Before reading this Veiled Chameleon care guide i urge you to read the following 2 pages an ensure your setup and interior are perfect, you could do everything right in this guide and still end up with a poorly chameleon if not.
The above 2 posts mentions equipment and interior setup, this Veiled Chameleon Care guide is about the day to day care of your Yemen Chameleon.
Daily Veiled Chameleon Care Guide
- Your chameleon should be getting around 12 hours of UVB and Heat everyday so you want to be flicking on the the lighting every morning. (please note your Chameleon doesn't need an over night heat source, see links above). Have you considered using a timer? No hassle and no worrying about being home to turn it on and off.
- You need to grab your misting bottle and fill it with very slightly warm water, bearing in mind that water cools as it hits the air. You then want to give all your plants a good misting avoiding direct misting of your chameleon. If you mist your Chameleon directly this could cause illness so be very careful. Happily most chameleons tend to run away at the site of a bottle. 1 Misting a day is all you need in the morning.
- The dripper system needs to be fully functional and dripping water directly on to a plants leaf (you can turn drippers off at night). If you get the tube in the right place you can sometimes have multiple drips on multiple plants, this will make the water more attractive to your Chameleon.
- Spot clean your enclosure, remove any presents left by your Chameleon but examine them first. You should see a white piece and this is your chameleons urates, white is good and means he/she is hydrated. If you see yellow or orange it could be a sign of dehydration, this could be a time to up your misting to 2 times a day until you see an improvement. Is your drippers drips accessible to your chameleon? Ensure any moisture at the bottom of the cage is soaked up, this could cause bacteria to form.
- Feeding should be Daily for Juveniles and every other day for Adults. Make sure your bugs are well gut loaded. You need to feed a mixture of bugs ranging from Crickets, Locusts, Superworms (mario worms), Dubai Roaches and Hornworms. Avoid Meal worms.
- Supplements are important and an area that most people get wrong. Every time you feed your Veiled Chameleon you need to dust the live food. Using the correct supplements is where most people make mistakes. You need 2 types of supplements, 1 regular Calcium dust with nothing else added into it, just pure calcium dust. The 2nd is a multi vitamin with D3. It's crucial you use the correct ones as too much D3 for example can cause illness.The first one the regular calcium should be used every feed for 13 days, below is an example of the correct calcium dust to use it costs around £7 and will last you for months. The 2nd one should be used on the 14th day, you then go back to the first one and continue the rotation. The 2nd one costs around £9 and again will last you months. When you dust, it should be a light dusting no big clumps on the insects.You can purchase the first calcium dust here
You can purchase reptivite here