Chameleons come from a number of places starting from rain forest to desert. They’re mainly found in Africa and Madagascar with some 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 them to see every where all of the time. They 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; they are also perfect for balance. They are able to change their colour pending what mood they are in or climate. Being mainly green presents them an excellent camouflage against predators in the tree tops and canopies from the rain forests.
They vary in dimensions based on species. An adult Veiled Chameleon could be 35cm-60cm or even an adult Panther Chameleon 30cm-53cm. Their lifespan 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 when they are angry. When keeping a Chameleon as being a pet you have to consider their enclosure along with their environment.
A great reptile vivarium/terrarium ought to be half or all mesh since they need good ventilation. A great size could be 91cmx61cmx91cm. The greater the better they enjoy space. Chameleons are solitary animals and really should be kept independently. Inside your reptile vivarium/terrarium you will need a large amount of climbing branches and plenty of foliage. Plastic plants are ideal the Chameleons enjoy drinking from the leaves after spraying. The climbing areas should cover the vivarium so they can reach hot and cool parts of the tank. You will need a good UVB light and a basking light.
You will also need to have a thermostat so as to have a constant temperature. You will have to cover the basking lamp which means that your Chameleon will not burn itself. A dripper for a water supply is a great idea, spray your Chameleon 2 or 3 times a day. You may also purchase an electrical waterfall as chameleons do not drink from still water but this can be optional as spraying will be kfepll as long since it is done daily. Chameleons eat locust cricket’s mealworms as well as other insects. You have to use additional nutritional vitamins dust their live food before feeding or enhance water supply i.e. water spray or dripper.