Chameleons are some of the most intriguing of all reptiles and most have the ability to change colour almost instantly to either blend in with their environment or to show warning colours.
All of the chameleons have independently swivelling eyes which are mounted in protruding turrets, these animals can see both behind and in front of them at the same time!
Another common feature is their very long tongues which in most species is the same length as the chameleon itself, this tone is tipped with a muscular and stick tip which is uses to catch its prey of mostly insects.
The Yemen or Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) is a good chameleon to start with and is native to Saudi Arabia and the Yemen, hence its common name.
READ MORE: Panther Chameleon Care Sheet
Generally speaking it is quite large as far as chameleons go getting to around 2 feet in length including the tail.
|The picture opposite shows a 6 month old male Yemen Chameleon in his fighting or showing off colours. Normally in rest he would be more green than anything with just a hint of the vertical stripes shown here.
When displaying like this for either mating purposes or to ward off other males he will also puff out his neck pouch and the stripes and spots come out in him.
If you have decided to opt fore keeping a chameleon then this is a good one to start with as they will readily drink from a bowl of water which is uncommon in chameleons, most will only accept water is it is sprayed on to the leaves of plants in the cage.
|More detailed species information:
Chameleons who’s tail is normally stretched out behind them have been measured snout to tail tip e.g. leaf chameleons.
** Difficulty level is based on our ‘Chellenge Level’ and is on a 1 to 10 scale 1 to 3 being not used with chameleons as they all start at level 4.
The figures are based on captive bred animals and the figures in brackets are for wild collected specimens which are usually more demanding.
The following species are being bred by Reptilesly and eggs are currently incubating.