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Veiled Chameleon Care Sheet

Description: The Velied Chameleon is aboreal meaning it spends most of its time in the trees. It mirrors this behavior in captivity.
Scientific Name: Chamaeleo calyptratus
Lifespan: 4 to 7 years
Average Size: Between 1 to 2 feet depending on sex
Origin: Saudia Arabia and Yemen


Having a varied diet is the key to maintaining a healthy Veiled Chameleon. As with all lizards too many waxworms can be dangerous to their health because they are so high in fat. Crickets on the other hand should make up the majority of a Veiled Chameleon's diet. Butterworms, mealworms, silkworms, superworms and waxworms should all be used in rotation.


Humidity: Veiled Chameleons do not need a high level of humidity in relation to many other lizards.
Lighting: UVB rays are vital to keeping a Veiled Chameleon healthy. A good full-spectrum fluorescent light will provide these much needed UVB rays.
Physical Design: As mentioned above Veiled Chameleons are known to spend most of their time high up in the trees while in the wild. To mimick this environement in captivity ensure that they have ample tree branches and vines to climb on in their habitat.
Size: A 3 foot cube is the absolute minimum size for a Veiled Chameleon's habitat. If the enclosure is any smaller than this it is likely to cause the lizard unnecessary stress.
Substrate: Reptile carpet is probably the best material to use as a substrate for Veiled Chameleons.
Temperature: The top of a Veiled Chameleon's habitat should be at about 95 degrees F while the bottom should be maintained at 80 degrees F. If the habitat is designed properly with vines and branches from top to bottom the lizard will be able to find its own comfort level.
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