Which Plants Are Good For Chameleons?

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One of the main questions I get every time I meet with Chameleon owners is “which plants are good for chameleons”. Chameleons can make for great pets, but there are some things you’ll need to know as a chameleon owner that goes beyond having other pets like cats, dogs, rabbits, or snakes. Getting their habitat just right is one of the important ways to take better care of your chameleon.

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Many Have Question About Plants;

Which plants are good for chameleons?

Which plants are safe for chameleons?

Are there plants that could be dangerous or toxic to chameleons?

Whether you intend to house Panther chameleons, Veiled chameleons, or Jackson’s chameleons, these are important things to think about.

Don’t put just any plant in your chameleon’s enclosure.

Research the plants, and make sure it’s safe!

Here’s a guide to which plants are good for chameleon habitats, and which plants you should avoid.

Which Plants Are Good for Chameleons?

Responsible chameleon owners are advised to research every individual plant, and whether it’s considered a safe plant for your chameleon. If you aren’t sure, it’s the kind of question to call a veterinary or plant expert for rather than guessing about it yourself.

As a general guideline, many of the same plants that are dangerous or toxic to household pets should be kept away from chameleons. However, this isn’t the answer for everything.

Some of the specific plants known to be dangerous for chameleons include fig plants and philodendrons. There are more, and this article is meant as a general guideline, and not an exhaustive list.

Plants Safe for Chameleons

Some of the plants that are definitely safe for chameleon enclosures will include ones found in their natural habitats.

However, many chameleon owners like branching out their enclosures to include plants that are fun or aeshetic (and not necessarily found in their original habitats).

Ficus and hibiscus plants are chameleon-safe. Hibiscus flowers can also be turned into a fragrant flower tea: it’s a safe and pleasant plant for humans, too!

They’re attractive to chameleons, and have no potential ill effects for chameleons.

Zebra plants are also perfect for chameleon habitats. They’re also a popular houseplant type, because they’re easy to care for.

Avoid any plants that aren’t advised near cats, dogs, or other household plants. Many of the plants harmful to them, could also pose potential harm to chameleons or other critters nearby.

Remember that you still have to take good, often separate care of the plants!

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What plants are safe for chameleons?

As we’ve already mentioned, ficus and hibiscus plants are completely chameleon-safe.

Those aren’t the only great plants for chameleons.

Yucca plants are another popular, chameleon-friendly plant you can include. They’re often grown in gardens and landscapes, and present with a spiky appearance and flowers.

There are about 40 different yucca types. All yucca plant types are safe for chameleons.

There’s also the golden pothos plant, which is also considered safe for chameleons. While they grow into large plants in nature, they can be kept a more manageable size inside a smaller enclosure.

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There are even more great plants for chameleons.

Most ferns and trees are chameleon-safe, though you are still encouraged to research every plant you want to include.

Many chameleon care guides, including this one, recommend parlour palm for chameleon habitats.

Plants already found in their natural habitats (depending on the chameleon species) are more likely to be safe for their enclosures.

Devil’s ivy can be safe for your chameleon’s enclosure, but it’s considered extremely toxic to cats and dogs. Therefore, many chameleon owners skip this plant – unless they can guarantee that the habitat stays free from other pets.

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Are Any Plants Toxic to Chameleons?

Yes, there are some plants considered dangerous or toxic to your chameleon’s health.

Avoid plants considered dangerous to cats and dogs: there are few exceptions, and many of these plants can also pose a danger to your chameleon’s health.

Avoid plants toxic to humans even if they’re fine for chameleon care: it increases

your own risk!

Also avoid plants that “bleed” white milky substances. Generally, these can be a serious irritant to their skin (or yours).

Specific plants that are known to be toxic to chameleons include: fig plants, philodendrons, and the plant commonly called “dumb cane”. They’re toxic to chameleons.

Avoid mango trees and plants near chameleon enclosures: they are toxic to chameleons. The same way, avoid giving them the fruit, and be careful when you’ve recently worked with anything that contains it – for example, skincare products.

Rubber trees and plants, commonly grown as houseplants, should also be kept away from chameleons and their enclosures.

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How Can I Be Sure About a Plant’s Safety for My Chameleon?

If you aren’t sure whether a plant is safe for your chameleon, research the specific plant online. If you still aren’t sure after this, it’s a good idea to get in contact with a veterinary or plant expert who can give you the best advice.

Have you had any experiences with plants harming your Chameleons please leave comments below to help the community.



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