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Veiled Chameleon



Impressive lizards hailing from Saudi Arabia and Yemen, veiled chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus) are arboreal creatures that you rarely see in photographs on anything other than a tree branch or twig. They grow to 10”-20” and typical live for 6-8 years (males) or 4-6 years (females). Herper experience level is rated at moderate to advanced for these reptiles. Cage requirements include a minimum footprint of 24”x24” with a height of at least 36” for climbing. They live in the trees, so the higher the cage, the better. A live ficus is a good selection for climbing in the cage, and monitoring equipment for humidity and temperature levels is greatly helpful. Veiled chameleons are primarily insectivores (older ones will eat some vegetation) with specific feeding requirements. They drink water from droplets that have been misted onto plants or that have landed on their own bodies. They will not drink from water bowls. Misting at least 2 times a day is a must for water consumption. Heat requirements are 72-80 degrees for the cage itself and 88-100 degrees for a basking spot. They also require UVB lighting and vitamin supplementation but must be able to hide from the UVB lighting. Supplying high humidity with adequate ventilation is a key to keeping this species, as well as many other chameleons. Care is more complex for these pets, but the reward is in their unique beauty and biology.

Veiled Chameleon Care

Veiled Chameleon Fact Sheet


Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Reptilia
Order - Squamata
Family - Chamaeleonidae
Genus - Chamaeleo
Species - C. calyptratus


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