Common Name: Veiled Chameleon
Scientific Name: Chamaeleo calyptratus
Distribution: Saudi Arabia, Yemen & surrounding areas.
Life Span: Males: 6-8 yr, Females: 4-6 yr
Veiled Chameleons are among the most popular chameleon species kept as pets. This is a beautiful large species of chameleon that has fascinating behaviors. Chameleons require daily care and are considered higher maintenance than many other reptiles. Veiled Chameleons are a good choice for beginning chameleon hobbyists, yet are challenging for a beginning reptile keeper. Captive bred Veiled Chameleons are readily available and are always recommended over wild caught animals.
- Zoo Med’s Reptibreeze® Open Air Screen Cages are the perfect match for Veiled Chameleons.
- The Iguanarium® is an excellent choice for adult Veiled Chameleons.
- Provide plenty of climbing branches and broad leaf plants to create cover and climbing opportunities.
- Be sure that any live plants being used are non-toxic because Veiled Chameleons will occasionally eat plants.
- Offer branches of varying sizes to help your growing chameleon develop a strong grip.
HEATING & LIGHTING
- Daytime Terrarium Temperature: 72-80° F
- Basking Spot: 85-90°F
- Nighttime Temperature: Above 50°F
- Zoo Med’s Basking Spot Lamp™, PowerSun® and Repti Halogen™ Lamps are great choices for heating chameleon enclosures.
- Chameleons prefer a drop in temperature at night, we recommend a low wattage heat bulb such as a Nightlight Red or Nocturnal Infrared Heat Lamp.
- UVB Lighting is essential for chameleons to process calcium in captivity.
- Zoo Med’s ReptiSun® 5.0 or 10.0 Linear or Compact Fluorescent Lamps are a great choice for providing chameleons with UVB. The PowerSun® is an excellent way to provide both UVB and Heat all in one lamp!
- Without UVB lighting chameleons will develop serious health problems such as Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD).
- UVB Lighting should be left on for 10-12 hours per day and turned off at night.
- Cage carpeting such as Zoo Med’s Eco Carpet™ is the easiest substrate to maintain chameleons on.
- It is strongly recommended that hatchling chameleons are not kept on any type of loose substrate. Eco Carpet™ is the safest and cleanest choice for young chameleons.
- ReptiBark®, Forest Floor™, and Eco Earth® can be used as a nesting substrate for adults. Provide a nest box with at least 4″ of substrate in all enclosures that house adult females.
- Veiled Chameleons are insectivorous animals and will require a varied diet of insects.
- Insects such as crickets and mealworms are a good staple diet. We recommend “gut-loading” your feeder insects with Cricket Care™ prior to feeding your animals.
- Zoo Med’s ReptiCalcium® and ReptiVite™ with Vitamin D should be added to food as directed. Calcium and multi-vitamins are critical to keeping your growing chameleon healthy and active.
- Veiled Chameleons occasionally will eat leafy greens if offered.
- Feed Daily and remove all uneaten insects from the enclosure after feedings.
- Veiled Chameleons prefer to drink or lap water from leaves. This can be replicated in captivity by offering a drip system or a misting system.
- Zoo Med offers several products that will allow you to provide your chameleon with water. The Big Dripper™ will allow you to drip water onto leaves from above the cage.
- The ReptiRain® will provide a scheduled misting of your terrarium.
- Always add ReptiSafe™ Water Conditioner to your tap water to remove Chlorine and Chloramines.