Sam is a baby Veiled Chameleon.
His body is about 3.5 inches long.
He is perhaps two months old.
I have had Sam for four days.
And, I am still trying to figure out what he likes best.
In the gallery below, the first photo reveals his displeasure.
I was arranging his vegetation, and he didn’t like my hand in his cage.
Chameleons are shy creatures who should be housed alone and rarely handled.
Sam looks very thin to me, so I took a fecal sample for analysis. No parasites.
I suppose he simply needs to eat LOTS.
That poses a problem of sorts since I can never know precisely what he eats!
I laughed aloud at his expression when he checked out his feeding cup.
I think he was saying, “You really expect me to eat from that?
I thought it was a clever, on the spot, solution to the problem.
I thought learning about Bearded Dragons was difficult.
Holy Moley! I hadn’t met Sam yet!
Chameleons are fascinating creatures who move in slow-motion.
Their most delightful characteristic is their expressive faces.
They move their eyes independently making sneaking up on them impossible.
Sam is a fragile baby.
He is sitting on the leaf of a silk plant (from Kelli’s garage box of discarded stuff).
I couldn’t weigh him because he climbed up my arm when I put him on the scale!
But, I can tell you that he is as light as a feather.
And difficult to photograph because he hides among the leaves.
Or climbs to the very top of his cage under the basking light.
Why did I buy him knowing that I won’t live long enough for him to grow up?
The simple answer is that I always wanted a Chameleon.
I will be able to see him into adolescence at the minimum,
And, a friend will take care of him for the remainder of his life.
They live approximately five years, maybe a bit longer.
He looks remarkably like a gargoyle sometimes, as the Coastal Crone observed.
Wish us luck!