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Chameleons do not require human interaction, and some would argue that it would be better to avoid contact with them as much as possible since it could cause them undue stress. While this may be true of wild caught chameleons, it is not necessarily true of bred chameleons which are raised in human environments.




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To the contrary, your chameleon may actually become more aggressive, and more easily stressed at the sight of you (especially with more aggressive species such as the Veiled chameleon) with a lack of contact. That is not to say that you should handle your chameleon constantly (since this will eventually become a nuisance to it and may make matters worse) but if you have any hope of being able to handle your chameleon you must do so regularly.

One method you could try, is hand feeding your chameleon it's favorite foods. This will help to demonstrate that you are not a physical threat to it. Also, your chameleon may begin to associate your interaction, with food. Don't get discouraged if your pet does not respond to hand feeding immediately. Be patient and persistant. .

When handling your chameleon it is important to try and avoid forcing it to do anything whenever possible, including leaving its enclosure. Try to slide your hand beneath its chin and coax it into walking onto your hand rather than trying to pick it up. There are two reasons for this. First, you may damage one of its claws by trying to forcefully remove it from a branch or screen. Second, your chameleon will be less intimidated or stressed if it was not forced out of its home, but rather decided to cooperate on its own. With a little patience you can usually guide your chameleon to wherever you want him/her to go. Try to avoid touching the chameleon's back (along the spine) as this is interpreted as a sign of aggression.

It is important to note that your chameleon may never become extremely friendly with you (especially with more aggressive species such as the Veiled chameleon), and for it to merely tolerate interaction with you is the best you can hope for. This is part of a chameleon's personality. Some will become friendly, and others will not. Others may not tolerate interaction with anyone but you, and even become extremely aggressive towards anyone else who tries. Don't let this dampen your spirits. Once again, this is all part of your pet's unique personality, and you should love it unconditionally.

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