Welcome to the wonderful world of Chameleons!
Whether you are a new keeper, researching before you decide to purchase,
or an experienced keeper trying to find an article or website that had
been posted, the following information will be helpful to you.
Below is a list of the most commonly suggested websites for current,
quality chameleon information. Many questions can be addressed either
directly or via additional website links. Granted, we all still want to
hear answers from experienced keepers, but do a little research first.
You can start your search on the kingsnake.com Chameleon forums by reading
old messages as many of these issues have been addressed there. You can
also check out the following websites. All of these sites have information
on nutrition, species profiles, feeders, health, breeding, husbandry,
baby/nursery info, veterinarians, and much more. Do not just go to their
home page. Take the time to poke around and find that wealth of chameleon
- Chameleon News
- This is a top source of current information compiled and written by
"tops in their field." See their Article Reference page for
- Species profile, husbandry and health issues, etc.
- Kammerflage Kreations
- Top U.S. breeder; wonderful site with tons of info.
- Vet topics, husbandry, etc.
Chameleon Information Network
The Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV)
- Articles and listings of vets in your area
Vet listings by state
- Real people experiences - has state listing
Of course, there are more websites, but these are the most frequently
recommended. Please go to them, look around and bookmark them for future
Tips for asking questions
If your chameleon is having problems and you want input from other chameleon
owners, be sure to include as much information as possible:
- Cage type: What size and type of cage (screen, glass, etc.)?
- Temperatures: What is the basking temperature? How do you measure
the temperature in your setup? What is the temperature in the warmest
spot? The coolest spot? At night? During the day? You should measure
the temperature of the chameleons' skin or the surface of its current
branch to get a more accurate reading. Do you leave any heat on at night?
What is the temperature in the room at night?
- Lighting: What brand is your UVB light? How long have you been
using it? How long are your lights on each day? Do you leave any lights
on at night? Where are the lights? on top?
- Humidity: Do you have a humidity gauge? What is the range of
relative humidity (RH) from lowest to highest? How long does it take
to go from high to low? Do you use a humidifier? Do you live in the
north or south (or other)?
- Water: Have you observed your chameleon drinking? How often
do you mist? Do you have a dripper?
- Food: Have you observed your chameleon eating? What is the
chameleon's diet? Where do you get your live feeder prey? What are you
feeding the feeders? Fresh veggies? Gut load? If you use a commercial
gut load what is the brand? If you make your own what are the ingredients?
- Supplements: What type of supplement(s) do you use? Brand name(s)?
How often do you use supplements?
- Plants & branches: What plants do you have? Are your plants
alive or fake? Do the plants provide lots of coverage where the chameleon
will feel safe? Can you see your chameleon most of the time or can it
hide from your view?
- Chameleon facts: How old is the chameleon? Do you know if it
is wild caught or captive born? Did you get the chameleon at a show?
- Handling: Do you handle your chameleon? How often and how long?
What is its reaction to you? Is the cage in a quiet part of the house
or is it in a busy or noisy area? Any big stereo speakers near the cage?
Is your chameleon alone in the cage? Can your chameleon see any other
herps or pets from the cage?
- Veterinarians: Do you have a veterinarian who KNOWS chameleons?
One last thing: As great as everyone is here (and they are), if there
is a medical problem there is no substitute for a trip to the veterinarian.
Lele & Carlton, members of the kingsnake.com Chameleon forum community,
put the information together for this article.