There are many people who decide to adopt a domestic chameleon because they fall under the incomparable charm of these cold-blooded animals. Concretely, when we speak of a chameleon we speak of an absolutely splendid animal with mesmerizing eyes.
If you are wondering what you need to have a chameleon as a pet, you are in the right place because in this Bright-pet article we will explain in detail everything you need to know: how to adopt one, how feed it and we will also talk about the care the chameleon needs. Continue reading our article The chameleon as a pet to find out what makes this so beautiful and slow lizard so special.
Where to adopt a domestic chameleon?
There are many types of chameleons so there are as many ways to get one as a pet. In general, people go directly to the pet store near them which has exotic reptiles. At Bright-pets we do not recommend this type of adoption because it finances a business in which the chameleons are bred by the hundreds and where they do not receive the care they need.
If you see a chameleon with a missing finger or an injured chameleon, you are most likely facing one of these cases. These wounds are due to the way of raising them in battery in which the animalists throw insects to feed them, given their number and the little space they have, they end up biting without doing it on purpose …
We also do not recommend buying a chameleon online because you will most certainly have a weak or sick animal, not all people can be trusted …
You can go to an approved breeder so you make sure that the chameleon is raised in good conditions and that the animals are treated in good conditions etc …
However, in our opinion, the best way is to go to an exotic animal rescue center. But why ? Because there are many people who abandon their reptiles because they are long-lived animals that require a series of very specific care. They are also abandoned because of their size or for any valid excuse for these irresponsible people.
You will find in these animal shelters animals of different ages, with different stories, in addition it is a united action and a beautiful gesture. You will not have to pay the exorbitant prices imposed by the law of the market. You will just have to pay a small donation which will allow the treatment of the next animal in need.
Continue reading our article The chameleon as a pet to find out everything you need to know to take care of it.
The chameleon terrarium
Before arriving at home with your chameleon you must have prepared its habitat, it is an animal which needs a certain type of light and a specific temperature.
You can build your own terrarium for your domestic chameleon or simply go to specialized web pages where you can find second-hand products. You must buy a terrarium as large as possible, the minimum size for your terrarium must be 60 cm X 60 cm wide and 120 cm long.
It is essential that the terrarium is well ventilated, a terrarium with meshes is always a good option. Try to find one that is not made of aluminum because this type of terrarium can end up hurting the legs of your new chameleon! We recommend the use of rather metallic meshes.
Temperature and humidity of the chameleon terrarium
Before adopting a chameleon as a pet you should know that you are going to have to incorporate some fixed lighting, temperature and humidity into the terrarium:
- The illumination must be active for 10 hours a day! To do this, you can attach two fluorescent tubes to the top of the terrarium (be careful not to burn yourself) in an area inaccessible to your pet. Fluorescent or compact 5.0 tubes provide the uva / uvb that a domestic chameleon needs. You can also opt for a 100 w or 160 w mercury vapor lamp that provides the necessary heat (always adapt depending on the size of your terrarium).
- Humidity is one of the other very important factors to take into account because you have to be able to maintain humidity levels between 50% and 80%, to do this you can manually spray water 4 times a day. If you prefer an automatic system you can use an automatic humidifier or a drip system.
- Finally you will have to control the appropriate temperature for your chameleon, it is between 27ºC and 29ºC during the day and between 18ºC and 22ºC for the night. It is very important that the temperature does not change because too much variation could cause the death of your reptile.
- Remember that the place of origin of the chameleon will be the determining key in order to define the temperature, as well as the humidity it needs. It is therefore very important that you speak with the person who is proposing the adoption of their pet, so that they tell you how they took care of them before your arrival.
What to put in the terrarium?
To finish with the terrarium it is important to stipulate that it is necessary to put earth or rubble there as well as several well attached branches so that the animal can move from one end to the other of the terrarium. Remember to also include vegetation so that it feels comfortable in its new environment:
- Small ferns
- Selaginella denticulata
- Fittonia albivenis
- Ficus rasteros
You can also add charcoal to the gravel to prevent the appearance of moss or mold.
Food for Chameleon
Chameleons are insectivorous animals that have a strong predatory instinct, for this reason they are not used to accept already dead insects as food. You must take it into account before adopting one.
You must offer him a rich and varied diet by varying the choice of insects that you offer him, he will need 3 to 4 insects per day. To get supplies, we advise you to go to a store near you that will sell you:
- etc ..
The insects that you give to our chameleon must be matched with the size of our animal, moreover, it will also be necessary to sprinkle them with calcium. You can use special feeders for reptiles which allow insects to move around the entire terrarium thus preventing your chameleon from being injured.
You can also sprinkle them with vitamins occasionally, but be careful, never overdo it. This technique works wonderfully especially during birth, during the winter months or after illness.
To finish with the theme of feeding the chameleon it is important that you know that the chameleon does not drink like other animals, it will be necessary that you spray water on the vegetation of its terrarium so that it can come collect the small drops.