What Are Some Tips for Caring for a Pet Chameleon?


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To care for a pet chameleon, give it adequate space, as some chameleons can grow quite large. Its living quarters should also have good ventilation with plants, lots of branches on which to climb and proper levels of moisture and light.

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Crickets are the most common food source for chameleons, but they also like foods such as fruit flies, meal worms, grasshoppers and wax worms. Feed chameleons a mixed diet for proper nutrition. Give them water in the form of spray on plants or a use pet store waterfall or bottle. Provide adequate heat using a heat lamp on the top of the reptarium. This creates a spot to bask and should be about 85 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Chameleons prefer cooler nighttime temperatures.

You can also take a chameleon outdoors for periods during for basking and vitamin D. Monitor humidity levels with a hygrometer, and use a drip system to maintain steady humidity. Excessively high levels of humidity can lead to the growth of fungus and mold.

Make sure to interact with your chameleon. Each one has a different personality, and some like handling more than others. Take it outdoors, as chameleons thrive on natural light.

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