Veiled Chameleon

The veiled chameleon, Chameleo calyptratus, is native to Yemen and southern Saudi Arabia. They grow to a size of up to 6-12 inches long and live for up to 5+ years with proper care.

The veiled chameleons is one of the most popular chameleon species in the reptile pet world. They are able to look in any direction without turning their heads or body because each eye can swivel nearly 180 degrees. Their eyes can also point in two different directions at the same time, giving them a wide range of vision.

The veiled chameleon is a sensitive animal and they do not tolerate handling well. They require a spacious screened enclosure; adult males needing more room to explore, they require 36 inches wide by 48 inches tall, while females and young males can be kept in smaller enclosures. Generally chameleons are very territorial and do better in a solitary environment, as they are stressed easily. It is necessary to create areas for hiding as well as an exposed area of branches for basking. The enclosure should maintain a basking area of around 100° F on the warmer end, maintained at 70° F in the cool area. They also require a UVB bulb for no less than 10-12 hours per day to ensure they are able to effectively digest their proteins.

Young veiled Chameleons need to eat once or twice a day, while adults maintain a healthy diet eating every other day. They eat a variety of live insects which includes crickets, mealworms, and waxworms. Periodically the insects should be dusted with a calcium supplement. You should also occasionally feed your chameleon some various greens, although they do prefer to eat small insects. It is better to offer them multiple meals of insects than to feed them one large meal. For their hydration they will not generally drink from a water bowl, so it is very important to mist daily, to allow them to hydrate properly.

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