What to Know About Jackson’s Chameleons as Pets

Dustin names the chameleons he's taken as temporary pets during his Florida vacation. (1992)
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The more space you can provide for your adult chameleon, the better. They require rather spacious enclosures. A chameleon’s enclosure should be well ventilated. An all-glass aquarium is not recommended for these pets because they tend to get stagnant air. This will create a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus that may kill your pet. Your chameleon will need an enclosure that is preferably made out of screen or mesh. This will aid air movement as well as provide climbing material for your pet. Its cage should be at least 48 inches tall for adults with the sides measuring approximately 36". The more room, the better. Some owners will recommend 1 or 2 sides being glass to help hold heat. This will depend on your home environment and what temperatures you are able to maintain for your pet via heat lamps. The base of your cage can be covered with the simplest of materials—newspaper, paper towels, etc.; whatever is easiest to clean up.
Chameleons Make Truly Fantastic Pets!
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More than 100 chameleon species exist in the wild, but only a handful of these are regularly bred and sold in captivity as household pets. Among these, life spans vary. Panther chameleons can live 7 to 8 years; some individuals live even longer with proper care. Veiled chameleons live 5 to 8 years. My name is Robert Jones and while I basically love all pets, chameleons have always been my favorite by far.
Photo provided by FlickrChameleons are interesting animals. They're nice to look at. I'm not sure, though, how they are as pets.
Photo provided by FlickrEven though there are many types of chameleons only a few are readily available as pets
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Chameleons are not as social as many of the other larger types of lizards like Iguanas, Bearded dragons or Monitor lizards. Chameleons are naturally shy timid lizards that are easily stressed. They are not pets that will enjoy being constantly handled, played with or given a lot of hands on attention. Chameleons are best only handled when necessary and admired from afar the rest of the time. Chameleons are solitary reptiles and should be kept solo.Not all will make ideal companions. Some require more specialized habitats and others do not have the best disposition. Before you decide on what type you want, research what it requires to keep your pet healthy. Below are general descriptions of some of the more common chameleons kept as pets.There are around 180 different types of chameleons and they vary in size, color, and appearance. Even though there are many types of chameleons only a few are readily available as pets. Chameleons as Pets
A chameleon can be an interesting and unique pet, but it may not be for everyone. The reptile will require a fair amount of upkeep and cage space. You will also need to factor in the cost of his habitat, lighting, heating, humidity control, and food. Carpet Chameleon
The carpet chameleon is found in Madagascar. They are a smaller species and males grow to around 9 inches long. They have a short lifespan and only live for 2 to 3 years. Daytime temperatures should be around 75* F with 65% humidity. They are active and hardy chameleons that do well as pets.Flap-Necked Chameleon
Flap-necked chameleons can be found in eastern and southern Africa. They can grow to around 13 inches long and live around 2 to 3 years. They require a daytime temperature around 75* F and a humidity around 75% humidity. They are hardy lizards, do well in captivity, and can make nice pets.