- Common Group: CHAMELEONS
- Common Name: Carpet Chameleon
- Scientific Name: Furcifer lateralis
- Distribution: Madagascar
- Size: 5" - 8"
The carpet chameleon is found in the mixed woodlands and forests of Madagascar. It is arboreal (a tree dweller). Adults require a 18" x 18" x 36" enclosure with branches.
Males can become territorial, separate from other males. Usually tame but frequent handling will stress the animal. Provide dense foliage for climbing.
Use full spectrum lighting 12-14 hours per day. Provide a basking area with access to a cooler zone. Provide several climbing areas on branches, logs, & plants.
Maintain day temperature range between 76-82 degrees F. Maintain night temperature range between 64-72 degrees F. Use reptile heating pads under tank for 24-hour heat.
This species requires moderate to high levels of humidity.
Provide moving or constantly dripping water supply.
This species is a carnivore (meat eater). Eats small insects, flies, mosquitos, and insect larvae. Always offer variety for proper nutrition. Dust food with calcium and vitamins. Will eat crickets and other small insects.