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Jackson Chameleon (Chamaeleo jacksonii)Description:
Jackson Chameleons are greenish-yellow but, like all chameleons, they can change color. Adults have three horns and resemble a Triceratops. The horns on males are longer than females. They will grow up to 9-13 inches long. These lizards can live up to 7-9 years if taken care of properly. Unlike many lizards, they do not lay eggs but have live births. They do require experience in raising lizards and therefore are not recommended for beginners.Habitat and Tank Requirements:
This species is native to the mountains of Kenya.
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 Jackson Chameleon needs a 20-30 gallon tank. A screen cover is recommended for your tank, as it allows better airflow and heating.
A comfortable temperature for these lizards is around 70-80º F during the day with a slight drop at night. LEDs or other low-wattage light bulbs work best for maintaining these temperatures. A small heat pad is recommended for basking.
Your tank should have a small, shallow bowl of water that is cleaned daily. This is for your lizard to drink from as well as wade in. Some lizards won’t drink from a bowl. In this case some sort of dropper is recommended.Diet:
Jackson Chameleons will feed on small crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, wax worms, and any other insect small enough for them to ingest. They prefer live food. 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.
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