Hello fellow chameleon forumers! I ran across this website doing research for my first veiled chameleon and thought I would join in! I had been wanting a veiled for a while, and my boyfriend got me Herbert Sherbert for christmas (in late January haha)! I believe he is about three months old now, and from what I can tell loving life at home. I would love any input from everybody--seems like there are a lot of experienced chameleon owners around here. Got him in a zilla fresh air screen cage. He has a waterfall, tons of plastic plants, a few vines with intention to get more, two large wood pieces, a feeding cup, and the new monsoon misting system.. I've got a hooded light fixture with two heat lamps to cover the entire cage and a UV light, all of which are on a timer (UV light and one heat bulb turn off for 14 hours/day). I've also been using a feeding dish for his crickets (which I lightly dust with calcium powder daily) and have been feeding him roughly 12-15 crickets/day. So far he seems happy and content, spends the day roaming his cage, night time sleeps in his plastic weed plant hiding out, has a pretty good appetite, and has been drinking beads of water from his plants regularly. I have a few questions for the chameleon community.. Is there a specific age that veiled chameleons start to show their colors? Herbie does really well with holding once I get him out of the cage, but it can be a struggle to get him out. I have been attempting to hold him at least three-five times/week to get him accustomed to human interaction, is this a good or bad idea? He never flares his throat like I have read some do, never hissed, never bitten me, just sometimes struggles to get away as I'm trying to get him out. Right now I have him in the main living room waiting until my boyfriend moves his old salt water aquarium upstairs, do you think it is good for him to have the movement to get him comfortable with some -what of a fast paced household, or should he be more secluded? Anxious to hear responses, let me know if you need more information!
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