Color change- is this normal?

awk___turtle

New Member
Hi!

Newbie chameleon owner here- I’ve had this female veiled chameleon for about 3 months now. A local large chain pet store was giving her away because she ourgrew their temporary housing and they could not sell her. She has settled in well and is growing like crazy! She has a voracious appetite and is quite sassy (I leave her be, I don’t handle her because I know it stresses her out). Over the last few days I’ve noticed that she is mostly this color pattern, which I know can be a sign of stress. However, nothing has changed in her environment that I can think of recently (other than I did adopt a parakeet, and she’s living in the same room). I tried moving the parakeet into a different room, but there was no change to her color pattern. She’s still eating great and very active. Just wondering if this is something I should be concerned about, or if I should just watch her for now?

Yes- I know a screened enclosure is the preferred method for housing chameleons. I have converted this enclosure to bioactive (springtails and isopods on the ground). I monitor her humidity and temperature very closely and everything sits at a good range (humidity 50-80% at night with misting, 40% during the day temperature- basking 82 degrees, cooler areas 76-78 degrees, nighttime temp 70 degrees) she has a T5H0 UVB bulb, a drip system, a fogger and is hand misted daily st night.

I am looking into getting a larger enclosure for her but at this time I just don’t have the space for one.

Diet - mostly crickets (10-20 small/medium) daily or every other day. Occasional Dubia roaches, wax worms, and hornworms (she never skips a meal and is quite the hunter!) insects are gut loaded 24 hours prior to feeding. Dusted with calcium without d3 at every feeding, and reptivite with D3 twice a month.

Any advice is helpful!
 

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kinyonga

Chameleon Queen
Welcome to the forum and the world of chameleons!

She looks to be in good condition...kudos to the pet store and you for raising her like that!

You will want to start watching her diet soon to prevent her from producing a large clutch of eggs and having reproductive issues.

As for her color...did you move her cage? Change anything in he room besides adding the bird?
 

awk___turtle

New Member
Welcome to the forum and the world of chameleons!

She looks to be in good condition...kudos to the pet store and you for raising her like that!

You will want to start watching her diet soon to prevent her from producing a large clutch of eggs and having reproductive issues.

As for her color...did you move her cage? Change anything in he room besides adding the bird?
Thanks for your reply! I really have tried my best to give her the best home possible. They’re so difficult to keep, and I knew that when adopting her she would be a project! I’m just worried that I’ve done something wrong to upset her.

Nothing has changed at all since the bird was introduced into the room. I tried moving her to a different room for a few hours, but her colors stayed the same. When she ate this morning (Dubia roaches and crickets) she ate very well and her pattern did go back to her normal green while she was eating. Very strange!

How do you suggest modifying her diet to prevent large clutches of eggs? That’s my worst fear :/
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Queen
By the time she is full grown/gets her big girl colors (yellow/mustard colored splotches and bluish dots) you will want to have her cut back to 3 or 4 crickets (or equal value in other insects), and fed only 2 or 3 times a week. It's hard to determine exactly when this should happen because you don't want to stunt her growth but if it doesn't happen in time she will likely produce too many eggs.

You will also want to keep the basking temperature at about 80F to slow her metabolism slightly so she won't be so hungry.
 
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