Here is a video on the basics of chameleon care. Below you will find more detailed information as well as more specific videos detailing different aspects of your chameleons needs.
Chameleon Husbandry- Handling
We recommend starting with a 16”x16”x20” 100% all screen cage that is made in the USA, these are the same cages we sell here on our website. They are made out of Stainless steel and Aluminum that will NEVER rust. This cage will house most small chameleons until they are at least 10 months old. Several advantages are gained in the use of a small cage with baby chameleons. The most important of which is that it makes it easy to know if your baby is eating or not. A small cage allows your pet to easily find its food. When your chameleon outgrows his cage you can then use its small cage for vet trips or best of all, fill it with another baby chameleon! Assembling the cage is easy and instructions are included; however, here is a video to show you how it’s done!
Your chameleon will need two types of light, one for heat and one special UVB bulb. The UVB bulb emits rays which are naturally given off by the sun. Since your chameleon is going to be kept inside you will need to use this bulb. UVB rays help the chameleon to absorb calcium into its body which is why without this bulb many chameleons get very ill. The other light you need provides heat. Our deluxe kit includes a full spectrum heat bulb, however, in a pinch you can use a plain incandescent bulb. You want the basking spot for baby chameleons to be around 90 degrees, so use whatever size bulb needed to reach this temperature. Use your included thermometer to check this because a chameleon that cannot get warm will soon fall ill.
Watering is one of the most important aspects of your chameleons care. Chameleons can become dehydrated if the humidity is too low or if you don’t give them enough chances to drink. A chameleon WILL NOT drink from a bowl of standing water so you need to use both items in the kit to make sure it gets enough water. Fill your adjustable dripper and set it so it has a slow consistent drip, ideally you want this to last most of the day, place it so the drip falls on the foliage inside the cage so the chameleon can lap it up. Doing this 4-5 times a week will keep your chameleon nice and happy. Also you will need to hand mist its cage 2-3 times a day to keep the humidity up and give your chameleon another chance to drink. This you will need to do every day. A dehydrated chameleon is one of the most common problems that we have to deal with when getting emails from customers. Following the guidelines above and giving your chameleon a little time daily it will remain hydrated and happy.
Vitamins / Supplementation
Feeding your chameleon is one of the most enjoyable aspects of keeping them and watching a chameleon shoot out its long sticky tongue provides endless entertainment. Insects that you purchase are basically an empty shell full of potato or any other commercial diet than can hardly be considered healthy. The best thing to do is feed them a gutload such as Cricket Crack! This is a well-balanced insect food that will turn a normal cricket into super healthy well balanced feeder.
Because your chameleons will be kept indoors under artificial conditions you will need to supplement it with things it would otherwise get from nature. This is made easy by coating your insects in the a dusting cup. It is best to use several types of vitamins and they should be used according to a schedule so you do not overdose your chameleons on any one thing. Supplementation is hardly an exact science and this is what has worked for us, feel free to do your own research and see what may work the best for you.
Please take a few minutes and watch our video on how to care for and supplement your bugs.
Our affordable kits include everything you need to take care of your NEW pet chameleon!
This is Michelle in Tucson, Arizona, the adopted mommy to Lizzie, my almost 3-month old Bearded Dragon. Lizzie is a hypo bearded dragon that I purchased at the Reptile Show in Tucson, Arizona on September 19, 2009. I LOVE my bearded dragon! Lizzie leads a pampered life that is filled with love and food. My sons and I took Lizzie camping last week and I sneak her into restaurants and businesses all the time. I even painted Lizzie's nails bright red. As I drive around town, Lizzie looks out the window and watches the world go by. She is the daughter I never had and she is well loved.