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@Marielle: Veiled Chameleons are an advanced lizard. Many pet stores will not carry them because of this. However, this is true for all chameleons that I'm aware of. If you're just starting out, I'd recommend a different lizard. Leopard geckos are very cool. I'm rather fond of anoles too.
Eat, drink and be merry Unlike most pets, veiled chameleons don’t drink from bowls when they’re thirsty. Instead, yours will stay hydrated from moisture in and on leaves. Set up to slowly drip water onto the leaves of plants. This provides him with lots of water droplets to drink throughout the day. Mist his habitat about 2–3 times daily, but keep the humidity below 60%.
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Bad Reputation Veiled chameleons—and chameleons in general—often have a poor reputation of being finicky or requiring a more advanced level of care. In the past, this may have been the case, but thanks to advances in captive breeding, veiled chameleons are better acclimated to life as a pet than their previously wild-caught cousins. However, chameleons typically do not enjoy being handled. Some pet owners may be used to bearded dragons or other lizards that prefer handling, but chameleons can grow stressed or even become unhealthy from excessive handling. When handling a chameleon, retailers should encourage their staff and customers to simply allow the chameleon freedom of movement, letting it proceed across an arm or across hands as it feels comfortable. Chameleons do prefer heights, so don’t be surprised if a chameleon finds its way to the top of your head.The veiled chameleon () is the most commonlybred and available species of its genus in herpetoculture. The popularity of the veiledchameleon is due to a number of factors: veiled chameleons are relatively hardy, large,beautiful, and prolific. It is not uncommon to encounter this species in pet shops, evenpet shops that do not specialize in reptiles. Unfortunately, veiled chameleons are all toooften purchased from reptile shows or pet shops without the correct information on theirproper care and management in captivity. It is the responsibility of the seller to provideinformation on captive care, as it is also the responsibility of the purchaser to seek itbefore the animal is brought home. Veiled chameleons are native to Yemen and southernSaudi Arabia, and reside in an amazing variety of different habitats. As such, thisspecies is tolerant of temperature and humidity extremes, which contributes to itshardiness as a captive. Chameleons as a genus are "high maintenance" reptilepets, and although veileds are among the easiest chameleons to care for, they stillrequire careful attention. There are several aspects to veiled chameleon husbandry, thefirst being the purchase of a healthy animal, and the second, providing the appropriatecaptive care.If buying a baby or juvenile Veiled Chameleon, you can use newspaper or paper towels as a substrate. Sand or other loose substrates aren’t recommended for juveniles, as they can eat it and develop internal injuries. Adults do well on reptile carpet as a substrate. Be sure to put enough rocks and wood in the tank for your lizard to hide in. Plants are a must, as these lizards love to climb.First and foremost, purchase only captive born veiled chameleons. Althoughlarge numbers of captive born veiled chameleons are produced annually in the UnitedStates, veiled chameleons are still imported for the pet trade. Imported chameleons shouldbe avoided at all costs. Imports usually carry a large parasite load, and are dehydratedand stressed from the importation process. The only time imported chameleons should bepurchased is to augment and improve the genetic diversity of a large scale breedingprogram..