What You Should Know Before You Get a Chameleon?

Species Differences: 

There are many species of chameleons, and each has its own care requirements. Research the species you are interested in to ensure you can meet its needs.

Habitat Setup: 

Chameleons require a spacious and well-ventilated enclosure with plenty of branches and foliage for climbing and hiding.

Temperature and Humidity: 

Chameleons require specific temperature and humidity levels to thrive. The temperature should range from 70-85°F (21-29°C) during the day and drop slightly at night. Humidity levels should be around 50-70%.


Chameleons primarily eat insects, such as crickets, roaches, and mealworms. They also require a variety of supplements, including calcium and vitamin D3, to prevent nutritional deficiencies.


Chameleons are delicate and generally do not enjoy being handled. Limit handling to avoid stressing the chameleon, and always wash your hands before and after handling to prevent the spread of disease.


Chameleons are prone to health issues such as metabolic bone disease and respiratory infections. Regular veterinary check-ups and a well-maintained habitat can help prevent these issues.


Chameleons can live for several years in captivity, with some species living up to 5-10 years or more. Be prepared for a long-term commitment.

Legal Considerations: 

Some species of chameleons are protected under wildlife conservation laws. Make sure you are allowed to own the species you are interested in and obtain it from a reputable source.