Pet Chameleons

green chameleon on branch

The chameleon as a pet is perhaps one of the most popular reptiles in the world, also known as Chameleon or Chameleon not for its adaptability to the home, but for its amazing ability to change color, adapt its skin to the environment, a skill that also has the octopus, mimicking space.

It is the main characteristic that everyone will identify when thinking of a chameleon unquestionably, which is an animal that changes color with an exceptional ability to camouflage and its ability to adapt.

They are adopted as pets, they are well-managed with adults and children.

Chameleon’s tongue

A general characteristic of a Chameleon is its toad-like tongue, which allows it to catch prey at long distances and its eyes allow it to look at two different points of the horizon at the same time, great skill when hunting.

Where to buy a chameleon as a pet?

The main source of chameleons for sale in the world are the pet shops, enclosures par excellence, which have all the permits and provisions of law for this type of economic activity.

Forget about buying this kind of animals in unauthorized places or on the roads, you are encouraging illegal trade activities that can lead to penalties and depending on the seriousness of the crime, such as the marketing of endangered species, you will end up in jail.

Remember that the price of a Chameleon will not become cheaper outside a pet store, the main expense is not the animal but the attachments it needs to live with us.

Specialized Chameleon breeders

There are specialized chameleon farms destined to be pets, where they are cared for and it is also safe to buy them, these sites will be identified by certificates issued by the competent authorities and can be downloaded for later review from their website if they have one.

We do not recommend buying them on the Internet, it can be another source of illegal informal trade or we can acquire a defective exotic reptile, this is sick or weak, and could even arrive dead to our home due to bad conditions of the transport container.

Artificial habitat

Red chameleon walking on a log

As with the iguana, the terrarium of your new chameleon should be ready before you take your beautiful pet home.

This is because these species, such as reptiles, require more care in terms of lighting and humidity than other species such as mammals or birds and therefore should not be left outside of a controlled or natural environment for long periods.

The terrarium of a chameleon

The terrarium may be covered with a metal mesh but make sure that no sharp points are left visible, because our chameleon may hurt his delicate fingers.

Ventilation is also important for this type of species.

Chameleon Terrarium Temperature

It should be between 64.4°F and 71.6°F at night and 80.6°F to 84.2°F during the day.

Fundamentally, you control the temperature very well, you can help yourself with thermometers and thermostats as is the case with iguanas, since the constancy in these temperature levels will avoid the premature death of our pet reptile.

Green pet chameleon perched on a twig

Chameleon Terrarium Lighting

You must offer good enlightenment to our little friend.

Be careful that the heat or lighting lamps are not inaccessible areas of the baby or adult chameleon, as they can stand on top of the lights or lamps and lead to serious burns.

Make sure that they also have a source of natural or artificial UV rays.

Chameleon Terrarium Moisture

You can opt for an automatic system that will make your life much easier but commercial equipment has a higher cost.

An automatic humidifier is programmed to maintain an average humidity of 70% inside the terrarium.

Spray his house, your chameleon’s house, four times a day to achieve these humidity levels.

Your pet chameleon has a natural evolution, ideally, you should check with your pet store or a trusted veterinarian about the correct way to artificially equalize those conditions.

Feeding the pet chameleon

What do chameleons eat? They are insectivores, they eat insects as the main source of nutrients and vitamins but be careful, they are hunters by nature.

They don’t like dead food, don’t offer them much variety of dead insects, they probably won’t eat them.

It is best to offer a variety of live bugs that he can catch himself with his tongue, he is very effective at that task thanks to his slimy, elongated tongue, and his great vision.

How should I feed my chameleon?

red chameleon walking on a branch

They can eat about three insects per day, the most popular being cockroaches, crickets, and worms.

You can sprinkle calcium on their food to improve their absorption and feed them strong, healthy bones and feed them insects according to their size.

If you feed them very large insects they will not be able to hunt or gobble them up, very small insects may not feed them properly and they may need more than three a day.

How does my pet chameleon drink water?

They don’t drink water directly from a drinking fountain, they are more at ease drinking small drops of liquid that become impregnated in the leaves and branches of the terrarium.

It is advisable to spread water with a spray or atomizer so that your chameleon can drink it at will.

Chameleon’s Health

The veterinarians who check your exotic pet should have some specialization in reptiles.

Exotic animal veterinarians charge more than regular veterinarians because they are not very abundant and have had to pay for extra studies to acquire such knowledge.

You should only adopt a chameleon if you are willing to assume the extra costs of medical care, a regular check-up is ideal.

One of the most common diseases in these animals is bone damage or malformation.

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