Jackson'S Chameleons: What You Need To Know About This Rare Species Of Reptile (And Why You Should Care For It) From The Vet'S Office
Jackson's chameleons are native to East Africa. However, in recent years, they have been introduced to California, Hawaii, and even Florida. Young Jackson's chamelons are brownish. They start to show a brighter green color at about four or five months of age. Males tend to be more light colored with blue or yellow markings. Chameleon chicks can be anywhere from 9 to 13 inches in length. They are territorial and should be individually housed. As with any chameleon, they are better suited to being watched than handled. Jackson's Chamelons need a daytime temperature gradient of 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. They also need a full-spectrum light source. The sun should be on for 10 to 12 hours a day. It is important to remember that these bulbs need to be replaced every six months. Jackson can be handled by misting the plants in the enclosure regularly (at least twice daily) and through the use of a hose or misting system. Chamelleons rarely drink from a water bowl. Instead, they will lap up droplets of water. Jackson should receive care from a reptile veterinary veterinarian and should have alert eyes, without any cloudiness. Swollen limbs or digits can indicate an infection, so be on the look out for this. . . .