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   Meller's Chameleon (Chamaeleo melleri)


Diet: Crickets, Meal Worms, Wax Worms, and other grubs. Also they love baby food/ mashed up fruits :)! When feeding grasshoppers, it is recommended to remove the barbed hind legs of grasshoppers before offering them to chameleons as these can cause tears in the chameleon’s throat.

Adult size: 18- 30 inches long, with tongue reaching an additional 15- 20 inches long. As adults, they can weigh 500- 600 grams.

WARNING: never offer food items that are too large for the lizard to eat and never offer insects collected from areas where there have been insecticide and fertilizer treatments.

A well cared for Meller's Chameleon can live up to 12 years. A healthy chameleon should have a clean, mite-free skin that shows no black scratches or necrosis (dead tissue), as they can bruise easily. Each subadult will consume approximately 6 to 20 individual bugs per day, increasingly more as it grows. Dust their food items in multi-vitamin supplements every second feeding. If fed too much Calcium, they can develop internal problems, such as Urine Crystals. Juveniles can be housed in fine screen cages, but the active adolescents require larger mesh screen to prevent claw and foot damage. They require lots of space, so a cage should be as large as possible. A basking hot spot is required, usually being placed 10" of headroom above the highest perch for an adult to fully bask. They must have a UVB light which will aid them in digestion of Calcium and Bone.
During day time, they should be kept at 70- 90*F with a cold spot of 65*F. During night time, 70*F with a cold spot of 50*F. Humidity should be alternated thru out the day, ranging from 20- 80%. Normally, a healthy chameleon can stay hydrated for the whole day just drinking ones in the morning. The water must be moving for them to drink from it. This can be accomplished by either dripping an Ice Cube over the water dish every morning, or giving them a Water Fall. Chameleons will drink up water droplets after a fine mist though this alone is often not sufficient quantity of water.
Bacteria and fungi are common and serious problems that cause severe infections and death. Regularly check the cage for mould and fungus growth, and remove feces (droppings) or dead prey insects whenever you find them. Keep an eye on your chameleon, to ensure its not eating the potting soil, this is a sign of insufficient nutrition, so make adjustments in gut load or supplementation. Chameleons tend to rub their vent (cloaca or anus) on perches after defecating, so scrub perches well with a hard brush. Never use any chemicals on plastic, as it will be absorbed and poison the animals in the long term!


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