Read About Chameleon

Chameleon reptile can make interesting pets. Everything you need to know about them is contained in this article.

Chameleon reptile - Facts

  1. Description:

    Chameleon reptiles are any one of a large array of lizards, largely originating in Madagascar.
  2. Varieties:

    Over 130 species of chameleon reptiles are known to exist.
  3. History:

    Most chameleon reptiles originate from Madagascar; there are nearly 60 species that are found no where else in the world.
  4. Physical Traits:

    Chameleon reptiles can range in size from under 4 inches to more than 2 feet in length. They have pincers on their feet, ideal for climbing. Their tongues are very long and sticky, and can extend a great length quickly. Their eyes move independently from one another, allowing them a 360 degree view of their surroundings.
  5. Other Defining Characteristics:

    Chameleon reptiles are well-known for their ability to change color, and can appear brown, yellow, white, black, even blue or red. Contrary to popular belief, chameleons change colors as a means of communicating or responding to changes in temperature, not to blend in with their surroundings.
  6. Habitat:

    Different species of chameleon reptiles live in different habitats, but all chameleons tend to be arboreal, meaning they live in trees or bushes.

Chameleon reptile - Concerns

  1. Benefits:

  2. Liabilities:

    Chameleon reptiles should not be housed in the same cage, as even the sight of another chameleon causes them stress.
  3. Health Issues:

    Common health problems for chameleon reptiles include respiratory infections, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and internal parasites.
  4. Specific Care Needs:

    As natural climbers, chameleons should not be housed in tanks but rather in cages.
  5. Reaction to Children and other Pets:

    Chameleon reptiles do not like to be handled and do not make ideal pets for children. As with any reptile, take care to supervise the animal carefully around children and other pets.
  6. Special Household Needs:

    Chameleons are loners by nature, and do not adjust well to be handled or even observed a great deal.

Chameleon reptile - How to Choose

  1. What to Look for:

    Captive-bred chameleons are likely to be in better health than wild chameleons. Make sure the chameleon you select has clear eyes with rounded turrets. Beware of any chameleon with sunken eyes, obvious wounds or spots on the body, or breathing problems.
  2. Supplies:

    Chameleon reptiles require a large cage in which to live. Glass enclosures are not recommended since chameleons like to climb. Also, chameleons are loners and may feel threatened by the presence of another chameleon, even if that "other" chameleon is only his own reflection in the glass. Chameleon reptiles require a humid environment and should be misted with water several times a day.
  3. Expense:

    The cost of a chameleon reptile is usually around $50 to $100. Expect to pay at least that much, and likely twice that amount, on the habitat for your chameleon.