The best way to decorate a chameleon cage is to start with the basics. Once you’ve got the essentials down, you can add in some colorful accents that will make your pet feel right at home.
A few things that every chameleon needs are shelter from the sun and rain, a place for its food and water dish, and somewhere to hide when it feels threatened.
If your pet also likes climbing on branches and rocks as most other reptiles do, try adding those too!
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- How to decorate a chameleon cage?
- How To Set Up The Perfect Veiled Chameleon Cage?
- What to do when your chameleon cage smells?
How to decorate a chameleon cage?
There are too many types of chameleon cages available on the market. You can buy a nice one for your pet and decorate it with some accessories. Chameleons like hiding so you need to provide them with such places.
They also like climbing so you should put some perches in their cage.
- 4 plastic bottles for water
- 2 or 3 pieces of different size rocks
- moss, soil, and stones (optional)
- rope (optional).
Chameleon Cage Decoration: Step-by-Step
- We choose branches. Make sure that there is no paint on them as chams don’t like it obviously 🙂
- Some pieces of the branch should be laid on the bottom of the cage. Here are some branches that are made into a foundation for rocks, stones, and soil.
- We continue to put some rocks inside. The more, the better!
- Then we cover them with moss which is a humidity provider 🙂 Or you can use soil directly.
- This is how it should look like after adding all necessary elements:)
Now we need to connect two branches and make a hole in one of them:
It’s time for plastic bottles now:
We can’t forget about tree bark!!!!!! Place it anywhere you want: – on top; – on the side; – on the bottom.. 9 If you think there aren’t enough hiding places (which I doubt) you can make a hole in some other pieces of tree bark and put it inside. 10 Your chameleon’s house is ready!!!!
If you want, you can add a little piece of rope on the top
How To Decorate a Chameleon Cage?
How To Set Up The Perfect Veiled Chameleon Cage?
In this article, you will find out the perfect setup for your Veiled Chameleon habitat.
We will look at tank size, lighting and heat requirements, suitable substrate types, and how much time should be invested in the setup of the cage.
If you are new to keeping chameleons or if you just want to get it right from the beginning then this is definitely an article worth reading.
Tank Size & Shape:
One of the most common mistakes made when setting up a veiled chameleon cage for the first time is that people tend to underestimate how large it needs to be. A normal 20-gallon long aquarium can be classified as too small simple because veiled chameleons grow that large only in captivity!
For the first 6 months the veiled chameleon will grow about 15% in body size (so if your veiled chameleon is a juvenile of 4 inches, it will only be 5.4 inches after a year).
Be aware that a normal adult Veiled Chameleon can easily reach an arm span of 70 centimeters while being only 20-30 centimeters from head to tail!
From my experience, it is clear that while 40 gallon long tanks are definitely the best choice for adults I would recommend setting up a 30 x 30 x 60 inch Exo Terra or ZooMed tank for juveniles and adults of smaller sizes.
The reason is simply that these tanks have been proven over time to provide excellent ventilation and can fit more percolation material within its frame (which will make your chameleon feel more at home and be less stressed).
Just keep an eye out for how high the tank is once all materials are added to it.
Remember that if you buy a tall tank like the Exo Terra 60 x 30-inch tall tank then you need to add 15cm (6 inches) of the substrate.
This is because veiled chameleons prefer having a taller area within their cage where they can climb up without help from you.
Thus, when buying such tall tanks don’t forget to plan accordingly by adding about 15 extra centimeters of height in there so the chameleon has room to move up above its basking spot!
How To Decorate a Chameleon Cage?
The perfect Veiled Chameleon substrate is simply made up of different elements which provide humidity, warmth, and protection.
The most common substrates used for this type of cage are sphagnum moss, coco coir, or plain old soil.
If you keep your chameleon in a tall tank then I generally recommend using 2-3 inches of substrate (which also means that you will be able to fit in with more percolation material).
If you choose to use the nicer-looking coconut fiber then remember not to use any additives like calcium because it might cause problems when the chameleon digs around in the substrate. You should also avoid vermiculite as well since its texture can cause impaction if consumed!
Soil is by far one of the most popular Veiled Chameleon substrates out there.
This is because it provides great moisture while still looking nice.
To give your chameleons the best possible chance of surviving you should really mix in 10-15% organic topsoil with your existing soil to make sure it has all the nutrients and minerals needed for your veiled chameleon to thrive!
How To Decorate a Chameleon Cage?
To ensure good health, veiled chameleons need temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius) during the day, dropping down into the low 70s at night. You can allow their basking spot to reach up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius).
However, don’t forget that this needs to be combined with a warm gradient further down so that your chameleon can regulate its body temperature by moving about.
The perfect way to achieve the right gradient is by using a heat mat combined with an infrared/ultraviolet lamp above it (at least 10 inches away though).
You can also opt for placing dimmer switches on your basking light so that you can adjust not just the height of it but also its strength.
Remember that these lights need to be replaced every year or two since they tend to lose their full spectrum over time! Alternatively, there are nowadays special T5 UVB/UVA bulbs available that don’t cost much and provide good lighting for your veiled chameleons.
Make sure they are roughly 12-18 inches above the surface though since even if they emit the right UV rays they might not let your chameleon bask properly in them!
Now when it comes to heating the cage itself I suggest using heat mats which you place underneath one side of the tank (in order for your veiled chameleon to decide where it wants its basking spot to be).
These heat mats should cover about 1/3 of the length and height of the tank so that your chameleon can move around freely without being too hot.
Also, make sure that there are no sharp rocks placed under these heat pads since they will get extremely hot during use and thus burn holes into the bottom of your tank!
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Plenty of good water should always be present within a Veiled Chamelon’s habitat. A drip system can easily be set up to ensure that it always has a steady supply of water available.
Remember that birds and other desert animals usually get most of their water from the food they eat so you should aim for your veiled chameleon to get at least 70% of its water from misting and spraying!
A cool place should be provided within the tank so that your chameleon can retreat if things get too hot.
This shaded area can consist of various containers which hold damp moss, sphagnum, or even moist paper towels.
Just remember not to use these sponges since they might cause impaction if consumed by mistake! If the room doesn’t allow for such a spot then try using a wide, flat plant leaf and mist it every day. This way your veiled chameleon will always have a place to retreat and can drink water from the leaf itself!
Veiled Chameleons need places where they can hide and feel safe.
You should provide one or two hides at opposite ends of the cage so that they can choose which side suits them best (remember that each veiled chameleon has its own personality just like humans do!).
These hides can either be purchased as premade plastic hides online or alternatively, you could use paper towel rolls/ toilet paper rolls for this purpose instead.
Since Veiled Chamelons are omnivorous animals you will need to feed them a good variety of food items in order to ensure good health.
These might include grasshoppers, crickets, silkworms, fruit flies, and even small slugs from time to time. Make sure that their diet is supplemented with good quality chameleon pellets which contain all the right nutritional value for your veiled chameleon.
Leafy greens can also be given as a part of a varied menu but should not consist of more than 50% of the total diet since they can’t provide any real nourishment for your chameleon by themselves!
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It’s generally better for a Veiled Chameleons’ cage to be taller rather than wider since these lizards prefer climbing around as opposed to walking on the ground (granted they have the height).
A full-grown adult Veiled Chameleon can have a cage as tall as 4 feet so it needs to be kept in an appropriately sized enclosure.
A single chameleon will need a minimum of a 30-gallon tank since these animals grow quite large and they spend most of their time on tree branches or plant leaves during the day!
What to do when your chameleon cage smells?
Chameleon Cage Maintenance and Cleaning: How often does my Chameleon’s cage need to be cleaned?
Like many other reptiles, a chamelon’s enclosure should be spot cleaned as needed. This means if there is feces or uneaten food in the enclosure, it should be removed as soon as possible.
Depending on the size of your terrarium and how often you feed your chameleon; this may require cleaning every day.
If you only feed your pet once a week; then you should probably clean out their home at least once a week. Here is an awesome video that shows exactly how to set up and care for a chameleon: Chameleon Setup & Care.
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If your chameleon’s tank is not cleaned on a regular basis, the smell of their waste can become quite strong and even dangerous to your pet.
Dirty cages can lead to respiratory infections in reptiles like chameleons which make it hard for them to breathe; making them more susceptible to diseases and other problems. It is also important to remember that if you see any injuries or signs of illness; seek veterinary care immediately!
Chameleon Cage Size:
Chameleons need space! They are animals that require room to move around just like us.
When you purchase a cage for your pet, keep in mind where you will be putting it and how big it will need to be. Also keep in mind that your pet will continue to grow; so you should be prepared for this.
Keep in mind that you will need to purchase a UV light, water dish, and food bowl. You should also provide hiding places for your chameleon with live or fake plants. The size of the cage is important as well; make sure it’s big enough for your pet to feel comfortable without feeling cramped. Finally, remember to change the substrate (ground) every few days so there are no odors left over from old droppings!