Everyone loves a good exotic pet. Okay, not everyone, but you know who you are. And if you’re the kind of person who’s considering adding a fantastic reptile, bird, or amphibian to your home menagerie, it’s essential to know the facts. While it’s great having an exotic pet at home, it’s vital to know that they often have a lot of specific care requirements.
This couldn’t be truer than with Chameleons. Chameleons are a trendy exotic pet option because they’re fun to play with and look at. We’re here with some guidance to keep your exotic pets happy and healthy with some advice. Here are some things you should know if you’re considering about getting a chameleon:
CHAMELEONS ARE MEANT TO LIVE AMONG THE TREES
The foremost thing you need to know is that chameleons are an arboreal species. In other words, they’re meant to live in the trees. Chameleons are climbers by nature, and their unique two-prong hands are specially meant to stick onto sticks and branches. It’s in their nature to climb all over the place, so you’re giving them a penalty if you don’t deliver this habit.
Fortunately, it’s not too difficult to create a tree-rich living space, even within a relatively small terrarium.
CHAMELEONS ARE COLD-BLOODED AND REQUIRE TEMPERATURE REGULATION
Chameleons, being reptiles, are ectotherms, which is another word for cold-blooded. Unlike mammals and humans, a reptile’s body temperature is controlled externally. The temperature of their environment dramatically affects their mobility and energy. So, if you’re keeping them in an ideal space with a lower temperature than their natural habitat, their body may run too cold even to move around.
Reptiles need a warm space that’s tailored to their body chemistry. This is why you usually see heat lights in their terrariums. Without that necessary warmth, they simply cannot function how nature intended.
CHAMELEONS DRINK WATER OFF LEAVES
Water is such an essential need for every living creature that you’d think any animal would find a way to drink it as long as it’s in its surroundings. But oddly enough, many animals have very particular choices when it comes to water. If you want your chameleon to stay hydrated and healthy, you’ll want to regularly sprinkle water in the cage or provide a fine mist every once in a while. Your chameleon may drink from a puddle if there’s no other option, but typically, animals don’t do well when they feel like they can’t consume water in the way that nature planned. Even if they’re drinking, they will usually not drink enough, leading to dehydration and other health problems.