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Can you have a Jackson Chameleon live with a veiled chameleon baby?

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Hi Keri,

I would strongly advise against trying that for a number of reasons. Those two species have entirely different environmental needs,, particularly temperatures. Housing a baby with an  adult is never a good idea with any reptile. Adults will eat or attempt to eat babies. This will happen even with animals of the same or similar species. Even if the size difference prevents the adult from eating the baby the constant stress from the presence of a larger animal would be extremely harmful. The old saying that "stress kills chameleons" is unfortunately quite true.

Chameleons are not social. You can house young of the same species together for the first few weeks after birth/hatching but after that they should be kept as a single animal per enclosure.  

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I can answer questions on the proper husbandry and diet of Iguanas, bearded dragons, geckoes, skinks, chameleons, tortoises, box turtles, treefrogs, non-venomous snakes and tarantulas. Also the breeding of some species of feeder insects. I have no experience with venonmous snakes and only limited experience with aquatic turtles.

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I have been keeping and breeding reptiles for over 30 years. In addition to my regular job in the medical field I also worked for several years in a pet store that specialized only in exotics. The job entailed both caring for and answering questions on innumerable species. It required constant, extensive research into a wide range of reptiles. I have been called to appear on televised national media (CBC, CTV and Life Channel) as well as CBC radio to discuss the proper care of reptiles and other exotics in captivity. I currently own one or more species of those listed under my expertise with the exception of chameleons. I owned chameleons for years but keep none currently. I keep over 20 snakes comprising 5 species, both Colubridae and Boidae. I bred corn snakes for several years. I have a particular interest in treefrogs and currently have 5 different species. I've raised redfoot tortoises for 10 years and have two iguanas, one for 12 years.

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A small and now defunct local magazine called "Pet Vue"

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Diagnostic medical microbiology with some parasitology experience.

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