The small but voracious is endemic to Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d 'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Gambia,Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. Think of it as pest control without borders, a nimble sharpshooter with a bottomless pit for a stomach. The usual image chameleon enthusiasts have of this species is a small, drab, stress-spotted animal moping in a pet shop. It is time this species was appreciated for its true beauty, a far cry from the common concept.
Reptile Pets | Jackson's Chameleon | Kahului, HI - The Pet Shop
*Chameleons are cold blooded, meaning they require exposure to heat and ultraviolet lighting to regulate their body temperature and to metabolize vitamins in their food. You will need a basking light in a fixture on top of the cage in addition to a specific ultraviolet light for up to 12 hours every day. Ultraviolet lighting is not cheap, and most lights available in pet shops do not meet this need. Aquarium lighting and/or full spectrum "grow" lights will not work. UV lights emit ultraviolet for less time than the bulb will burn. You will need new bulbs every 6 months as the UV drops off after that time. The cage must be large enough so there is a gradient of temperature from warm to cool, so you will also need accurate thermometers for both warm and cool zones. Chameleons need darkness and cooler temperatures at night, so you must remember to turn all lights off every evening and on every morning.
Chameleon Terrarium by Zoo-Med at Pollys Pet Shop - YouTube
At some point most children will see a picture of a chameleon online, in books, or see one in person at a pet shop. They are fascinating reptiles and well worth a look! But, when your child comes to you starry-eyed begging for one as a pet, what should you do?
Shaunas Pet Shop: Panther Chameleon - YouTube