Jackson’s Chameleon

Also known as Kikuyu three-horned chameleon or Jackson’s Horned Chameleon

Jackson's Chameleon

The Jackson’s Chameleon (Trioceros jacksonii) is native to Africa. They can live 5 - 10 Years and grow to 9 - 13 Inches. Their conservation statis is Near Threatened (NT).

The Basics for Jackson’s Chameleons

  • Housing
  • 18"x18"x36" Screen Cage
  • Substrate
  • No specific substrate required
  • Lighting
  • Temperature
  • 65 - 80 ° F
  • Humidity
  • 40 - 80%
  • Food
  • Crickets, mealworms, superworms, waxworms.

Jackson’s Chameleon Care

These lizards can make great pets so long as they’re taken care of properly. They can easily live between 5 and 10 years in captivity. However, they do require the right amount of heat and humidity to thrive in a cage. The typical size for this species is between 9 and 13 inches (15-35 cm). In their natural habitat, they survive in humid rain forests. It is very common that they spend the majority of their time in trees, only to venture to the group to lay eggs.

Jackson’s Chameleons are territorial. Its best to cage them separately.


Be sure to watch the videos below for further details on setting up your Jackson’s chameleon cage. They enjoy spending their time in trees (off the ground) so most owners set up a nice branch with leaves for cover. Humidity is another delicate setup you’ll need to be aware of.

Your pet’s cage should be a vertical terrarium. Anything around 1.5 feet in width by 1.5 feet in depth and 3 feet in height with a screen lid. Chameleon’s spend the majority of their time climbing and basking at different heights within their enclosure. The heat at the top of the cage will be greater (due to your UVA/UVB light) and as your chameleon descends lower, the temperature drops as well, allowing them to bask in their desired temperature.

Lighting – Chameleons need UVA/UVB light sources for 10 -12 hours per day. So prepare your mesh enclosure with these lights before acquiring the lizard. Temperates over 90 F (32 C) are discouraged.

Humidity – This species of lizard requires 40% – 80% humidity. This can be accomplished by misting their plants twice a day. Chameleons will drink the water drops off plants and rarely use a water bowl. Most owners suggest a misting system.


Jackson’s Chameleons are insectivores. They primarily eat a variety of insects including crickets, mealworms, super worms and wax worms.

Be sure to keep up with your feeding so your pet has a good amount of vitamins from its food supply but keep an eye on the number of crickets in the enclosure. If there are many uneaten insects this means your Jackson’s chameleon is full and doesn’t require the amount of food you’ve placed in its cage.


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