Welcome to the Pygmy Chameleon keeping section, this area is divided in to several separate sub sections – the introduction (this page), the housing Pygmy Chameleons page, temperature and humidity, feeding Pygmy Chameleons and breeding Pygmy Chameleons sections.
The Pygmy Chameleon (Rhamopholen brevicaudatus) is native to Western Africa, and is one of the worlds smallest chamaeleons. Generally speaking it is a 3 inches in length half being the tail!
|The picture opposite shows an adult female.
They are very similar to other dwarf chameleons in the region such as Bearded Leaf Chameleons.
Pygmy Chameleons are not a good starter chameleon (if there is such a thing) unless they are captive bred specimens and even then they are not suitable for handling.
Once settled though whether wild collected or captive bred they make interesting pets.
READ MORE: Senegal Chameleon Care Sheet
Housing Pygmy Chameleons
|Welcome to the housing Pygmy Chameleons section, this area is divided in to several separate sub sections – the introduction, the housing Pygmy Chameleons page (this page), temperature and humidity, feeding Pygmy Chameleons and breeding Pygmy Chameleons sections..
The best enclosure I have seen for chameleons is the Reptarium from Apogee. These consist of a strong plastic frame with a strong and machine washable mesh cover which has zip off ends.
The size of the enclosure should be large enough to allow the chameleon to move freely around to thermo-regulate itself (keep the right temperature). A size of 25 x 14 x 14 (22G version) used flat is large enough for one adult or a pair at most whilst a 30 x 16 x 16 (38G version) used flat is suitable for one male and two females.
The Cage should have a substrate of orchid bark in the bottom so a Reptarium Softray will be needed. The orchid bark should be topped with a layer of dry leaves, oak are good ones but not pine or conifer.
In the UK you can safely put the entire cage outdoors in a sunny position. As the cage is mesh it will not overheat and the chameleons will benefit from the summer sun.
Make sure to spray at least twice a day if keeping outdoors during the summer and make sure that there is some shady places within the cage or put part of it in the shade and part in the sun, this will allow the lizard to bask safely.
Whatever kind of enclosure you choose you will need at least one other piece of equipment, a twiggy ‘bush’, this should have at least 6 sturdy side shoots each carrying twiggy branches.
The bush should be liberally wrapped with artificial vines for cover, they will sleep in the ‘leafy’ area at night.
A section of oak tree branch with side shoots makes a good ‘bush’, you can leave the leaves on the branch rather than wrapping it in vine, the leaves will dry on the plant.
They are best kept singly or as pairs as males will fight other males.