Porcus False Chameleon Caresheet

 

Background Information
Porcus false chameleons are a medium sized lizard. Growing up to 7 inches in length this animal is actually a species of anole than chameleon. Its name comes from its ability to change colour and its similar appearance. Even the eyes looking chameleon like, the most noticable difference bewteen them is their anole feet which gives them very good grip with climbing at speed. They use their colouration change to blend into the trees and branches, often being a dark green to brown to avoid being detected by predators and giving them the chance to ambush prey items which is mostly insects based. They do have strong jaws so may sometimes prey on harder animals such as snails or other arthropods.

Level of Experience

Beginner - intermediate

Habitat

Tropical Rainforest

Life Span

7 - 10 years

Active Time of Day

Diurnal

Natural Prey

Insects

Terrestrial / Semi Arboreal / Arboreal / Aquatic / Fossorial

Semi - Arboreal

Reproduction

Mate: Spring
Lay: Summer

Clutch Size

Single egg every 6 - 9 weeks for 8 months of the year.

Breeding Weights / Length / Age

Males: 30g+ / 6 inch / 1 year of age
Females: 35g+ / 6 inch / 2 years of age

Brumation Time

2 months

Brumation Temperature

17 – 20 ‘C

Incubation Time

60 - 70 days

Incubation Temperature

25 - 28 'C

 


Captive Requirements and Welfare
Porcus false chameleons are quite well tempered and easy to handle compared to other anole speices. They can still be quite fast and jumpy though. Eventually with regular handling they do calm down to a degree, getting used to coming out becoming less likely to run and jump away. Being a larger species of anole they don't need huge enclosures but height is essiential due to their arboreal nature. They need relative humidity levels so they need to be sprayed so they don't dehydrate and have to opportunity to drink. Some porcus chameleons have been known to bask at temperatures of 30 'C therefore it can benefit to give them the chance but they may not always use it. Their diet is strictly insect bound, preferring to catch moving prey such as hoppers and crickets. They stress very easily so it is important to allow them to settle into their new enviroment and not handle to much.

Vivarium size

20x20x30cm for hatchling
1.5ft x 1.5ft x 2ft for adult

Daytime Temperature (cool – warm)

24 – 28 ‘C

Night-time Temperature

16 – 20 ‘C

Heating / Lighting Equipment (on timers)

Spot bulb during day, room temperature at night

Lighting - Arcadia Arc Pod or 6% UVB Flourscent tubes

Substrate

Most Natural: Repti Bark + Eco Earth
Alternatives: Not Advised

Hides

Plenty of foliage and branches this is how this anole would live and hide in the wild

Decor

Lots of branches and fake plants allow the opportunity to climb and hide to feel secure

Water

Spray 1 - 2x a day this species will only drink from water that falls off the leaves

Food (Feeding)

Crickets or hoppers are best as porcus chameleons like to ambush prey.

Cleaning

Spot pick every other day, full clean monthly