Do males go through a periodic “Rutting” season?

janjan20

Chameleon Enthusiast
For those of you that have had males that are about a year or over have you noticed this behavior on a regular basis? Kind of like females being receptive every 90 days or so, will males go through the same hormonal cycle? (Not ovulation obviously)

Chameleon Info:
  • Your Chameleon - Male veiled about 9 month old, in my care 7 mo
  • Handling - Couple times a week
  • Feeding - Silks, roaches, super worms, recently crickets. Every other day. 2-3large silks or 6-8 roaches (small), 2 supers every other week, recently 5-6 crickets. Gutloading with carrots, bug burger, Repashy superload, dandelion leaves, collard greens. (Rotating schedule)
  • Supplements - Dust with every feeding Repashy no D. Dust with D once a month and Vit A drop once a month.
  • Watering - Mist king every 4 hrs during the day for 3 mins. Dripper daily.
  • Fecal Description - Normal brown with light yellow urate. Most recent was watery but I couldn’t find the fecal part. He hasn’t been pooping daily like he normally does, may be due to decrease eating. Last fecal was clear but he did have a history of coccidia.
  • History - first owner, he does have a history of having coccidia that has been 3 fecals clear.

Cage Info:
  • Cage Type - 2x2x4 reptibreeze
  • Lighting - Currently outside 24/7, natural sunlight schedule.
  • Temperature - currently cage temps it’s been low to mid 80s during the day and low 70s to high 60s at night.
  • Humidity - Average day time 40s night time average 80-100.
  • Plants - Pothos, umbrella tree
  • Placement - outside in backyard screen enclosure. He gets all the natural outside elements.
  • Location - Florida

Current Problem - Decreased appetite, went 3 days without eating crickets or roaches but will still eat a random silk. Started about a week ago. Still very active.

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Hashtag ChamLife

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Yea, both my males are very similar... almost to a T. They rarely turn down a silkworm, so I try and give them the biggest one I have for the first time I offer them up. Dex wont touch a roach some days, but will be down 3 or 4 silks. Some days it's only the first one no matter what the 2nd item is (which is why I go with the biggest).

I also find him climbing relentlessly in his cage, top to bottom, side to side. It's the rare time when he uses his whole cage.

A side note, I can usually see his "red rain" as well as the stripes on his eye turrets in his resting coloration.
 

Hashtag ChamLife

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Mine are pretty similar in age... still juveniles. The difference would be mine are panthers, but I think that isn't a big issue. I like worms as they help with his hydration as well. Just watch the "output" to be sure hes getting enough input ;)
 

janjan20

Chameleon Enthusiast
Yea, both my males are very similar... almost to a T. They rarely turn down a silkworm, so I try and give them the biggest one I have for the first time I offer them up. Dex wont touch a roach some days, but will be down 3 or 4 silks. Some days it's only the first one no matter what the 2nd item is (which is why I go with the biggest).

I also find him climbing relentlessly in his cage, top to bottom, side to side. It's the rare time when he uses his whole cage.

A side note, I can usually see his "red rain" as well as the stripes on his eye turrets in his resting coloration.
Unfortunately I only have small silks but he’s taking them. He’s always pretty active normally it’s just the decrease in appetite that was off. I have not noticed color variations but it could be because he is a veiled.
 

Hashtag ChamLife

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Unfortunately I only have small silks but he’s taking them. He’s always pretty active normally it’s just the decrease in appetite that was off. I have not noticed color variations but it could be because he is a veiled.
It's not so much a color variation so much as it is his pattern being more visible? I'm not sure how that would translate to veileds as mine is a female. Basically, it's like he's displaying his "turned on" PATTERN without changing his colors...
 
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