Chameleons come from a variety of places ranging from rain forest to desert. They’re mainly found in Africa and Madagascar along with other species being found in Asia and Europe. All chameleon species have similarities. They all have eyes that move independently of each other, moving in 360 degree angles therefore enabling these to see every where all of the time. They also have very long retractable tongues that are about 1.5 times themselves length.
Their tails are prehensile meaning they can grip vines and branches along with it; also, they are perfect for balance. They could change their colour pending what mood they are in or climate. Being mainly green provides them a fantastic camouflage against predators inside the tree tops and canopies from the rain forests.
They vary in dimensions according to species. A grownup Veiled Chameleon will be 35cm-60cm or perhaps an adult Panther Chameleon 30cm-53cm. Their life span is between 5-10yrs. The Pigmy Chameleons are smaller between 5cm-10cm and live 3-5yrs. All Chameleons change their colours, when a male is chasing females it can display bright colours or if they are angry. When keeping a Chameleon as being a pet you need to consider their enclosure as well as their environment.
A good reptile vivarium/terrarium should be half or all mesh as they need good ventilation. A good size will be 91cmx61cmx91cm. The larger the better they enjoy space. Chameleons are solitary animals and really should be kept on their own. Inside your reptile vivarium/terrarium you may need a great deal of climbing branches and lots of foliage. Plastic plants are ideal the Chameleons enjoy drinking through the leaves after spraying. The climbing areas should cover the vivarium so that they can reach hot and cool areas of the tank. You may need a good UVB light along with a basking light.
Additionally, you will require a thermostat so as to have a constant temperature. You will need to cover the basking lamp so that your Chameleon fails to burn itself. A dripper for any water supply is a great idea, spray your Chameleon 2 or three times a day. You may also purchase an electric powered waterfall as chameleons do not drink from still water but this can be optional as spraying will likely be kfepll as long as it is done daily. Chameleons eat locust cricket’s mealworms along with other insects. You need to use additional minerals and vitamins dust their live food before feeding or add to water supply i.e. water spray or dripper.