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Old 07-16-2009, 06:08 PM
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Can veiled chameleons eat fish?

Just wondering is it possible for them to catch fish swimming in water?
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:21 PM
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It may be possible but probably not recommended...
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:28 PM
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I was thinking about building a very large cage that goes over top a open top 150 gallon aquarium that has breeding guppies in it. Most fish in there are about 1/8th" long and swim at the surface. I was just curious if they would attempt to eat the fish. I don't really care if they did get eaten because there are plenty of fish in there. I was just wondering if they had insects availible and the fish were there also would they try?
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Well, if you catch one doing it ...

... get the video rolling, as it will probably be a first ! We all know that veileds like to bask over minnow loaded streams within 12" of the water's surface ... sorry, couldn't resist. I think you are more likely to see a big fish jump out and eat the chameleon, but that is not very likely either.
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Sounds like it would be a wonderful toilet for your veil to rid his/her waste matter in.
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I can see a number of problems with this type of setup but I'll focus on any attempt the chameleon might make to feed on the fish. Basic physics would suggest that if the chameleon were to take a shot at fish in the water, the change in density between air and water would cause the tongue to very suddenly stop or redirect in another direction. This is similar to a chameleon shooting at a cricket on the other side of a plate of glass. They don't see the obstacle and the abrupt and unanticipated stop could cause damage to the tongue.

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I was thinking about building a very large cage that goes over top a open top 150 gallon aquarium that has breeding guppies in it.
I think it may be a bit risky to have your chameleon cage over an open top aquarium.
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I think it may be a bit risky to have your chameleon cage over an open top aquarium.
Do you think it could fall in and drown?
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Sounds like it would be a wonderful toilet for your veil to rid his/her waste matter in.
I have a simular setup for my green iguana. He feeds the fish in that aquarium. amazingly the water stays clear and the fish eat all the waste in a matter of 10mins or so. The iguana has large branches that he can climb around on that lead up to the top of the aquarium and over it. Sometimes he gets in the water and sticks his head under water while hanging from a branch.
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... get the video rolling, as it will probably be a first ! We all know that veileds like to bask over minnow loaded streams within 12" of the water's surface ... sorry, couldn't resist. I think you are more likely to see a big fish jump out and eat the chameleon, but that is not very likely either.
No chamleons eating guppies in my other tank.
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