Chameleons come from a number of places starting from rain forest to desert. They are mainly found in Africa and Madagascar with some other species being found in Asia and Europe. All chameleon species have resemblances. They all have eyes that move independently of each other, moving in 360 degree angles therefore enabling those to see every where all of the time. They have very long retractable tongues which are about 1.5 times their body length.
Their tails are prehensile which suggests they can grip vines and branches by using it; they are also perfect for balance. They can change their colour pending what mood they may be in or climate. Being mainly green provides them a great camouflage against predators inside the tree tops and canopies in the rain forests.
They vary in dimensions depending on species. An adult Veiled Chameleon could be 35cm-60cm or even an adult Panther Chameleon 30cm-53cm. Their lifespan is between 5-10yrs. The Pigmy Chameleons are smaller between 5cm-10cm and live 3-5yrs. All Chameleons change their colours, in case a male is chasing females it will display bright colours or when they are angry. When keeping a Chameleon being a pet you have to consider their enclosure and their environment.
A good reptile vivarium/terrarium needs to be half or all mesh since they need good ventilation. An excellent size will be 91cmx61cmx91cm. The larger the better they like space. Chameleons are solitary animals and must be kept on their own. Within your reptile vivarium/terrarium you may need a great deal of climbing branches and a lot of foliage. Plastic plants are great the Chameleons enjoy drinking through the leaves after spraying. The climbing areas should cover the vivarium so they can reach hot and cool areas of the tank. You might need a good UVB light along with a basking light.
You will additionally need a thermostat to be able to have a constant temperature. You need to cover the basking lamp so your Chameleon does not burn itself. A dripper for a water supply is a great idea, spray your Chameleon 2 or three times a day. You may also purchase an electric powered waterfall as chameleons usually do not drink from still water but this can be optional as spraying is going to be kfepll as long because it is done daily. Chameleons eat locust cricket’s mealworms along with other insects. You must use additional nutritional vitamins dust their live food before feeding or increase water supply i.e. water spray or dripper.