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Old 03-09-2012, 04:29 PM
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Let's see pics of your older chams (5+ years)

I don't know if a thread like this has been done lately. A forum search engine search didn't bring up any similar subject threads, so here goes.

Let's see pictures of your older (geriatric ) chameleons.

Reason is: one of the questions we get asked most often is how long do chameleons live.

Our longest living chameleon was Guido, our first chameleon, a male veiled who passed away at the age of 8. But we still have Pegasus, a male panther, from Kammerflage Kreation's Bilbo line. We acquired him up here in Washington State from a Craigslist ad, of all things, in 2007. He has been in our care since. We believe he hatched in 2006. He is a cross morph (Nosy Be/Ambanja), so I think we only ever bred him 1 time.

Guido in his prime:


Old Guido, age 7 years:



Pegasus, when we first got him in 2007:


Pegasus today after his personal shower, age 6 years. As he aged red dots appeared:



Both Guido and Pegasus required personal showers to stay hydrated and also a bit of handfeeding. Pegasus will still eat and drink on his own but barely enough to sustain himself. He is still very active, climbing about daily and likes to be placed where he can ogle the ladies. He also still comes forward and reaches out to be held and coddled.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:07 AM
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Nice thread Sandy. I just saw this. Your Guido looked allot like my Luie. I'll post my oldest guys.


Vega younger




Vega as a little old man (around 8) Vega passed away a couple of years ago.





Mufasa younger




Mufasa now (over 6)




Luie as a young man




Luie just shy of 5 years old

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What handsome old men!
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Gimlie around two years old:


Older, around six years old (he became more orange as he aged):


Currently seven (and not long left in him I'm afraid - like pegasus, lots of hand watering and feeding now):
More photos of Gimlie: a Panther thru the years

This is Simon at around 4 years old:


Simon at seven (also like Pegasus, Simon gained red spots as he aged too):

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Great pics! It is interesting how their colors seem to "ripen" and continue to improve with age. Also, for my guys, and I think others' as well, the bonding becomes more significant as they age and they want to be held more. Most of my older panther males, even the 2-3 year olds, will actually reach out for me when I come to their cages. The veiled males have been that way, too, but only if I have raised them from juveniles. If I purchased the veileds when they were already a year old the bond is never as personal.
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Since females don't live as long, what age would you consider them to be 'old ladies'? My dear old Tommy reached 4 years old, but he had a tough life of being passed around and would probably lived a lot longer had he lived in a good forever home from the start. Amy is 3 years old now.
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oldies but goodies! Every one of them! Jann, I think Mufasa looks better now! His colors are amazing!
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Since females don't live as long, what age would you consider them to be 'old ladies'?
Four? Five? depends on the type too.
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