Are you the kind of person that likes to have exotic pets? Have you ever considered having a Veiled Chameleon as a pet? One look at this magnificent reptile and you will fall in love. The beauty and brilliance of the color and the patterns of their exterior body are breathtaking. Originally the Veiled Chameleon was from Saudi Arabia and Yemen, (it can also be known as a Yemen Chameleon) they were caught in the wild and kept in captivity. Nowadays breeders from all over the world sell Chameleons as pets. The price to buy this reptile can vary according to age, size and sex, you can expect to pay $40 to $250.
A fully grown adult Veiled Chameleon can grown as large as 2 feet, males are usually larger than females. This breed is one of the larger of the Chameleons seen in captivity. A baby Chameleleon is known as a hatchling and is around 3 to 4 inches in length. If well cared for, a male can live six to eight years, females usually only four to six years. The difference is females produce eggs whether they are infertile or not and it takes a lot of energy and wears the female out.
Chameleon Cage / Enclosure
It’s strongly recommended to keep Chameleon’s in separate enclosures after they reach sexual maturity. This happens around 8 to 10 months, this avoids any fighting between the reptiles. This breed does well in screen-sided enclosures because it has airflow. It’s best not to use glass aquariums, as they don’t have enough fresh air, which will cause respiratory problems in your chameleon. The bigger the chameleon Cage or Enclosure is, the better. A Screen enclosure that is about 2 x 2 x 4 feet would be ideal for these reptiles. The enclosure should have enough vines and foliage for the Chameleon’s to hide in. Furthermore the floor of the enclosure should be kept bare or covered with a layer of paper towels and be changed regularly.
This enclosure pictured here would be perfect for a Chameleon. Click here to purchase this cage.
These reptiles need two forms of light for approximately 12 hours a day. The first being a heat source, please don’t use heat rocks, tape or other heater devices as they don’t work with Chameleon’s. They love to bask in the heat of light. The 2nd light is provide UVB, this ensures the reptile is receiving calcium. This type of light can be provided by natural sunlight if they are kept outdoors. The best temperature for the enclosure is around 72 to 80 degrees during the day, however at night if you turn the light off, make sure the enclosure temperature doesn’t drop below the 40 degree range.
Veiled Chameleon Care
Veiled Chameleons eat crickets as their staple food, it’s also important to supplement your crickets with calcium and vitamins for your Chameleon’s growth and health. This is especially important for breeding females. All you have to do is “dust” the crickets with the supplement. Moreover, if you breed your own crickets, you can put it in the crickets food. Adult Chameleons are feed every other day.
Veiled Chameleons don’t drink water from water bowls, they don’t recognize it as a water source. Uniquely, they drink water from morning drew and rain that has fallen onto leaves, you will have to mist your enclosure with a spray bottle or alternatively purchase a drip system. It is important to keep in mind that veiled chameleons do best as primarily display animals. While different veiled chameleons will tolerate handling to different degrees based on their individual personality, veiled chameleons should not be handled like a bearded dragon.
Baby Chameleon – Breeding Veiled Chameleons
Babies are best kept in a smaller enclosure to an adult, they move up in size as they get grow. Baby Chameleons can be feed crickets like an adult, however they need to be feed at least twice a day. Then as they grow older you can feed them less often. It is especially important to dust all the food for hatchlings with vitamins and calcium for proper diet. Veiled Chameleons reach sexual maturity between 8 to 10 months of age. Additionally, provided they are healthy and are sizable, they can be breed at this age.
When breeding a female and male, it’s very important to make sure to watch over the first induction, as they may fight. If the female is receptive to the male, they will show signs of courtship before mating. Generally speaking when the female begins to change colours, usually to a darker colour, it means she does not need to mate any longer.
Gestation Period of a Chameleon
The gestation period of a female Chameleon is 1 month, if she starts pacing up and down she is looking to lay her eggs. This is when you will need to place her in a separate container. Equally important, the container must have a layer of fine peat mixture and sand in the bottom. Around 8 inches should be enough, and it must be moist for the female to dig a tunnel. Once the eggs have been laid, they are to be placed into a sealed container. Equally important the container must have a 1:1 vermiculite-to-water-by-weight mixture. In addition, the container needs to go into a dark place where the eggs can incubate at room temperature (71 to 84 degrees). Furthermore, the eggs will incubate for five to 10 months before finally hatching. The female can be put back into her enclosure.