This species has always been recommended for first time chameleon keepers as it was the toughest chameleon around.
Where is the Yemen Chameleon from?
Yemen Chameleons come from the Arabian peninsula, being found mainly in the Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Their natural habitat means that they are also more tolerant of low humidity.
Yemen Chameleon Diet
Yemen chameleons have a mainly insectivorous diet. They will eat crickets, locusts, mealworms, and wax worms. Crickets and locusts form the basis of their diet as they are lower in fat than wax worms and easier to digest than mealworms. it’s important to supplement your chameleon’s diet with vitamin powders to prevent problems such as Metabolic Bone Disease.
How should I keep my Yemen Chameleon?
Yemen Chameleons are large and active, so require a large vivarium, a minimum size of 90 x 90 x 60 cm (Length x height x depth) (36x36x24”).
A wooden Vivarium is better as they are provide greater insulation than glass or plastic tanks, so heating is easier to maintain. They also offer more privacy for your chameleon.
Temperature is very important in caring for your Yemen chameleon as they cannot produce their own body heat. These temperatures can be achieved by using basking lights using a thermostat to control them.
One of the larger species in the hobby, they are not always the friendliest; however, it is possible to make friends with them although they are probably better kept as a ‘look don’t touch’ pet. Another excellent choice for those new to chameleon keeping, although they do need a fair bit of space.
See our care sheet for more information