Trioceros melleri

Meller's chameleon

Author: Petr Nečas 

Climate Reference Locality Weather Forecast

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Origin: Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi (E Africa), climate reference locality: Lushoto Tanzania
Average total length: Males 24in (60cm), Females 24in (60cm)
Longevity in captivity: 
Up to 14 years, Average 3-5 years
Longevity in the wild: 
Up to 12 years
Temperature at daytime: 
23-32°C (73-90°F) depending on season
Temperature basking spot: 26-30°C (79-86°F)
Temperature at night: 20-22°C (68-72°F) max., ideally under 18°C (64°F)
Humidity at daytime: Below 50% 
Humidity at night: 
100%, Fog 
Insects only, No vegetables, No fruits
Special notes:  
Do not cohabit, while pretending tolerance for month, they can turn to beasts killing each other; Do not overheat; Provide deep night drop and fog (they are falsely considered heavy drinkers); Despite capable of eating small birds, they ignore locusts and feed predominantly on small pollinators.

Indoor Housing

Size: The bigger, the better! Minimum 120 x 60 x 120 cm (48 x 24 x 48 in)
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: 27-30°C (81-86°F), 1 hour max 2 times a day
Temperature at daytime: Low 21-23°C (70-73°F)
Temperature at night: Max 20-22°C (68-72°F), Ideally below 18°C (64°F)
Humidity at daytime: Below 50%
Humidity at night: 100%, fog 
Hydration: Fogger at night, Hand misting, Dripper 
Food type: Crickets, Soldier Flies, Roaches, No vegetables, No fruits
Food volume: Juveniles no limit, Adults max 1 cricket daily
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