Can you keep chameleons as a pet?

Can you keep chameleons as a pet?

Internationaler Chamäleontag

For many, many years, chameleons were considered “untenable”. While dogs and cats have accompanied humans for centuries, supposedly more “exotic” species were only later discovered as potential pets. However, due to their not entirely low husbandry requirements, chameleons were always somewhat marginalised for decades. It wasn’t until the 1990s that more and more keepers were able to successfully keep and breed different species of chameleons thanks to major developments in terrarium technology. Today, there are even several species that can be recommended with a clear conscience even to beginners in the herpetoculture hobby. So a lot has happened in the hobby. A few decades ago, chameleons or individual species were still considered “untenable”, but today we have a large number of positive husbandry reports on a wide variety of species from all over the world. The magazine of the AG Chameleons, CHAMAELEO, has been publishing such husbandry reports for many years. Sorted by species, you can find over a hundred of them here: Overview of husbandry reports.

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Picture: Panther chameleon, one of the most commonly kept species in herpetoculture, photographed by Bernard Dupont, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Our conference programme for May 2023

Our conference programme for May 2023

AG Interna

After we were able to publish a preview of the conference programme in December last year, we now have the final conference programme. This year’s conference will take place from 05 to 07 May 2023 in the tranquil town of Boppard am Rhein. As experience shows that the weekends in Boppard are booked up quickly, we recommend that you look for a hotel or guesthouse soon. Our programme has become a nice mixture of keeping reports, general terraristics and travel reports. Friday is the traditional day for arrival and a pleasant dinner in the local restaurants.

Saturday starts with a classic husbandry and breeding report. Jean-Dominique Dufraine has been keeping Rieppeleon brevicaudatus and Archaius tigris for several years. He talks about his experiences in breeding, but also in the everyday keeping of the two species. Afterwards, Thorsten Negro will take us on a search for Parson’s Chameleons in their natural habitat in Madagascar.

In the afternoon, Oliver Witte will give us an exciting insight into law, legislation and terrarium keeping – don’t worry, it won’t be as dry as it sounds, but very interesting for chameleon keepers. As a highlight, the physicist Sarina Wunderlich from has also agreed to join us. LEDs are becoming increasingly popular in terrarium keeping, not least because they can save a lot of electricity. Sarina will show us the advantages and risks of LEDs and discuss the latest development, UV LEDs. After these two presentations, we have planned plenty of time for discussion and questions, because there will certainly be plenty to talk about. At the end of Saturday, Rayana Vuillemain will introduce us to the Association Caméléon Centre Conservation (Switzerland) – this is the only presentation in English.

Sunday will be another colourful day: Lars Dwinger will report on a Madagascar trip to the southern highlands and the central east of the island. He travelled between carpet chameleons and rice fields as well as in the rainforest of Ranomafana, where he met a variety of small and large chameleons. Markus Grimm will conclude with an overview of Chamaeleo chamaeleon in its natural habitat in Europe as well as keeping and breeding them in terrariums.

We are very much looking forward to a nice meeting and many chameleon friends!