How to Set Up a Chameleon Cage

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Setting up a chameleon habitat is not an easy task. You need to know your pet very well to make sure that it’s comfortable and safe. Setting up a reptile environment for your chameleon is the most important step in their care.

The first step is to find the right location for your cage. This can be in a room, garage shed or outdoors. Make sure that it doesn’t have any light sources like windows or doors that could let in bugs and make sure that it has plenty of ventilation, so it doesn’t get too hot or cold.

Next, you will need to build a terrarium using tempered glass at least 30 inches tall and at least 20 inches wide with non-slip, silicone matting on the bottom and walls of the cage, so your chameleon doesn’t slide around. The area should be big enough for the chameleon to move around in, but not so big that their favorite hiding spots are too far away for you to take them out.

Next, it should be easy to clean and maintain—you don’t want to spend hours scrubbing the cage with soap and water if it’s not necessary.

Finally, it should be easy to get your pet into and out of it—no struggling with a heavy door!

chameleons hanging on a stick

What do chameleons need in their cage?

Chameleons are known for their ability to change colors and patterns. They need a lot of light and limited space in their cages to do so. The cage should provide them with necessary functions, such as humidity and temperature control, safety, security and a reliable diet. They need a tall cage that offers enough room to move around comfortably, with leaves and branches that can grow inside the habitat. Most experts recommend having a chameleon enclosure at least 30 inches high so that the chameleon can climb up on top of it and not get stuck in between shelves or bars.

What temperature should a chameleon cage be?

Chameleons are desert dwellers, so they need to be around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. This can be achieved by keeping their cage in a heated room (like a terrarium). The best way to keep them at a safe and comfortable temperature is to keep the ambient temperature of the cage at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Some owners place a heating pad inside to keep the cage at a constant temperature. You should ensure that the heating pad is not too hot or cold, as this could cause harm to your chameleon.

How do you keep the humidity up in a chameleon cage?

Keeping the humidity up in a chameleon cage is essential. The humidity level should suit the needs of your chameleon but also ensure your pet reptile stays healthy. You can do this by creating an appropriate environment with plants and water bowls for your chameleons to live amongst. They need to be kept in a terrarium that also contains terrarium substrate and they also need to be given a moisture-rich diet.

What kind of plants go in a chameleon cage?

There are many different species of plants that would thrive in a chameleon cage, but it all depends on the size and type of the cage. For example, if you have an arboreal chameleon that likes to climb, you might want to include some vines or bamboo. On the other hand, if your pet likes to sunbathe at the top of its cage, you could get something like ivy or ferns.

What kinds of decorations go in a chameleon cage?

A chameleon cage can be decorated in many different ways. Some owners use rocks or logs to create an aesthetically pleasing enclosure. For decoration, others will often add plastic plants, rocks, branches, logs, vines and other decorations to make their chameleon room look more natural and beautiful. PVC pipes or pipe sections can also be used as decoration to help create a more natural environment.

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Chameleon changing color on a branch

Dustin Williams

Dustin Williams is a third generation aquarist and tropical fish fanatic. He grew up surrounded by various pets including; dogs, cats, turtles, hamsters and of course, aquarium... Learn More

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