This guide has been constructed to provide a solid foundation of information that, if followed, should ensure a happy, healthy chameleon for the duration of its lifespan. However, my research should not be your only source of information on Jackson’s chameleons. Check these pages out for even more great information:
Animal Diversity Web — ADW’s segment on Jackson’s chameleons by Heather Kundinger. Full of factual information about this species, all supported by scientific research.
Chameleon Academy — Chameleon expert Bill Strand’s summary of best practice in modern Jackson’s chameleon care. A must-read!
Chameleons! — Online magazine. No longer in active production, but their articles are a valuable read all the same. Note that some things may be a little out of date.
Chameleons: Nature’s Hidden Jewels (2nd Revised & Updated Edition) — By Petr Necas. Massively revised and updated edition of the first edition. This volume covers only “true” (not ground) chameleons. Provides information on the identification, systematics, zoogeography, habitat, biology and when known the captive care of each form. Also covers systematics, origin, distribution, habitats, biology, chameleons and human culture, and captive care of chameleons in general.
Chameleon Breeder Podcast — Radio show-like discussions on a variety of topics. Not specific to Jackson’s chameleons in particular, but still very informative.
Chameleon Forums — Active, very helpful forum full of experience chameleon keepers and breeders. If you have a question that this care guide doesn’t answer, this forum is the place to go.
iNaturalist — Observations and photos of wild Jackson’s chameleons.
Jackson’s Chameleon Community — Facebook group managed by Bill Strand. Very active, with excellent information and direct, pertinent advice. If you have a Jackson’s chameleon, I strongly recommend joining this group.
JacksonsChameleon.org — Provides information on wild conditions in the Jackson’s chameleon’s natural environment and how to recreate those conditions within your home in order to provide the best care for your pet. This website is the home of the Kenyan Xanth Project, which seeks to make pure Kenyan Trioceros jacksonii xantholophus bloodlines available to US breeders and keepers.
Kenyan Xanth Project — Facebook group. Focus is on Trioceros jacksonii xantholophus, with the goal to establish Kenyan (not Hawaiian) bloodlines of xantholophus in captivity and to promote proper jacksonii husbandry in general.
Much Ado About Chameleons — Lovely site and blog by Olimpia Martinotti with gorgeous pictures.
The Chameleon Enthusiasts — Facebook group. Admins are very knowledgeable and the community is large and helpful.
Chameleon World ‘Hydro-Flo’ Muji Cages — (UK only) Specifically-designed mesh chameleon enclosures with built-in drainage.
Snails in the Mail — Feeder snail breeder. Buy one of their fast-growing breeding colonies to start your own supply of feeder snails. Available to California only.
Jackson’s Chameleon Care Guide:
- Introduction to Jackson’s Chameleons
- Jackson’s Chameleon Subspecies
- Shopping List
- Enclosure Size Guidelines
- Lighting & Temperature Requirements
- Humidity & Water Needs
- Enclosure Drainage Designs
- Environmental Enrichment: Decorating the Enclosure
- Feeding Your Chameleon
- Taming & Handling Tips
- Common Illnesses & Other Health Info
- Additional Resources (YOU ARE HERE)