Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Posted Jun 18, 2015
Like many chameleons, Jackson's are sensitive and prone to stress, and these are a little more challenging than the Veiled or Panther chameleons - so should be kept by a more experienced reptile keeper.
They do look amazing and it's easy to see why people would want them in a display - I've attached a picture of one of the juvenile males I work with - stunning colours, with a prehistoric set of horns. None of the ones I've worked with have been happy to be handled unfortunately - very much a hands-off display animal. They're not aggressive, but do get stressed.
The enclosure with this species is absolutely critical, they have to have a high air flow because they're prone to respiratory infections. You can use a mesh enclosure, but this comes with it's own set of challenges, like how to adequately keep it at a stable temperature and humidity.
As you can probably tell, this requires quite a bit of research, knowledge, finances and patience even before getting the lizard. I'd also strongly recommend getting one captive bred, as wild caught specimens tend to be much less hardy than their captive bred counterparts, possibly because of the amount of stress they feel. I'm happy with them because I feel I can provide an adequate enclosure - I wouldn't recommend them as a "pet", but would recommend them to an experienced reptile keeper.