I've been debating whether or not to get a Jackson's chameleon and just had a few questions. Do jackson's get colorfull? I always see them green or brown. And also are they that much harder to take care of than a veiled?
Funny, I don't think of them as less colorful than any other species. They are their own beings with the color range that worked best for them in their habitat. A healthy cham's color just glows. Often you see this best when looking very close. Same with T. deremensis and K. fischeri. The range of color change isn't as broad but the intensity of every shade is wonderful, especially that yellow. Almost looks as if they have a lightbulb inside somewhere. T. deremensis often show pale cloudy patches rippling across their skin almost as thoughts flit through their minds and this can happen even without their stress spotting pattern. Their skin is so light sensitive that it can develop a "shadow" in a patch that happened to get shaded by a leaf. When the cham moves it disappears. I think of them as the cuttlefish of chams. I also kept F. verrucosus for years and though they are often described as "less colorful" than their panther relatives, when watching them fire up at close range they are stunning! All sorts of flecks of intense turquoise, metallic greens, and white.My jackson's have great personalities, always curious. When I clean they're enclosures they seem to need to see what is going on. Also like to be out whenever possible. Not the most colorful but stunning in they're own right. By the way they are xanthos. Hope this helps.