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Chameleons Caresheet

Veiled Chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus) are one of the most popular chameleon species kept as pets. They can reach approx: 12 to 18 inches as adults. They do require daily care. Their life span is usually 6 to 8 years.

Housing: It is important to keep Chameleons in a cage that has plenty of ventilation. The cage that we like and most recommend is the Zoo-Med ReptiBreeze. Chameleons like to climb, so be sure to provide plenty of branches and plants in your cage. We like to use live plants but some people do artificial. When using live plants, be sure to use non-toxic plants and when you buy new plants, be sure to wash them good before putting them in your cage. One of our favorite to use is the Hibiscus. You will occasionally see the chameleons nibble on the leaves.

It is necessary to provide UVB lighting (artificial sunlight). For that we us the Reptisun 10.0 bulb. If you use the fluorescent UVB bulb, it should be place where they can climb to within 8” to 12” so that they can absorb the rays. The UVB should be left on 10 to 12 hours per day. They should also have a basking spot that is between 85 to 90 degrees. The rest of the cage should be 70 to 80 degrees. We set our lights on timers and they come on at 9:00AM and off at 9:00PM each day. They do not require lights or heat at night unless temperature drops below 60 degrees.

Feeding: Chameleons are insectivorous and eat mostly crickets and worms. It is important to gutload your crickets before feeding them to your dragon. Remember what ever goes into your crickets, is also what your dragons will be getting. You can gutload your crickets by feeding them a variety of veggies, fruits, baby rice cereal and even reptile vitamins and calcium. In addition to providing your feeders with appropriate food, you'll need to occasionally dust your feeders with vitamin and calcium supplements as you feed them to your chameleon. Vitamin supplements should be used less often then calcium supplements.


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Last Updated
July 12, 2014
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