Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Posted Jun 18, 2015
Meller's Chameleon are a pretty rare species and require quite an extensive enclosure, as they get pretty high for a chameleon - up to 2 foot in length!
The captive bred animals I've worked with have been easy to handle, but all the wild caught animals have been extremely prone to stress - which shows readily in their changing colours. This species is delicate and can actually die from stress and a large number of imported animals don't make it past the first month. They are territorial to the point where seeing any other animals at all, of any species (including people!) can set them off into stress colours.
Due to the sensitivity, it's not ideal to handle them. Some may tolerate it, but most will find it stressful. They'll need a very large arboreal setup, with multiple basking spots and UVB lighting and are very sensitive to temperatures, so make sure your temperatures are perfect in advance of putting a chameleon in the enclosure. I've seen them do well in mesh tanks for ventilation, with a large amount of live plants for increased air quality and humidity.
I'd very strongly recommend that if you want to invest in this species to find one captive bred. A stunning chameleon, but hard to handle or even observe closely due to their sensitivity.