The most striking feature of chameleons is their ability to change colour. This can occur in response to stress, excitement, lighting, temperature and the presence of other chameleons, as well as other influences. Chameleons are great characters and do make good pets as long as you know what you are doing and have fully researched the species. Remember, they do require daily maintenance.
Types of Chameleons
There are a number of different species of Chameleon, and each will have its own specific care requirements, but some of the most popular species to keep as pets are as follows:
- Pygmy Chameleon
- Meller Chameleon
- Swift Veiled Chameleon
- Yemen Chameleon
Company for Chameleons
Chameleons are extremely antisocial creatures, they don't even like the sight of each other, and can get stressed just by being able to see each other across a room. Sexually mature adults of the same sex should never be housed together, and male and female pairs should only be housed together if lots of room is provided.
Due to their antisocial nature, your pet Chameleon will be more of an observation pet. They prefer not to be picked up and handled, and doing so may stress it so much that it may be fatal.
When cleaning your cage your Chameleon should not be handled or played with instead you could put it in a supervised area to encourage exercise.
Chameleons are not long lived reptiles. Due to their rapid growth many species can be sexually mature at 6-12 months. The average lifespan of a Chameleon is 2-3 years however many may live to see 5 years.
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