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July 06, 2006

Veiled Chameleon Eggs

These eggs are from a chameleon that I owned a few years ago. She was my first chameleon and I made a lot of mistakes with her. Three days before she died, she deposited these eggs. If you wonder how much size a chameleon loses when she lays eggs, this'll give you a fair idea. However, how much she loses depends upon how many eggs she has, and that can vary a lot.

Veiled Chameleon Eggs Posted by Jeff at July 6, 2006 01:32 PM

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Hi thankz alot for that info. I am realy worried now caz she is abit dark and wont move, she carnt grip things to well either. Is this common cas she is pregnant or is there something wrong? I would be so greatfull if you can give me an idea on what to do as i have never had a reptile before this one that has been pregnant.

Sorry for all the questions
Matthew

Posted by: Matthew Stelfox at July 8, 2006 06:51 AM


i currently have sand and bark as the substrate in my tank but on a few occations ive found her eating the orchid bark (fine) what should i do? because the last thing i want is a dead veild chameleon

Posted by: GrantJones at July 22, 2006 03:30 AM


Hello, my chamelion is about 1 year 8 months female, she laid eggs 4 months ago and they weren't fertile, I don't cage her she roams free, usually staying on her tree. I haven't seen her for four days now she has just disapeared. Prior to that I noticed that she was getting more active and walking from room to room. I wonder if it would be time for her to lay eggs again I am worried can you help me. I love her very much.

Posted by: Marcy at July 23, 2006 08:36 PM


I got home today to find my Chameleon laying on the bottom of its cage. I picked it up and it was very cold. It has been very hot here and I had the AC on in the house. It just layed in my hand and did not move except to look at me. I quickly took it to its heat lamp because it was so cold. It turned nice and green but was still not moving. I moved its cage out into the sun and later found out that warming it to quickly was bad for it and could put it into shock. I love this chameleon more then any pet I have ever owned. I tend to it all day and I have invested more into its cage and living area then my own bedroom. Now I am a nervous reck pacing the house and checking on it. It will look at me but it is still laying at the bottom of the cage, occasionally it will reach up for a branch but it does not seem to have the strength to pull itself up. I was wondering if anyone else has froze there chameleon and if it lived? I do not know what I would do if it died. If anyone has any information please let me know!

Posted by: Tiffanie Walalce at July 25, 2006 10:12 PM


I suspect that the temperature has very little or nothing to do with its condition.

I suggest you get to the vet.

5¢ says it's advanced metabolic bone disease.

Posted by: Jeff at July 25, 2006 10:17 PM


hey i just got my chameleon and her name is Mya and i was told that she may be pregnant because she was in a terarium with a male. she is 10 months old and kinda moody. is there a definit way to be sure???

Posted by: Charlie at July 30, 2006 05:34 PM


I just came across this site so I am a little late but concerning Tiffanie Walalce. It sucks when this happens because they look so helpless, the same happened to mine after following the wrong advice from the pet store and an outdated source book. I gave to little calcium supplement and the chameleon became calcium deficient which is really hard for them to recover from. I brought mine to a specialized vet and they treated with calcium injections and kept him over night but he died anyway. This kind of vet and treatment was very expensive and its a shame I got bad advice. Tiffanie I hope yours is doing well, if it did have to do with the calcium and his bones and he didn't make it then I am sorry for the loss.

Posted by: Mark at August 8, 2006 07:26 AM


Question:My veiled chameleon is just over a year old. We noticed the weight gain and alot of digging.Has never been near a male. Laid 24 eggs behind it's waterfall much to our surprise.What should we do with them as we know they were never fertilized? Or as some reptiles, can they trans-gender and self fertilize.She looks to be in great condition and is resting.The pet store knows nothing about these exhotic animals, so we would love your feedback. Thanks so much.By the way we thought she was a he.So yes we were really shocked.

Posted by: Mitch at August 11, 2006 10:42 PM


Thanx for all the info. it was very helpful.I believe I have a female veiled chameleon and I want to know if she lays eggs will they hatch? She has not been around a male as far as I know because I just got her. I also want to know about other vegetables to provide for her. I read on another site not to giver them spinach. What about parsley, cucumber etc. She as been raised on roaches. This what is of abundance here crickets are not. I am not in the states where everything is available to the pet owners and this is why I need to correspond until I have all information needed to give this lizard a comfortable life.

Posted by: Safeya AL-Mushiri at August 17, 2006 05:11 AM


Hey i live in the uk and im thinking of buying one of the reptariums from apolgee! the uk has cool winters and im thinking wheather the heating would be a problem? please could you get back to me asap!

Thanks

Posted by: Grant Jones at August 19, 2006 02:35 AM


i have 3 adult chameleons 68 2week olds and 98 eggs i live in the uk and have had no trouble

Posted by: sueace at August 21, 2006 05:02 PM


Please help my female veiled chameleon has been lying on the bottom of the cage now for over a week it looks fine in colour but its very fat and feeding ok does try and climb a bit i also have a male in the tank which is the same age about 4 mouths old hes doing fine.Have got sand in the tank just in case she's pregnant and and keep putting the female on the sand she lies there and then climbs down with a stuggle. Please help

Posted by: Terry at August 25, 2006 10:30 AM


Hi my name is Jose, I have panther eggs incubating for almost a year, but today I noticed that one of the eggs was slightly cracked and liquid was comming out. At first I thought that the egg had gone bad that was the reason why it looked like it did. So I decided to see and open the egg my self, but I saddly noticed that the egg had a fully developed panther and it was not moving. It has opened it mouth a few times but no movement has happened. Can someone let me know if it might survive of did I make a big mistake by opening it my self. Please someone let me know. Torresmr6m@aol.com

Posted by: Jose Torres at August 25, 2006 03:06 PM


Im thinking of getting a veiled chameleon and im hoping for a female for the chance of having it lay eggs but if i were to get one and it layed eggs ... im very inexperienceed ad i owuldnt know what to do would i just leave it or would i have to purchase an incubator like breeding snakes???

Posted by: Tony at August 25, 2006 11:22 PM


i have a six week old veiled chameleon it was feeding well but hasnt eaten for a day and a half i am vcery worried about morph ,can anybody help thankyou

Posted by: debbie at September 3, 2006 05:56 AM


i don't know what to do. my chameleon is very sick. he's sitting in his water bowl with his tongue sticking out. and it's black. he won't move and he won't eat. his mouth is swollen and his tongue is just hanging out. i feel very bad and i don't know what to do!!

Posted by: Mindy at September 4, 2006 09:57 AM


I have a young female who will only eat flies.

I have tried her with locusts, crickets all types of fruit and vegatables but she ignores them all.

When I catch flies she devours them straight away.

I am wooried about her diet.

Help please

Posted by: Alan Austin at September 6, 2006 07:08 AM


have a chameleon.it's female.i don't know the age.she's digging at the bottom of her cage.also eating very little.i don't know if she needs to lay eggs or if she's going to shed.do they lay eggs while their small or when their fully grown.plz help.if you have pic's around the age when they do start to lay eggs that would be great.thanx

Posted by: Tarryn at November 7, 2006 01:04 PM


HELP!!!!!

We think that my son's year old veiled chameleon needs to lay eggs. She was digging in her cage this morning and has been lethargic for 2 days. Until now she has been in great health. We are putting sand in her cage but is there anything else to do? How can we be sure we caught this in time. Yamon is part of the family and we could not stand losing her.

Thx --Jess in TX

Posted by: jessie_eyes at November 12, 2006 10:53 AM


hi i just brought home my veiled yesterday and he seems to be happy and exploring his new habitat, but he hasn't eaten or drinken anything since ive gotten him, which is beginning to mkae me worry. I have the drip system set up so that it hits a bunch of leaves and falls into a potted plant, and ive been misting the plants, and i have his food dish attached to a branch in the middle of the terrarium. Its a clean small country crock bin but im worried he cant see his food bc after i dust his crickets they are similar in color to the dish? Am I just being paranoid or should i call a vet in the morning? Or is there some ovbious thing that I am missing?

Posted by: Clarissa at November 26, 2006 09:29 AM


Hello first i wanna thank you for setting up this web site I am learning a lot from you. Also I had a question , I just bought two baby veiled chameleons and both are females but not 100% sure I will know by tonight. Anyway one is younger and hasn't eaten crickets since i got him, he did catch a fly that wandered into the cage but other than that not a single morsel (and i've been watching them like a hawk) are females aggressive towards each other too ? Should I cage them individually and see if eats or try other insects ?

Posted by: Edgar Arenas at November 27, 2006 05:21 PM


Wow!!! I did not know so many people had chameleons!!! Only reptile i ever owned was two iguanas.

Posted by: Aby at November 28, 2006 05:22 PM


i have just bought two chameleons and i would like to know if i should cage them seperatly or if they will be ok together?

Posted by: Leanne at December 5, 2006 08:15 AM


leanne, cage them seperatley

Posted by: mike at December 6, 2006 06:39 PM


Im sorry about using an obviously fake name but I dont like giving it out. Im going to build a cage for my two chameleons. the cage will be built with two chambers seperated by a wall in the middle. each cages dementions will be 6' high and 2' 6" wide. i entend for the wals of the cage to be made from wood and to have a glass door. My question is does any one here know of a type of glass or a way of using it that wont make a reflection. oh and before any one says somthing about ventilation ive allready thought of that and i will have an adequite ventilation system that will provide good air flow while still maintaining a proper leval of humidity. here is a link that will show you something like what im going to build http://www.jworlds.net/woodland.html

Posted by: Chameleon Dragon at December 13, 2006 09:22 PM


@Chameleon Dragon: I asked a question about ventilation and fans once on a chameleon hobbyist mailing list, and someone answered with the following:

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I know what you mean about fans. What could be better than a nice breeze? Then I was reading Linda Davison's chameleon book. I don't take everything she says as an absolute fact, that's for sure, but it did catch my attention when she wrote:

"Some keepers have rigged up fans used in small computers to their lizard's glass enclosures in order to create air flow but this has also ofen led to upper-respiratory infection due to drafts which could have been avoided had the proper environment of a screened enclosure been provided in the first place. Certainly breeders and hobbyists are housing chameleons behind glass all over the world, but no chameleon in our care has been able to survive or breed on a long-term basis under these conditions." This was written in 1997. Linda ran a large chameleon operation for many years called "Sticky Tongue Farms." She no longer commercially raises chameleons but is still actively involved in chameleon products. Knowledge and techniques have improved since 1997 but her statement certainly puts a "chill" on the subject for me.
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I think that this is the book he was referring to:

http://www.veiled-chameleon.com/cgi-bin/newfront/link.cgi?af=am&pd=0888393539

Posted by: Jeff at December 14, 2006 09:06 AM


thanks for responding jeff. but im not sure if you understood what i meant by a fan. i was talking about a fan like what you see in ventalation shafts, only small. i probably should have said I am puting ventilation shafts inside the walls which will be made of wood the only glass will be on the door which is why i need a glass that will not reflect an image. if any one has any ideas of how i can acomplish this im all ears, or eyes in this case.

Posted by: Chameleon Dragon at December 14, 2006 10:18 PM


Hello, I am trying to breed my yemen chameleons but every time i put the female in the males vivarium he seems to sort of chase after her and then get on top of her and i was wandering if this is suppose to happen because it looks a bit painful for the female, thanks for reading and please reply

Posted by: Dan at December 31, 2006 03:45 PM


i just recently lost my veiled she started to dig for her eggs and then once done digging crawled into her tree and started to die what do you think happened? the only thing i can think of is because this was her first "egg"sperience she may have waited too long

Posted by: kendall at January 5, 2007 11:47 AM


hiya i have 2 veileds. one male one female both about a year and a half old. they have mated and the female has just laid here first clutch. i know she is weak from doing this and have been feeding her dusted locusts and wax worms to get her strength back. her hunger hasnt really returned yet and im worried if the calcium she`s getting is enough. the food is dusted with nutrobal vits and i have also grated some cuttlefish into it to help. also i`m having trouble finding the right vegetation from the local plant nurseries for my veileds to eat. i live in england and the nurseries arent to great here. any help on all the different types of vegetation they can eat would be much appreciated. thanks

Posted by: shaun at January 15, 2007 01:41 PM


Hi,

I love your site, it is so, so helpful. I have a year to 18 month old chamelion. I got her for Christmas so I am very new to this.

I have a taon of questions.

1. I turn off my UVB/basking lamp during the night. When I wake up, she is dark brown and dark green while during the day, she is bright, brightgreen.
Should I be worried and should I keep my UVB light on at night?

2. She is starting to shed for the first time since I have had her. Is shedding normal? ( I know you probably think that is the stupidest question you've recieved yet.)

3. Should I handle her? should I put her on my sweatshirt or skin? Or should I just leave her alone?

4. When I pick her up, she puffs up is this a problem?

5. I just got a bubbler to put in my water instead of a drip system, she tends to keep one eye on it what should I do?

6. I have a wide basking branch at the top of my cage. When I enter my room, she leans over on her side is this normal?

PLEASE REPLY


Posted by: Ann at January 18, 2007 09:12 PM


Hi my female, veiled chameleon is looking pretty huge. I'd say she's approaching 9 months now and I am considering finding her a mate. Do you know where I can find a local male?

Posted by: Alex Fry at January 20, 2007 09:31 PM


my chameleon is 4.5 months and i need to know about proper lighting and heating i have a 10 gal tank and plan on going larger. for right now what wattage for bulbs should i be using ???

Posted by: nicole at January 21, 2007 02:14 PM


Right now you should be getting her out of a tank, any size tank, and into a healthy environment. If you don't do that, you'll have problems regardless of the wattage of bulb that you use.

Incidentally, wattage isn't the issue: UVB is the issue.

Posted by: Jeff at January 21, 2007 03:02 PM


I think my veiled is ready to lay eggs, but it just isnt happening. She is constantly walking around on the floor and leaving her tree. She hasn't been eating hardly anything at all this past week or so. She has had sand available in the bottom of the cage and i filled up a huge bucket, but when i put her in she just tries to get out of it. do you think the conditions just are not suitable?

Posted by: Alex at January 21, 2007 06:33 PM


Hi Jeff,

My younger brother has a veiled thats about 10months old. He keeps it on a fake ficas tree in the living room next to window so that it gets plenty of sun during the day. Its a lot happier there than in its cage until recently it has been climbing down and crawling on the floor and under furniture. Its pretty fat right now and were thinking that its getting ready to lay eggs and is searching for a place to lay them. My brother has a bucket of sand for it, but there's not much surface area and it can't just crawl into it, he has to put it there. I'm thinking that it can't find a suitable place to drop off the kids and is getting restless trying to find one. I have been searching your site to find a picture or better description of the egg laying bin that you use. Can you post a picture or describe a better setup for us?

Thanks

Posted by: Evan at January 21, 2007 07:18 PM


Hi,
I have a Veil Chameleon and shes about one year and 2 months old, and for the past 3-4 weeks shes been acting weird, when she opens her eyes its only for a short amount of time and than she closes them. she for alot of the day her eyes are closed since it appears to hurt her everytime she opens them. i dunno if its a UV deficiency or not but i am replacing the bulb, has anyone else had a similar sitiuaton, if so can you write back and let me know.!!! please

Posted by: Cassie at January 23, 2007 06:08 PM


I have a 7 month old pregnant veil who has been digging in a square pot in the bottom of her cage on and off for three days. I spent my last hundred $ on an incubator and have done a lot of research on care and breeding veils. I actually saved 5 out of 6 babies my nephew couldn't afford to feed. I also have 4 other veils of various ages. Athough I have some knowledge, this is my first attempt at breeding them. Should I put her into a larger place to dig? Should I leave her in her own cage to lay because she doesn't seem to want to be in the larger tub I have prepared with moist(not wet) dirt (coconut fiber)? I really want to learn more but not at her expense.PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Kelli at January 24, 2007 11:32 PM


so what i am getting is all females lay eggs and if hey cant do this they can die ?

Posted by: nicole at February 10, 2007 10:52 PM


I have a Veil Chameleon. She is about 8 months old, and she just layed eggs. They aren't babies tho. She layed about 40 of them last night and all day today she has been hanging upside down with, her head laying on the ground. I thought she was dead so I sprayed her water and she opened her eyes. Well now she is getting very pale and doesn't seem to want to open her eyes. I can't figure out what is wrong with her. Please help!

Posted by: Christina at February 26, 2007 08:31 PM


Bought Louie 09/06-6wks old at a pet store.The boy wanted a Chameleon and so the Mrs. and kids went and got one at a local pet store.Neither knew a thing about em.After noticing a few odd behaviors DAD(me) did some internet reserch and found that we had to change alot of things.I made cricket cages,bought special cricket food,a reptarium,plants,all the correct lighting and really enjoyed setting up the cage.It was left open a month ago and louie escaped,not to be found for 8 DAYS!!!He survived amazingly after we discovered him above some curtains.The last couple of weeks have found LOUIE diggin at and around the bottom of the cage.Being an old farm boy I should have susspected that somethin was up.WELL--34 eggs later LUCY is atop HER cage and looking drained.SHE drank alot of water today so Im pretty encouredged the shell make it.We must be doin somethin right!

Posted by: Mike Hoffman at February 27, 2007 03:29 PM


Nice recount of the events!

Someone advised me that keeping the temperatures lower and keeping females on a calorie restricted diet (i.e., don't let'em eat much) helps to prevent egg laying and allows them to live longer.

Posted by: Jeff at February 27, 2007 06:21 PM


You have a bunch of great info on this site and it has helped us immensley!!As soon as Lucy started laying eggs I came to it(late!)and read the horror stories and became worried cuz she looked gassed!3 days later and shes eating and lookin pretty good!!Thanks a million!

Posted by: Mike Hoffman at March 2, 2007 11:32 AM


Hey,
Just making a post 'cause I'm worried about my veiled, "Mary-Jane." Since the last time I cleaned her cage out Mary-Jane has been a darker colour, as well as spotted and stripped, as if she was stressed or unsure. She will only sit on one branch (unless hunting a cricket or drinkin' out of a fountain) and she is looking a little wider than usual. I have had her for 31/2 months and she has not layed any eggs yet.

I put her branches and everything back in the same spot, because I heard that moving around her cage can stress your chameleon. I guess I wouldn't wanna come back home and see that all my stuff was moved around. I'd be kinda choked.

But anyways, that night after cleaning it, she would not eat any worms or crickets and she would hiss (which is strange because she is usually fine just to walk out onto my hand and pretty much brave out, where ever she wants to explore) and even bit at my hand. Her appetite returned but the colour hasn't, as well as she is still very 'bitchy' (the best discriptive word for it). I've got a UVB light, I dust the crickets with vitamins, and I've got sand set up at the bottom of the cage.

If anyone has any pointers on what it might be, or any suggestions that would be great. We are making a trip to the vet if she continues her strange colouring.

Koriina.

Posted by: Koriina at March 11, 2007 09:50 PM


Well Koriina that sounds exactly like what happened to our Lucy.You didnt mention how old she is.Keep up doin what yer doin and when she starts diggin the eggs shouldnt be far behind!She did mess around in the bottom of her cage for about 2 weeks prior.Lucy is now in terrific shape(tho MUCH thinner!!)and after the initial drop of 34 eggs,we found about 5 more in the ensuing week!Good luck and keep posting.Lucy dropped her eggs at about 6months old.We were totally surprised we thought we had a Louie!

Posted by: Mike Hoffman at March 13, 2007 03:11 PM


First I would like to thank you because I was never told ANYTHING about my girl laying eggs. I know that she is still very young, under 6 months, and one of my questions was how early can she lay eggs? I noticed that after I put the box of play sand in her cage all she really does is hang out on the side of the box and eat the sand. It looks like she is trying to catch crickets, but there are none in there. Is this ok? I feel like it might make her sick.

Posted by: melissa at March 14, 2007 12:54 PM


Um my chameleon just layed her first egg and i was completely shocked! No one told me anything about eggs or anything and I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me if i need to do or not do anything specific.
I'm also reading here about people whos chameleons get ill after laying. Is this normal because I'm quite worried

Thank you very much

Posted by: Hailey at March 19, 2007 12:43 PM


hi, my chameleon is like 7 months old and recently she climbed down to the bottom of her enclosure and appears to be scratching at the glass, ive never seen do this before and ive heard that they act weird when they need to lay eggs,and honestly i dont know what to do and my pet shop doesnt either so if anyone could help id appreciate it, she seems healthy and is eating well other than that.

Posted by: anny at March 26, 2007 01:50 PM


Please help. i had just gotten my first veiled chameleon a few days ago. I am not sure of her age although she is about 2 inches long and eatsabout 10 to 15 small crickets a day. I have not yet heard about them laying eggs until i luckily stumbled on this web site. i need any and all info on egg laying as well as any other info anyone thinks i need to know, i welcome any help. dos she need sand, does she need to be in the dark at night? Like i said before HELP!!! Thank you and i hope to see some info soon. tricieq@aol.com

Posted by: patrice at March 26, 2007 10:25 PM


Hey its patrice again. my veiled has a vet appt. for fri. is this going too far? She "Nibbler" seems to be o.k. but she has a whie spot on the top of her head and a new one on her face between her eye and her nostril. i feel like a overly worried parent. She is still eating o.k. but today was scratching her eye on the " Baby Bio-Vine" i had bought very roughly (i was worried about her popping her eye...over worried). She is drinking water from the mist on the walls withch i am assuming is good. Nibbler has a new water dish but doesent seem to be too interested in it yet. i am so glad i found this site and am learning so much. But now everything i see her do is making me nervous. i watched her for about 2 hour straight this morning. I need a job or a hobby i guess....Well if anyone has any info you know where find me and when i figure out how will try to put up a picture of little nibbler when i can.

Posted by: Patrice at March 27, 2007 09:55 AM


I, for one, will be interested to read what the vet says about it.

Posted by: Jeff at March 27, 2007 10:52 AM


i need help my female chameleon just satarted, like to dye yesterday n today, shes dying n she dioesn┤t want to put eggs or do anything, need help????

Posted by: yonathan at April 5, 2007 01:57 PM


hello, i heard you were the best so i wanted to ask you a question.
here it goes, how long does it take for chameleons to start lying eggs. ive had mine for about 6 months and it seems to be really big maybe pregnant.

Posted by: adam. at April 9, 2007 01:32 PM


Your chameleon is pregnant. Females are born (erm...hatched) pregnant. Well, at least veiled chameleons are (and they're what this site is devoted to).

How long does it take before they need to lay eggs? That seems to depend upon how much food they're given. If they're given all that they can eat, then 6 months is probably a good time to start making sure that they have a large sandbox available for digging/laying. If you carefully restrict their diets, you can delay the egg laying. Some people have reported having their chameleons for a couple of years before eggs have been produced. They live longer if they lay less frequently, too.

Posted by: Jeff at April 10, 2007 12:26 AM


thanks jeff, i have a couple more question. what are the temperature, humidity, and lighting when she is pregnant? do they change?
does the chameleon change a certain colour?
do they eat more/less?
is it okay to pick them up whn there pregnant?
how long will she be in labour? and how will i know?
what do i do to the eggs since i havent added a male into the "party"?
and can chameleons hear anything?

thanks for the help, fellow chameleon lovers

Posted by: adam. at April 11, 2007 10:16 PM


I have a 5 1/2 month old female...I bought her and was told it was a male, I took her to the vet the other day and she suggested she's ready to lays eggs and I should prepare her tank for her to do so. I did every thing the vet advised me to do and she is still acting wierd...not eating well...laying down low on the branch all the time..I am extremely worried about her...someone please help?!?

Posted by: Ashley at April 13, 2007 03:16 PM


I'm just wondering.. at what age do chameleons start laying eggs?

My chameleon is about 4 - 4 1/2 months. Strangely, when I bought her.. I was told absolutely nothing about her laying eggs. I sort of wish I'd been warned when I bought a female, not that I don't my Magenta dearly.

Anyway, I'm guessing she's not going to be ready to lay eggs anytime soon.. but I was just wondering what age they do start to lay, for future reference.

Posted by: Sarah at April 14, 2007 11:53 AM


i have some play sand on the bottom of the cage and it is eating it. i would like to know if that is going to hurt it?
what are the temperature, humidity, and lighting when she is pregnant? do they change?
does the chameleon change a certain colour?
do they eat more/less?
is it okay to pick them up whn there pregnant?
how long will she be in labour? and how will i know?
what do i do to the eggs since i havent added a male into the "party"?

Posted by: adam. at April 14, 2007 05:06 PM


I have a pregnant female as well the temp should stay the same around 28 celcius...Mine was also eating the dirt on the bottom of the tank, I asked my vet about it and they said take it out right away...replace it with astro-turf or paper towel (recomended by pet store), My pregnant female is eating less but I'm not sure if that's normal....yes it's okay to pick her up...u need to have a containor of some kind in the bottom of the enclosure filled with dirt (or sand, I guess) so that she can dig and burrow...that's where she will place them...As for how long labour is and how u will know...I can't help mine hasn't done that yet...You can simply just discard the aggs because they are not fertile if she has not been near a male...I hope I helped!

Posted by: Ashley at April 15, 2007 04:19 PM


I just recieved my first chameleon. My cousin abandoned her for over one week. I feed her and she seems to be fine. My questions is, how can I tell if she needs to lay eggs since my cousin had her for a year and she never layed any eggs. My research tells me she needs to lay eggs every year. Also I want to know if there is any defense for chameleons other than their colour changing defense? Thanks for your time I really appreciate you!;)

Posted by: Angeline at April 20, 2007 03:56 PM


Hi

I wonder if we did right thing, we got 2 x chameleon veleid 8 months old name Rose and Beth,Beth laid 55 eggs on 14 Apirl 2007 and Rose laid 5 eggs on 15 Apirl 2007 I put little water and moist vermiculite into plastic box and put hole in the top and put eggs in then I put heating mating into inside the polystene box put tmeputer 28c ot 82f leave for 6 to 7 months and I did check it all eggs gone to white molding eggs !!!!!, Rose did eat well and drink water and her stomach look like getting swollen haevy and her egg still inside and hasnt laid eggs!!! Beth eat well and not drink water and her stomach swollen liite haevy and still eggs inside Beth hasnt laid eggs!!! and We did sent Rose and Beth to vet and vet doc did gave to both inject for calcium and gave us medic for calcium sandoz 3ml for both every day and it been 2 weeks no joy and vet doc told us it need operation!!!

What we do now need u reply us if we did correct?

Can u replay us assp pls

Thank u

Simon and Gentillia

Posted by: Simon Harvey at April 29, 2007 09:06 AM


I was wondering what I should create for my chameleon for her to lay eggs because I have noticed her stomach getting bigger and like I said before I just recieved her and my cousin said she never laid eggs in the year he had her. please let me know I really would appriciate it
thanks
angeline

Posted by: Angeline at April 30, 2007 05:13 PM


Hi. my male casper is about 14/15 weeks old. when is the right age to move him into a bigger enclosure, and start feeding him mealworms etc. the local pet store is good, but not that good, its a big investment so we wanna get it right. also, today he has been down the bottom quite a lot. is this normal?

Posted by: becky at May 3, 2007 08:37 AM


Hello, I was just wondering at what age do they start laying eggs ?

Posted by: Ashley Miller at May 8, 2007 12:23 PM


Ashley this may answer your question: Mine is 7 months and she has just laid her first clutch. And a piece of advice: do LOTS of research, and once you think you have done enough, do more...

I do however need to ask a question of my own: I allowed my female to mate, which I later found out she might be too young for, but its too late now... And I have looked high and low but cannot find anywhere which tells you what humidity one should keep the incubation container at... I believe my substrate is the right moisture, but is that enough? can anyone answer this...?

Posted by: Adi at May 10, 2007 04:28 AM


Hey,
My chameleon laid her first clutch yesterday. All the research said use moist sand or moist perlite/vermiculite we used moist sand. I have them at about 82 degrees give or take and a timer on the incubater as everything says they should be warm during the day and cooler at night. There seems to be a lot of metabolic bone disease and egg binding in here. That is sad. Are these just really that horrible about getting that?

Posted by: Chris at May 22, 2007 09:16 AM


my eggs are starting to get mold on them. What should I do to prevent more from molding up..They are being incubated at 80 deg. now..and are about a month old..they are in a plastic container and with hatch rite..I also put plastic wrap on top on container..with holes..
I also put a little cup of water in the incubator

Please email me with some help..
Thanks Brian

Posted by: Brian at June 13, 2007 07:33 PM


HEY........

Posted by: VASUDHA KANDHARI at June 16, 2007 04:34 AM


hi.my brother has a chameleon and today i went to check on her and she has eggs on the bottom of the cage. there is no sand for her to bury them in. is she going to lay more? does this mean she might die due to her not having sand to lay all the eggs? and if i do get some sand is it ok to touch them ? i really dont want to see her die, what should i do?

please help...

Posted by: katie at June 17, 2007 10:07 PM


quick question... my chameleon is sitting quite often with her tongue sticking out of her mouth. what does that mean?! none of mine have every done that before... also, i am confused because i am getting mixed opinions about femail chameleons laying eggs without a mate. i dont know who to listen to. my chameleon is also about 3-4 months old. any advice?! thanks...

Posted by: sandra at June 21, 2007 08:01 PM


Hey there. This is my first time on this sight, and it seems that you have helped a lot of people out so far, so I thought that I would get some info from you...hopefully.
I know that you probably think that I am ridiculous when I ask this question, but how do chameleons mate? I have had a lot of people tell me that the eggs get fertilized after they lay them. I just don't believe them. So how do they mate, and also, how common is it for a female to die after her first clutch? She is 13 months old, and she seems to be doing fine so far, but reading all of this and hearing how many get sick and die after laying their first eggs worry me because she's my baby and I love her more than I have ever loved and animal before. One more question....how much are they supposed to eat a day? The pet store (and from what I get from reading other posts is that pet stores don't know jack about them) told me at first that she only had to eat every other day. I didn't neglect her because I felt bad because she was always still hungry so I would feed her a little more and I feed her every day. She eats about 5 meal worms and 4 crickets a day because I am afraid I will over feed her. Whats a good diet for my chameleon? And could you maybe give me a list of things that they can eat besides crickets and mealworms? I know its a lot to ask, but I am really curious. Thanks so much!

Posted by: Jaime at June 22, 2007 09:38 PM


I'm not sure if this is going to get answered or not, but I just bought a veiled chameleon about 5 days ago, and she's still pretty small. But I've been giving her crickets and meal worms, and in 5 days she only ate one cricket. All she does is sit in the branches at the top, and usually doesn't explore the rest of her cage. She drinks plenty of water, but never eats. I'm not sure what to do.

Posted by: Brittany at June 28, 2007 01:38 PM


My veiled chameon is 4 years old and he just returned from spending two nights at the vets. He had a parasite. He isw doing much better. This morning I noticed his right eye is swollen shut nd he is rubbing the other one on his cage. I have an apponitment tomorrow for the vet, but I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem and what treatment/outcome occured. Thank you

Posted by: Julie at July 10, 2007 02:02 PM


I have a young female veiled chameleon.. She is small and I have a 65 gallon screened tank by APOGEE... i Was wondering when I should put in the sand for her to lay eggs.. She's probably a month or 2 old.. Help!!

Posted by: Josh at July 25, 2007 12:15 AM


I have a young female veiled chameleon.. She is small and I have a 65 gallon screened tank by APOGEE... i Was wondering when I should put in the sand for her to lay eggs.. She's probably a month or 2 old.. Help!!

Posted by: Josh at July 25, 2007 12:15 AM


Ok, so my chemeleon just laid eggs !! I have had my chameleon for about 10 months, but I just have one chamelon are the eggs going to hatchhh ?????


HELP MEE

Posted by: lola at August 22, 2007 12:00 PM


guys dont ask any questions cause you wont get any answers from this site my chameleon died from lying eggs today and if its a female its going to start lying them around 6 months my advice, if you have a female ask pet stores that you trust, ask them to guide you through it.

Posted by: adam. at August 28, 2007 08:57 PM


Hi I have got a veiled Chameleon about 9 months old I was told it was a male when I bought it 3 months ago but woke up this morning to find eggs in the cage. I have no idea the best way to go about getting the eggs out or even if anything will come of them. She has never been in with another chameleon even in the pet shop before I bought her.Any help would be great
Thanks Sabrina

Posted by: sabrina at September 3, 2007 02:16 PM


Ive got a female veiled chameleon and it's about 10mnths old. in healthy condition and it had layed 2-3eggs about 2mnths ago, I thought nothing of this thinking it must have been my sis playing around with the viv but it has now layed 12 eggs and am wondering what I should do with them as it hasn't been with a male since I got it at around 3months old even at that I cant be sure it has been with partner. Can these eggs be fertile? they look in good condition, some dented but some pure white. Ive currently no cash to provide a laying box and it has been dropping them in various places around the viv so have filled an ice-cream tub with soil and put the eggs in. really dont know what im doing tho. Would be good to recive some helpfull advise. Thanks

Posted by: parker at September 4, 2007 12:44 PM


Does anyone know what the right conditions are to put my veiled chameleon in her egg laying box? I've read put her in at night, then somewhere else it says do it during the day. with lights or without? any tips on this subject would be much appreciated! Thanks!
-Mike

Posted by: Mike at September 10, 2007 07:49 AM


hey how offen do the females lay there eggs? also what age do they start laying? thx!

Posted by: chameloeonlover121 at September 21, 2007 08:30 AM


Can I use a UVB-10 as opposed to a 7?Accidently purchased the wrong(?) one.Lucys goin on 2 and has laid upwards of 40 eggs twice.Anyone that has an answer to this please reply.Thanks in addvance!

Posted by: Mike Hoffman at September 30, 2007 03:58 PM


HELP ME PLEASE!

I have a male and a female veiled chameleon. They mated about 1.5 months ago. Yesterday my female chameleon laid 67 EGGS! i read up on the net on how to incubate them and this is what i did. put them on vermiculite, in a container, each 1 inch apart, in the dark and at a temp of 82 deg. for the day and 77 deg for night. I THINK THE EGGS ARE DYING!!!
The eggs are beginning to prune and dent in!! I misted them, raised the humidity but nothing works! I really want baby chameleons but i dont know what to do!!! PLEASE SOMEBODY HELP ME and respond please. THANKS

Posted by: Gilbert at October 30, 2007 04:59 PM


SABRINA: When chameleons mate, it takes about 30 - 40 days for the female to lay her fertile eggs. Since it took more than 3 months to lay her eggs, I would assume that its just that time of the year. They're infertile so you don't have to worry about them. As for getting them out... just take them out!

PARKER: Check the eggs. If they are yellow, shrinking, pruning, or denting a lot then they are probably infertile. If they are very white, round and if you put them against the light and see blood vessels then it IS fertile. And if they are, make sure you keep them in the dark at a temperature of 75-80 degrees and they will hatch in about 6 months. Good luck.

MIKE: Your chameleon will lay her eggs no matter if the light is on or off. The important thing is to have a place where she can dig a hole in the sand. It is also good to give her privacy during her egg-laying process.

FREE SEX: Go away.

CHAMELEONLOVER121: Female chameleons lay eggs about 2 - 3 times a year. They start laying eggs between the age of 6 - 9 months (sometimes as early as 4 months old).

MIKE HOFFMAN: Yes, you can use the UVB-10. And 40 eggs per clutch is normal. But the regularity of her laying eggs depends on how long you have owned your chameleon. Just make sure she is getting enough calcium and UV light. The more times she lays eggs is a good sign of good health.

GILBERT: If the eggs are denting and pruning, they might not be fertile after all. The only solutions i could give you are misting the eggs and raising the humidity, BUT You already tried that. Sorry I cannot help you.

PLEASE SOMEBODY HELP GILBERT!


I hope this posting helped you guys. If anyone has anymore questions, please post :)

- AnswerMan

Posted by: AnswerMan at October 31, 2007 01:50 PM


i don't know what to do..my chameleon is not moving and her back leg looks like its broken she will not move or eat she can't hang on to the tree anymore i would think she is laying eggs but her leg is black and the rest of her body is green like always. i don't know what to do i don't want her to die..

Posted by: amanda at October 31, 2007 09:14 PM


Hi,
I think my chameleon laid eggs somewhere. She was huge for about a month and now she is very very tiny. I have a 5ft tall 4ft wide 2.5ft deep cage with soil at the bottom (about .75 foot high soil). Should I dig the soil to look for the eggs? Or should I just leave them alone and pray?

And does it really take 6 months for eggs to hatch???

Help me! Thank you!

Posted by: Sae at November 4, 2007 12:33 AM


AMANDA: Please take your chameleon to a vet. Your condition sounds serious but not necessarily life-threatening. I hope she gets well!

SAE: If your chameleon has recently laid eggs, then you should notice a dramatic decrease in weight loss. Also, you should have noticed her digging a hole for her eggs for the past 5-7 days.
If she did lay eggs then take them out, whether they are fertile or not. If they are fertile then it is important to take proper incubation precautions in order for successful hatchings.
And yes, it does take about 150 - 200 days for the eggs to hatch. Be patient, it is worth the wait!

Posted by: AnswerMan at November 4, 2007 10:09 PM


Jeff Jeff Jeff!!! Where are you?!?
Please reply to Gilbert's message. I have the same question.

"I have a male and a female veiled chameleon. They mated about 1.5 months ago. Yesterday my female chameleon laid 67 EGGS! i read up on the net on how to incubate them and this is what i did. put them on vermiculite, in a container, each 1 inch apart, in the dark and at a temp of 82 deg. for the day and 77 deg for night. I THINK THE EGGS ARE DYING!!!
The eggs are beginning to prune and dent in!! I misted them, raised the humidity but nothing works! I really want baby chameleons but i dont know what to do!!! PLEASE SOMEBODY HELP ME and respond please. THANKS"


Jeff Jeff Jeff where are you?!?! Help us please

Posted by: Marcus B at November 5, 2007 09:50 PM


My veiled cameleon just layed eggs im so happy and she doing fine.

Posted by: Waldo at November 6, 2007 02:11 PM


GILBERT & MARCUS: Normally the eggs will do this (prune and dent in) unless you have the proper incubation. Everything that you are doing seems great except that you are only misting the eggs. Try even drenching the eggs (but not submerging them) in water. Most chameleon owners think that just a little "mist" on the eggs will suffice. Wrong! Chameleon eggs need plenty of water so that they are well-hydrated. Hope this helps.

Posted by: AnswerMan at November 23, 2007 10:39 PM


hello
great site
had my female veiled chameleon for five months and would love to find her a mate. i know they cant be kept together. i could get another from around here but don't want to interbreed.
Any body got any avalible in East UK.

Posted by: spyne79 at November 26, 2007 07:45 AM


My veiled chameleon is just over a year old. We noticed the weight gain and alot of digging.Has never been near a male. Laid 24 eggs behind it's waterfall much to our surprise.What should we do with them as we know they were never fertilized? Or as some reptiles, can they trans-gender and self fertilize.She looks to be in great condition and is resting.The pet store knows nothing about these exhotic animals, so we would love your feedback. Thanks so much.

Posted by: Teddy at December 21, 2007 11:06 PM


Hey Teddy. Theyre not gonna hatch or anything. Theyre just gonna stay there if you dont take them out. so throw them away.

Posted by: AnswerMan at December 25, 2007 08:25 PM


my chameleon is carrying eggs at the moment, i have put sand in the vivarium for it to lay but it has been four and a half weeks now and i am getting very worried

she has not been in with a male
she is around one years of age
she has stopped eating in the last few days

it would be so helpful if you could get back to me

amber
x

Posted by: amber at January 1, 2008 06:47 AM


AMBER: Has she started digging yet? It takes about 30 - 40 days to lay her eggs. Your eggs are not that overdue so i wouldnt worry too much about that. On the other note (about not eating) it is also normal that she would have less of an appetite because she is stressed about laying her eggs.

Posted by: AnswerMan at January 2, 2008 12:14 AM


thank you for your help my chameleon layed 34 eggs on new years day/night

it is eating now and putting on weight
however it still has the colorings that it had when it was gravid it still has orange stripes could this just be camouflage or could it be carrying more eggs?

thank you for your help "answer man"

Posted by: amber at January 7, 2008 11:55 AM


I have a veiled and her eyes are puffed up and closed. Its been for days now. I put an antibiotic ointment over the outside of the bulging eye in hopes in helping this. This is my second veiled and i lost the first one to this as well. Does anyone know what this bulging puffed eye is being caused by. Thank you

Posted by: Lou at January 13, 2008 09:57 AM


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Posted by: Lou at January 13, 2008 09:59 AM


Hi,I am getting a veiled chameleon this thursday, I am very excited and they sound really cool. The chemeleon is around 4 months and my dad owns a pet shop. Has anybody got any tips on starting with my new chameleon, thanks!

Posted by: ChameleonBoy at January 21, 2008 02:03 PM


Hi

My European chameleon(Georgie)has just started laying eggs - she is almost 12 months old - how many will she lay? we had 5 on Sat/Sunday and 12 so far this evening. I am very worried about her she is not looking very well at all and not eating or drinking just sitting in the bottom of the cage with her head down (she is usually very active/sociable). I've only just read they need sand for laying eggs and feel terrible, but will get some tomorrow - thanks for all the info on this site !!the pet shop has'nt helped us at all.

Posted by: Bev - Widnes, UK at January 29, 2008 02:10 PM


CHAMELEONBOY: Good choice. I would read up all you can on the internet on getting started with your new chameleon. But right now, this is a great website to ask questions and respond with answers.

BEV: It can take up to 2 weeks for your chameleon to fully lay all her eggs. Be patient.

Posted by: AnswerMan at February 3, 2008 04:32 PM


my veiled chameleons are very small mAybye a month &a half old THEY ARE NOT EATING WHAT CAN I DO THEY WILL DRINK OFF THE LEAFS EVERY TIME I SPRSPRAY THEM

Posted by: ROLLERHIGH at February 21, 2008 01:59 PM


Hi,I'm 17 and I need HELP. I went to a pet store down where I live and notice a Chameleon lying on the bottom of the cage. The pet store employee's took my number and told me to take her home and try everything we could to help her. I watched her for 24 hours giving her water and crickets and early in the morning she layed 11 eggs. She isn't in the best of shape, she does not however, know how to use her two front feet. I am very worried about her even though she is not mine. She is eating and drinking water, but does not seem to be getting any better. What should I do?
And about the eggs how do I incubate them?

PLEASE REPLY

Posted by: Stephanie at February 29, 2008 02:32 AM


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Posted by: jack at March 5, 2008 07:29 PM


Hi there! I have decided that after successfully raising MANY different pets and plants (and children :D)that it was finally time for a chameleon. I did the smart thing and really did my homework on them, bought everything for a healthy habitat (much to my husband's dismay)and have set it up to go through all the "working out the kinks" time before actully purchasing the chameleon itself. However, all of my research has still left me with one question...how to boost the humidity inside the open-air habitat? Our house is on the warm side, yet dry and I cannot get the humidity over 50%. I would feel much more confident when the humidity is at 60%...but I just cannot seem to figure out how!
Any help would be greatly appreciated...Thank you for your time!

Posted by: Niki at March 6, 2008 10:28 PM


yay! my 8 month old veild just laid 44 eggs over a period of 2 days. I was just starting to get worried. Anyways niki I would say you could get a fogger we had one but she really didnt like it and honestly I dont think it made much of a difference(we have a 65 gallon open air terrarium)we also used a waterfall for a short period or time but that didnt work either. so we use nothing now. but then again I live in Houston and its almost always 100% humidity here lol. Dont stress too much enjoy your new pet they are amazing animals, I cant wait to get more! good luck!

Posted by: Caroline at March 10, 2008 12:44 PM


I have a female veiled chameleon that is 3 months old...i juss wanna know at wut age so they start laying eggs?...I'm planning on buying her sum bedding 4 her 2 lay her eggs..If i dnt get her sum bedding will she die?I'm planning on getting a male do you think thats ok...please answer my question I'll be really thankful>...)::::= & also what do the colors mean like if she's green with brown spots wut does it mean....any1 that know the moods please let me know..?

Posted by: cristal at March 15, 2008 04:19 PM


Hi, I have a female veiled chameleon about 6 months old. For the last two days she has been very restless and agressive. I think she wants to lay eggs but im not sure. She has never seen a male chameleon. She's very fat and she feeds well. Does a chameleon need a place to lay her eggs in if the eggs isn't fertile? She is also trying to get out of het cage.

Please help.

Posted by: Arius at March 26, 2008 03:55 AM


xaver
answerman can you tell me what the yellow small stains are on a few of the eggs. its only on about five out of 40 but i want to make sure it doesn't spread to the others. i just noticed them today the eggs were laid only a week ago. but the temp never gets over 80 and the humidity is around 70%, and i sprays the eggs when the sand dries out. anything you could tell me would help thank you.

Posted by: xaver at April 5, 2008 05:25 PM


I have a veil chameleon. have had her now for about a year... not once since we have had her has she laid any eggs... i am now really worried about her...She seems to have no strength to hold her self anymore , She is drinking but not eating i have been force feeding her mellon with caluim spray on it. she jumped off her plants a couple weeks ago an seem to be fine for a the first week or so... now it looks like she has a broken leg.. We have no vet here that will look at her the closet one is about 12 hours away.. her back foot looks like it is twisted. She keeps holding her front leg (the one that looks broken) with her back foot.. she tries to move around but isn't very successful She usually is a free roam chameleon she hates being closed into anything,, We have recently moved her into the living room to where we can keep a better eye on her. ( she usually has a room all to her self.) Since she can't hold her self up on her trees an plants we have had to put her in a smaller tank with tons of plants to support her, but i am still really worried about her because she just goes to the bottom of the tank an kinda sits on her side... could this be due to eggs?? and if so why isn't she laying any of them??? she has soil at the bottom of her tank plenty of water... I spray the leaves an the siding of the tank for her she seems to like to drink the water droplets on the wall rather then off the leaves. Is there anything i can do for her to help with the legs??? or to get her to eat more then just mellon an veggies?? she usually eats crickets an once in a while meal worms which she does not like em at all.. Once again the vets here will not look at her or give any advice for her i have called all over the dang place an am told the same thing they all want to see her but can't really fly her anywhere. I care for fingers to much to just sit an watch her go threw so much pain ( seems to be the right fitting) any kind of help would be great. Hopfuly soon :)

Posted by: Jenn at April 7, 2008 12:35 AM


Your chameleon is showing classic signs of egg binding. Signs include sunken in eyes, weakness, and a tendancy to hang out around the bottom of the enclosure without depositing the eggs. Her bely may also be bulging with the outline of eggs in it. I have heard of chameleons developing infertile eggs without copulation. Some enthusist beleive that when a female doesn't mate when she initially displayes her passive colors that she will die egg bound. My chameleon didn't display any obvvious mating coloration, however she appeared bloated when she first began to ovulate. Treatment for egg binding includes calcium glubionate (Neocalgucon) administered by mouth twice a day. The is an easily absorbed calcium supplement. If she is too weak try ensure(grocery store) by mouth with a syringe or kaytee( farming/ agricultural store) which is a baby bird formula. Drip whichever supplement you use slowly to prevent choking. Sometimes the taste will "kick start her to drink" Provide a large area for egg laying aprx. 12x12x12 inches with moist play sand. do not use any other form of sand and you can mix it with dirt sphagnum pelrite and vermiculite to allow moisture retention and air circulation if you choose ( you can find these products at nurseries) you'll want to plant a small tree in the container as chameleons like to lay the eggs at the root ball for a guaranteed long term amount of humidity. I usually microwave or boil my substrate to rid them of any bacteria and parasites (allow it to be just moist enough to dig a tunel, it need not be wet) I provide a heat mat with one inch or so of space between it and the deposostion site. Egg binding is life threatening and may be caused by dehydration so set up a dripper above the female to splash on some leaves that she can can easily reach. Do not allow the water to splash her, and I would recomend using spring water incase tap water impurities are the cause for her symptoms. Other causes may also be do to overfeeding, over supplementing, undersuplementing, expired supplement in which the supplement has lost it's vitamin B3 activating agent.( i use miner-all, Rep-cal multit-vite combined with Re-cal vitamin B3 also works great, you should stick with the same supplement though. Ensure that your temp and humidity levels are correct. UVB lighting (mercury vapor lights) are essential. Chameleons require lots of fresh air and ventalation

Posted by: thomas at April 7, 2008 04:20 PM


Thankyou Answerman. appreciate the post. It helped me out.
Marc

Posted by: marc at April 14, 2008 08:38 PM


Hi there, I have a year old male veiled chameleon, he's healthy, eats regularly, drinks lots of water, and get lots of exercise in his cage. I've noticed about 3 times now that his eyes stick out much farther than normal. It looks really strange and freaks me out. I just wanted to know if it might have to do with heat or just something thats normal for them to do. If you could get back to me when ever you have a chance it would be very appreciated. Thank you very much.

Jess

Posted by: Jess at April 15, 2008 06:58 PM


Hi, I recently bought two baby veiled chameleon's (female: 2" male: 3.5") from a pet store, and have them in a large aquarium (3' x 2' x 1.5'). There is a plastic strip along the top with holes drilled in it but the rest of the top is glass which I leave open 1/2 " to aid air circulation.

My questions are:

1. Our chameleons seem to be getting along very well. They mostly ignore each other, but will sometimes bask on the same branch without signs of stress. Can we keep both chameleons, or should we return one to the pet store?

2. Humidity: our aquarium has a waterfall and a large pond with fish, which with the heat lamp is providing a lot of humidity (beads of water on the glass and plants) this was intentional to provide drips for the chameleons to drink, but I am wondering if the environment is too humid for desert lizards? I really love our tank setup and would be sad to have to start all over again with a mesh enclosure. I have set up vegetation on the sides and back so that they can't see their reflections as much.

Thanks for your time

Posted by: Tereska at April 27, 2008 08:14 AM


Hey I have a few questions. I have a female veiled chameleon and its about 1 year old now.

The petstore I bought her from said she never laid any eggs yet and I am wondering when she should start laying them before i should take her to the vet and get her checked for egg binding?

Cam Cam is very healthy and is supplimented every other feeding and eats anywhere from 8-10 crickets a day with the odd meal worm and superworm every other couple feedings. She has a 10 UVB bulb on all day and now that its summer i have take her outside for a few hours a week.

She seems very strong and has a great grip with the nails and is very active. So i assume everything is fine and that shes just taking her time for laying eggs.

The other question is about dusting and calcium suppliment. The one petstore i have gone to tell me that its ok to powder all her food everyday as long as i have a UVB bulb on her, is this not over kill? If this is the case i would be dusting anywhere from 60 -75 crickets a week.

Posted by: Brett at May 19, 2008 11:18 PM


hello everyone

i just wanted to ask a question it may sound silly.... so here goes

can you inter breed veiled chameleon

Thank you

Evette

Posted by: Evette at May 21, 2008 02:57 PM


please help me!!!!
I have a Female Chameleon and she is 16 months old laying her eggs for the first time, she has layed 5 all together so far and hasn't eatin in 2 weeks, she is a very pale color and is falling off of her branch and wall, she seems very week, i cant get her to eat anything and her egg laying process seems to be taking a long time! is there anything i can do! please help me!

Posted by: Robin at June 5, 2008 05:12 PM


My cameleon died and when I went to clean the tank i found a whole bunch of eggs. I don't have a clue what to do. Do they have to housed in an incubator, how long before the hatch and is there a site which guides me through this process. These eggs are a week old is it too late to hatch them appropriately?
Please help!

Posted by: darlene at June 11, 2008 03:00 PM


my veiled chameleon just layed unfertilized eggs, dug a tunnel and layed, im assuming she layed eggs, but to find the eggs is the problem, my gf and i cant find the eggs. is it possible that she a had a false pregnancy

chanfiend

Posted by: chamfiend at August 19, 2008 04:56 PM


hey there,i there i have a 1 and half old female chameleon,I also have a male that is about two years old,I bred them and she laid eggs but they were never fertile ? can someone please tell me why? shes laid 3 clutches and all were not fertile.Im so confused someone please explain why ?

Posted by: Brendan at August 25, 2008 05:26 PM


my chameleon has just laid 65 eggs for the fist time since we have had her is that a good sign?

Posted by: danielle at September 6, 2008 02:13 PM


Hi! New Chameleon owner here! I just purchased 2 veiled chameleons. 1 male 1 female. They are approx 5 to 6in from nose to tip of tail body only about 3 to 4in without tail. Right now I have them both in a 26h x 24w x 12d all screen sided cage,with fake plants and fake vine that runs like an S from bottom to about 10in from top of cage and kilne dried wood chips on bottom with water dripping from top of cage onto plants.

-Should I change anything about my set up?

-Is it worth it to buy REAL plants?

-How old do you think they are based on size? The pet shop didn't know either just told me they were very young.

-When should I separate them? Kinda nervous about the female getting fertilized too early.

-As far as lighting...which light goes on the timer? uvb or basking lite? Should both lights be off at nite? What if the room temp falls below 70 at nite?

-I know that the basking light needs to be 2 to 3in from top of screen, does the UVB lite need to as well?
Please help! Thank You! -Katrina

Posted by: Katrina at September 13, 2008 11:04 PM


Hi,I have a question. I just got a veiled chameleon and she is about three months old. I was just wondering how old she will be before she lays her eggs and what i should put in her cage for her to bury them in?

Posted by: Brianna at September 14, 2008 04:56 PM


Hello, I bought a veiled Chameleon about 2 months ago and i have a very nice tank and setup for him.
I started feeding him crickets then worked up to meal and wax worms. Tank is usuallly 100 degrees and I water it alot.
BUT I noticed a bump in between his nose awhile back, and it is getting bigger.
The bump is slightly lighter in color and is almost the size of one of his eyes.
I do not know what it is and if it needs to be drained I have no idea where to look for a pet place that knows how to handle chameleons.

Posted by: AdamE at September 15, 2008 12:29 AM


hi my veild of 2 years just laid eggs 2 days ago in a 5 gallon water bottle of substraight mix with sand . i was wondering if i could leave the eggs in there with no bother. i have a digital temp gaige that is planted half way down into the bottle and is reading 79-84'f, and 48-50 humidity. i keep the substraight moist at all times so far. the egges are buried fearly deap, more then 3/4's the ways down. if i can keep them there it would be great, please let me know.. thank you

Posted by: keegan at October 1, 2008 11:02 PM


I have a 1-year old male Vieled. He lives in a 4 X 2 X 2 feet screen enclosure. His lighting is made up of one 100w reflecting flood lamp, one ZooMed Basking Spotlamp, one 24" Eclipse natural daylight bulb, and a 20" Reptisun 5.0 bulb. These operate 13 hours per day. The Chameleon is fed superworms and crickets. I dust them every other feeding with a calcium supplement and a "Chameleon nutrition formula". His appetite began diminishing about 4 days ago, and yesterday he began to fall from his perches. Today, his hind legs and tail seem paralyzed, while his front limbs remain very strong. He is still drinking water as normal. I have checked his casque, jaws, and legs, but all bones seem very firm and there are no deformities that would suggest metabolic bone disease. Aside from a veterinary business, what do I do with this Chameleon now?

Posted by: Brian at October 2, 2008 11:20 AM


I have a veiled chameleon, i got her for my birthday as a hatchling, and now she is nine months and she is fine. and she goes alot of places with me on my shoulder and is fine.

Posted by: Jax at October 12, 2008 05:56 AM


Hey I got a veiled and I want to ask you when she lays the eggs in the 5 gallon water bottle of sub straight mix with sand. Do you think it would be a good idea to leave the eggs in the 5 gallon water bottle? As long as I keep the sub straight moist at all times. Also have the temperature at 79-84'f, and 48-50 humidity. Do you think the eggs would be fine?

Thanks for your time

christy

Posted by: christy at November 12, 2008 06:39 PM


hi, "godzilla is about 6 mths old now she is a veiled cham. i have put in her soil mix when i noticed her digging at the glass bottom, my problem now is that she has reduced her eating, she is digging only to go sit back up in her branches, but now her neck is looking swollen. i've talked to my pet store and they are no help what so ever, i have bought books but they don't seem to have any info on what this might be, so i am wondering if this is normal as i am still waiting for her to lay her eggs. she has been digging around now for about 3 weeks and nothing. the other concern is that she looked more bloated a week ago and now with her decreased appitite she is looking smaller, but now her neck is looking swollen. help!

Posted by: worried at November 16, 2008 12:12 AM


I have a 3 yr old male that was very malnourished and living in the back of a dark closet in inadequate caging. I have brought him home and set him up in a large container. He is active and eats great. I came across a female and am thinking about getting her. IF I put them together, will they fight? Will they mate? How do I know when its mating and when its harmful? Thanks.

Posted by: Me Just Me at November 23, 2008 12:46 PM


I have a 1 1/2 year old female veiled chameleon. She's been really lathargic lately and 3 times in the last month I found her on her back on the bottom of her cage. I put her under the heat lamp which revived her since she was so cold. I have a bucket with soil in it for her eggs in case she's ready. Is there anything else I can do?

Posted by: sue at January 16, 2009 08:51 AM


I have a female chameleon who is about six months old. She has never been bred but all the sudden a couple of days ago she started digging. Then yesterday she produced about five or six eggs. Isn't this very young to lay eggs? I have had chameleons before and none layed any eggs until over a year of age. I bought her as a two or three month old baby and she has not been with a male. I know that they will produce eggs and lay infertile eggs routinely but this seems young and she has not layed a normal clutch of 40 or so eggs. I would like your feeling on this if possible

Posted by: eileen Lurker at January 31, 2009 05:17 AM


Hello, i have a female veiled chameleon and ive had her for about two years. She was doing fine until one day i noticed that she just lays on the bottom of the cage and doesnt have the strength to pull herself up onto the branches anymore. Slso she wont eat or drink anything. Please help me, i would like to know why she is acting this way and what i can do to help her. Thankyou!

Posted by: Taylor at February 13, 2009 05:06 PM


WE HAVE A CHAMELEON FOR 2 MONTHS NOW AND LATELY ALL HE DOES IS SLEEP HE DOESNT MOVE AROUND OR ANYTHING . WE DONT KOW WHAT IS WRONG WE MIST HIM EVETY DAY BUT HE SEEMS TO BE ACTING TO WEIRD ..HE HARDLY OPENS HIS EYES & when he does its just for seconds .. what should we do ?

Posted by: MAYRA at March 9, 2009 01:24 PM


I know this is probably on the site somewhere, but I have an adult male veiled chameleon. If I bought a baby female, when she's ready to lay eggs, would they be okay to mate? Or would the age difference be an issue? Also how long should I wait before trying to mate them? And I heard there is 6mths before clutches? This true? Thank you so much!

Posted by: Melissa at March 24, 2009 03:19 AM


Hey I have a female veiled chameleon and I don't know how old she is all I know is that i've had her since Aug 15.and when I got her she was only like 3-4inches and I don't know wen there suppose to lay there eggs and how deep am I suppose to make the sand in order for her to lay her eggs? Please somebody help me I don't want anything bad to happen to her!

Posted by: Tannesha at March 24, 2009 11:05 AM


how long does it take veiled chameleons to lay thier eggs?

Posted by: TtMarie at April 6, 2009 10:48 AM


how long do eggs take to hatch plz anser im in school

Posted by: henry at April 21, 2009 04:32 AM


how long do eggs take to hatch plz anser im in school

Posted by: henry at April 21, 2009 04:32 AM


EVERYONE... REGARDING EGGS/NESTS/ETC... GO TO

http://chameleonnews.com/index.php?page=article&id=114

OR

chameleons online E-zine

they have all the info you need!!!

Posted by: abel at April 23, 2009 05:03 PM


EVERYONE... REGARDING EGGS/NESTS/ETC... GO TO

http://chameleonnews.com/index.php?page=article&id=114

OR

chameleons online E-zine

they have all the info you need!!!

Posted by: abel at April 23, 2009 05:03 PM


EVERYONE... REGARDING EGGS/NESTS/ETC... GO TO

http://chameleonnews.com/index.php?page=article&id=114

OR

chameleons online E-zine

they have all the info you need!!!

Posted by: abel at April 23, 2009 05:03 PM


hey my boyfriend got me a female veiled cameleon, and i was wondering how old do they have to be before they start to lay eggs, and would it be a good idea to get a male to keep her company?

Posted by: Sarah at April 24, 2009 06:40 PM


My 1 year old veiled was dropped by a friend and it fell bout 2 feet onto concrete, I mean he seemed fine for a day but the next day and was lying around and just not acting normal, there lil bit of a bruise on its side but its still breathing ok,but he kept his eyes shut,plz sum1 HELPPP ME thank u

Posted by: LIZARDKING88 at June 4, 2009 03:07 AM


Hey I was just wondering when a female chameleon has eggs when they hatch to they start eating small crickets right away or is there something else you can feed them? and should they be put in a different cage away from the mother?
Thanks
Sam

Posted by: Sam at June 28, 2009 10:00 PM


Hey i just got on here,I want to buy a veiled chameleon but im worried,because i dont know what all the colors mean...like what does black mean?
What does dark green mean?How can you tell if there pregnant?How can you tell if there sick, or possibley dieing?Can you pick them up the first time you bring it home?How can you tell if its a boy or girl?How much money is a cage plus food and the baby chameleon?Do they bite?When they are on a stick or leaf can you pick them up?Is it possible they can like you the first time they see you?
Sorry for so much Q,
Emily :-)

Posted by: Emily at July 1, 2009 10:57 AM


Sam the babys eat meal worms.they are found at every pet store,kk?

Posted by: Emily at July 1, 2009 11:06 AM


hello
just wanted to know what type of incubator should i use for my cham . alot of them are pretty expensive i tried to make one out of my 10 gallon tank water and fish heater for the temp but i really don't know what i should do. i was going to buy one but their like 60 to 80 dollars so i'm still kinda decideing wether or not to buy these incubators . please help me .... steven

Posted by: steven at July 28, 2009 03:10 PM


Hey, we just got out veiled chameleon about a week ago and it hasn't eaten yet. i'm pretty sure it's a female. she just started digging holes this morning and she's rapidly changing color. she isn't opening her eyes also, and she's allowing us to touch her which is odd because she never has before without getting angry. so i'm not really sure what is going on.. if anyone could help me out, that'd be lovely.
thanks.

Posted by: deirdre at July 30, 2009 08:47 AM


Hi, ive got a male and a female veiled chameleon and my female is gravid, she appears ready to lay her eggs, she is wandering around the bottom of the viv and digging in her sand, the only problem is when she starts digging she just wont stop, she keeps going (or trying atleast) even though there is no sand left under her to dig and she just scrapes at the bottom of the container. Shes got about 12inches of moist sand that i have checked and is able to tunnel through, she has made a tunnel but she just still keeps digging. Im getting really worried as she has been doing this for almost a week now and im scared she may become egg bound if she doesnt lay them soon. Can anyone help me?

Posted by: Gemma at July 31, 2009 12:30 PM


hi i got a female chameleon 2 days ago and i wanna know at what age they can have eggs???
and if she need a male chameleon for that???
e-mail:kelwincito_01@hotmail.com

Posted by: kelwin at August 20, 2009 12:54 PM


Hey there,
we have a nine month old veiled chameleon, who we think it getting ready to lay her eggs. She has started to dig a tunnel underneath the accropolis type climbing thing we have in her cage, this is a fairly big structure and she has tunneled in a good way along.

My question is -
a) how long does it take for them to lay their eggs?
b) will she be OK in this tunnel or do we have to specifically put her into sand.

thanks for your help
Ben

Posted by: ben at August 27, 2009 02:21 PM


Hi, I have a beautiful female chameleon named Jinja Lee. She is about 15-16 months old. Today was the first time she showed signs of wanting to lay eggs. Her screened enclosure has a 24"Lx12"Wx7"D base and is filled with play sand. This morning she started digging non stop for about 2 hrs. She suddenly stopped and started to climb on her vines. Her color is still good and she still has good gripping power and she moves around like her old self. She stayed on her vine for about 45 mins. and then she went down to the sand again and started digging for about another hr. I thougt perhaps she needed deeper surface so my husband ran out and got 100 lbs of play sand and filled a tote box to about 12" or so deep. I placed her in there but she didn't dig in there at all. She kept climbing out onto her window vines and stayed there until she fell asleep. She is now back in her sleeping area and hasn't gotten up since. Is this unusual? Her appetite has not been too good the last 2 or 3 days but is drinking abit of water. How long will she be digging like this before she lays her eggs. I'm really worried for her. I've been reading everything I can find on egg laying chameleons but have not come across a situation like hers. What more can I do to encourage her to lay her eggs? Any info and suggestion anyone can give me will be greatly appreciated. Molly

Posted by: Molly at September 11, 2009 09:16 PM


My Uncle Billy just got back from Florida a couple weeks ago he brought me a wild chameleon.We got another one today.This one isnt wild should they stay together in the same cage?Today i came hhome from colledge to find my male chameleon laying on top of my female chameleon are they mating?What should I do? How long does it take them to mate?How do I know there mating?When will she lay her eggs?Is there anything I should do to make sure she is okay?About how many eggs will she lay?
Sorry for all my questions,
Savannah Hannavas

Posted by: Savannah Hughes at October 19, 2009 04:38 PM


hi im lyn and im worried about my female veiled chameleon eggs! Cammette layed 43 eggs 6 days ago and not sure on when and how to check which ones r ok and which ones r not ok? She did mate with her male partner Cammi for about 4/6 minutes. I noticed white mold on 2 of them tonight? What does that mean, its only been 6 days? Is the humidity to high or low? Thanks lyn

Posted by: lyndall parslow at December 5, 2009 05:22 AM


what does white mould mean? Its over 50% of my eggs!

Posted by: lyndall at December 14, 2009 05:49 PM


what age do chmelons start to bread and what time of the year and where do they ley ther eggs such as dig a hole and laying
the eggs in the hole or go under a log and lay the eggs under the log

Posted by: Ewan at January 13, 2010 04:40 AM


i have a chameleon who is a few months old and i thought to young to be pregnant. she is a little fat and is so grumpy you wouldnt believe it. she stays behind her heater lamp and when i go to get her out like the reptile zoo told me to, she backs away and hisses at me, she once bit me!!! is she pregnant or grumpy all the time? please help!!! P.S:when i used to get her out she was fine and crawled onto my hand like normal.

Posted by: alice at January 13, 2010 09:22 AM


i have a female cham from texas and i live in missouri. the guy said that she is friendly. and she came just fine. but she is grumpy and puffs all the time. even when i walk pass her or look at her. i also need to know what to do for her so she cant die when she cant lay eggs. please help!

Posted by: Emma at January 16, 2010 03:02 PM


i have a female cham and she is very grumpy. i dont know if she is going to lay eggs and if so help with that. please help!

Posted by: Emma at January 16, 2010 03:09 PM


hi i have a female cham . she is 1 year and 7 months old and she is very rude and hisses all the time. she also puffs and im worried. the guy i got her from said that she was very nice and polite when she was younger. please help!!!

Posted by: Emma at January 16, 2010 04:25 PM


Hi i have a female cham my friend gave to me he said she is five years old and might be egg bound. When i look at her hips you can see the eggs but she has no intrest in leing them. I have a leing bucket and everything and i have tryed to put her in it and she stress out, runs, and hides. Does anyone know what could be done?

Posted by: chad at January 17, 2010 10:47 PM


I also have a sub adult male who is very skidish even when you look at him from out side of the cage he turns away and hides. He also sleeps during most of the day but is very active at night the temp is about 85 in the basking and 73 away from the heat bulb. I have only had him for about a week nut i have had a male cham before him and he acted nothing like this new one. Does anyone have any ideas what might be going on?

Posted by: chad at January 17, 2010 10:56 PM


hi....
i have a female chameleon and she is about 9-10 months old.... she is sittin near the bottom of her cage and sometimes goes on the flood.... i found her sitting in her egg laying box.. but she wasnt digging....it looks like it is really hard for her to move..... she hasnt really been eating and she hasnt been to the toilet... i read somewhere that this could be a sign she is laying eggs.... could this be true??? im really worried that it ight not be the case... please help someone!

Posted by: amanda at February 7, 2010 01:15 PM


sorry before i thought that my computer wasnt working

Posted by: Emma at February 13, 2010 07:25 PM


Im not 100% sure how old my chameleon is, the pet store said she was probly under a year. how old are they when they first lay eggs??? help would be greatly appreciated, i would hate to see her die!!!

Posted by: Jacob S at February 17, 2010 02:51 PM


Hi. I was wondering if Moon Sand for kids would be ok to use for an egg laying female. And, should I keep the sand in her cage, or have a separate enclosure for this? Thanks

Posted by: Susan M at February 24, 2010 04:05 PM


I bought a baby yemen chameleon yesterday and every now and then he open his mouth for no reason and it stays open for a while wot does this mean? Also i know its a boy because of the tiny lumps on his back heels

Posted by: Anthony t at February 25, 2010 09:51 AM


Hi,
I dont know what we did wrong our female Chameleon kayed 50 eggs we lost most of them but had 5 that hatched. But they only lived a couple of weeks 1 died like every few days. How long should they be keeped in the incubator after hatching or should we take them out right away?

Please Help

Posted by: Maria at March 10, 2010 03:38 PM


how long from start to finish does it take for her to lay her eggs (veiled chameleon). it has been 1 week so far??

Posted by: nylan at March 15, 2010 04:23 PM


Just wondering how old does a chameleon have to be before she starts laying eggs and breeding. Ours is probably only a couple of months old. We just got her. Should I start building a nesting box, yet?

Posted by: Karen Ramos at April 4, 2010 08:39 AM


susn M. I would not use moon sand its chemical make up could harm your cam. You need to buy reptile sand.It has a calcium base and is natural.Moon sand is not.

Posted by: tina at April 11, 2010 06:35 PM


hi i have two flap necked cameleons a boy and a girl, my female laid her eggs a week ago 44 of them but she is now looking as tough she is busy dying is this normal for this species to die after laying eggs?

Posted by: samantha at April 27, 2010 12:50 AM


can chameleons have one egg .what do the eggs look like.

Posted by: brittney nissen at May 30, 2010 06:15 PM


Hi I have the same questions as many above. Yesterday, I took our chameleon out in her outside cage for about an hour. I misted her and the cage twice. I brought her in when I saw her mouth open (not good) and gave her more water in her inside cage. She seemed fine. Later last night around 9:30 I went to check on her and she was on the bottom of her cage very extremely weak. Can she get overheated? I went online to check and then noticed another symptom we had been experiencing for the past three weeks: scratching at the bottom of the cage as if trying to get out. I was up every two hours last night checking in with her. I often found her at the bottom of the cage very weak, unable to grab onto her live vegetation and cold. I held her up to night lamp until she had the strength to stay there. I also have been misting her with bio mist for hydration being that she is now not drinking. Could she have heat stroke, egg-bound or both? After reading about the scratching I put her in moist sand to hopefully dig but it seems I'm too late? She does seem a little stronger but still not looking good. She has been very healthy prior to this. Any advice?

Posted by: Laura Lynn at June 25, 2010 08:01 AM


my veild chameleon just layed eggs can i still breed her....if not now then when?

Posted by: sophia r. at July 12, 2010 08:16 PM


I have a male and female vieled chameleon,the are housed seprately. anytime i try to put the 2 togeather the female attacks the male and has almost made him fall of his branch. The female is larger than the male at this time. shes about a year old and has never once layed eggs....is this normal? i am positive she is a female (no lump on the rear legs). she is in a 24/24/48 cage, will my chameleons ever be able to breed? thank you for your time

Posted by: Dustin at July 28, 2010 03:28 AM


What should I do with my female chameleon if has just laid her eggs and seems very exhausted? Please help!!!!!

Posted by: chameleon tamer at October 30, 2010 06:07 AM


hey i get female chameleon , she is very friendly and loves to be out, but i have just move and she when funny for 2 days but is now back to her self well kind of , she has started to dig . i was told when i got her that she had eggs and the young was about 6 weeks old . would she be wont to lay again and what do i put in there for her .

Posted by: Jodie at November 15, 2010 09:22 AM


What Kind Of Sand do you need for your chameleon to lay her eggs answer man ??

Posted by: baz at February 10, 2011 08:54 PM


my female chameleon has just laid eggs. She has not been with a male ever. what must i do with her eggs & what kind of care does she need now. Are there more eggs to come. plrase help!

Posted by: Leigh McCoy at February 22, 2011 11:54 AM


i just got a chameleon and she hasnt been mated but laid eggs. what do i do in this case, leave them in there or take them out?

Posted by: Jordan at March 4, 2011 07:33 PM


i had a veiled chameleon she layed 43 eggs and died the next day what went wrong:( im heartbroken and i would like to know if i did something wrong to cause this i would like to purchase another chameleon but i must be sure its not my fault this happened before i get a new one.

Posted by: kayy at April 6, 2011 06:04 PM


@Kayy: My answer, after having read hundreds upon hundreds of posts by people asking questions about their chameleons, and having received tons of emails of questions, most of them heartbreaking in nature, is that no one knows how to have a healthy chameleon.

Some people do very well with a chameleon, and they naturally give themselves credit for being such excellent care givers. Yet, they do nothing identifiably different with their chameleons than a hundred other people who have their chameleon's die on them quickly.

In other cases, people do very well with chameleons for quite some time and credit themselves with being excellent care givers, but then their chameleon "mysteriously" dies or "mysteriously" becomes sick, and they come here asking, "Why?"

There are some obvious things that shouldn't be done, some obvious wrong ways to care for a chameleon: using a glass tank, using substrate which may choke a chameleon or interfere with its digestion, failing to feed it a healthy diet, feeding it too often, failing to provide females with moist sand for egg laying, etc.

However, while many incorrect methods of husbandry have been identified, NO ONE can identify good chameleon husbandry. NO ONE. The more people care for chameleons, the more unhealthy practices will be identified, but at this point it's a matter of getting lucky with an especially hardy individual chameleon. Some people are luckier than others and keep their chameleons for years, other people are unlucky and lose their chameleon after a year or so.

If I had to guess, based upon responses I've received here and in email, roughly 50% of the most conscientious chameleon owners have their chameleons die within the first 12-15 months.

If you're okay with that and can handle losing a chameleon the way you'd handle losing, say, a favorite coffee mug when it breaks, and just throw it away and get another one, then I suppose getting another chameleon, and another, and another is okay for you. But I, personally, consider chameleons to be (at this point) far too fragile of a species to warrant treating them as pets and expecting them to respond consistently to any particular kind of care designed for their longevity.

Posted by: Jeff at April 6, 2011 06:20 PM


hey, i am about to buy my very first veiled chameleon. I think it is a female so i am worried about pregnetciy. I am also wandering if its ok to put it in a small aquarium while i build a cage. it is still a baby however. Another question would be, should i cover the hole flour with sand? or just buy a little tray? I have seen many differ opinions but i want to know from fellow owners if it is ok to hold or not. i see many videos and pictures of them being held and i just wasnt sure because i read that that gets them stress. Would it be ok if i start holding while young? will that change anything?

Posted by: Jonathan at June 28, 2011 09:28 PM


hi i came home from work and my chameleon is laying on the bottom of the tank. she can hardly grip on anything. i feed her crickets whom which i give food to. (cricket food with vitamins to be exact) is something wrong with her? please help. she is the size of a palm-hand. i sprayed her tank with water and tried touching her but she just hissed at me. what should i do. i love my cukey!!!!

Posted by: zuleika at September 19, 2011 03:53 PM


I have a chameleon and I'm gettin ready to move from Ohio to California and I'm driving. I was wondering what would be the best way to travel with her. It's a small car and there won't be much room.

Posted by: Krissy at April 24, 2012 01:10 PM


Wow,

I had no idea there are so many Chameleon fans/owners! I am so lucky, as I live in South Florida and have a lovely balcony outside my second floor bedroom window that holds flower boxes in which Bougainvillea thrives. The blooms are crimson and so graceful, "dancing" about in the salt breezes from the ocean, which is two blocks away. The Bougainvillea attract frequent, bright green chameleon visitors year 'round.
Can some experienced soul tell me what "food" I should make available to them? Once in a great while, I will find miniature, cracked egg shells, which I suppose, is where they hatched from!
Do the bright green youngsters change color as they age, as I have observed brownish "chameleons? "lizards"? as well.
From time to time I have caught flies and put them out for food, but have had no takers.
All advice & suggestions gratetfully sought !

Mia

Posted by: Mia at June 1, 2012 01:10 PM


my veild chameleon lais 46 eggs and she is doin great buti was wondering how many will hatch out of them

Posted by: alisia at June 5, 2012 10:13 AM


My chameleon just died 2 days ago. Before,I've noticed that he hadn't been eating, drinking, and would sleep all day on the bottom of it's cage. When I tried feeding him, I would wait and make sure he saw his food, but he would just stare at it. When I was changing his water, he would start hissing and I noticed he wasn't going to the bathroom. I didn't know what was wrong but I would like to get an idea.

Posted by: Alexis at July 26, 2012 12:02 AM


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