Species group: Chameleons
Scientific name: Chamaeleo senegalensis
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
These are very sensitive like most chameleons. They are not available widely in the pet trade, but they can be obtained. They require a specialized cage and do not do well in a glass cage. They require high humidity..
From Kacie Bingham Sep 29 2017 9:46PM
Tempting - But Too Many are Wild-Caught!
The Senegal chameleon is one of the most commonly-available species, yet captive breeding results remain poor, as most in the trade are wild-caught. These almost always meet a bad end, so please search out captive bred youngsters.
Shy and completely arboreal, Senegal chameleons should be kept in custom-made cages that are vertically oriented and well-stocked with vines, cork bark rolls and sturdy plants. A single adult requires an enclosure at least 3 x 3 x 4 feet in size, but preferably larger. Pairs may co-exist, in larger quarters, but must be watched carefully. Glass terrariums do not supply the air circulation essential to good health. These are strictly “hands-off” pets – please ignore YouTube videos and advice to the contrary!
Flap neck chameleons require ample UVB exposure, and benefit from time outdoors in lightweight screen cages. Incandescent bulbs and ceramic heaters can be used to supply an ambient temperature range of 72-80 F, and a basking site of 85F. Humidity should be maintained at 70-85%. Moist coco-husk and sphagnum moss and, in dry homes, a reptile humidifier, will assist in maintaining the conditions they favor. Hydration is critical, but misting the cage does not always provide enough drinking water; the safest option is to install a drip system.
A wide variety of insects supplemented with powdered calcium and vitamins are essential to your chameleon’s well-being. Roaches are a particular favorite, and a steady supply should be in place before you purchase your pet. Crickets, silkworms, hornworms, locusts, lab-reared houseflies and other commercially-available insects, and an assortment of wild-caught invertebrates, should also be supplied. A diet comprised of crickets and mealworms alone, even if supplemented with vitamins and minerals, is not adequate and will lead to your pet’s early demise..
From findiviglio Nov 16 2015 7:49PM