How old does a male veiled chameleon have to be to breed?
When can you breed veiled chameleons? – Breeding is done when both chameleons have reached adulthood (usually at 12 months). After a cooling period in early spring, the chameleons will show they’re ready to mate.
How big do veiled chameleons grow male?
Veiled chameleons, Chamaeleo calyptratus, are found in the Middle East countries of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Males grow larger than females, up to 24 inches in length but with an average between 14-18 inches; females average just under 12 inches in length.
How many babies does a veiled chameleon have?
Veiled chameleons lay clutches of 30 to 60 oval eggs (exceptionally, up to 80 or more for very large females) every 90 to 120 days.
Do chameleons need a male to lay eggs?
Chameleons do not need to be mated or even have seen a male to develop eggs. Even if you only have a single female chameleon since she was a baby it will be critical to provide her a place to lay eggs because egg binding (being unable to lay eggs) is fatal.
What do you do with veiled chameleon eggs?
I feed mine well for a couple of days after they lay the eggs and then I start to cut them back so they won’t produce a large clutch (or will not even produce a clutch). If you wait too long to cut them back it will be too late. Once you know they are producing the eggs you can increase the food a little bit.
What age do veiled chameleons start laying eggs?
Veiled chameleons can start to develop eggs as early as 4-6 months of age. However, it is highly recommended not to breed your chameleon until the female is at least a year of age so she is mature and can dedicate calcium stores to eggs instead of stripping it from her own growing bones.
Can you keep a male and female veiled chameleon together?
Your chams need to be in seperate enclosures ALWAYS. Unless and until you wish to breed them and then they should be together only for a day or so or until the female displays gravid coloration. Breeding should not happen until the female is at least one year old.
Do female veiled chameleons lay fertile eggs without a male?
Otherwise, the eggs can’t be fertilized at all. Most chameleons kept alone in captivity will lay unfertilized eggs unless you intentionally breed them. For this reason, you should expect your female chameleon to lay eggs, even if there is not a male with them.
How to tell the difference between male and female veiled chameleons?
You can use size to identify if your veiled chameleon is male or female. Males are larger than females. Males are able to grow up to 24 inches as fully grown adults with the average size being up to 18 inches, while a female will only grow up to 12 inches in length once mature. Therefore, the male can be double the size of a female.
How long does it take for a veiled chameleon to grow up?
A veiled chameleon is fully grown when it reaches two years of age. Do males and females grow differently? Males develop faster than females, as they are larger when at the same age. Males develop a larger crest. How long does it take for a veiled chameleon to grow? It will take your veiled chameleon around two years to reach its full weight.
How do you breed veiled chameleons?
After about a year of life, veiled chameleons are fully mature and ready for breeding. Introduce the two chameleons slowly and keep a watchful eye on them. Aggression is possible. If the female wants to breed, she will let the male approach and do so.
What size cage does a veiled chameleon need?
Adult male veiled chameleons can do fine in a cage size of 24 inches wide, 24 inches long, and 48 inches tall. However, we recommend bumping the width and length measurements up to 36 inches if possible. Females can do well in slightly smaller tanks.