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Scientific name: Chamaeleo Senegalensis
Senegal Chameleons are grey to brown to green but, like all chameleons, they can change color. They will grow up to 6-8 inches long. Males will have broader tales than females and are more grayish-brown with triangular blotches while females tend to be a uniform green or brownish-green. These lizards can live up to 6-7 years if taken care of properly. They are great starter chameleons if you’ve never owned a chameleon but want one as a pet.
This species is native to Sub-Saharan West Africa.
These lizards do well with reptile carpet, shredded coconut husks, or reptile bark as a substrate. Be sure to put enough plants, rocks, and wood in the tank for your lizard to hide in and climb on. These lizards love to climb.
These chameleons do not need too much space and a group of 2 or 3 can inhabit a 20-30 gallon screen cage.
A comfortable temperature for these lizards is around 72-85º F during the day with a slight drop at night. LEDs or other low-wattage light bulbs work best for maintaining these temperatures. A small heat pad is recommended for basking.
They prefer a very humid which can be maintained with humidifiers and misters.
Senegal Chameleons will feed on small crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, wax worms, and any other insect small enough for them to ingest. They prefer live food. It is recommended that food be dusted with calcium to prevent bone softening.
Chameleons have the usual needs for vitamin D3 but in addition to this they need large amounts of vitamin A. Herptivite or Flukers are vitamins made especially for reptiles. Herptivites brand has no vitamin A but instead it contains Beta Carotein wich can be turned into vitamin A if needed.
Water can be supplied in two ways. The first way to supply it is to mist the cage once or twice a day and the second way is to supply a drip system to the chameleons cage.