Acquired: Pet store
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Posted Jun 15, 2015
I've worked with around 6 species of chameleon and the Pygmy Chameleon is by far, in my opinion, the cutest - and possibly the easiest to look after as well. It is however also the least attractive in terms of colouration.
Unlikely most chameleons who have the ability to change colour, pygmy's - who live in the leaf litter on the bottom of the forest floor - have the magical ability to be brown, slightly more brown, slightly less brown.
Since they only grow to an inch in length, the setup can be very small. I keep a group of four in a 45x45x60cm Exo Terra. They don't need a high amount of UVB or heat - the forest floor being almost always in shade, but do need a lot of branches, plants and humidity. Since you have to provide a lot of foliage, spotting your tiny brown chameleon in amongst all the leaves and branches can be difficult - they are ultimately designed not to be easily spotted so that predators will never know they are there.
They're difficult to handle because of their size. You can let them walk out onto you, but you have to be very careful as they can be delicate - definitely not suitable for children.
But they are interesting, and very unique - tiny life forms that are perfectly adapted to their environment. If you get the honor of watching them hunt and interact with each other, you'll be fascinated, but spotting that may be difficult. I personally think it's worth the patience it takes to watch them, but if you're looking for something a little more hands on or visible there are better options.