Do Chameleons Make Good Pets? What You Need to Know

It's easy to see why people find chameleons fascinating and want to keep them as pets.

A word of caution, though – Chameleons are very difficult to maintain and inexperienced reptile owners should not start with this reptile. Having said that, they are also not the most difficult exotic pet to take care of.

Another important thing to note – Chameleons don't cuddle. If you're looking for a cuddly pet or one that likes to be held, then look elsewhere!

Caring for a Chameleon Tips

Wild reptiles are more than likely to be infected with parasites. Buy a chameleon from a respected breeder if you do insist on getting one. Avoid the big chain stores.

While selecting a pet chameleon, it is important to determine the health of the animal. The chameleon should be active and look healthy, with bright coloration.

Panther Chameleons, Veiled Chameleons, and Jackson's Chameleons' are the most widespread species that kept as pets. Chameleons are solitary animals and they shouldn't be kept with other pets. It is a very bad idea to keep two male chameleons together as they will fight and injure each other. They should be put in a cage with a lot of foliage to climb and to provide privacy.

In a nutshell, chameleons make good pets, but please don't be in a rush to get one before you thoroughly research their care requirements. They come with a price, meaning their initial equipment is pricey, and their ongoing care can be as well. They need housing, lighting, heating, specific water needs, food, vet visits. Talk to experienced reptile owners before you decide.

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