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Chamaeleo calyptratus (Veiled Chameleon)

Great beginner chameleon

 

Comments:

  • Hardy, striking-looking lizards with a tall casques (helmet-like structures) on the tops of their heads.

  • The casque is present in both males and females, and aids in steering water that falls onto their heads into their mouths.

  • Veiled chameleons have bodies that are banded in shades of green, yellow and brown which adjust to varying shades.

Temp/Humidity:

  • Ambient day time temperature between 22 and 26 degrees Celsius.

  • Ambient night time temperature not lower than 10 degrees Celsius.

  • Basking spot of 29 to 35 degrees Celsius.

  • Humidity between 60 and 75%

Enclosure:

  • Keep your chameleon individually.

  • Screen-sided enclosures for increased airflow.

  • Adult male:  60cm L x 60cm W x 120cm H

  • Adult female: 45cm L x 45cm W x 90cm H 

  • Baby or juvenile: 40cm L x 40cm W x 75cm H. At 8 to 10 months old, move to a larger enclosure.

  • Interior should be furnished with medium-sized vines and foliage.

  • The vines provide important horizontal perches.

  • Synthetic plants with plastic leaves (not silk), non-toxic plants such as Ficus, Schefflera, Hibiscus and Pothos; these live plants will provide cover and also help to maintain humidity inside the enclosure.

Lighting/Heating

  • Basking light so they can bask and regulate their body temperature.

  • UVB lighting, to ensure proper calcium absorption and avoid conditions such as metabolic bone disease (MBD).

  • This can be provided by natural sunlight for chameleons kept outdoors.

  • For indoor chameleons, use a full-spectrum fluorescent tube.

  • UVB rays are filtered out by glass, so place the full-spectrum light on top of the screen, position perches approximately 17cm beneath it.

  • Even though they still emit light, their UVB can wear out over time.

Food Consumption:

  • Veiled chameleons can be fed a staple diet of crickets that are as long as your chameleon’s head is wide.

  • Baby and juvenile veiled chameleons should be fed once or twice a day, with almost constant access to food.

  • As they get older, you can feed them slightly less often.

  • Adults can be fed every other day.

Water Requirements:

  • Spray the enclosure 2 times a day.

Growth Rate:

  • The growth rate is fast.

  • They can up to 8 years in captivity

Adult Size:

  • Male: 60cm

  • Female: 45cm

Temperament:

  • Docile towards people, regular handling tends to be stressful for them.