Skillelinie

 Chamaeleolis barbatus

(False Chameleon)

Chamaeleolis barbatus baby female
 
The false Chameleons consists of 3 species from Cuba. They are smaller lizards close realted to the Anolis. Size is up to 30 cm. They are formidable to change colors. Food items consists of larger insects, spiders and snails.
Chamaeleolis barbatus copulation
 
These lizards behave like Chameleons. They are kept in high terraria with lots of plants and branches. They are very territorial and is best kept in pairs or alone. More animals is very stressfull and can kill them. Temperature is kept on 23 - 28*C with 10 13 hours of light. Water is liked from the plants or from the sides of the terrarium. The size don`t need to be very large. 65 x 60 x 60 is sufficient for a pair, but bigger is better. They are fed on snails and larger insects like crickets, cockroaches and locusts. Mice and larvae can be used occasionally. They sit and wait for their prey, but can if hungry make a persuit of their favorites. Copulations takes place all year, but mainly in the spring and summer. The eggs are dug down in the ground often in the vicinity of plants and the eggs can hach here even a better hatchling rate happens in incubators at 25 -30*C. The juveniles are from 68 to 85 mm and is not considered as a prey for the parents. Maturity can happen within a year.
 
Chamaeleolis barbatus baby male
 
Chamaeleolis barbatus baby female