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Fun Facts

Fun Facts

Scientific Name
Family Chamaeleonidae; Chamaeleo jacksonii and Chamaeleo calyptratus
Lifespan
5 - 7 Years
Size
Up to 18" Long
Habitat
Temperate, arboreal
Temperament
Social
Origin
Jackson’s Chameleon: Kenya and Tanzania; Veiled Chameleon: mountainous regions of Yemen, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia

Chameleons don’t change color to match their surroundings, but some species can change their color when excited, stressed or communicating. Their eyes even move independently from each other, allowing them to watch two things at once. And they have opposable toes on all four feet making them great climbers—key for life in the trees.

Environment

Environment

Chameleons are found in a range of environments, from humid rain forests to dry deserts. Make sure the conditions are right for your variety of Chameleon. Decorate your pet’s habitat with artificial plants, branches and rocks. The perfect habitat is spacious and well-ventilated, with a screened lid to keep your pet safe.

Light

Light

Chameleons are most active during the day, so use a daytime UVA/UVB ultraviolet bulb switched on for 10–12 hours a day. Want to know what they’re up to at night? Find out without disturbing their natural sleep cycle by switching to a night-specific bulb in the off hours.

Heat

Heat

Reptiles' body temperatures are controlled by their environment, so you’ll need a high-wattage heat bulb for basking by day and a heat-emitting rock for nighttime. Two thermometers in the habitat will help maintain a warm zone (85–95°F) and a cool one (70–80°F).

Humidity

Humidity

Chameleons don’t lap water from a bowl like other pets, so daily misting is critical to provide drinking water and humidity. Always use warm water, as misting can drop the temperature of your pet’s habitat dramatically. Watch your Chameleon lick moisture droplets from leaves, branches and even its skin.

Food

Food

Chameleons eat insects, like crickets, mealworms, and waxworms. Many species, such as the Veiled Chameleon, are omnivores, and also like to eat leaves and flowers. Feed your Chameleons only as much as they will eat in a day. And twice a week, dust the insects you feed to your pet with calcium powder and multivitamin to ensure a balanced diet.