Flapneck Chameleon (Chameleo delepsis)
Description: Flapneck Chameleons are olive green with white or black spots but, like all chameleons, they can change color. They will grow up to 11-13 inches long. These lizards can live up to 8-10 years if taken care of properly. Since they are fairly easy to care for, they make a good lizard for beginner reptile owners. Habitat and Tank Requirements: This species is native to Southern Africa. These lizards do well with sand or sand/gravel mix as a substrate. Be sure to put enough plants, rocks, and wood in the tank for your lizard to hide in and climb on. These lizards love to climb. One adult Flapneck Chameleon needs a 20-30 screen cage and are best kept solitary. A comfortable temperature for these lizards is around 78-85º F during the day with a slight drop at night. LEDs or other low-wattage light bulbs work best for maintaining these temperatures. They like humid environments, you should spray the cage often with a mister. Diet: Flapneck Chameleons will feed on small crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, wax worms, and any other insect small enough for them to ingest. It is recommended that food be dusted with calcium to prevent bone softening. Handling: Allow your lizard time to become accustomed to its new home before handling them extensively. Handling them little by little over a period of time lets the animal get used to you and reduces stress.