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
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
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!