Why does my new veiled chameleon not want to eat?


New Member
I’ll go into detail here sorry guys, I recently purchased a veiled chameleon from Petco yesterday ( I know it’s not the best way to get a chameleon but I really wanted to save her from there ) and she’s actually not fully grown yet, not really sure how old she is because they didn’t know either, I have been trying to give her live worms to eat from the brand SuperBugs and so far she hasn’t tried eating them at all whether it’s hand feeding or in her bowl, I’m assuming it’s due to the stress of her move from her cage at Petco to the one I have for her at home , her mesh cage temp is at 75 and I’ve bought her a humidifier and mist and a lot of branches for her to climb etc so I’m not thinking it’s because she isn’t comfortable, but she doesn’t seem to eat, she seems active in the sense that she climbs around, any type of tips I can get? Thanks!
Maybe she needs smaller food? I got a baby veiled recently, and right at first he would not eat the crickets I was offering because they were too big. However, he did immediately go after fruit flies and tiny dubias. A few weeks later and now he's going after crickets just fine. So maybe she just needs smaller prey for a little while.


Avid Member
Hey welcome.
So there can be numerous reasons why your chameleon isn’t eating, and it is very important to get a thorough review of your setup.
I feel very strongly that your best bet is to fill out the “how to ask for help “ questions I’m gonna provide and get feedback.
Please answer thoroughly and take some photos of your enclosure.
I am going to point out a few things early:
1. I can see that you have a red lamp and some dome lighting. You will need to get rid of the red lamp and get a linear tube T5ho uvb bulb.
2. How are you measuring the temperature? What is the temperature at her basking spot?
3. Yes she is probably stressed from switching homes, but this can be reduced by giving her more space and denser vines/foliage. How big is her cage? Don’t answer here just fill the whole questionnaire out.
4. You mentioned hand feeding and a bowl with a name brand of insect. This hand feeding may be intimidating to her. Have you tried letting her small dusted crickets or Dubia roaches on her own?

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Established Member
Assuming the pet store just threw crickets into the enclosure they had her in i’d recommend doing the same until she is comfortable with her new home. it isn’t unusual for chameleons to not eat when being rehomed it is a very stressful time for them. make sure the temps, humidity, lighting, and overall husbandry is all correct and just toss in a few small crickets until you buy or purchase a cricket cup. I’d recommend leaving it alone for a week or two and keep th stress levels down.

Also offer some horn worms and make sure it’s well hydrated who knows how improperly hydrated it was at the pet store.


Chameleon Enthusiast
Agree with above, please take time to fill out the form. Your lighting appears incorrect and will cause problems (a lot of Petcos provide misinformation about chameleon needs so I'm sorry if they sold you that lighting!)

If you fill out the form, including what other kind of insects you've tried, we can try to help get your little cutie pie on track. Welcome to the forums!
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