Senegal Chameleon

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Scientific name: Chamaeleo senegalensis

The basics:
The Senegal Chameleon is an arboreal chameleon which is native to the tropical rainforests of West Africa. The Chamaeleo genus of chameleons are slow moving and have independently movable eyes, the ability to change skin coloration, long tongues, prehensile tails and a special leg adaptation for grasping vegetation.

Appearance / health:
The Senegal Chameleon is small (6 - 8 inches) and comes in various shades of green or brown, but quickly darkens if annoyed of frightened. When stressed, fine black spotting appears on top of the base coloration.

Senegal Chameleons need a 29-gallon high or larger aquarium or a window screen cage of at least 16"W x 16"D x 30"H for each specimen. A humid tropical jungle is required with lots of climbing branches/vines and an open area for basking.

Daytime 72 to 85°F with a warmer basking area and about a 5° or so drop at night. Temps near 60°F are not tolerated well.

Voracious, use care not to overfeed. Adults only need 1 to 3 food items per day. They will eat a large variety of insects including crickets, mealworms, super worms, earthworms and silkworms. Dust the food items with a calcium and vitamin supplement about twice a week for adults and more often for young, growing chameleons.


colors, nuanced shades


captive breeding results


lightweight screen cages, ambient temperature range, ample UVB exposure

Senegal Chameleon Health Tip

Senegal Chameleon

From findiviglio Nov 16 2015 7:49PM


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