Screen climbing

Any ideas on how to get my chameleon to stop climbing on the side of his cage. He has plenty of stuff in his cage so I wonder why he does it.
 

Brodybreaux25

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Could also be that one of your parameters is off. Filling out this form would give us a lot better idea of what the problem may be.

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All young chams do this, it’s normal. But I think yours is also doing it because the interior of your viv is lacking. Any empty space(within reason) in a viv is wasted space. Fill it up
Thank you. I will work on getting more stuff. He doesn’t do it often at all. This is only like the second time since we had him
 

Brodybreaux25

Chameleon Enthusiast
Most of mine are native to Louisiana, so not going to help you much. All previous suggestions work well.

This is only like the second time since we had him
Good it’s only the second time, but what I’m concerned about only takes one time to kill him. I asked for the form and pics is because I’m concerned she will climb on the roof right below your basking spot causing severe burns. If your light is close to the screen it should be raised immediately.
 

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Most of mine are native to Louisiana, so not going to help you much. All previous suggestions work well.


Good it’s only the second time, but what I’m concerned about only takes one time to kill him. I asked for the form and pics is because I’m concerned she will climb on the roof right below your basking spot causing severe burns. If your light is close to the screen it should be raised immediately.
We made sure that the light is not to close to him. The bulb is in a very deep dome.
 
We made sure that the light is not to close to him. The bulb is in a very deep dome.
Most of mine are native to Louisiana, so not going to help you much. All previous suggestions work well.
I also have kept in contact with the breeder making sure the lights are perfect for him:)

Good it’s only the second time, but what I’m concerned about only takes one time to kill him. I asked for the form and pics is because I’m concerned she will climb on the roof right below your basking spot causing severe burns. If your light is close to the screen it should be raised immediately.
 

RyanBRZ

Avid Member
I had the same problem, not so much with him preferring the screen, because he didn't, but it made me nervous any time he climbed on it. He decided to sleep on it one night (see below) which made me really nervous. I decided to go with expandable lattice, bought from Amazon for $15-$20. He climbs and even sleeps on it occasionally and no worry about broken nails and possibly falling as a result.
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BabyYoda

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I have an 8 month Veiled and when I see him on the screen I know its hunting time. He's in a 7×3 foot enclosure and likes to go to the bottom to hunt, then follow the little buggers all the way up the screen. It took some getting used to for me to get over my own anxiety about him falling, but I have gotten past that stage and he is one happy guy! Like other have stated, you can definitely use some more foilage/skinny vines throughout the cage. Chameleons feel safe when they have lots of "hides" even if it's very obvious for us on where they're hiding lol. I would say dont sweat it otherwise, best of luck to ya!
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salty dog

Chameleon Enthusiast
I would never set the heat lamp directly on the screen, elevate it with blocks, or make a PVC stand or home depot sells light clips
 
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