Hello, I’m a first time Chameleon owner and have some questions and need your expertise. He is a male panther Ambilobe. About 5-6 months and I’ve had him for close to 3 weeks now. I have him in a 2x2x4 screen enclosure. I live in a colder/dryer climate so I’ve made his enclosure pretty dense with leaves, vines, plants both real and fake to help inclose the humidity and maintain temperature. When I first got him I noticed right away he was extremely shy/timid. He spent the first 2 days hiding in the back deep in some foliage and refused to come out. It wasn’t until day 3 where I actually saw him come out on a central vine. If I approached the cage he would immediately be freighted and position himself on the back side of the vine opposite side to me only exposing his eyes to view me using the vine as a “shield”. I’ve done a lot of research on aggressive chameleons but haven’t seen much on this extreme shyness and constant hiding. I was successful on day 3 with hand feeding him once. I haven’t had any success hand feeding after that first time and it’s been 2.5 weeks of trying every day. When I try to hand feed he takes his normal defensive position on the vine and is too scared of me to even think of feeding from my hand. I gave him 3 weeks to settle into his enclosure before I started to try to handle him. I’ve been unsuccessful. Because he moves to the back side of the vine to hide it makes it difficult to get him on my hand gently without stressing him too much. The most recent time with a little finesse I got him on my hand but he was able to grab a vine as I was bringing him out and he sprinted into a hiding spot very agitated. I’m not sure if trying to hand feed or handle him is resulting in him becoming even more frightened of me or if it’s working in a positive way of him getting used to me over time. Usually when he gets scared he hides for about an hour before he will come back out. It’s to the point where the only way I can observe him is from across the room. When he hides it takes sometimes up to 10 mins to locate him. Does giving him so much foliage and hiding places act negatively for him getting used to being in the presence of people? Does interacting with him while he is in an accessible location and him getting timid prevent him from wanting to return to that open location again? Will getting larger give him more confidence to at least be comfortable with someone standing closer to his enclosure? Aside from the extreme timidness and hiding he seems to be fine. He now eats well out of a feeder after the usual failed attempt at hand feeding. I find him basking when I return home after not being around for a while. Misting, temperatures and UV doesn’t seem to be an issue. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!