Veiled leaning on side only while handling

Kizmit910

New Member
I have a 5-6 mo old female veiled. She has recently been leaning on side occasionally only when I am holding her. She has no problem standing up straight or walking and in fact can move very quickly if she wants to. She will lay like this while I stroke her side and belly for several minutes, then climb on up to my head. All of her other behavior has been normal, although, she is ending a shedding cycle so I am wondering if she is doing this because it feels good or as a sign of affection and trust or if I am just perhaps reading her wrong all together. She is eating very well and her sleep patterns are normal. Most of the shed has fallen off with the exception of a few pieces around her face. I’ve been misting her 4-5 times per day and she has and auto mister as well. Can chameleons show affection if they feel at ease with a human? She seems very comfortable with me handling her and I only handle her once per day and only if she decides she wants to come out. I am just wondering if this could be a bad thing but other than this she seems completely normal. Would appreciate any input you may have.
 

Kizmit910

New Member
I thought that too, but when I take my hand away, she doesn’t try to escape. She will stay for quite some time, then she will eventually climb up to my head. When I do gently stroke her, most of the time she leans into it, not away from it but there are times that I can tell she just isn’t in the mood and will lean away from it so I leave her alone. Should I just not handle her?
I’m just not sure that she is trying to escape because when she isn’t in to it she moves with great purpose. It seems like she is relaxed. This is my first chameleon so I’m not sure what is normal behavior.
I appreciate the input, thank you!
 

nightanole

Chameleon Enthusiast
I dont know of a chameleon that eventually wont try to climb on your head. Its genetic. Would you like a cold tail you your ear, or one of your face holes used as a foot hold?

Unfortunately 10lb tegus also want to be on your head. The good ones wont try to climb your face, that have the courtesy to climb the back of your neck, then run out of room and not know what to do, because tegu body is 2ft long, and most people dont have 2ft of head and neck.
 

nightanole

Chameleon Enthusiast
I thought that too, but when I take my hand away, she doesn’t try to escape. She will stay for quite some time, then she will eventually climb up to my head. When I do gently stroke her, most of the time she leans into it, not away from it but there are times that I can tell she just isn’t in the mood and will lean away from it so I leave her alone. Should I just not handle her?
I’m just not sure that she is trying to escape because when she isn’t in to it she moves with great purpose. It seems like she is relaxed. This is my first chameleon so I’m not sure what is normal behavior.
I appreciate the input, thank you!


Geckos and frogs will lean into it too, i dont thing they like it however, its just a response. My fat tailed gecko would do its best impression of a cat when i petted its back, but im sure i was getting more out of it then he was.
 

The Wild One

Chameleon Enthusiast
I thought that too, but when I take my hand away, she doesn’t try to escape. She will stay for quite some time, then she will eventually climb up to my head. When I do gently stroke her, most of the time she leans into it, not away from it but there are times that I can tell she just isn’t in the mood and will lean away from it so I leave her alone. Should I just not handle her?
I’m just not sure that she is trying to escape because when she isn’t in to it she moves with great purpose. It seems like she is relaxed. This is my first chameleon so I’m not sure what is normal behavior.
I appreciate the input, thank you!
To me the first thing that comes to my head is that she may be trying to start a shed, I know Coda has done this to me a few times before a shed.
 

The Wild One

Chameleon Enthusiast
I know that Coda does this when she’s basking, we’re you under a heat source or some type of light? Did it look like this?
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Kizmit910

New Member
I know that Coda does this when she’s basking, we’re you under a heat source or some type of light? Did it look like this? View attachment 246709
No, I was holding her.
I dont know of a chameleon that eventually wont try to climb on your head. Its genetic. Would you like a cold tail you your ear, or one of your face holes used as a foot hold?

Unfortunately 10lb tegus also want to be on your head. The good ones wont try to climb your face, that have the courtesy to climb the back of your neck, then run out of room and not know what to do, because tegu body is 2ft long, and most people dont have 2ft of head and neck.
She likes to wrap her tail around my ear or just shove it in there, I don’t mind. But she isn’t a 2 lb tegu! Lol.
 

Beman

Chameleon Enthusiast
Yeah so the little girl does not want to be rubbed. She is leaning to pull herself away and climbing to get away from you. Honestly touch for them is very different then touch for us. So she freezes and stays in one place because she is trying to figure out if she is about to be eaten. Unfortunatly while they can learn to trust us they do not think of us the way a cat or dog does. It is trust not love. And depending on how much you are misting if you have not done a help form to review your husbandry it would be a great place to start.

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