Hello! In February I bought this little monster. He's a young veiled chameleon who is now nearly six months old. His name is Leon.
Here he is aged four months.
Sometimes I let him chill out on a plant on my desk. Occasionally he takes a few chunks out of the leaves.
When he's in a bad mood he rapidly changes to a paler colour with black spots. He also puffs himself up to look larger than he actually is and hisses quite loudly with his mouth open! He's never bitten me though, I don't let him intimidate me. It's more of a bluff than anything else. Still, chameleons are more of a "look but don't touch" pet. He's slowly getting used to me (And lets me stroke his chin) but I doubt he'll ever be "friendly".
At five months he is starting to display more colours. Parts of his body and legs are now blue and he's getting some bands of colour on his sides.
A few days ago Leon moulted for the second time! Here he is now, puffed up in displeasure having just been misted. The bands on his sides are now orange with a small bit of maroon and his casque (The crest on his head) is also growing.
He's a greedy eater and has several crickets and locusts a day, sometimes even a waxworm. The other day I gave him a housefly and he caught it very quickly.
I'll try and keep this thread updated as he progresses.
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A handsome looking brute. I like the way they can swivel their eyes separately to give all round vision of the world, very handy for catching insect prey.
He'll look even more handsome as he grows up! Panther chameleons are generally more popular due to their much more vivid colouration and docile temperaments, but I'm afraid I don't have like £500 for one...whereas a baby veiled is £50. Veiled chameleons can look beautiful though, even though they are grouchy monsters.
Leon seems to enjoy staring out of my window and at the reef tank. I fear that I won't be able to show him the silver Messor barbarus colony, though. He'd probably eat them.
They're rather inquisitive. It seems that even the colour clothing you're wearing will cause them to react differently towards you...Leon is super defensive around red and orange clothing. He doesn't seem to mind white though.