How to Setup a Chameleon Habitat


Are you bringing a chameleon home soon? I will be teaching you the first steps to take to arrange and organize the home of your pet to make it comfortable and cozy. Starting with what to put in mind before to purchase a suitable enclosure online on the Reptiles supplies Store or in your surrounding’s pet store.  After that comes the installation of the right supplies, as preparing the cage with plants, lighting and heating equipment, mist or humidity control instrument. The final most important phase will be to ensure proper care and attention to the cage to avoid pests such as unwanted insects, and other harmful creatures that could pose a threat to your reptile.

The cage or terrarium

The chameleon habitat could be a wire cage or glass terrarium.You should choose a cage commensurate with the size of your chameleon; that is, a big cage for big chameleons and a small to medium cage for small ones too. If the climate around the house is mostly warm I would recommend an open air enclosure like the ReptiBreeze cage. However, a terrarium is also good if you live in a very cold region as it maintains a good temperature and humidity levels.

Length and sizes

The height of your chameleon habitat is very important because chameleons are reptiles that need vertical height and will not tolerate a small cage where their mobility will be affected and hampered. I advise that the cage measurings should not be less than 16 x 16 x 30”, but again it always depends on your chameleon size.

Plants in the habitat

Your chameleon needs plants that will enhance its mobility and comfort in the habitat. Put a non-poisonous plant in the cage for the reptile to climb. In some cases, it could eat the leaves or bark of the tree. Some of the pet owners prefer to plant the Ficus or Pothos tree for the pet to move about in their homes without an enclosure, but this is dangerous if there are other pets like cats and dogs in the environment. The best option is to introduce the chosen tree into the terrarium making it more natural for your pet to live in.


You can decorate your reptile’s home with artificial leaves, fruits, branches, and other flexible parts of the plant where the pet can climb, hide, and even drink droplets of water enhanced by the humid environment.  According to Fun With Life however, if you cannot afford the artificial decorations, simply introduce some natural branches and leaves where the reptile can climb or sit in the cage. Place the branches vertically and others horizontally across the habitat for an easy movement. The enclosure itself gives a pretty exotic touch to your interior placing it in your living room or near your desk. Think of putting one or two big plants next to it for a better tropical corner in your house.


I recommend cleaning the chameleon habitat periodically. The frequency could be weekly in order to avoid the growth of bacteria and other harmful organisms. This exercise will ensure removing the dead leaves and insects or the waste products from the cage. Do not forget to remove your pet from the terrarium to a safe place before cleaning, to avoid disinfectants harming the lizard but watch out not losing it from your sight!