Ah, chameleons: your local pet store’s answer to real, live dragons.
Pinkie mice for larger chameleons. These should only be fed to your pet occasionally and always try to use pre-killed mice.
In chameleons, vitamin D3 is needed for many life-supporting functions. Most importantly, it helps to support proper bone development. When chameleons become deficient in this particular vitamin (due to a lack of UVB or for any other reason), they are likely to develop metabolic bone disorder. This condition can lead to deformity and death. Obviously, this is the not the path you want for your pet chameleon. So you need to ensure it is getting a proper level of UVB light exposure every day. The best way to do this is by placing your chameleon in natural sunlight.
If live in a climate that allows you to put your chameleon outside for much of the year, consider yourself lucky. You will have a much easier time caring for your pet chameleon. By placing the lizard in natural sunlight for several hours a day, you can make sure that it grows and develops normally, as it would in the wild.
House carpet chameleons in full-screen enclosures.
Yes, chameleons make good pets, BUT a word of caution:
Chameleons as Pets A chameleon can be an interesting and unique pet, but it may not be for everyone. The reptile will require a fair amount of upkeep and cage space. You will also need to factor in the cost of his habitat, lighting, heating, humidity control, and food. If you are prepared to properly care for a chameleon and set up an ideal habitat, it can be a wonderful pet. These fascinating lizards are amazing to watch and observe.Chameleons do best when living alone. Having a solitary pet prevents any chance of injury or accident due to territorial disputes. Females have shorter lifespans than males so males tend to be more popular as pets.Not all will make ideal companions. Some require more specialized habitats and others do not have the best disposition. Before you decide on what type you want, research what it requires to keep your pet healthy. Below are general descriptions of some of the more common chameleons kept as pets.There are around 180 different types of chameleons and they vary in size, color, and appearance. Even though there are many types of chameleons only a few are readily available as pets. Carpet Chameleon The carpet chameleon is found in Madagascar. They are a smaller species and males grow to around 9 inches long. They have a short lifespan and only live for 2 to 3 years. Daytime temperatures should be around 75* F with 65% humidity. They are active and hardy chameleons that do well as pets.