How To Take Care Of A Baby Chameleon

Do you have a baby chameleon, but you’re unsure how to care for it compared to an adult one?

Are you looking into breeding chameleons, but you want to know ahead of time what to expect from babies?

As with most pets, baby versions have different care requirements.

So before you embark on a baby chameleon journey, you need to know how to take care of a baby chameleon.

Baby chameleons need consistent lighting, temperature, and a smaller space. The higher humidity of the baby chameleon’s tank must be stable, or you risk infection. The diet is mostly the same as long as you choose the correct smaller size insects.

Read ahead for a breakdown of these elements.

how to take care of a baby chameleon

Table of Contents

Habitat

In this section, we’ll go over the habitat requirements for baby chameleons piece by piece.

In general, a smaller space, high humidity, and consistent light and temperatures will do the job well.

Space

Baby chameleons don’t need as much space as their adult counterparts.

For very young chameleons (0-2 months), you may be able to get away with a large tub.

But for those who want to, you can store the babies in an enclosure designed for adult chameleons.

Territory issues which arise with adults aren’t as much of a problem with these young ones, so space isn’t as important.

However, by the time they’re three months, you may want to consider moving them to the standard size tank (read more about chameleon habitat requirements).

Temperature

Baby chameleons need the same temperature as when they’re adults.

The air requirements go as follows:

  • Basking spot – 85° – 90° degrees Fahrenheit (29-35° C)
  • Overall temp – 72° – 80° degrees Fahrenheit (22-27° C)
  • Nighttime – Greater than 50° degrees Fahrenheit (10° C) 

You should use a heat lamp to get the basking temperature up, and then take stock in how the right of the tank is sitting temperature-wise.

If it’s too cold, you may also want to add one of these options:

  • Heat rocks
  • Heat tape
  • Ceramic heaters
  • Heating pads

While the requirements are the same, baby chameleons are more sensitive to extremes in temperature.

If an adult tank dips below or above the requirements briefly, they’ll be fine.

However, a consistent wild temperature may result in health problems for your baby chameleon.

Humidity

This is the biggest difference between adults and babies.

For adult chameleons, it should be kept at least at 50% relative humidity or a little higher.

This helps keep their skins and bodies healthy.

Remember, chameleons most often come from tropical climates with high natural humidity.

For adults, keeping and water dropper dripping water for drinking and misting the tank twice per day is usually enough to keep it humid.

Baby chameleons must have high humidity, or they will get sick and catch respiratory infections, which are deadly to young reptiles. 

The water dropper and occasional misting aren’t enough.

Use a device to automatically mist the tank at least once an hour throughout the day.

If this isn’t an option, make sure you keep more water in the tank and spray more often when you’re able to.

Other ways to help include:

  • Using a smaller tank
  • Moving the tank away from heaters or air conditioners
  • Adding a humidifier to the tank
  • Adding a humidifier to the room
  • Increasing heat in the tank
  • Get the humidity up to 75% while you’re home, so it has room to drop later

I recommend trying to keep the relative humidity at 60%.

This gives you some room for it to drop before it becomes a problem.

Higher is good too, but don’t go much over 75%, or you may start to grow bacteria and fungi in the tank.

Lighting

As with adults, baby chameleons need a consistent UVB source in their lives.

This is due to their naturally sunny environments.

The UVB gives them vitamin D, which is essential for absorbing the calcium they need.

Use a UVB light along with a heat lamp at the basking spot.

Keep this light on for 12 hours per day and then turn it off.

Turning it off is important to simulate the day-night cycle for chameleons.

They need this consistency to help their bodies rest.

Make sure to use a bulb designed for reptiles.

This UVB bulb will also help keep the live plants you keep in the tank alive.

Cohabitation

It’s not recommended to keep more than one adult chameleon in the same tank at the same time.

These creatures are territorial and will attack each other if they feel like their space is threatened.

Babies can share space with few problems.

As long as the chameleons are of similar size with each other, they usually won’t attack.

As they grow, you’ll need to continue sorting them by size.

By the time they’re three months old, you’re best off moving them into their own space.

Furniture

As with adults, baby chameleons want the chance to climb and hide in the foliage.

Use a mixture of real plants and fake along with vines to provide good climbing surfaces.

Make sure there are horizontal spaces for the reptiles to rest on.

Real plants you may wish to use includes:

  • Ficus
  • Schefflera
  • Hibiscus
  • Pothos

Diet

Normal adult chameleon diet includes all insects, with the cricket being the staple.

Baby chameleons also require all insects, but often crickets are too large.

No prey food should be larger than the chameleon’s head is wide.

Two good choices for food for baby chameleons include hydei fruit flies and pinhead crickets.

These should be fed to the reptiles twice per day with a supplemental calcium dusting beforehand.

When you feed them, give the chameleons as many insects as they’ll eat in 10 minutes.

They’ll stop when they’re full, so remove whatever is left and try again later.


Conclusion

We hope you find this information on how to take care of a baby chameleon helpful.

While most of the requirements stay the same, you need to take more care to keep these needs stable and double-check the humidity a lot.

Do this, and your baby chameleon will grow up to be happy and healthy.

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