Yemen Chameleon Babies Unveiled

If there’s one animal we’ve always got a plentiful supply of it’s Yemen Chameleons. Yemen Chameleons are desert chameleons from the Yemen and Saudi mountain regions. There are also known as Veiled Chameleons because of the large crest on their head.



Our breeding pair Leonard and Lucy have given us a steady supply of eggs ever since they were partnered together. Lucy will often lay up to 50 eggs at a time. The incubation period for Yemen Chameleons is very long compared to most other reptiles potentially being up to 8 months!

Some Yemen Chameleon Eggs

Some Yemen Chameleon Eggs

This current batch consisted of 48 eggs. Unfortunately 2 failed to hatch properly and were lost but the rest were in superb condition. They are now all living in a large 4′ x 3′ x 2′ vivarium where they enjoy catching small crickets and locusts.

They really cause a stir in the shop as they can sit virtually invisible hidden in the vivarium foliage. But, once a tub of food goes in the jungle literally springs to life with long tongues shooting in all directions. We’re very proud of our chameleons and recommend anybody to visit them!

Yemen Chameleon Baby (shedding)

Yemen Chameleon Baby (shedding)

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29 Responses to Yemen Chameleon Babies Unveiled

  1. Brian Jones March 18, 2009 at 6:12 pm #

    I saw the last set of baby yemens in the shop, when you see so many of them in the vivarium its like the whole things is moving in waves.. crazy.

  2. SonyaSunny March 24, 2009 at 7:28 am #

    Not sure that this is true:), but thanks for a post.

    Have a nice day

  3. Jamie April 17, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    hi there im looking to buy a vivarium set up, as i would really like to own a couple of you baby chameleons and maybe breed them in a few years, how much am i looking at to buy the required set up suitable for a couple of chameleons and would you assist me in getting it set up once ive bought it as i would want it to be a successful purchase that i could enjoy for years to come and obviously so that the chameleons have a long and enjoyable life

    • Gary April 17, 2009 at 4:00 pm #

      Hi Jamie

      Good choice, Yemens are very interesting and easy to look after providing you have the right set up. Prices can vary depending on how you want to have yours styled, what UVB source you would prefer etc.. It’s a fairly basic set up but I would suggest you visit the store or give us a call (01604 753823) so we can give you as much information as you require.
      Look forward to hearing from you!

  4. jamie April 17, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    ive been to your shop and i like the set up you have for leonard and lucy, so something like that really, can you give me a price range from the cheapest to most expensive for that kind of set up which is suitable for two chameleons

    thank you

    • Gary April 18, 2009 at 9:52 am #

      If you budgeted for around £400 that would be about right for a good quality set up AND 2 of the chameleons.
      Hope this helps Jamie

  5. jamie April 18, 2009 at 9:58 am #

    ok thats great thanks gary, i hope to be able to purchase them soon so look forward to coming into the shop and getting what i need from you

  6. jamie April 18, 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    hi gary ive managed to get hold of a vivarium thats brand new and was bought from your shop but was never used, what do i need to buy to complete the set up, to accomidate two of your baby chameleons the dimensions are as follows 3.5ft x2.5ft x 2ft

    i would appreciate it if you could assist me with this and give me a price for what i need

  7. crisdolf April 24, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    Hi i have a pair of yemen and the female as started laying eggs i have a incubator,how long will eggs need to be in there and what differant things can i lay the eggs on?.

    • Gary April 27, 2009 at 9:19 am #

      Hi Cris
      Yemen incubation is relatively long, around 6-8 months. We use Vermiculite in the egg boxes and found this to work well. It has to be the right humidity though, we add 1 1/2 parts of water to vermiculite weight in a sealed container. Feel free to call the shop if you need any more information

  8. Megan :) May 4, 2009 at 3:48 pm #

    helloo, can you tell me how much a chille rose tarantula would cost? thanks!

  9. Megan :) May 4, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    just realised i commented on the wrong thing haha

  10. Gary May 5, 2009 at 11:35 am #

    Hi Megan
    We have Chile Roses from £2.50 to £40!

  11. Megan May 6, 2009 at 5:16 pm #

    wicked thanks!
    im assuming the £2.50 are the spiderlings?

    • Gary May 7, 2009 at 8:08 am #

      Yes, and we have red Chiles for £3.00 too!

  12. Megan May 10, 2009 at 4:57 pm #


  13. sandra June 2, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    how difficult are they to breed we lost our female.she laid one lot of eggs.but we lost them it is good you can do it .keep it up,sandra

  14. Kieran June 15, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    Nice to know you breed them yourself.

  15. Gary Viall November 17, 2009 at 8:33 pm #

    Hi, just wondered how long the female Veils take to lay? Mine has been didgging for the past week or so, and is fat as! with incubator waiting!!

    • Gary November 18, 2009 at 9:31 am #

      Very difficult to say. Sometimes they do it straight away, we’ve had them take weeks also! I assume you have a male in there too to stimulate her??

  16. Gill December 13, 2009 at 7:47 pm #

    Soooooooooo cute! I just lurve the way they move… 😉

  17. Abadi February 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    So Cute, i like ’em when they change there colour in order to their surroundings, They just FIT! 😉

  18. jamie March 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    hi ive got a yemen chameleon he is approx 18 months old now, and does not seem to be that much bigger than wen i first got him… how long does it take them to grow to there full size… and is there anything i can do to incourage his grow

  19. kim May 12, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

    hi my yemen is laying her eggs right now,i have an incubator waiting,do i have to keep the egs rhe same way that she has laid them?im ve got to put them in the vermiculite,the way up i found them, havnt i?and lastly how long after shes laid them should i move them to the incubator?

  20. Emma September 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    The Chameleons in your shop are just gorgeous!

    I could sit and watch them all day 🙂

  21. jamie September 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    hi i could really do with your advice, i just realised that my uv tube was due for renewal for my chameleon set up so i purchased a new tube unfortunatley ive realised that ive bought a repti glo instead of the repti sun that was orginally fitted will this cause problems for my cham or is this ok

    • Sam September 17, 2010 at 10:24 am #

      Hi Jamie

      The repti glo tubes are not as good as the reptisuns which is what we advise. Ideally you need to get a reptisun in there as soon as. We purchased a uvb testing kit and tested the tubes against each other and the put put of uv in the repti glo is quite low compared to the reptisun. Make sure you are using a 10% tube as well.

  22. Francis Lang February 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    They are so cute!!! I love green. They look so good in green. They’d best be kept in a green vivarium.

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