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Caring for Chameleons in Winter

Chameleons are cold-blooded animals that require the correct temperature and humidity levels to survive in winter. If you do not maintain these temperature and humidity levels correctly, your Chameleon will get sick.

Outdoor temperatures do not affect your house temperature. Always keep your Chameleon indoors during the winter.

Maintain the temperature and humidity of the cage

Heat and light are important for maintaining chameleon health. If your indoor temperatures decrease in the winter, try putting a higher wattage bulb inside your terrarium. Constantly monitor terrarium temperature with a thermometer.  

In winter, the air becomes drier, and chameleons can suffer severe dehydration. To avoid this, use a humidity and temperature gauge to check terrarium temperature and humidity levels.

Mist the terrarium more often, if needed, or soak your Chameleon in a bowl of warm water. You can even add terrarium moss to the cage, which helps to maintain humidity levels.

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No additional heat source is required if the cage temperature is above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. 

If you have trouble maintaining this temperature or find your chameleon spending excessive amounts of time under the basking spot, you may need to increase the wattage of your heat lamp.  Make sure that it does not become so hot that it causes burns on your chameleon.

Average cage temperature should be maintained between 75-82 degrees, and the average humidity level should be 50-65%. Basking spot temperature should be 85-90 degrees.

Is chameleon tongue stays speedy in winter?

Though the climate is cold the speed of the tongue to catch the food remains as usual irrespective of the weather.

Do chameleons eat less in winter?

Chameleons don’t hibernate.  Instead, they brumate. Brumating is something all cold-blooded reptiles do in winter, which means they are lazy and less active. In this state, they will eat less than usual, and they will return to their average level of intake when the winter ends.

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The sleep cycle of chameleons during winter

During winter, chameleons sleep over 12 hours per day. They sleep more because of the increase in darkness in winter. Even with lights are on in their terrarium, chameleons notice a dark room when nearer to the window and think of it as nap time.

Do chameleons change color during winter?

Chameleons can change color during winter, but they will mostly be dark colors, like black, to absorb heat.

Transporting chameleons during winter

You can use heat packs for longer trips. Use a cardboard box and put a towel in the box so that your chameleon can hold on to the towel. If the temperature is too low, wrap the box with a towel, and don’t forget to warm-up the car. If possible, avoid traveling with your reptile in winter.

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