I owned a female veil once b4 and lost her. She became egg laden. The cost is less than keeping my Saltwater reef tank going. I really enjoyed my chameleon and would like to give another shot. Only this time a male, but hoping to understand what species are a little more docileThat way you'll have the healthiest cham possible!
This is great, if you're lucky enough to get your timing right! It took me around 6 months of waiting before I managed to get one of Frank's babies. Amazing species, definitely agree that they are as easy (if not easier) than panthers in terms of care. Females are very skittish, stress-prone, and likely to drop from a branch when approached though. They are not a good species if OP wants a chameleon to interact with oftenMost people, when talking about best "beginner" chameleons, mention panther or veiled. If a male panther or veiled chameleon seems to big for your space, consider a captive bred carpet chameleon. Look up Living Art by Frank Payne on Facebook. He is based in Pennsylvania, and is an experienced and reputable breeder. I don't have experience with carpet chameleons, but their care is similar to panthers. They require less space. In this species, the females are the most colorful. They tend to cost a bit less than panthers, they tend to not live as long. They may be a little more shy. Recently, Frank Payne published an article on carpet chameleons in Reptiles magazine. You should be able to find it online.