Veiled Chameleon Care sheet.


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Hey, this is my last thread for the year, and I am making a Care Sheet for a school paper its not due until a week after we go back to school, but I wanted to get ahead. so if anyone could double check it and give me some advice on what to change that would be amazing! Thanks Zac

Veiled Chameleon Care Sheet:

As you can tell from the title of this page, this is a care sheet on Veiled Chameleons. To start off, the Veiled Chameleon is one of the most commonly kept species of Chameleon. In my honest opinion the Veiled Chameleon is quite possibly the best species of Chameleon to start out with. To start with the care you will want to have done a substantial amount of research on this reptile, make sure that you have the time, effort and can afford visits to the vet and for food. The Veiled Chameleon is an arboreal type reptile, which means that they live high up in trees away from predators. They are originally from regions of Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

When you have fully research Veiled Chameleons and you know for sure that you will be able to care for their needs its time for you to start buying the supplies. When looking around to buy supplies you will want to check out local pet stores such as Petsmart, and Petco, you can also look at online reptile supply stores such as and many more. first of all, you will want to make sure you can get a screen cage that will be able to house an adult Veiled Chameleon. A supplies list that you might want to make is:

-Screen Cage
-Book on how to Care for the Chameleon

Screen Cage: When you are shopping for a screen cage you will want to make sure that it is large enough to house an adult Veiled Chameleon. Males are generally larger than Females. The best size of cage to purchase is a 24"x24"x48" screen enclosure.

Lighting: Lighting is very essential for a Veiled Chameleon to grow and prosper. Since they aren't out in the wild they need both UVA/UVB lighting. The Zoo Med Repti-Sun 5.0 is the most used bulb for a Chameleon, also you want a basking bulb for the Chameleon such as a 40 to 75 watt regular house bulb. You will also want to purchase the right sized light fixture that you can buy from any hardware store or Wal-Mart.

Plants: The best plants that you can get for a Veiled Chameleon and any other Chameleon would be the Ficus Tree, Schefflera Arboricola, and the Hibiscus plant. Make sure that these plants are pesticide free and to cover the soil will river rocks to large for them to swallow so the Chameleon doesn't eat the dirt, this could cause impaction and cost you a vet visit.

Watering: When you are getting supplies for your Chameleon to drink keep in mind that they don't drink from standing water. They will only drink water dripping from leaves, the best thing to get is a water dripper to run all day while you are at school, work etc. Also a misting bottle, because they need to be misted at least 2 to 3 times a day, your other option would be an automatic mister that you can purchase online.

Food: Food for any Chameleon excluding the Pygmy Chameleon would be crickets, superworms, hornworms, butterworms, waxworms, and dubia cockroaches. When feeding these to your Chameleon you want to make sure that they are gutloaded (fed with fruits and veggies) before dusting them and feeding them to your Chameleon, also you want to dust the insects before you feed them to the Chameleon. *NOTE* Chameleons are Insectivores which means they eat mostly live insects, also they are one of the few chameleons that are omnivores.They regularly eat greens.

Supplements: When you are supplementing you Chameleons food you will need to purchase Regular Calcium without D3, Calcium with D3, and Multi-Vitamin. You need to dust the feeders with these supplements. Also make a dusting schedule for your Chameleon.

Books: In my personal opinion I think its best to have a few Chameleon books laying around just in case I need something to refer to. You can purchase these books at any book store and pet store.

Lifespan: This species of Chameleon can live up to 5+ years so make sure that you will be able to keep it for its whole life.

Temperatures: When you are trying to get the correct temps for the Chameleon it shouldn't be too hard. Their air temp. throughout the cage should be between 75-80 degrees, basking should be about 85 degrees and at night make sure that it doesn't go below 65 degrees. When you are figuring out the humidity of the cage it should be above 60%. For this you will need a thermometer, a digital one works the best, and for humidity you will need a hygrometer.
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