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    Exotic Pets - Chameleon

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    Exotic Pets - Chameleon - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. This is a male veiled chameleon. Veiled chameleons come from the Sudan area of Africa. This is a 1 year old male. They will get about twice as big as this. Females do not get nearly as large. As you can see, this guy is antisocial. He does not like us, and I do not blame him. Chameleons are antisocial animals. They prefer being alone, and they do not do well in pairs, and they do not do well together. Males tend to combat, even if they do not touch each other, they are still combating across the room from each other. It is more of a psychological battle. Veiled chameleons are called that because of this large cask on their head. It gets bigger as they get more mature. Like I said, the females get about half this size. In the wild, they live in low lying trees, along a fringe of the deserts of the Sudan. They will also go up a little bit in altitude into the larger forest. In the wild, they eat insects. They are almost completely insectivore. However, veiled chameleons, unlike most other chameleons, will also eat vegetation. They will eat leaves off of trees. You will notice those eyes going at it. The eyes are independent of each other, and they can see in stereo. And each eye can see in a different direction at the same time. Now, I do not know what his eye's doing on the other side, but he is not taking his eye off of me at all. He is also scanning everywhere around him for a means to escape. He does not want to be here. He is not a happy camper. As you can see, the colors on this animal are very vivid. When they are in a state of rest, their colors are not quite as vivid, they are much more subdued. This is his, I am really mad and I do not want to be here colors. He is letting us know that he is not happy. In captivity, a large screen cage is what these guys require. And they do not drink water out of a bowl. So you have to have moving water, either provided by a waterfall or a drip system that will drip into the cage. You can put a live plant, live potted plant in their cage. Or you can use plastic plants. They will need a full spectrum light, and a heat lamp. And it provides them with a temperature of about 85 degrees. Um, and it can drop down to about 70 degrees at night. A very interesting animal, very interesting in the way they eat. Of course, they shoot that long tongue out to capture their food. They do not like to be held, and they do not like to be messed with, and they do not like us. So this is not a touchy feely animal. You want to treat this more like a fish. Only handle it when you have to.