Chameleon Owner's Manual
care package has been complied in memory of Dietriche, my first, and
dare I admit, favorite veiled chameleon, who passed away on March 4,
Over the past few years, I have acquired many other endearing reptiles
including three more veiled chameleons, an ambanja panther chameleon,
a rainbow panther chameleon, a leopard gecko, a royal python, and a
not to mention a few fur bearing pets. I have also
become affiliated with "Reptile Rescue", an organization that
rescues unwanted reptiles and places them in foster homes until they
can be adopted permanently by a loving and responsible home. We are
also committed to educating the public about reptiles and dispelling
the many myths and stereotypes that surround them.
It was not until April 2000 that I decided to found my own organization
dedicated primarily to chameleons. Hence, the Chameleon Enthusiast was
The purpose of this manual is to prepare the potential chameleon owner
for the undertaking of such a commitment. I aspire to assist other people
by answering their questions, and providing them with the information
and resources that I have compiled over the years through research,
observation, and talking to veterinarians and breeders.
You will not find information regarding the "natural history"
or descriptions of varying species in this package. There are many wonderful
books that already provide that. My goal is to provide the chameleon
owner with the necessary resources, support and fundamental requirements
necessary for your chameleon to flourish.
Chameleons have become very popular as pets. In response to this market,
developments to improve their health and care have become available.
There are now several veterinarians who specialize in reptiles, supplements
that reflect a chameleon's dietary needs, even accessories to make your
chameleon feel right at home! But most importantly, there are organizations
like Reptile Rescue, and now, The Chameleon Enthusiast, who are dedicated
to the ethical treatment of all reptiles and educating the public.
chameleons may look "cute" and "cool", but
they are not novelties to be taken lightly. It takes a lot of effort
on your part to keep a chameleon healthy. These remarkable creatures
demand 24 hour care, so if you like going away for the weekend, or plan
to go away to University soon
think again, another pet may be
a better match for your lifestyle.
Please be responsible when committing to any pet.
1: Getting Started
4: Dietary Guidelines
5: General Care
6: General Interest