Calumma parsonii

Parson's chameleon

Author: Petr Nečas 

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Origin: Madagascar (E, NW); 50-120m a.s.l. (165-3,940ft a.s.l.) 
Average total length: 
Males 28in (70cm), Females 24in (60cm)
Longevity in captivity: 
Up to 20 years, Average 10-12 years
Longevity in the wild: 
Up to 12 years, possibly above 30
Temperature at daytime: 
Low 64-80s F (18-27°C) depending on season
Temperature basking spot: No basking or 78-
86s F (26-30°C) depending on season
Temperature at night: 
68-70s F max (20-22°C), ideal under 65s F (18°C) depending on season
Humidity at daytime: 
Humidity at night: 
100%, fog 
Insects only, No vegetables, No fruits
Special notes: Intense airflow, simulating tree canopy; Focus on hydratation, some specimens drink a lot; For adult welfare & inducing reproduction 2-4 months brumation at low temperatures and without food is necessary; Correct thikness of branches necessary - need to (almost) grasp around

Indoor Housing

Size: The bigger, the better! Minimum 48x24x48in (120x60x120cm) 
Cage Type: 
Full mesh or hybrid 
UVB source (inside or outside), Daylight source (Window or LED) (inside or outside)
Fogger at night, hand misting morning and evening 
Full mesh, small fans when using a hybrid, cage and/or air is stagnant 
Live plants (no fake), natural branches (no fake vines, no ropes, no bleached wood), no substrate or bioactive


UVB light source: T5 HO 8-12 hours a day; 5-12% according to cage height
Visible light: Full spectrum or natural light 12 hours per day 
Basking spot: 80-86s F (27-30°C), 1 hour max 2 times a day
Temperature at daytime: 77-80s F (25-27°C) when is active; 57-63s F (14-17°C) when brumating
Temperature at night: Max 68-70s F (20-22°C), Ideally below 65s F (18°C), under 60s F (15°C) when brumating
Humidity at daytime: 50-70% 
Humidity at night: 100%, fog 
Hydration: Fogger at night, Hand misting, Dripper 
Food type: Crickets, Roaches, Locusts, No vegetables, No fruits 
Food volume: Juveniles no limit, Adults no limit
Supplementation - Each meal: Plain Calcium, Bee Pollen 
Supplementation - Once in two weeks: Calcium with D3, Multivitamin 
Cleaning: Clean up poop and food, remnants, sanitize hands