What does this color mean?

corndog

New Member
I got my veiled chameleon, Danny, a couple weeks ago (this is my first time having a chameleon). He is about 3 months old now. I was just wondering if this color is normal or if it means he is stressed. I took this picture a couple days ago and he just started shedding today, so I don’t know if that would affect his color at all. Also, if somebody could send me a husbandry form to fill out that would be great, as I want to make sure I’m doing everything right to make sure Danny is as healthy and happy as possible! Thanks!
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kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
Welcome to the forum!

Here's the form..
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Last edited: Jan 20, 2010
 

mkeBob

Avid Member
Check the hind feet of your chameleon. If they have a spur on the back of the feet you have a male.
If not you may want to change the spelling of Danny.
 

Brodybreaux25

Chameleon Enthusiast
Danny is defiantly a Danielle!

Its not that simple anymore guys, the presence or absence of rear tarsal spurs on captive bred veild chameleons can no longer be used as a reliable way to sex them. You have to look at the bigger picture and judge by the sum total of all the different indicators.
 
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kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
@Brodybreaux25 said..."
Its not that simple anymore guys, the presence or absence of rear tarsal spurs on captive bred veild chameleons can no longer be used as a reliable way to sex them. You have to look at the bigger picture and judge by the sum total of all the different indicators" ...how do you know this? Is it by word of mouth or has there been a study done on it?
 

cloverthechameleon

Avid Member
Kidding!

Sheer volume of female veild chameleons with pronounced tarsal spurs showing up lately. Your on here everyday like me, I know you’ve seen this.
I dont think calling what some female Veileds have on there feet a "pronounced tarsal spur" is an accurate way to desribe it. I would say males have a pronounced tarsal spur, females may have a flap or fold of skin in the same spot which may partially resemble a tarsal spur would be a more accurate way to describe it. Yes i agree it can be difficult to differentiate to an untrained eye or through a picture. I still think the biggest issue with sexing babies is that everyone wants them to be male so badly, slightest bump on the foot or smallest of small hemipenal bulge on a panther and people start praying for it to be a male.
 

corndog

New Member
I’m not able to get a picture of his (or her!) feet right now but I’ll get that later! Also thanks for the husbandry form. I’ll get that filled out soon!
 

Brodybreaux25

Chameleon Enthusiast
@Brodybreaux25 said..."because I said so"

And ..."Kidding!
Sheer volume of female veild chameleons with pronounced tarsal spurs showing up lately. Your on here everyday like me, I know you’ve seen this"... Me? Seen it? :)
Just wondered if there was a study done on it. I have my reasons! :)
Lol no I haven’t seen a legit study but I have been seeing more articles about it lately so it’s definitely being picked up on by the other Cham communities as well...
 
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