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    Beginner Chameleons?

    In about a year, we're going to get a screened in porch, and I plan on getting some type of chameleon, as I have wanted one ever since I was like 12 yrs old! What is the best beginner ARBOREAL chameleon that is relatively small?






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    Re: Beginner Chameleons?

    I don't believe the words chameleon and beginner should reside in the same sentence.

    If you do your research, you'll find that the Veiled Chameleon is going to be the best "beginner" chameleon.

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    Re: Beginner Chameleons?

    I'm with DragonScale there, they are easily stressed and very "look but don't touch"

    Are you looking to have it living on the whole porch or in a cage on the porch?
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    Re: Beginner Chameleons?

    I agree, Chams are high stress,not for beginners, please do your research before choosing one. Think about things such as how you would keep the right temps, and hummidity and uvb lighting.Plan on getting only one, as males will fight, you don't want unplanned breeding etc.
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    Re: Beginner Chameleons?

    You can look at bearded dragons though. I don't have one yet, but the reason I'm going for a beardy is because everyone on this forum told me it's a good beginner reptile.

    I believe anoles are also good and smaller, but I don't know much about them.

    Although I don't know if either of these suggestions meet your requirement of "aboreal".

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    Re: Beginner Chameleons?

    I wouldn't handle anoles too much, they are flighty, have a fragile structure and are known to be biters.

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    Re: Beginner Chameleons?

    The Rudis is a small sized chameleon. But not a dwarf at all.

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    Re: Beginner Chameleons?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonscalestudios View Post
    I don't believe the words chameleon and beginner should reside in the same sentence.

    If you do your research, you'll find that the Veiled Chameleon is going to be the best "beginner" chameleon.
    True, And they will always try to stay hidden from you. They are very shy and don't really like animals that are 500 times their size being in close proximity!
    I have a veiled that will not eat until I leave the room! You can't watch them exhibiting natural behaviour unless you remain almost perfectly still for several minutes! And once they begin moving around, You have to keep on staying still!

    Actually my veiled is an animal that I have regretted getting!
    It's a lot of work for the well being of an animal that turns into a statue when you are around.

    I've had mine for two years now. I know a lot more about my other reptiles just by the behaviour they have shown.
    After two years, My chameleon is still a stranger and I guess will always be.


    I am also thinking, being kept on the porch, What happens when the porch door gets left open? You know it's going to be left open at some point! Murphy's law!
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    Re: Beginner Chameleons?

    Quote Originally Posted by Og_ View Post
    True, And they will always try to stay hidden from you. They are very shy and don't really like animals that are 500 times their size being in close proximity!
    I have a veiled that will not eat until I leave the room! You can't watch them exhibiting natural behaviour unless you remain almost perfectly still for several minutes! And once they begin moving around, You have to keep on staying still!
    I on the other hand am very lucky with both my panther chams, they both tolerate me being in their space, the female more so than the male,are used to daily life,are kept in the main living space of the house,they are both handfed,but also allowed to hunt on their own.,they tolerate handling when necessary (vets/cleaning etc)
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    Re: Beginner Chameleons?

    Ha Ha Ha, My male Panther does just about anything to "Hide". Now he's gotten a lot better since I put him out on my desk. Its an L shaped and he's at one end so right now he sees my left shoulder. So he goes about his business as long as I don't look at him. But if I open the door to get a pic instead of going through the screen he flips sideways on a branch, makes himself real skinny.

    My female Jackson is the most docile. Eats out of my hand. She was my first cham but 'Those who know' don"t recommend them as a starter kit.

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