How Much Does a Chameleon Cost?
A chameleon is one of the most popular types of exotic animals kept as a pet. Chameleons are well known for its ability to change color, which can act as a defense mechanism. Another feature that makes chameleons unique is the ability to move its eyes separately.
How much is it?
- On average, a chameleon can range anywhere from $40 to as much as $600. Chameleons come in different varieties and most of them can be fairly affordable; however, some of the rarer species can be more expensive. The cost of a chameleon will depend on the type, age, gender, quality and where it’s purchased from.
- For example, cheaper chameleons, such as the Senegal chameleon, Ulugru Pygmy chameleon, Traveta two horned chameleon or the helmeted chameleon, can cost $40 to $100.
- More expensive and rare breeds, such as the Oustaleti, Montane Pygmy, and Carpet chameleon, can cost anywhere from $120 to $180.
- Panther chameleons and the true blue nosy chameleons can produce either bright orange or blue colors. The average size of these chameleons is about one foot, and these can cost $399 to $625.
- Male Juvenile chameleons that are 2 weeks to 2 months old can cost anywhere from $40 to $100.
What is going to be included?
- Stores would include 30 day health guarantee if the chameleons do not hold to the standards set by the store.
- Some pet stores will include a start up kit that includes a small cage as well as a start up pack of food.
What are the extra costs?
- Like any pets, chameleons need supplies and cages to properly take care of them. You can either buy a plain cage and all the accessories separately, or you can purchase complete kits that include a lamp, spray bottle and medicines as well as plastic decorations such as leaves. The kit can cost $210 while cages can start at $150 depending on the size.
- Factor in the food costs each month to ensure that the chameleon lives a long, healthy life. It is best to factor in $25 to $50 per month for food.
- If something happens to the chameleon or it gets sick, veterinarian charges will apply.
Tips to know:
- Avoid placing your chameleon near a window. Experts say that placing a chameleon near a window can actually cause some stress. It is best to place a tank on a higher surface such as a desk to give it a “treelike” feeling.
- Consider purchasing aquarium wallpaper. The reason that you may want to do this is that chameleons can often see their reflections in the glass. Since they are rather territorial, they can get angry and stressed out if they think there is another chameleon in their cage.
How can I save money?
- Some stores offer packages that will include the chameleon, a cage, and a pack of supplies you will need to start taking care of it. They are offered at a much lower cost compared to buying everything separately.
- Check with local shelters and websites to see if there is anyone looking to get rid of a chameleon for various reasons. Most of the time, private owners will include the chameleon, the cage, and the accessories for a much lower price.