To Consider Before
Acquiring a Chameleon
Do you go away for weekends or are you planning any vacations? Do you
have someone who will look after your pet? If so, do they mind handling
insects, know what supplements they get and will they be around to turn
on and shut off their lights?
In my opinion, chameleons
should not be left unattended. However, some people feel comfortable
leaving their chameleons for the weekend if they put the necessary lighting
on timers and implement an automated watering system. I would recommend
you either have someone you trust visit your chameleon every day to
monitor the lighting and administer water. Remember
lighting and water are crucial to your chameleons survival!
Enthusiast will care for your chameleon!
Points to ponder before purchasing a chameleon:
- Are you planning on going
to University or moving? You must always think ahead before you commit
to any pet.
- Are you prepared for vet
bills? Are you willing to travel quite a distance to the nearest clinic
that specializes in exotic pets? Do you know a veterinarian who treats
- Can you afford to pay
approximately $10.00 a week (for one chameleon) for food (insects)?
- Are you prepared to clean
your bug's habitat out twice a week? If not, the food you give them
will become moldy and will make your chameleon sick, not to mention
become smelly and unsanitary.
- Are you willing to provide
your feeder insects with the proper nutrients? It can be quite time
consuming and difficult finding certain ingredients.
- Can you afford light fixtures
that cost over $90, basking bulbs that cost at least $14 each or the
very necessary UVA/UVB light bulbs that cost $45 each? (It is also
important to note that UVA/UVB light bulbs should be replaced every
6 months and not just when they burn out).
- Can you afford an outdoor
structure for your chameleon, so it can enjoy the summer months outside
(only when supervised, of course)? This is not necessary, but it is
a nice perk for your pet! A small, secure birdcage work great!
- Can you afford other
expenses like, calcium and multivitamin supplements?
- Are you willing to clean/sterilize
you chameleon's enclosure at least one a week? If not, bacteria and
infections can and will occur.
- Are you ready to take
on the responsibility to create a stimulating, safe environment for
- Will you take the time
to sterilize the aquarium, sticks, and only use pesticide free plants?
- Do you have other pets?
If so, they must never come in contact with your chameleon while unsupervised.
The stress produced by the presence of another animal can shorten
your chameleon's life significantly. Cats are particularly attracted
to crickets that may be moving around the bottom of your chameleon's
- Does anyone in you household
smoke? Your chameleon should never be exposed directly to any foreign
fumes like; air freshened, smoke, perfume, paint, etc.
- Are you looking for an
interactive pet? Chameleons cannot be roughhoused, and are not suitable
for children or anyone else who cannot respect their delicate nature.
You can handle your chameleon and should if you want to tame it, however,
remember that it requires 12 hours of light within its enclosure,
so that leaves only a small portion of the day left to interact.