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Old 06-25-2012, 06:57 PM
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my chameleon hates me:(

i have had her for about 1 month, i thought she would be use to me by now.
i only handle her maybe once a week, usually less. today when i finally got out for this week her she put her hands up and hissed at me so i just put her back.when i did she opened her mouth all the way a few times.I wish she was friendly
is it because she is a little less then a year old? will she get use to me?
i hope she does, I don't want her to be scared of me. i just want her to let me get her out once in a while.
her cage is on my desk so she sees me everyday.

please help:
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:04 PM
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If I had a penny for every time I heard this!

Just give her some time, a month is not long at all.. chams ive had for MONTHS still dont like me
Try hand feeding or tong feeding to get her to associate you and food, it definitely helps..
BUT on occasion some chams just dont lighten up, or become "friendly", be patient and work with her often and she'll come around eventually
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:05 PM
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Try handfeeding her, or feeding her treats like fruits, superworms or butterworms.

Q Are chameleons affectionate? Do they like being stroked?
A Yes! They enjoy being stroked under the chin especially, with the grain of the ventral crest (move finger from nose to tail under the chin). My chameleons enjoy being swaddled in a blanket and gently stroked in circular motions.

I found that on this websitehttp://webhome.idirect.com/~chameleon/faq/index.html
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:06 PM
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Q My Chameleon is hissing and puffing up while in it's enclosure, is something wrong?
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This type of body language could mean several things; for example….

There is something in his environment that is not right like the temperature,
Your chameleon is able to see its reflection and thinks there is another chameleon in its enclosure. (this is common with glass enclosures),
Other house hold pets are bothering your chameleon, it does not have enough privacy,
It is very important to attempt to isolate the variable that is causing your chameleon distress, as stress significantly shortens a chameleon's lifespan.
I suggest isolating one variable at a time and then observing your chameleon to see how it reacts, so you are aware of the element that was troubling it, as opposed to randomly changing everything.

Found it on the same website
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:15 PM
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That same website also suggest you use an aquarium for a chameleon enclosure and substrate for the bottom of the aquarium... So I don't know how much I agree with the information there.

Chameleons as a rule do not like to be handled.. Some are more tolerant to people than others. Some will take a stroke under the chin.. some will not.

When a young cham is between 5 and 10 months old they go through ,what I call :Teenage time.. where they are exceptionally aggressive.

In MOST cases chameleon will mellow out once they get over a year old
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:43 PM
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no she doesnt hate u lol u sound like me about 2 months ago same thing happend 2 me now my veild cham henry is my best friend all u have 2 do is get her used 2 u thats all take her out with a glove thats what i did for 2 wks now he love me so idk
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Mine hate me...learn to be amused by it, that's my suggestion. Find it extremely funny when they shy away from you while you are providing them the food they need to live.

It works with my chameleons, it works with my teenage daughter...it's clearly a winning game plan!
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I hear these stroies and it makes me think i am really lucky, Currently I have 5 wild caught jacksons, and within 1 week or less they went from running from me when I open the cage , and 2 of the females would open their mouth at me but , Than jsut chill right out when I pick them up. A while back I had 2 WC veilds and 1 one of them would throw a hissy fit, but same story a few days later just mellowed right out. I am like a Chameleon whisperer One female I have now onyl will open her mouth if you point a camera at her..
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i have two chameleons. One is my little girl i bought her from lllreptile a month ago approx. i got her at 2 months. She is wonderful i can hold her everyday, she loves to come out, and i hand/bowl feed her. I also have a male around 4 or 4 1/2 months. DOES NOT LIKE ME> my husband he is OK with not like either. He knows he is taken care of by him, so im just the lady that tried to get him out to many times lol. he is from a local generic pet store. i wonder if the treatment they recieve in the early weeks has anything to do with their behavior ( i know not ALL of their behavior) of course some are grouchos and some just enjoy being around their "familys" so, yes your chameleon might warm up to you. if not, and you really want one who wants to be around you, accept and love the antisocial one, i LOVE my grouchy guy hah. but get another one, a baby around 2 months (hand feed, and get out EVERY DAY) and look at how they respond to the store owner touching them. good luck. _sorry for long post
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LOL! your cham does not hate you.

You say you have only had her a month but handle her once a week
or less, which would mean you have handled her 3 times or less!!??

First, she needs more time, and you should leave her alone.
To her, your still a big potential preditor!!

Second, do not attempt to get her on your hand when she is in her cage.
They are VERY territorial! Open the cage door and let her come out on her
own (may take hours, or a few days!) onto a tall (fake) plant nearby that
she can see and climb onto.

Chams are lord and master of their territory and they dont like your big
hand in there!
Once outside, they are MUCH calmer
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