New veiled chameleon owner


New Member
Hi I just got my baby chameleon yesterday and I did see he ate the crickets that were live but today I left dried ones in a meal dish and I haven’t seen him venture down to the bottom of the cage and eat them, he seems to be staying in one spot high up. I’m also unsure if he’s been drinking water for the same reason because I have the dropper on the opposite side of where he’s at, though I do most every few hours. I feel like he might be anxious, he’s been a brown color for awhile now, not always but most of the time. How can I make him more comfortable? Also the cage is a screen cage 16x16x30 if that comes into account.


Chameleon Enthusiast
Chameleons don’t recognize dead insects they are stimulated to eat by moving things. Your going to want to buy live insects and gutload them.

Chameleons also are arboreal so you’ll never see them on the ground and if you do that’s never good.

Your chameleon might be stressed since you said you bought him yesterday. They need some time to adjust, try to limit your interact with it for now.

If you could fill out the care sheet it will be easier to help you out more.

Here is some recommended information to include when asking for help in the health clinic forum. By providing this information you will receive more accurate and beneficial responses. It might not be necessary to answer all these questions, but the more you provide the better. Please remember that even the most knowledgeable person can only guess at what your problem may be. Only an experienced reptile veterinarian who can directly examine your animal can give a true diagnosis of your chameleon's health.

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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