There might be many people who don’t know much about reptiles and might be wondering if it’s safe to adopt a chameleon as pet. The first thing that comes to mind is whether they are poisonous or safe. Most people who want to keep chameleon as pet for the first time might not know how to take care of them, so here’s a lowdown about the color shifters.
The Veiled Chameleon
The most common type of chameleon available for keeping as pet reptile is the veiled chameleon. This breed of Chameleon is found in large numbers in Saudi Arabia and Yemen and is exported to many countries around the world. The huge popularity of veiled chameleon is due to the fact that it is extremely beautiful with bright colors and fairly large size than other type of chameleons and is prolific even under extreme climatic conditions.
Veiled Chameleon Description
This reptile is extremely hard to find because it lives in the wild in extreme temperature and humidity level types of environment. Veiled chameleons are the most preferred to keep as pet reptile. However, like other breeds of chameleon, it doesn’t like being played with and at times may turn aggressive. Most veiled chameleons may even attempt to bite when provoked. Thus, it makes sense to handle your pet only when cleaning its cage or taking it to the vet.
Veiled chameleons as a pet reptile are only meant for display rather than for playing which requires handling. Apart from their ability to change color, the look of veiled chameleon is quite appealing for a pet. Their shifting colors, which are indication of good health, may vary from very dark to very pale colors. They have prehensile tails which act as additional hand for changing positions or grasping limbs.
Feeding Veiled Chameleon
Most of veiled chameleons are not particular about food. They can eat approximately ten crickets every day as staple diet. Other insects that can be fed to these reptiles include grasshoppers, spiders, flies, earthworms, cockroaches, beetles, and moths; they can also eat newborn mice. Feeder insects can be gut loaded or dusted with calcium and vitamin supplements twice or thrice a week to ensure proper nutrition of our pet reptile.
To balance your pets’ diet, give them romaine lettuce, collard greens, mustard greens, carrots, watercress, dandelion leaves, sweet potato, and spring greens occasionally. Chameleons feed on plants during the summer months to quench their thirst.
Housing a Pet Chameleon
Chameleons, especially adults require adequate living space. The enclosure of chameleons should be well ventilated that is preferably created out of mesh. The cage for adults should have minimum height of 4 feet and the sides not less than 3 feet.
Exotic Pet Chameleon’s Special Needs
Veiled chameleons are extremely territorial preferring to live in alone. Therefore, to keep another chameleon in the same cage may cause them to display aggressive behavior against each other. You do not want to stress chameleons this way because they might refuse food as a result. You should keep this in mind when placing your reptile pet in its cage.
Another crucial aspect that is often overlooked when comes to chameleon care are the female chameleons’ special requirements. An innocent neglect of this special requirements often results to untimely deaths of female chameleons. So, if you’re planning to have a chameleon as pet reptile, you must decide whether to get a female or a male chameleon.
And last but not least, ensure that you have reptile pet insurance when you want a chameleon as pet. It’s a way to save your pocket for unavoidable future loses with your pet chameleon.