New to Chameleons


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So, I’m quite new to having a juvenile veiled chameleon, or should I say chameleon in general. I’ve had experience with turtles before, but with my male veiled chameleon I seem to always be worried if I’m doing anything right. I’ve had him for about 2 days. I’ll handle him at least once a day to get him used to it and I’m trying to get him used to a new day & night schedule. As of now I feed him dusted mealworms, I put about four to five in his dish twice a day. I don’t have a misting system, but I do manually use my dripper to water his plant and the backdrop of his terrarium. So far I make sure to have his humidity at 50% and his temperature in between 80 and 90. I’m curious if there’s a max humidity and temperature I should have? He’s only hissed at me once which was this morning, but i believe it was because of the new day and night schedule, but I could be wrong. I just want to make sure I’m caring for him correctly and that he’s happy. The picture of him with spots and stripes is him after a few moments of handling, once I put him back inside the terrarium . And the other picture is his normal colors, he tends to be that color when he’s basking and also when he’s exploring like if he’s on my shoulder or hanging out on my glasses.


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Welcome! The best way to get the answers you need is to do the care form. You can just copy and paste then fill in your answers. Also, it looks like you have a female. If you could send up close pics of the back feet we can tell you for sure. Males have a spur growing from the back feet. It sticks out so you can’t miss it.
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.
Cage Info:
  • 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?
Current Problem - The current problem you are concerned about.


Please Note:
  1. The more details you provide the better and more accurate help you will receive.
  2. Photos can be very helpful.
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