Why does my veiled chameleon look dull?

I’ve noticed my chameleon looks kind of dull in color. He’s not completely grey, but he’s not super colorful like he is while sleeping.


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Chameleon Enthusiast
Could just be how he is. Mine has his moments but is generally dark too.


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Here is is when he does decide to lighten up.


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salty dog

Chameleon Enthusiast
His black bars are a sign of extreme stress, try not handling your veiled so much, I suggest you RESEARCH VEILED CHAMELEON HUSBANDRY, on this site


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Mine will generally dull out a little in color within a few days of a shed. However I see most of his darker colors when he is trying to soak up heat.
This one I had just put him back in his cage... He always goes really light and bright.

These are his normal colors

And these are his Basking colors


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Is your ambient temp 70-75 or is that his basking temp? Stressed colors can be anything related to your husbandry. A change in environment.
You could fill out the help form in detail below and add pics of your entire enclosure lights to the bottom if you would like people to provide more help.
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Chameleon Enthusiast
ok, he's cold, male adult veiled need a 90 degree basking spot and juveniles need an 85 to 80 degree basking spot


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here is what the care sheets say
Baby/juvenile (<9 months): ambient 72-80F (22-26C), basking 85F (29C)
Adult males: ambient 75-80F (23-26C), basking 90-95F (32-35C)
Adult females: ambient 75-80F (23-26C), basking 85F (29C)
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