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chameleons are really cool. I have to do. really big project on them this year.Posted by Anonymous, Oct 22, 2019 06:48 PM I have just recently lost m

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chameleons are really cool. I have to do. really big project on them this year.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 22, 2019 06:48 PM

I have just recently lost my male Vieled “Dominic”. He was a very active member of our family and spent many days perched on my hat as I did my daily chores. His forever mate “Racheal” just passed this past week. Like Dom she spent tons of time with the family and loved to be held. I built their enclosures from old curio cabinets and kept only live plants with NO substrate. I covered the soil of the plants with landscape rocks ( way too big to be accidentally swallowed ), Though I sprayed them down three or four times a day I always kept bowls of water with aeration that they drank from regularly. I changed my UVB bulbs every six months and kept the old ones going for a year before I would get rid of them all together. I fed a diet of Blueberries, Khale, Romaine, Collard Greens, Strawberries, Honeydue, Watermelon, and spring greens. My choice of Crickets, Dubias, Mealworms, Bottle spikes, and Black soldier fly larva for the juviniles and adults works great. When they were babies I went with the Drosophila hydei Fruit Flies. I made a laying bin to set in Racheal’s house when it was time for her to lay and kept one clutch of 50 eggs of which all 50 hatched. I have kept 5 of their children and kept the girls together with their momma and the boys with their daddy. I used Pothos, Hibiscus, Rubber tree and other safe covering plants. I am posting only to encourage those who are new or like me read a constant barrage of contradicting info for the care of these wonderful reptiles. My Chems went on many vacations with us and many bike rides. They were and are an active part of our lives. Dom was 9 years and three months when he passed and Racheal was 6 years 9 months when she passed. I have had many pets in my life but what a special bond you get from a beautiful reptile.
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 26, 2019 08:50 AM


Hi, I am a new chameleon owner and I live in Canada. I am having a really hard time finding a T5HO bulb to put into my 24″ ZooMed fixture. Could someone give me the link to the actual bulb itself? I would really appreciate it.
Posted by Anonymous, May 19, 2019 07:49 PM

“Hello everyone. I have been a chameleon enthusiast for over 20 years. I am now getting back into my hobby again. I am starting with 3 female calyptratus (veiled chameleons) and am purchasing a male from my friend Mike at Amazon Reptiles. Wish me luck on an outdoor year round set up I plan to use.

Posted by Anonymous, Apr 21, 2019 06:34 AM

Hi, i’m new to the reptile care and I am going to get a Veiled chameleon. I’m planning on getting a juvenile so I bought a smaller cage, not 3 feet tall, and am planning on getting a bigger one as it grows! I absolutely love chameleons!!! I have a UVB lamp as well as a basking lamp and as far as I know, after reading multiple articles and websites, I need to switch off from one light to another every hour starting with the UVB lap in the morning. I really want to know what other people do so I can let my chameleon live it’s best life and live off a good 6 years max! 🙂 I don’t want to fail, since this will be my first reptile that I’ve owned. Am super exited to get him/her!!! I want to name her/him Mango!
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 15, 2019 10:39 PM

Attention: This chameleon is NOT healthy. Can you spot why? Here is the pic… http://docdro.id/QCtO1gM
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 4, 2019 10:24 AM



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Posted by Anonymous, Mar 30, 2019 03:14 PM

I am purchasing my first chameleon, a veiled cham, either today or tomorrow. As a first time owner, any suggestions? I have never personally owned a reptile but work at a zoo that has a flap necked chameleon and am familiar with feeding, housing, and handling. I have set up an enclosure already. I turned a 4 foot tall curio cabinet into a home with lots of branches and vines with three hammocks for resting. I replaced the glass in the front with a mesh screen for airflow and have a UVB heat lamp set up with a dimmer switch. I have a reptile liner, sort of like a carpet, lining the bottom of the enclosure. Plus my house is never below a temp of 72 degrees F. I have a designated spray bottle set aside to mist with as well. Is there anything that I am missing? Any suggestions? Thanks!
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 8, 2019 10:09 AM

Hi, to the one with the sick chameleon. I had a sick one too and the vet said put him down and i refused. Get syringes and feed him baby food. Mostly dark green like green beans twice a day and water with electrolytes in it like 4 or 5 times a day. After a week get small crickets and dip them in the calcium supplement and put them in his mouth but be careful not to break his jaws. Pull his neck down and he will open his mouth. Keep feeding him that and he will get stronger. It might take a couple weeks but then let some crickets in his cage and he should go after it. My veiled had mbd really bad and his bines were breaking but you would never see that now. Hes fine and strong and running alk over
Posted by Spike, Jan 1, 2019 04:38 AM


i got my chameleon from petco bc he was in not even a five gallon tank with some vines and very low humidity (like ambient 30-40) now hes doin good n gaining weight. i just cant keep him full time most likely bc of the number of reptile i already own. if anyone is interested in owning him in southern california my ig is @herps_n_memes
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 22, 2018 07:30 PM

Howdy i love a chameleaan they smell of ritz crackers and string cheese. My lizerd name is Creeb.
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 5, 2018 02:59 PM

A long time ago, my local petco started selling chameleons. When I would go to get my crested gecko food, I would see this same chameleon all the time. Nobody was buying him. Now he is almost an adult. The care is horrid for him. They had smaller plant decorations in there which were fine if it was temporary for a baby. Now that he’s older they haven’t changed a thing. Same small plants; he must not be able to walk on them. I imagine he weighs the leaves down. Today when I went in, he was on the floor trying to climb the glass. Like in the substrate. To make this all even worse they had a good bowl for him. Which was on the ground too. So not only does he not have the correct surroundings but he is forced to go on the ground for food. And I never seen a chameleon eat a meaworm
Posted by Anonymous, Aug 10, 2018 02:41 PM

A friend of mine found a chameleon in her back yard. She didn’t know what to do, she posted adds for it online and no one claimed it. She gave it to me because he wasn’t eating and was very depressed looking and she knew I take care of many animals, but I’ve never had a chameleon. But he needed a home so I took him in bought him a big brand new cage with all the works. He is still very sick and the last few days he seemed to get worse. I took him to the vet and they wanted me to put him asleep. They say he has a 10% chance at living, that’s not happening. So I went with plan b which is to hand feed him with a syringe injected supplement. I’m on day 2, if I can bring him back to health and give him 1 more good year of life than it would be all worth it👌 thanks for the great info
Posted by Anonymous, Aug 8, 2018 11:21 PM


chameleon are cool
Posted by Anonymous, Aug 6, 2018 02:51 PM

These creatures are why the word beautiful exists so why such a short lifespan… too bad they don’t live forever
Posted by Anonymous, Jul 7, 2018 11:43 PM

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Posted by Anonymous, Jun 6, 2018 09:37 AM

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Posted by Anonymous, Apr 19, 2018 09:49 PM

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What do they smell like
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 15, 2018 03:29 AM

So incredibly helpful. Thank you. The most information ive ever come across on a veiled chameleon
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 8, 2018 12:05 PM

Did you know that I have a Leopard Gecko?
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 5, 2018 02:20 PM

its everyday bro with the chameleon day flow
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 12, 2017 12:43 PM

Thx for the info, very helpful
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 30, 2017 05:30 PM

Very nice informative article! I work for a national pet store chain, and while I am well versed in fish and small animals, lacked knowledge of reptiles. Our petcare pamphlets leaves more questions than answers, so I am always looking for good sensible information to pass on to our customers and also to educate myself. Thank you for this!
Posted by Kara, Nov 20, 2017 08:12 PM

I have now I just got my on the satday the 4th of Nov. it is so cute and his name is princes and he so is so cool and I love him so much and I the is pretty and cate and handsome and he always scare me because he change color and hide for he sometime and he is so awesome and so cool and he love me so much and where I got him at he was the nice one and went I got him he didn’t diet me at all and he is so so so so cool and I love it and I like it to
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 6, 2017 07:06 PM

I have now I just got my on the satday the 4th of Nov. it is so cute and his name is princes and he so is so cool and I love him so much and I the is pretty and cate and handsome and he always scare me because he change color and hide for he sometime and he is so awesome and so cool and he love me so much and where I got him at he was the nice one and went I got him he didn’t diet me at all and he is so so so so cool
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 6, 2017 07:03 PM

So helpful, thank you!!!!
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 24, 2017 02:40 PM

LIFESAVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 18, 2017 01:00 PM

best care veiled chameleon sheets around! i look forward to reading lot more from this web sight! best reptile help I’ve seen on the web
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 7, 2017 09:28 AM

Someone asked why chameleons from the desert need to be misted, so I thought I’d elaborate. Veileds come from the mountain regions of west Yemen, which are GENERALLY arid, but unlike true deserts, the elevation and cooler temperatures allow for dense and lush forests that are visited by thin hanging fogs, especially in the mornings and evenings, creating a light dew that quickly evaporates. In fact, this chameleon’s “veil” (or “giant pope hat” as I call it) is specifically designed to collect as much of this dew as possible, condensing it into water drops that drip down to the back of the chameleon’s mouth – which is why your chameleon doesn’t need a water dish. This is why we mist the leaves (and our chams, directly): to replicate the morning dew and evening dew they would naturally be enjoying in the arid desert mountains.
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 6, 2017 11:05 PM

i have 2 veiled chameleons in a big tank togeather tank is bout 5 feet wide 6 feet high an the do well in yhere togeather origianly i divided the tank bt the small male managed to get in with my female but ther was no problem so they cohabbit nicley my female is very friendly for a chameleon will eat from your hand always an walks straight on yo your hand if she wants to come out but the male tries to hide as soon as he sees anione aprotch any ways to try get him more aprochable lol iv tried all the ovious stuff like wating with a nice wax worm bt not a chance with him i fink he is just gunna always this way but i wud like any tips you have worth a try
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 5, 2017 05:56 AM

My 9.5 year old son got a veiled chameleon for Christmas 2015. Santa brought him in a small glass tank 1ft x 1ft x 2ft; with a small lamp at the top. Needless to say, within 2 months, we upgraded to a 2 ft x 2ft x 4ft glass tank with a dual lamp for UVB/UVA and heat bulbs. He has a mixture of real plants pothos and ficus with fake vines and plants suctioned to the sides of tank. And a water dripper at the top that drips through the screen. This has worked very well, he has grown so much, really beautiful. We feed him daily which I read above is not necessary but he eats it all. We feed him lg crickets or super worms and fruits and vegies like romaine lettuce, kale, spinach, micro greens, mango, grapes, peaches; what ever is in season all fresh and diced. He is absolutely so cool so awesome. He seems to be always shedding growing bigger. We want to set up a big screened tank for him this summer. We had chosen a glass tank so we could keep him cozy through winter. We make sure it doesn’t get to moist, we turn his dripper on twice a day and we spray his plants and vines. His name is GB for Green Bean. Sometimes he is open to being held other times not, so we respect his moods.
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 13, 2017 12:13 PM

How do you care for a chameleon when out of town? We are leaving for 3, maybe 4 days and have no one to take care of her while we are away. Should we take her with us, how will she do traveling by car for a 4 hour drive? If they don’t do well traveling, what do we need to do to make sure she gets fed and has plenty of water. Can crickets survive if we put enough in her cage? We don’t have a timer on our lights, so will she be ok with the daytime lights kept on the whole time. Should a water dripper be used since we dont have an automatic mister? Thank you!
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 28, 2016 01:45 PM

“Hi everyone,I am Tj, I’ve had reptiles all my life along side every other animal u can get at a pet store,I also worked for and ran tha reptile and bird room at Blair county wildlife rescue, go to guy for everything pretty much,I raise 1 of 3 largest tarantulas in tha world,along side ghost mantis and my jacksons,and veiled chameleon’s. If any of u guys or girls need advise or help feel free to email me and will go from there with Facebook messenger.
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Thanks everyone enjoy ur new chameleon’s…
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Posted by Anonymous, Dec 17, 2016 09:56 AM

What do you do when the female laid 28 eggs dont know what to do ? I don’t beleive the eggs are fertal? We bought her in August and has been by herself since then. How do I care for her???
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 11, 2016 09:51 AM

Hi. I am always curious to read that these need to have their leaves misted. They come from the arabian peninsula – they are desert creatures. Can someone please explain?
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 23, 2016 09:53 PM

“does anyone disagree that these are the best beginner chameleon, or is there an even better one. If so please tell me of it. (Jackson, Panther, male, female?)

also anyone want to give me more information about how to care for them i would like to finish up my research and buy one by January. please e-mail me with anything that i cant easily find on the internet or experiences that i could go through that might be helpful. Feel free to email me with ANYTHING that might be helpful.
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 18, 2016 03:25 PM

We just got a veilded chameleon from our cousin and we have no idea what to do with it. It is moody and hisses sometimes but we have been able to pick it up and it climbs on us.he doesn’t change colors very much and he stays green and brown a lot this is our first reptile and it just sits still all day. When it is near glass it stares at his reflection until you pull him away. We don’t know his gender yet
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 10, 2016 08:15 PM

Hi! a few days ago my mom said that i could get a chameleon, and i was SOOOO exited. But the more I thought about it i got a little nervous. I’m only 10 but i have a 10 and a 100 gallon fish tank and a dog but i have never had a reptile. I’m scared that I’m gonna kill it or I’m going to mess something up:(. I know that they are expensive and I’m paying for half any info helps thanks!!
Posted by Anonymous, Aug 16, 2016 06:39 PM

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Posted by Anonymous, Aug 15, 2016 06:23 AM

“I need help with finding or even knowing a non toxic plant(s) for my soon to be chameleon I’ve don’t lots of research I’ve been working on his perfect setup for months, working on the perfect full of goodness crickets food source, but I’m stumped on plants I look it up and hear and read many different things some conflicting each other so I was just looking for some advice

Posted by Anonymous, Jul 25, 2016 05:06 PM

Very good article. I myself have kept Panthers, Veild’s, and Jackson’s and have had a great experience keeping them. I have found that the book called Chameleon Care Guide has helped me out a ton, especially because they go over a ton of medical issues as well and how best to treat certain ailments. Check it out if you are new to keeping Chameleons or even if you are a seasoned expert looking for some good detailed info on specific problems associated with Chameleon care: http://tinyurl.com/jq4xzrl
Posted by Anonymous, Jul 11, 2016 03:18 PM

Hello new chameleon owners, or anyone looking to buy a veiled chameleon I believe I have some advice that will help. When you first get your chameleon or are looking to purchase one DO YOUR RESEARCH! I cannot stress that enough, sometimes pet shop lizards have problems and are not bred correctly. On the first day you buy the chameleon have the enclosure ready (I set mine up using one medium sized pothos from Lowe’s and have secured sticks for my chameleon, Bubbles, to climb on). Let the chameleon get used to its new home by leaving it be for a few hours or a day, this way it will be as less stressful as possible. As a baby only buy crickets the size of the space between their eyes or they will become impacted or not be able to swallow. A staple diet would consist of LIVE crickets, roaches, fruit flies, worms ect and also fresh greens and some fruit. Chamelons do have preferences and each is its own, mine for example does not like meal worms. As lighting goes, you will need two separate lights. A UVB light and a heat light (these are sold at petsmart, but trust me they are a ton cheaper online). When you wake up in the morning, turn on both lights and don’t waste your money on a drip system!!! You can keep a spray bottle from Walmart for 97 cents and spray the entire enclosure 2-3 times a day with mist and it will do the same thing as the mister or drip system would. Some chamelons are not social at all and there is very little you can do to change that. I wished Bubbles would be social but that’s not how he’s going to ever be and I’ve accepted that. I give him his space and watch him instead of trying to interact. They will bite. Hard. The hissing is a sign of stress, and even though you may just be trying to clean the enclosure or are trying to get closer to them, if their space isn’t respected they will go on the defense. I hope this was helpful, good luck!
Posted by Anonymous, Jul 11, 2016 02:00 AM

I really want a veiled chameleon but my parents wont let me. I’m going to use this info and more to make a slide show (i will project it to my tv)and hopefully that helps me.
Posted by Anonymous, Jul 10, 2016 04:41 PM

I’m getting a Chameleon from a local rescue centre, her name is Tokay and she has eggs, when they hatch I plan on selling the babies to a rep shop I know and I need to know how long the babies need to stay with their mother before being separated or can I separate them right away? I’d like an answer if possible, thanks.
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 30, 2016 10:12 PM

I need to know what the RH is for veiled chameleon eggs in an incubator. My female is gravid and will be laying soon. Thank you!
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 9, 2016 01:07 PM

I’ve had my veiled chameleon for 2 years now. I built him a screened 3×4 cage with live plants, veins, and a dropper system. He’s approx 14″ right now. I went with a male because the seller informed me females are “moodier” & more difficult to care for because of laying eggs. He eats live crickets (5-10 per day). I but 500 at a time from the local pet store ($25 something). That usually lasts a couple weeks to a month depending on how many die. He’s not very social and doesn’t like to be touched, so we just observe him from a comfortable distance for him. He’s really neat and colorful, just wish he was more social!
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 27, 2016 09:18 PM

I don’t want to give anyone bad advice, but in my experience my veiled chameleons have been very easy to take care of and enjoy being held and stroked on their back. You just have to be very gentle and don’t take them far from their tank. Yes, I said tank — I keep mine in a 55 gallon glass vivarium that actually has an aquarium area with fish in it and has amphibians too.
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 14, 2016 08:08 PM

I am looking forward to getting a veiled chameleon, but I am worried about a few things. I have done a lot of research and everything I have read says something different. Do I have to get a heating lamp for the day and night? When can I introduce my hand to the cham? Will it bite? How much will everything cost? I have been saving up for this and I don’t want to mess it up. I had recently got a fish to test my skills as taking care of a pet… it died after a month and a half. My family says it was sick before but i think they are just saying that to make me feel better. What should I do? I don’t want to kill a beautiful chameleon. Anyway, thank you for listening to me and i hope to get some answers! 🙂
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 13, 2016 07:11 PM

Chameleons are NOT first time reptiles. You should start out with a bearded dragon or geckos not chameleons. They get stressed out very easily which is the number one cause of death. They are expensive animals. I’ve had mine 2 months and I’ve spent somewhere around almost $400 or $500. That includes all supplements, all food I’ve gotten so far, chameleon kit, actual veiled chameleon, and so on. They don’t recognize standing water in a dish as a drinking source so you have to get a misting system, dripper, or such so they can lap water up off of the leaves. You have to have plenty of plants and vines in their enclosure so they feel safe and secure. Don’t get one if you can’t provide this care. I even take mine to the vet which is costly so be prepared for that. They’re not like hamsters or fish.. Quite different actually. Also, usually the food has to be moving for him to have interest in it. So dead crickets probably won’t be sufficient. If you do get one, put him in his cage, which should be a screened cage. Not tank or aquarium tank. Nothing glass. It has to allow a lot of air flow. After you put him in his cage, then let him get use to everything in there for at least 2 weeks. If you don’t do this, it will stress them out & be overwhelming and he won’t be willing to be on you. After the two weeks, introduce your hand by hand feeding him a few crickets or worms or whatever. He’ll see your hand as less threatening if you hand feed him. Every couple of days maybe put your hand an inch closer every day. ALWAYS go slow. Anything you do should be slow. Fast = threatening. Don’t ever pick chameleons up. Let them come to you willingly. Don’t ever force them to get on you. You have to realize that chameleons don’t like handling. Therefore, don’t do it often. Maybe twice a week. Research any animal you’re thinking about getting until you know EVERYTHING about them. So if you’re doubtful on anything then you won’t get one before it’s too late.
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 30, 2015 02:19 PM

I am looking forward to getting a veiled chameleon, but I am worried about a few things. I have done a lot of research and everything I have read says something different. Do I have to get a heating lamp for the day and night? When can I introduce my hand to the cham? Will it bite? How much will everything cost? I have been saving up for this and I don’t want to mess it up. I had recently got a fish to test my skills as taking care of a pet… it died after a month and a half. My family says it was sick before but i think they are just saying that to make me feel better. What should I do? I don’t want to kill a beautiful chameleon. Anyway, thank you for listening to me and i hope to get some answers! 🙂
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 28, 2015 11:25 PM

I got a Veiled Chameleon today and I have many questions. Like how long do I keep the water on? And how much I should feed him he is only 2-3 months old. I have dealt with small animals like hamsters and fish but he is so small is it good to be scared of him when he hisses? Also how do I pick him up to move or clean is house? And do you clean his house? I will be waiting for response. 🙂
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 27, 2015 10:33 PM

Hi i have recently purchased a veiled chameleon and are currently feeding it meal worms and i would like to know if the crickets in its diet have to be alive or dead
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 15, 2015 05:43 AM

“Dear Reptile Magazines,
Hello! I have read your magazines and they are wonderful! My subscription ran out, but I always go on the website to see my favorite species of reptiles. But aside from that, there has been something that has been on my mind recently. I really would like to get a baby veiled chameleon. I am only in my freshman year in high school, though, but I am still willing to give this my utmost responsibility. I would even sign a contract for responsibility if I have to, but I just want to give a chameleon more care than anything else. I just have some questions before I get one, though. Which chameleon would be easier to care for; a male or a female (I’m going for a male, but your opinion and fact is more important)? Would my room be a good place to keep it’s tank? Should I keep it in it’s tank alone for a couple weeks then try to interact with it? Do chameleons even like to be held at all? Can chameleons (veiled specifically) die immediately of stress? How much would this whole adventure even cost? I really need some answers before I jump right into a predicament. If you can answer these questions, that would be awesome! If you can’t, I guess I could just research some more. Anyway, thank you so much for hearing me out. I hope your magazines last for many years to come.
Posted by Jacob M., Nov 3, 2015 09:39 PM

Is Schefflera bush safe for a veiled chameleon to eat? I’ve had one in with my chameleon for about a week, and I noticed today that he’s eating the leaves. I’ve been looking everywhere and I can’t find much on this plant, and he seems to be OK, but I want to be sure.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 27, 2015 03:23 PM

BackwaterReptiles.com is where I purchased my chameleon kit for my Veiled cham, and it’s worked fabulously.
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 21, 2015 02:14 AM