The Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) is native to regions of Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.. Chamaeleo calyptratus is a lizard (reptile) member of the Chamaeleonidae family. They are also known as "Yemen chameleons."
Veiled Chameleon Pet Care
Known as the Yemen Chameleon this reptile originates from the Middle East typically found in countries such as Yemen and Saudi Arabia. These lizards are one of the most beautiful lizards in the world thanks to their bright multiple colors and weird looking eyes – they are generally bright green and yellow with strips all down their body but can be found in many other colors too. Caring for chameleons isn’t easy as you have to get the right environment these reptiles are used to – and they is always a hot climate which is never easy to mimic. These reptiles can live for 6 – 8 years so be prepared for a challenge when keeping these happy and healthy – even though they are one of the easiest species to care for they will offer a challenge to inexperienced lizard enthusiasts.
Chameleons love trees to climb on so make sure your enclosure is tall enough to place a couple of reasonably sized trees for them to climb up and bask on. Make sure the enclosure is also ventilated well so the chameleons can breathe easily – the ideal height for an enclosure for a Yemen adult is about 20 inches but higher than this slightly is often better. They like plants and branches so provide them with a lot of these and a couple of hiding spots should they require them.
Heating and Lighting
The basking area for these Yemen Chameleons should be at a temperature of around 90 – 95 F and a gradient temperature from one end of the tank to the other should differ but not go below 80 – 85F. Ensure the heating/lighting source is situated away and above anything these lizards can reach. These reptiles require a UVB light bulb to survive as it gives them the right vitamins to their outer skin.
Food & Water
Food – Live insects is their typical diet but will also eat plant vegetation when it suits. It’s important to mix up their diet and provide a bit of variety for them so they can show you what they prefer – you will need to spray insects with vitamins and make sure they are washed of pesticides before they are fed. You can feed chameleons daily with a diet you choose but often locusts and crickets should be alive and placed in their enclosure for them to hunt their prey and keep them active. You can also choose to place them in a bowl to stop them escaping should you fear your chameleons aren’t capable of hunting them.
Water – You will rarely get a chameleon species that will drink from a shallow water dish like a lot of other lizards so make sure you mist their enclosure or use a dipper to make sure they have enough water droplets to drink from.
They are one of the few reptiles that are easy to breed and younger Veiled Chameleons only 3 and a half months old have been known to reach maturity. Females can lay clutches of 15-20 eggs a time and if laying more than that unfortunately don’t often live after laying their third clutch of eggs as it is a taxing process and requires a lot of energy. After around 6 months the eggs will hatch and you will know it is getting close when the eggs start to sweat slightly and some may eventually cave in.
- Suborder: Sauria
- Family: Chamaeleonidae
- Genus: Chamaeleo
- Species: C. calyptratus
- Binomial Name: Chamaeleo calyptratus
- Conservation Status: Least Concern (LC)
- Size: 18 - 24 Inches
- Lifespan: 6 - 8 Years
- Housing: 24'' x 24'' x 48'' (height)
- Substrate: Not required
- Lighting: UVB
- Temperature: 80 - 95 ° F