Does a Chameleon bite actually hurt?

ZEROPILOT

Avid Member
I've had Jacksons and now I have Veileds.
Several of my Chameleons have displayed an open mouth threat. But none have ever bitten me.
Is their bite a painless clamping like that of a small Anole or more like the vise grip chomp of a Skink.
I'm guessing more than one of us knows the difference.
Just curious. Because I'm pretty sure that my largest male is going to actually bite me the next time I try to disturb him. I've been letting them live outside for a few days and there will be a cool spell next week.
I've just ridded their inside enclosures of ants. And I'll have to bring them back inside
 

nightanole

Chameleon Enthusiast
Oh you are in for a treat. Their bite is a hydraulic press. If you get bit, just let them clamp down, if you pull your hand away you will do more damage to you and your cham. Pretend to stab yourself with a fork, that about what its like. Lots of pressure and pointy spots, and maybe breaking the skin. But yes an adult male veiled is in the top 3 for pain per pound, and the top 1 if he gets a knuckle or a fingernail.
 

snitz427

Chameleon Enthusiast
My sweet little angel Clarice has learned how to inflict maximum pain. Instead of blindly lunging and grabbing whatever skin she can.... now she takes her time, looks around, and slowly moves in for softer skin to bite and then twist. Her favorite place to bite my husband is between the fingers! Love hurts man!
 

jannb

Chameleon Enthusiast
I’ve kept allot of different chameleons and the bites I’ve had were never bad. Usually, I get bit hand feeding the sick and older guys. I had a male veiled I took in at almost 3 years old with health issues and he would hiss and sway the first few months but he was all bluff and nerve bit anyone.
 

cyberlocc

Chameleon Enthusiast
It's not that bad, I don't think even Skink bad. I have never had any lizard break skin on me. I got bit by a Burmese Python as a kid, that hurts. Oh it was a 15ft Burmese Python.

I have never been bit by a veiled though, never had a veilied, Just Panthers and Jackson's. I am not sure if Veilieds bites are worse.

That said, it likely also depends where. I have never been bit between the Fingers, like Snitz said. I reckon that would hurt pretty bad.
 

jamest0o0

Chameleon Enthusiast
I got bit pretty damn hard by my panther when I woke him up. He was a juevenile still and I almost lost a chunk of flesh from in between my fingers lol. He did not want to let go and was swinging his head trying to tear the skin.

I think I remember seeing a while back, someone got bit by their adult Parsons and got a pretty serious infection? Think that was Facebook though and last I had Facebook was like 3 years ago so my memory might be foggy.

Overall, I think it is rare for them to do excessive bites. In my case I was stupid and he was in shock from waking up.

Now imagine getting bit by a green tree boa?!
 

The Wild One

Chameleon Enthusiast
Coda thinks shes all tuff and stuff but is more of a little diva when it comes to biting. She hisses, sways, gapes, puffs, and lunges, but she prefers to bask and give me the stink eye than get her teeth dirty.
 

ZEROPILOT

Avid Member
I think I'm just being too abrupt when I move them from inside cage to outside.
I never pull on them. But I do use just my hand to grab them.
Only the largest protests too much. The others try to hide briefly, then give up.
 

Graves923

Chameleon Enthusiast
Yes, chameleons can bite hard enough for it to hurt... this was from my adult male veiled from last year. After this I wear gloves anytime I have to go in his cage and he doesn't cooperate
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Graves923

Chameleon Enthusiast
Kyle is the Conner Mcgreggor of the cham world, lures you in and BAM! Hits you from a crazy angle! Lol

Lucky me haha. I've wised up to his tactics. This was the last bite I ever received from him. When I am cleaning his cage I need to move fast because after 10 minutes or so of being in his space, he starts lunging at me with those teeth.
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
Veileds are the worst IMHO...they usually latch onto the skin and twist trying to rip the piece they're holding onto off you.

I was bit by a monkey tailed skink and it hurt like heck...but they don't seem to latch on...just bite and "run".

Cuban knight anole latched on between my thumb and finger once...took me quite a while to get him to let go. Had to finally threaten to put him under the running tap to get him to let go.

Had 5 stitches from an iguana ...and she wasn't biting me...I just accidentally drew my finger against her teeth.

I had a couple more bites too...but not bad for 30+ years of keeping reptiles.
 
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kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
I had one "bad" male veiled that would chase me across his cage to bite me. If I put him on a branch so I could clean his cage, he would chase me down the branch to bite me. Glad I never had another one like him! But I still loved him!
 
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