Q: What type of enclosure is best for housing my chameleon?
A: An all-screen cage is the preffered method of housing captive chameleons. This
is because it allows for proper ventilation.
Q: What type of flourescent light bulb is best for my chameleon?
A: The flourescent bulb must be full spectrum in order to stimulate the chameleon's
vitamin D3 requirements. ZooMed's Reptisun 5.0 bulb is well adapted for these purposes.
Q: What temperatures are best for my chameleon?
A: While the temperature preferences vary with individual species, a general
temperature range would be from 70-90 degrees F. There should also be about a ten degree temperature drop at
night, but not below 55 degrees or so.
Q: Why is my chameleon sleeping all day?
A: Chameleons are diurnal and should be awake for the sunlight hours. If your chameleon
appears to be "sleeping" all day, it is most likely becoming ill. Please refer to the health section of this website
for further analysis.
Q: Why do chameleons change color?
A: Contrary to popular belief, chameleons mostly change color due to their mood, not
to blend in with their surroundings. For instance, many chameleons will turn dark colors if upset, a white/yellow
combination when too hot, etc. Of course this all depends on the individual species and their normal color range.
Q: How long is a chameleon's tongue?
A: It has been estimated that a chameleon's tongue may be up to two and a half times
the length of their body!
Q: How long do chameleon's live?
A: In captivity, chameleons may live anywhere from a few (3-4) years or as long as ten
or more years. Lifespan varies with species, genetics, and obviously, captive environment.
Q: What is the difference between males and females?
A: Most male chameleons have more brilliant colors than their female counterparts,
adornments such as higher casques and rear foot spurs (male veiled chameleons), or horns whereas the female may have
smaller horns or none at all. Most often, a hemipenal bulge at the base of the tail near the cloaca will also distinguish
a male from a female chameleon.