There are lots of variables when choosing an enclosure for a chameleon. Age, size, species, your location's environmental conditions etc. are a few. Generically speaking, many of us prefer a screen enclosure that has a PVC bottom that can be drilled for drainage.
I really like the optional 1/8x1/8 aluminum screen that www.cages.net offers. I bought one of their enclosures and also paid extra for the double-door configuration. If your critter is a Panther or Veiled and is sub-adult or older then I'd go with 24x24x48. It is about $125. Babies can be housed in screen enclosures as small as 12x18x20.
Ok..here's the story in a nut shell. Saturday my car broke down & I was stranded until 11pm, needless to say it's cheaper to buy a new car than fix it, so, today(Sunday) I had to car shop. I finally got the deal made & called my local pet store to see if they could get me a chameleon habitat together so I could pick it up. I made it there 10 minutes till close & they hadn't even lifted a finger to do anything. I couldn't leave without something for them so, I protested until they threw it all together & here it is. Please let me know any changes to make or if I should just throw the whole thing out
What were the chams in before? I don't keep big chams, but my uneducated opinion is that it's not near tall enough and they could use the bottom open...i.e., a full screen enclosure instead of a tank/cage top. I think that setup would work OK for young chams; I wouldn't pitch it (but then I never pitch anything...how many tanks/filters/heaters do I have sitting around?), but I would get something bigger/airier ASAP.
I rescued them from someone that was keeping them in a sort of bird cage/sugar glider cage with no foliage, lights, or running water to drink from. I'm new to the chameleon world but anything is better than that. I usually rescue geckos and various snakes but I just couldn't leave those two behind. What is ya'lls opinion on one of those reptariums that are all mesh with the zipper? I'm going to see if I can pick one of those up tomorrow. I know I've seen them at the petstore but I have not seen the tall aluminum setups with 2 sides glass/2 sides mesh. I just didn't have time to wait for one to be shipped & had to have something imediately.
They are Senegals & are housed together for the moment until I can get more efficient individual habits for them. I have tried every pet store in town so I will have to make an order online & have them shipped