Chameleons In The Captivity

Author: Petr Nečas

Force Feeding Or Hydrating Chameleons

Sometimes you need to force feed or force hydrate a chameleon. This is how to do...

Hemipeneal Plugs In Parson’s Chameleon

How to find, identify, remove and prevent them? 

Tongue Injuries In Chameleons

Tongue injury in chameleons will be much less frequent if people would not handfeed them.

Eye Cleaning Myth In Chameleons Eradicated 

Chameleon depend on their eyes. The Eye is their absolutely dominant sensory organ, taking part in securing the life of them as individuals and evolutionary lineage. In case some debris gets into the conjunctive sac through the tiny opening in the eyelids above the pupil, they developed a special strategy called "eye cleaning" that looks really odd, and when seen the very first time, people might panic and think there is something wrong with the eye: the eyeball can be seeming to have fallen out of the orbit, it is turned very strange way... in few seconds, the eye gets back to normal shape. Chameleons have been observed to do this quite frequently in captivity. The general tendency and pattern is, chameleons that are exposed to hydration methods using pressurized water seem to do it very frequently. The eye cleaning process can however be conducted also when no external water is present, so the presence of water is not crucial for executing it. 

How To Identify Dehydration In Chameleons?

Try the skin fold test! 

Hemipeneal Plug Safe And Non-invasive Removal

Chameleons possess two copulatory organs called hemipenes, situated in deep pockets at the tailbase. In captivity, they sometimes get some issues, this is why it is wise to check the pockets and the hemipenes from time to time. Theninspectionsstarts with turning the Chamaeleon belly up and pulling the skin of the tail base gently down to open the cloacal opening while making a gentle massage of the hemipeneal pocket. If you see a whitish substance appearing in the closcal
Fissurr, it is the hemipeneal plug - aggregated sheds and dead cells of the hemipenis. It is quite dangerous because it can become a substrate for growth of bacteria and fungi and can cause problems for the chameleon, which can lead to sterility or to the necessity to amputate the hemipenis. Therefore, it is necessary to remove this old plug.

Chameleon Bridge Across The Oceans

Discussion about chameleons and people.

Chameleon Tongue Punching

Chameleon tongue shooting

Chameleon "Birth"

A chameleon hatches from the egg

Chameleon Eggs Hatching Process

How to inspect a chameleon

Baby Chameleon Cage

Chameleon hatch assistance

Chameleon Strategy: Run-run-run!

Sexing Meller's Chameleon

Fat Storage And Obesity In Chameleons

An Autopsy Of Heavily Obese Captive Chameleon

Force Hydrating a Chameleon

Chameleon Fecal Parasites Visible

Oxyurids or Roundworms are frequent parasites of wild chameleons. In healthy and well fed specimens, they show very low pathogenicity and are therefore not necessary to treat as a rule, if their invasion is not massive. 

Chameleons Skinny To Obese

How to evaluate the nutritional status of a chameleon on an example of Chamaeleo calyptratus and how to solve obesity?  

Chameleon Care 101:
Gravid (Pregnant) Chameleons & What To Do