhere inside of him. His throat was clear and he was breathing but went downhill so fast. I don't want any problems with my other two babies so please give me any honest advice you have!!!


Posted by: Stacey at December 28, 2010 09:59 PM

Just FYI, I went to see my pet store lady today who has been in the business for many years. She asked if I had cut the heads off of the worms before feeding them to the chameleon. She said that all worms including meal, wax, etc will bit the lizard if given the chance. Has anyone heard of this before? This is the first time I have heard of it.....not that I am an expert or anything but I have read up a lot of different articles and books on them.

Posted by: Stacey at December 29, 2010 10:51 PM

Hi I was wondering if you are able to hold a chameleon because someone I talked to said you couldn't because your finger oils will hurt it. Is that true?

Posted by: Ethan at February 21, 2011 02:33 PM

I'm not sure if anyone can help me but I have a question about my male flapneck. Today I noticed that he has something hanging out of his underside. I'm not sure but someone said it was his reproductive organ. If this is true, while wont it go back in? It has been hanging out all day and looks like it is drying out. Has anyone had this problem with their chameleon and if so, what do I do to help him?

Posted by: Kerri at March 13, 2011 01:59 AM

I have an 18 month old vailed chameleon and for the last week or so he wont open his right eye, even when i try to feed him. could there be something wrong?

Posted by: angela griffiths at April 8, 2011 01:03 PM

@Angela: Yes, eye infections are very common among chameleons. That's party of why they need to be sprayed and/or showered every day.

Posted by: Jeff at April 8, 2011 01:53 PM

I just acquired a baby veiled chameleon with a broken back leg. He is having a tough time getting around the cage, he really cant climb, and tonight he is sleeping on the bottom of the cage on his side. If I pick him up he is alert, and he has a good grip, and is eating really well. My friend is going to school to be a vet, and one of the professors said that the leg is probably broken but that chameleons heal really fast. First is this true?.....and second, should I be concerned about how he is sleeping?

Posted by: David at April 24, 2011 12:11 AM


I recently bought a veiled chameleon and he's about 3 months old. In his habitat he has a duel lamp (UV light and a regular light for heat), many fake tree leaves, a large fake vine, and mulch. I spray the tank multiple times a day and he eats crickets every other day with calcium powder.

One day, I relaized he wasn't opening one of his eyes and I was a little worried. I took warm water on a Q-tip and gently rubbed his eye and I also took him in the shower to get some extra humidity. Then it started in his other eye to the point that he would walk around with his eyes closed...

I took him to the vet and on the way to the vet, he rubbed his eyes on my hand a few times, so they were obviously bothering him. The vet she said he was VERY dehydrated and needed a drip system, he needed some greens to eat, and she told me to take out the mulch and put in a reptile rug. She also told me to soak him in distilled water once a day for 15 minutes and until he opens his eyes to force feed him since he can't see.

I did ALL those things: drip system, reptile rug, and bought a hibiscus plant along with spinach for him to eat. I also have soaked him and fed him (both crickets and water) and sprayed the tank like crazy, but he still has his eyes closed almost a week later...

I don't understand and NEED HELP!! Any suggestions??

Posted by: Caitlin at April 26, 2011 05:16 PM

How do I keep the humidity up in a sceened cage? What type of substrate is best for the bottom of the cage?

Posted by: Scott at May 1, 2011 04:07 PM

Hi, i got an adult male veiled earlier today. I'm worried about the amount of stress the car ride caused him. He's been in the same spot in his tree almost all day an every time he breathes in his ribs become very pronounced. they were not that way when i brought him home. I figured it might just be me worrying but i wanted to ask to make sure everything's okay

Posted by: rebecca at May 16, 2011 11:16 PM

i just got a chameleon and i need to know if it is OK if u hold her as much as u want

Posted by: cobie at May 18, 2011 04:33 PM

I'm new at this and I was wondering what to put at the bottom of the veiled chameleons cage, if anything. I know not to put rocks or anything, so what do you suggest to put?

Posted by: Taylor at June 6, 2011 02:54 PM

hello need help I had two chameleons and I wake up this morning and my chameleon was dead please help because I am doing all the things it says to do on the internet I am just really scared it will happen again the chameleon that dead was female think she die of MBD or couldnt lie her eggs my other chameleon is male please give me soon advice so it dont happen again thanks alot tara

Posted by: tara at June 12, 2011 05:31 AM

hi, my veiled chameleon is about 4-5 months and iv noticed recently that his poos are growing white hair like substances on it and im worried in case he may have a parasite and I dont want to take him to a vet if its nothing as i really cannot afford it as im still paying for my dogs operation. so please can you give me some help so i Can decide my next move. I do remove them as soon as i see them but they just happen again. please help. im worried for him.

Posted by: misty at August 16, 2011 08:57 AM

I was wondering if the calcium sand you can buy at the pet stores is ok for a female to lay her eggs in? This site has been a big help because the store I got my Baby Girl from has been NO help! In fact they told me when I bought her that there was no way to sex a chameleon at her age which at the time was around 3 months. It just floors me that even the stores dont have proper instuctions on how to take care of the animals they sell and if it wasnt for this site I would have never known about providing sand for a female that was not breed. So thank you so very much for that.

Posted by: Angie at August 30, 2011 11:25 PM

I have a female veiled chameleon. Over the last week or so I have noticed a bump forming on her head in front of her crest. Was wondering if you could tell me what it is and what could be causing it.

Posted by: Charles at September 9, 2011 06:13 PM

Hi please help?

Veil c is about 1 year old for about 2weeks now
she stoped eating i have to force feed her she drinks quit alot of water still.The left side of her tooth fell out and she is very pail of colour,and arevery skinny.
I doput calsuim on the crickets.Can you please help?

Posted by: vicky at October 3, 2011 06:53 AM

My chameleon sleeps while he's on my hand; he just lays down and closes his eyes... do you know what's wrong?

He's a boy vield and i have had him for 3 days and he has not seemed right and hes pretty skinny and has a kinda like brown patch i dont know what that means either.

Thanks for your help, Haley.

Posted by: Haley at November 22, 2011 10:14 PM


I hope some one can help me, I live in Gozo-Malta, we had a terrible thunder.storm with very large hail stones yesterday, anyway my 4 year old son found a chameleon today (they live here in the wild, but you hardly dver see them)I think he got hurt in the hail storm as he is not looking well, we have tried to make him comfortable and I brought some dried crickets as I can not get life ones over here and am catching anything I can find. I think he has a broken leg as it is in an odd angle and very swollen by the knie joint.
Could any one give me any advice, the vets here are not any good with reptiles.

Many thanks

Posted by: Geertje at November 30, 2011 12:48 PM

please help my veiled chameleon is actinc sluggish n we found him twice with his tongue slighty hangin hes not using it at all

Posted by: yoshi at February 11, 2012 06:18 AM

Hi im kayla and i just got a female two month veiled cameleon and she hasnt been eating for the last 3 days. I have all of the proper lighting and ventilated cage that is needed. If u can give any suggestions i would appreciate it.

Posted by: kayla at February 12, 2012 08:28 PM

Hi iam nate i have a 8 month old veild chameleon he is aways bright green and yello but when he walks on the limbs he always grabs his front leg with his back leg and i was woundering any1 could tell me y that is? He also always wants 2 bite my hand or fingers like he's hungery but he is fed everday and well taken care of so if any1 can help me out with these questions plz email me

Posted by: Nathan ward at March 3, 2012 09:30 PM

Ok, so i have a male veiled chameleon. He's awesome, his name is Kevin & he's probably only about 6 months old. But i was curious if i get a female veiled chameleon and put them in the same terrarium...will he be hostile towards her at all since he's used to having the cage to himself?

Posted by: Danielle at March 11, 2012 12:54 PM

Hey there my 5 month old veiled chameleon has a shiny casque. I think it just happened this past week. Thats when I started to notice it. Last month they shed the female first and then my male. The female has just shed again this month and I dont know if the male is about to also and maybe this is why it looks the way it does. There is no loose skin on him and it is not very white just a cloudy, dull shine where it looks like his spots will come through when he gets a little older. All his lights are outside the screen cage. The heat is a 60 watt sun glo exo terra and the 5.0 fluorescent tube. As I have done more research on the suppliment dusting, was giving it about once a week I have dropped it to calcium without d3 at every feeding, calcium with d3 twice a month and dusting with a multi vitamin twice a month (on alternate weeks of the d3 calcium. Other than all this he seems to be very healthy his tail and legs are getting nice and plump as with the rest of his body. He is not timid when moving around the cage anymore meaning he takes sure steps and he has his normal leave me the heck alone hiss, lol. He is only handled when I need to check on him and his eyes are healthy not sunken in. One more question though as far as amount per feeding. I have switched them both to medium sized crickets as all the petsmart near me had was pinheads and medium large. So i went from feeding 15-20 pins a day to now 5-6 medium crickets per day. Does this seem about right. Although my male is a pig

Posted by: deborah at March 27, 2012 08:16 PM

Hi My chemelon is opening her mouth and shaking her head and i have the temp. Were it should be but she wont close her mouth what should i do?!?!?!?!?!?!

Posted by: Poppi at April 9, 2012 05:47 AM

I have a question/issue...My husband and I bought what be were told is a veiled chameleon, she looks just like a veiled as well but she literally has maybe grown an inch and when we bought her they said she was 3 months old and that was last year. She is maybe including her tail maybe 5 inches... We have her in a homemade full net 39"x 19"x 24" enclosure, uva and uvb lights, fake plants, and a live pothos. She is calcium dusted crickets and she still just wont grow. What is wrong with my veiled Ranga?

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