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Veiled Chameleon

Chamaeleo calyptratus

  • Family: Chamaeleonidae
  • Adult Size: Males can reach nearly 2 feet in length, while females reach about 14 inches in length.
  • Range: Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
  • Habitat: Mountainous desert areas.
  • Captive Lifespan: 5 to 8 Years
  • Dangerous:
  • Care Level: Intermediate

Overview

A good size for a wood and wire cage would be 48 inches long by 30 inches wide by 71 inches tall, though the largest enclosure possible is always preferable. Aquariums may also do well as terrariums in either a vertical or horizontal format. Cage furnishings may include vine plants and elevated limbs. Water must be moving in the cage--dropping like rain from leaves, twigs or the terrarium top. Insects form the base of most veiled chameleons' diets.

Veiled chameleons are a desert/dry savannah species that need warmer temperatures and lower humidity. Terrarium lights can be used not only to illuminate a cage, but to also supply a reliable and easily controlled heat source. A cage that is maintained in the 70s Fahrenheit by day and the 60s by night will work well. A daytime basking area with a surface temperature of 88 degrees Fahrenheit can be provided by positioning a small floodlight over a suitably sized, elevated limb.

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