Flapneck Chameleon

  • Common Group: CHAMELEONS
  • Common Name: Flapneck Chameleon
  • Scientific Name: Chamaeleo dilepis
  • Distribution: Tropical and South Africa
  • Size: 11" - 13"

Natural habitat

This species is arboreal (a tree dweller) inhabiting the tropical rain forests and savannas. When captive, adults require an enclosure around 2' x 2' x 3' in size.


Males can become territorial, separate from other males. Usually tame but frequent handling will stress the animal.

Captive environment

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.


Day temperature should be gradient from 78 to 87 degrees F. Maintain night temperature range between 70-75 degrees F. Enclosure should be well ventilated.


This species requires a moderate to high level of humidity.

Water requirements

Mist enclosure every day (in some cases twice daily). Use a dripper or fogger as well.

Nutritional requirements

This species is a carnivore (meat eater). Always offer variety for proper nutrition. Eats variety of larger crickets and worms. Roaches are ok too Dust food with calcium and vitamins.