New Chameleon


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Hi all! I’m new to reptiles but have been an avid animal lover/owner all my life. We just got a Jackson Chameleon yesterday and he is really awesome. I’m concerned that he hasn’t eaten yet. He is about 8months old and hasn’t shown interest in his crickets or mealworms (breeder said they fed them crickets and meal worms). He enjoys hanging out under the dripping water and we have been misting him periodically to keep up the humidity until I get him a fogger/mister). The temps in his habitat are 68-75. I have done a lot of research before jumping into this. I want him to be happy. I guess I’m asking what I can do to get him to eat without getting critical commentary. If this is his adjustment period, when should I be concerned about his lack of appetite.


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Hi there welcome to the forums.

When you say his temps are 68-75 is 75 at his basking site? What are you using to measure these temps?

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* Lighting - What brand, model, and types of lighting are you using? What is your daily lighting schedule?
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* 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?
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Chameleon Enthusiast
Awe, that's sad to lose him right after you get him. Did you get ahold if the breeder yet?


New Member
Unfortunately, they seem to have disappeared... I’ve called the expo center that hosted the show and have gotten no response either. It was sad and is frustrating. Because he was a gift to my daughters, we ended up replacing him with a Panther that is much older. I personally think that I was lied to about the age and health of the Jackson and being new to Chameleons, I was suckered in. Our new chammy is orange and blue and eating well and full of energy. We also got a 30 day return policy from Petco- ideally I would have liked to go to a breeder or a group that specializes but desperate times called for desperate measures (my girls ate 5 and 7) and the heartbreak over their Pipsky was gut wrenching. I wanted to see, touch, and interact with my chameleon before bringing it home rather than mail order.
* I know Chameleons are not super interactive and not really “playful” and my kids know he is meant to be watched rather than played with.
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