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Chamaeleo calyptratus, the veiled chameleon, is the hardiest of the true chameleons and thus the most popular in the pet trade. This is one of the most striking chameleon species, with almost impossibly bold coloration and a casque atop the head that can reach 10 centimeters in height. Various theories have been put forth for the function of the casque: a device to aid in collecting water; a device to facilitate heat dissipation; or, most recently, a device to amplify a low-frequency 'buzzing' used for intraspecific communication (click here to hear the 'call' of the veiled chameleon).
Veiled chameleons are one of about 80 species of Old World chameleons, also called true chameleons. They are aggressive and brightly colored. They have a casque, a helmet-like ridge, on top of their heads, which is a tiny swelling as a hatchling, but grows to two inches (5 cm) in height as the animal matures.
The veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) is the most commonly bred and available species of its genus in herpetoculture. The popularity of the veiled chameleon is due to a number of factors: veiled chameleons are relatively hardy, large, beautiful, and prolific.
Origin. If you want to catch your own, you’ll find veil chameleons in the region between Yemen and Saudi Arabia. We get most of ours from an Iowa breeder. These adjust to captivity better than captured veiled chameleons.
Veiled chameleons are a hardy and prolific species that is relatively easy to breed. Captive bred veiled chameleon babies can be seen everywhere on the reptile market today, even in pet shops, and wholesale for anywhere from $25-50 depending on the age of the animal. The first step in breeding veiled chameleons is to make sure you have a male and a female.
Distribution — West Africa - Yemen and into southwestern Saudi Arabia
Habitat — Veiled Chameleons inhabit lowland, mountainside, and plateau habitats that are characterized by a moderately warm, slightly humid climates.
Adult Size — An average adult male Veiled Chameleon is usually between 46 and 50 cm (18 - 19.5 inches) total length while adult females are typically between 30 and 35 cm (11.8 - 13.8 inches). Hatchlings have a total length ranging from 5.8 and 7.5 cm (2.3 - 3 inches) and grow to adult size in approximately one and a half years.
Native Range: A narrow coastal region of Yemen and adjacent Saudi Arabia. The Veiled Chameleon is easy to keep, very hardy, large and attractive, prolific and easy to breed, and sexable at hatching. These traits all combine to make a lizard perfectly suited for the pet trade. A second subspecies, C. c. calcarifer, is not available at this time.
Care sheet for owning Veiled chameleons and Jackson's chameleons.
Veiled Chameleons are often considered to be one of the most hardy and easy species of chameleon to own. This is not to say that a veiled chameleon is an easy pet. All chameleons require a large investment of time in feeding, watering, cleaning, and general care. Chameleons are not a good pet for children.
Adult Veiled Chameleons will require an enclosure that is at least 48" X 24" X 24". Preferably, an all screen enclosure should be provided. Chameleons require the ventilation of a screen cage. Without it, they may suffer from an Upper Respiratory Infection. Plants should be included in the enclosure. The most common and easiest to care for plants are Ficus trees, Hibiscus, and Pothos.