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Further Research

In this section, you will find sources for further research, including books, peer reviewed articles, websites, and other media sources.  Some of these sources may have information that seems at odds with what has been presented on this site. All the Better! We're all groping in the dark and doing our best to move this hobby forward.  If you encounter views that seem inconsistent with others, treat it like everything else: a piece of data that should be added to your intellectual repertoire.


Please make the Chameleon Academy the first and most frequent stop in this wacky adventure we call chameleon keeping!  

  • Chameleon Academy 

    • This should be everyone's first stop on the road to ​husbandry excellence!

  • Chameleon Forums

    • In terms of online communities dedicated to the hobby, you won't find a more knowledgable, passionate, friendly and caring bunch of cham crazies!  

  • The Chameleon Database

    • The largest photographic database for chameleons

  • Advanced Chameleon Group

    • AdCham, for short, this is an excellent source for finding information about specific species​.

  • MadCham

    • This site is dedicated to Malagasy species, and is a great resource for temperature ranges, UVIs, species' biotopes etc​.

  • Chameleons.Info

    • Created by Petr Necas, a well known chameleon researcher, this site contains a wealth of husbandry information and more.​


Some of these are incredibly hard to find, but keep searching!

  • Chameleons of Africa: An Atlas Including Chameleons of Europe and Asia: Tilbury, C. (2018): Edition Chimaira/Serpent's Tale

  • The Biology of Chameleons Tolley, K. A., & Herrel, A. (. (2014). Berkeley/Los Angeles, California, US: University of California Press

  • Chameleons: Nature's Hidden Jewels Necas, P. (1999/2004). (2 ed.). Germany: Chimaira. 

  • Understanding Reptile Parasites Klingenberg, R.J., DVM (2007): Lumina Media

  • Chameleons of Southern Africa Tolley, K. & Burger, M. (2007): Penguin Random House

Other Media

Podcasts and Videos

  • The Chameleon Academy Podcast

    • Available on the app store and google play.  Just start at episode 1, and get to that list of chores you've been putting off!

  • Neptune the Chameleon

    • This is a great youtube page for concise discussions of common husbandry questions.

Select Journal Articles

Just a few Important Papers

  • Akani, G., Ogbalu, O., & Luiselli, L. (2001). Life-history and ecological distribution of chameleons (Reptilia, Chamaeleonidae) from the rain forests of Nigeria: conservation implications. ANIMAL BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION, 24(2), 1-15.

  • Dierenfeld, E., Norkus, E., Carroll, K., & Ferguson, G. (2002). Carotenoids, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E Concentrations During Egg Development in Panther Chameleons (Furcifer pardalis). ZOO BIOLOGY, 21, 295-303.

  • Finke, M. (2002). Complete nutrient composition of commerciallt raised invertebrates used as food for insectivores. ZOO BIOLOGY, 21, 269-285.

  • Finke, M. (2003). Gut loading to enhance the nutrient content of insects as food for reptiles: A mathematical approach. ZOO BIOLOGY, 22(2), 147-162.

  • Abate, A., Coke, R., Ferguson, G., & Reavill, D. (2003). Chameleons and vitamin A. 13, pp. 23-31. JOURNAL OF HERPETOLOGICAL MEDICINE AND SURGERY.

  • Karsten, K., Ferguson, G., Chen, T., & Holick, M. (2009). Panther Chameleons, Furcifer pardalis, Behaviorally Regulate Optimal Exposure to UV Depending on Dietary Vitamin D3 Status. PHYSIOLOGICAL AND BIOCHEMICAL ZOOLOGY: ECOLOGICAL AND EVOLUTIONAL APPROACHES, 82(3), 218-225.

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