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After Jackson chameleons adjust to you, they relax. But you should not handle them.
Originally from east
Africa, Jackson Chameleons now grow wild in
Size: Most of these cranky little dudes top out at 10 inches. Considered one of the smaller chameleons, you still need to give Jackson chameleons plenty of space – and make it tall.
Foods: Crickets comprise the bulk of their diet.
Feeding Tip: Feed them crickets in a container your crickets cannot jump out of. Chameleons can easily snag the crickets with their incredibly long, sticky tongues. And the crickets can’t get out to gnaw on your Jackson chameleons at night. You can also more easily remove dead crickets. Add small bits of vegetable foods to your cricket feeding container.
their crickets and vegetable matter with your lizard supplement.
Use the calcium with vitamin D3 powder.
Heating. You also need an incandescent bulb to warm your Jackson chameleon to 80o during the day. The hot bulb keeps them warmer at the top of their cage and cools them as they climb lower. Important: Cool ‘em 10 degrees at night by turning off their light. Use an automatic timer to make it easy.
Water: Mist Jackson Chameleons twice a day or provide a drip system. They will also drink from a waterfall. Or give them a water bowl with a bubbling airstone.
Non-Mixers: Chameleons of any species will not get along with other chameleons except at breeding time. Do not put two adult Jackson chameleons together. They stress each other. Little ones will tolerate each other. Larger ones intimidate and stress smaller ones and each other. Smaller guys will stop eating and waste away unless you separate them or provide a huge cage.
Cage: Reptariums were invented for chameleons. Their mesh walls provide excellent ventilation and give them extra climbing room. The walls also make it harder for Jackson chameleons to see you. You can still see your chameleons. The zipper walls of the Reptariums make the cage contents 100% accessible. The mesh sides let crickets crawl up past your chameleon -- sorta like a shooting gallery.
Breeding: Male Jackson chameleons display their threat rituals to potential females. If she does not threaten back, he mounts and fertilizes her. She may mate with several other males for the next week or so.
Gestation: Females take over six months to mature their eggs internally. She lays each egg individually. Each egg hatches as soon as she attaches it to a branch.
Rearing Babies: Be ready with very small prey (wingless fruit flies and baby crickets) when your baby Jackson chameleons appear. Do not wait until the last minute to start looking for food.
Colors: Jackson chameleons can go from green to brown to yellow to blend into their environment. They live in trees and want branches and leafy plants to climb on.
Handling: Any handling severely stresses them. Leave your Jackson chameleon alone, and he’ll live much longer.
In Summary: Their high
cost and dislike of handling make Jacksons a poor pet for most people.
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