Great beginner chameleon Hatch Date: January 2020Comments: 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 Temperament: Docile towards people, regular handling tends to be stressful for them.
Chamaeleo calyptratus Pair (Veiled Chameleon)