Oustalet’s Chameleon (Furcifer oustaleti)
A.K.A. Malagasy Giant Chameleon
Description: Oustalet’s Chameleons are sandy brown and grey in color but, like all chameleons, they can change color. These chameleons grow up to 2 ½ feet long. They can live up to 12 years if taken care of properly.
Habitat and Tank Requirements: This species is native to Madagascar. Oustalet’s Chameleons do well with moss, bark, soil, or reptile carpet as a substrate. Be sure to put enough plants, rocks, and wood in the tank for your chameleon to hide in and climb on. Chameleons love to climb. Because they get so large, one adult Oustalet’s Chameleon needs a 55-100 screen cage. A comfortable temperature for these chameleons is around 77-80º F during the day with a slight drop at night. LEDs or other low-wattage light bulbs work best for maintaining these temperatures. Oustalet’s Chameleons need humid climates, which is one of the reasons they can be difficult to keep. They prefer a humidity between 95-100%, which can be maintained with humidifiers and misters.
Diet:Oustalet’s Chameleons will feed on small crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, wax worms, and any other insect small enough for them to ingest. These animals prefer live food. It is recommended that food be dusted with calcium to prevent bone softening.
Handling: Allow your chameleon time to become accustomed to its new home before handling them extensively. Handling them little by little over a period of time lets the animal get used to you and reduces stress.