Calumma parsonii

Parson's chameleon

Author: Petr Nečas 


Climate Reference Locality Weather Forecast


Download files


Profile

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: 
50-70% 
Humidity at night: 
100%, fog 
Food: 
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 
Light: 
UVB source (inside or outside), Daylight source (Window or LED) (inside or outside)
Hydration: 
Fogger at night, hand misting morning and evening 
Ventilation: 
Full mesh, small fans when using a hybrid, cage and/or air is stagnant 
Interior: 
Live plants (no fake), natural branches (no fake vines, no ropes, no bleached wood), no substrate or bioactive


Care

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