How I Travel With My Pet Chameleon

How i tarvel with my pet chameleon

Chameleons

Many people have pets that are considered typical, such as cat or a dog. They’re very popular among most of animal lovers. However, there is also a growing community of reptile lovers who just adore their scaly friend. These animals aren’t often difficult to take care of even though it’s slightly different than a dog. This is also represented by travelling. Many airlines or trains accept dogs or cats in their cages, however I am pretty sure they don’t really have guidelines for travelling with a lizard.

This post will talk about various things including how I travel with my pet chameleon.

My story with veiled chameleon

I have my veiled chameleon for about a year now. I really wanted him before, but I was always kind of scared to talk about another animal to my parents – I got a dog before and that was really an exception so I didn’t think they would allow me another pet. Especially a reptile.

You may know about the bias and stereotypes surrounding reptiles and other terrarium animals. Most are about snakes, but you know a lizard isn’t that far away from that.

I also wasn’t really sure whether I can take care of a reptile, I wasn’t experienced at all. All I knew was that I wanted it and that it would make me very happy. But that’s another story.

1. How do I travel with my pet chameleon? Well, I don't

Yes, you heard that right. I don’t travel with my pet chameleon. It would be greatly irresponsible from my part as an owner. Chameleons are very slow moving and careful animals. They also love their calm so they can’t travel much as it stresses them out. So my advice to you, if you’re a full time traveler and don’t have a chameleon babysitter this pet isn’t for you.

2. How I take care of him when I'm travelling?

  • Lights and drinking water

 
Taking care of a chameleon while travelling isn’t that impossible as it might seem. Chameleons can actually work on autopilot (well, kind of) , when you buy a timer for the dripping plant – that gives them water, and timer for the light. A chameleon needs two types of light, UVB and heating light.

If you can assure that everything will be working correctly and someone will come at least once in three days (just so nothing would happen), you’re good to go even on longer trips.

  • Eating

Chameleons are fed with living crickets or other similar type of an insect. I guess you found out that’s the reason why there aren’t many pet sitters that will feed your lovely lizard. However, there are also ways to automate this.

There are boxes where you can put your worms or crickets. They then just come out and a chameleon will eat them. An adult sized chameleon often gets to eat around 7 crickets (sized M – yes they’re sized, no joke) a day.

  • Will he miss me?

A chameleon missing their owner isn’t really a thing in a reptile world. It’s strange when you think about it. Most people want an attention and affection from their pet. Chameleon owners are different. Chameleons aren’t animals that you can cuddle with or pet with your fingers. They hate it, and petting will actually hurt them.

They’re very solitary animals and they don’t like much attention. Sometimes I really think that my chameleon is feeling embarrassed when I’m looking at him. (this is TMI but he also never poops when anyone’s around and I really think he just has a class haha). 

chameleon in the wild
travel with pet chameleon

3. Finding a petsitter

There are also other ways that you can figure out what to do with your reptile when you’re gone. It’s never easy decision to just put your pet’s well being or health to someone’s hands. Presumably it should be someone experienced with lizards or these animals, so everything can go smoothly.

There are also many websites where you can find many people offering this type of a job. I’ve never really found anybody who would take care of Christopher besides my family and boyfriend. They’re best for him since he already knew them and recognised before.

Hope you learned something new about living or travelling with a chameleon. They’re lovely animals and aren’t that hard to take care of, however travelling with them isn’t easy. I hope this answered all of your questions about this topic.

If you like a post where I will discuss how to prepare your chameleon for travel and how if it actually is possible, just let me know. Also join my email list where I give more extra tips after every post you’ll find on here. 

*grammar in this post: I know you should refer to animals with proverb it and not him. However, my chameleon is like a family to me, and I just can’t help myself to call my reptile ‘he’.

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