Chameleon Breed Guide
Chameleons are easily recognized by their independently movable eyes, long tongues, and fused digits on each foot. Chameleon’s come in a wide range of colors and varieties of size and body structure. Perhaps the chameleon’s best-known trait is their ability to camouflage by changing colour. In addition to color change, some Chameleons’ camouflaging abilities include other forms of mimicry, such as pretending to be leaves swaying in the wind or playing dead in the presence of predators.
Chameleons are fairly solitary, shy lizards. They do not like to live in a busy environment and Chameleons prefer to not be frequently handled. As there are different varieties of Chameleon their temperament can be dependent on their type. As well as changing colour to camouflage themselves, Chameleons also shift their colour depending on their mood, darker colours often indicating stress. They may also have colours relating to illness or other issues, so try to monitor this and work out what your Chameleon’s colours are indicating.
Chameleons Excercise Needs
Chameleons like to climb so lots of branches and logs will allow them to be active.
Chameleons are carnivores, in the wild they feed on a variety of insects, spiders, mites, millipedes, earthworms and small lizards; you can purchase such foods at any pet store. Chameleons are also commonly fed crickets, as they are inexpensive and easy to obtain. To keep your Chameleon healthy aim to feed them a varied diet, mixing the foods they would eat in the wild along with crickets. Feed your chameleon once or twice a day. While chameleons need a water supply, most of them will not drink from a water dish, as in the wild they intake water by catching water droplets on leaves or plants. You can mist your Chameleon’s cage or create a dripping water source.
Chameleons House & Bedding Needs
Chameleons should never be kept in a glass terrarium; they need the ventilation provided by a mesh enclosure. Vertical space is essential, the bigger and taller the better - Chameleons like to climb high up off the ground. An outdoor cage can be used when the weather is warm enough, as long as overheating is prevented. Cleanliness in a Chameleon’s cage is vital, to prevent bacterial or mould growth. Paper towels or newspaper make a good cage lining, as they are easily cleaned. Potted plants can be placed on a plain paper substrate for easier cleaning while still allowing live planting in the cage for your Chameleon.
Chameleons are prone to stress, so try to keep their environment calm and don’t handle them too often. Visible signs of an unhealthy Chameleon include sunken eyes and body injuries. Chameleons often become dehydrated, the sunken eyes is a common sign of this. Chameleons often get respiratory infections caused by stress, a parasite or very cold conditions. Nutritional diseases are also often seen in Chameleons most commonly metabolic diseases.
Chameleons Life Expectancy
5 + Years
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