Is this color normal?

My chameleon has a weird grey pattern in his green almost all the time. Is this because of stress? It goes away when he sleeps he is a beautiful bright green. He is a vieled about 2 months old I think.... petco couldn't tell me his age I have to guess till I can afford to take him to the vet.


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He also is an aggressive buttface and is always darkening when I'm around and prefers the color of a green ripe banana... if you know what I mean...
Also if I close the sheet around his cage I use as a curtain I've caught him displaying beautiful green color until he catches me... then he returns to his usual angry puffy and discolored self.... he's eaten from me directly so I dont understand why he looks like that at me. It makes me sad.
This is the cage now after a few weeks of figuring this out.


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This is what it looked like when I purchased the setup from petco.... but even though he's lightening up he seems to be angry all the time at me.


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Also is it possible cause I rearranged his home today.... and have been for the last 4 weeks... I'm done now this is it till I can afford a bigger cage and everything for it.
I dont mean to be invading his home. I know they prefer privacy I've been working hard to fix what I initially did which is enter this unarmed and unknowledgable. This is a tough lizard to take care of.

Haley Hendrix

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I think he may be a she, it’s casque is on the smaller side. Post a picture of the back of the feet to confirm. As for coloration it can be determined by a lot of things. They’re bright when they sleep because they’re relaxed. Darker colors such as black/ brown indicate stress as due bright colors when not asleep. When they’re calm they may appear as a dull green.

You need more branches and foliage in there so he/she feels safe. Remove ALL FAKE PLANTS, veileds are known to snack on there plants and you don’t want them eating a fake plant and becoming impacted. I don’t want this to come across as rude but you really shouldn’t of gotten a chameleon if you can’t afford everything within the care requirements. These are extremely hard creatures that need there care spot on to be as happy as can be.

Haley Hendrix

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Go ahead and fill out this form so we can help you correct anything and make sure you have your care information correct.

Chameleon Info:
  • Your Chameleon - The species, sex, and age of your chameleon. How long has it been in your care?
  • Handling - How often do you handle your chameleon?
  • Feeding - What are you feeding your cham? What amount? What is the schedule? How are you gut-loading your feeders?
  • Supplements - What brand and type of calcium and vitamin products are you dusting your feeders with and what is the schedule?
  • Watering - What kind of watering technique do you use? How often and how long to you mist? Do you see your chameleon drinking?
  • Fecal Description - Briefly note colors and consistency from recent droppings. Has this chameleon ever been tested for parasites?
  • History - Any previous information about your cham that might be useful to others when trying to help you.

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  • Cage Type - Describe your cage (Glass, Screen, Combo?) What are the dimensions?
  • Lighting - What brand, model, and types of lighting are you using? What is your daily lighting schedule?
  • Temperature - What temp range have you created (cage floor to basking spot)? Lowest overnight temp? How do you measure these temps?
  • Humidity - What are your humidity levels? How are you creating and maintaining these levels? What do you use to measure humidity?
  • Plants - Are you using live plants? If so, what kind?
  • Placement - Where is your cage located? Is it near any fans, air vents, or high traffic areas? At what height is the top of the cage relative to your room floor?
  • Location - Where are you geographically located?

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Well I mean I would have taken him back if petco would have accepted him and I know he's a guy cause he has the knobs on his hind feet he's just a smaller guy.
Also I have the money just not right now I get paid bi weekly and I think on short notice being absolutley lied to about the creature I have a done a decent job of providing an okay enclosure.


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I notice that you have a water bowl. Please get a dripper or a fountain because chameleons do not drink still water. They only drink moving water
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