0.6 x 0.6 x 1.2 meters (2 x 2 x 4 feet) screen or solid sided cage with adequate ventilation will work fine for young adults, 1.2 x 0.6 x 1.2 meters (4 x 2 x 4 feet) should be considered adequate minimum size for an adult with larger cages being best. Mouth inspections should be routinely done. I generally cover any exposed soil in potted plants to discourage this behavior. Females … Proper hydration will lead to good sheds. You will notice redness at first that could develop into open sores if not addressed and can be very difficult to treat. Ambient day time temperatures from the 24-29 °C (75-85 °F) with night temperatures in the 13-18 °C (55-65 °F) is a good range to try to achieve with spot basking between 26-29°C (80-85 °F). Normal cage cleaning practices should be followed. My misting sessions are often 30 to 60 minutes in length. If using screen cages, covering the back and sides of the cage and having plenty of live plants can help maintain humidity levels. Especially important in the care of Parson’s Chameleons is drinking water. Linear tube type fixtures work well. Some things that can lead to this are, constantly wet peaches and branches, improper branch and perch size and roughness. During Winter, misting times and duration are shortened. Removing feces before feeders eat it is always a good idea. In my experience keeping Parson’s together isn’t a good idea, initially things may look normal but with careful observation subtle indications of stress can be seen. Although pairs can be kept together during mating season once mating has occurred or signs are observed that they no longer want to be near each other, they should be separated. No Substrate is needed. They needed to drink more than one hand with. Parsons will exhibit stress colors and patterns when uncomfortable and should not be handled if this is evident. Inspections of their feet should be done on a regular basis. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. I have kept Parson’s outside from Spring to Fall and as long as they can be kept cool with a good misting system and have a well planted enclosure they can tolerate temperatures around 31-35 °C (88-95 °F) and lows around 8-12 °C (46-55 °F). Parson’s Chameleons should generally be housed separately. Parsonii can also develop sores on the pads of their feet. Calumma parsonii’s colour varies from green, turquoise and yellow, and juveniles may have an orange sheen. Baby cage lighting consists of one Reptisun 5.0 and one 6500k flourecent bulb. Be observant to discolorations along the teeth and gum lines, this will normally be your first indication of a problem. Parson’s can be housed outside as long as careful attention is paid to changing weather conditions. Parsonii are susceptible to mouth disease known as Stomatitis. There are four locales of C. parsonii; the orange eye aka white-lipped, the yellow lip, the yellow giant and the green giant. Among the largest chameleons in the world, Calumma parsonii males have ridges running from above the eyes to the nose, forming two warty horns. Parson’s Chameleons should generally be housed separately. Although pairs can be kept together during mating season once mating has occurred or signs are observed that they no longer want to be near each other, they should be separated. Parson’s will sometimes stop eating, whether this is because of boredom with the food provided, changes in weather or Brumation it can last for long periods of time. These animals have a very high water requirement compared to most other chameleon species. In my experience keeping Parson’s together isn’t a good idea, initially things may look normal but with careful observation subtle indications of stress can be seen. It’s important to provide a canopy with planting between the perches and the lights so they are able to escape the lights as needed. I use different bulbs depending on cage size and age of the chameleons. Having a proper misting system or drip system is very important. Parson’s Chameleons can get quite large with some specimens obtaining weighs well over 1000 grams and 2 feet in length so having the ability to provide enough space as your Parson’s grow is important. It is primarily listed as an insectivore because its diet mainly consists of mantises, large beetles, moths, and roaches including the Madagascar hissing cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa). Position a drip system so that the water droplets cascade over the plants in the enclosure. Immediate treatment is necessary as this can spread into the jaw bone and cause permanent damage or death. They will readily take a wide variety for feeders including but not limited too, Roaches, Superworms, Hornworms, Crickets, Grasshoppers, Mantids, Walking sticks, and flying insects like Moths. I also use these lights on adult cages as well as T5 and T8 Reptisun 10.0 and and T5 Arcadia 6% bulbs. Parson’s Chameleon are big drinkers and an automatic misting system is very important. Reptile care guidelines, breeding articles and herping articles. I adjust misting times and duration depending on ambient temperatures and time of year. This can be quite stressful for the owner but as long as there are no health issues they should return to eating when they are ready. In addition to the automatic sprinkler that runs several times a day, these reptiles are at least once a day with a pasteur pipette, pressure spray, etc. The Parson's chameleon is omnivorous, eating most plants, insects, and possibly small birds. During warmer times of the year misting times and frequency is increased. Image Credit : Mickael Leger Photographie. A low watt spot light is used which is generally 25 to 40 watts. The information contained in this care sheet reflect the opinions and methods of the mentioned breeder, based on their expertise and long-established experience. Also due to the amount of water from a good misting system having good drainage is very important. Parson’s Chameleons can be picky eaters so having a variety if feeders is important. Females will show aggression towards each other if left together injury can result. Maintaining proper humidity can be a challenge depending on where Chameleon keepers live. Chameleons rarely drink from a water bowl, but they will lap up droplets of water off plants; the misting and a drip system also serve as water sources. Parson’s will often drink for long periods of time. It has been speculated to eat small mammals and birds and is known to eat other lizard species. It utilizes its prehensile tail as an anchor by fastening itself to trees or branches while it searches for and devour prey. Some Parson’s take to handling more than others. Having a variety of different size branches, perches and vines is important for proper foot health. There are two recognized subspecies: The widespread C.p.parsonii that has no dorsal crest and C.p.cristifer that has a small dorsal crest. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. If substrate is used organic soil would be preferred. Parson’s like other chameleons will eat substrate either intentionally or by accident when shooting prey.