Chameleon

Chameleons are beautiful, gentle reptiles. Their colors range from blue to green to yellow.

Their diet consists of gut loaded insects such as crickets, mealworms, superworms, waxworms, grasshoppers, silkworms, and roaches. Avoid feeding exclusively worms due to the high fat content. They also enjoy leafy greens such as romaine and dandelion.

Calcium powder should be dusted on the diet of an adult chameleon once weekly. Sick or growing individuals will need calcium more frequently.

A gradient temperature of 70-95F should be maintained.

A full spectrum UVA/UVB should be provided during the day. Change the bulb every 6 months for adequate absorption.

Humidity should be kept 40-60%. This can be obtained via misting plants every 4-8 hours or with an automatic water system.

A large vertical wire enclosure is recommended. Provide branches and plants (such as ficus or hibiscus) for climbing and hiding.

 See your vet every 6 to 12 months for wellness exams. A fecal test for parasites is recommended yearly or more frequently if having medical issue.

Common health complications include egg binding, metabolic bone disease, ophthalmic disease, and periodontal disease.

Remember to always wash your hands after handling any animal, especially reptiles and amphibians.

See information from the CDC about reptiles and contagious salmonella infections