Captive Care, Raising, and Breeding of the Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus).

  title={Captive Care, Raising, and Breeding of the Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus).},
  author={R. Diaz and Christopher V Anderson and Diana P Baumann and Richard Kupronis and David Jewell and Christina Piraquive and Jill Kupronis and Kristen E. Winter and Thomas J. Greek and P. Trainor},
  journal={Cold Spring Harbor protocols},
  volume={2015 10},
Squamate reptiles comprise approximately one-third of all living amniotes. In most of these species, it is difficult to study gastrulation and neurulation because the embryos are at a late stage of development at the time of oviposition. This is not the case, however, in veiled chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus), which are increasingly being used as a model organism to study these and other developmental and evolutionary phenomena. Originating from the Arabian Peninsula, veiled chameleons are… Expand
Emerging Model Organism The Veiled Chameleon ( Chamaeleo calyptratus Duméril and Duméril 1851 ) : A Model for Studying Reptile Body Plan Development and Evolution
Raul E. Diaz, Jr.,1,2,7 Christopher V. Anderson,3 Diana P. Baumann,4 Richard Kupronis,4 David Jewell,4 Christina Piraquive,4 Jill Kupronis,4 Kristy Winter,4 Federica Bertocchini,5 and Paul A.Expand
Hand/foot splitting and the ‘re-evolution’ of mesopodial skeletal elements during the evolution and radiation of chameleons
This study uncovered a previously underappreciated degree of mesopodial skeletal diversity in chameleons and challenges the ‘re-evolution’ of osteological features by showing that ‘ re-evolving’ a ‘lost’ feature de novo may instead be due to so called ‘missing structures’ being present but underdeveloped and/or fused to other adjacent elements whose independence may be re-established under changes in adaptive selective pressure. Expand
Serpentovirus (Nidovirus) and Orthoreovirus Coinfection in Captive Veiled Chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus) with Respiratory Disease
A high prevalence of serpentovirus infection was found in clinically healthy subadult and adult veiled chameleons, suggesting the potential for chronic subclinical carriers and the significance of orthoreovirus coinfection remains unknown. Expand
Comparative musculoskeletal anatomy of chameleon limbs, with implications for the evolution of arboreal locomotion in lizards and for teratology
The appendicular muscle anatomy of chameleons is found to be surprisingly conservative considering the remarkable structural and functional modifications of the limb skeleton, particularly the distal limb regions. Expand
Filling in the phylogenetic gaps: Induction, migration, and differentiation of neural crest cells in a squamate reptile, the veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus)
Here, veiled chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus) is presented as a model system for studying neural crest cell development in squamates and various morphological specializations associated with an arboreal lifestyle may have been facilitated through neural crest cells acting as a conduit for evolutionary change. Expand
Development of sexual dimorphism in two sympatric skinks with different growth rates
It is found that both skinks have male‐biased SSD as adults, implying that species‐ and sex‐specific trade‐offs in the allocation of energy to growth and reproduction may cause the growth patterns to diverge, ultimately resulting in the dissimilar patterns of SSD. Expand
Ocular elongation and retraction in foveated reptiles
It is proposed that asymmetric changes in the three-dimensional structure of the developing eye correlate with the types of retinal remodeling needed to produce areas of high photoreceptor density in regions where the ocular globe asymmetrically elongates and retracts during development. Expand


The Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus Duméril and Duméril 1851): A Model for Studying Reptile Body Plan Development and Evolution.
The veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) is an important model organism for studying the role of ecological niche specialization, as well as genetic and morphological evolution within an adaptive framework. Expand
Characterization of fecal hormone patterns associated with the reproductive cycle in female veiled chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus).
The hormonal changes associated with reproductive cycling in female veiled chameleons are described using non-invasive fecal evaluation of metabolites of the three principal ovarian steroids, estradiol (E2), testosterone (T), progesterone (P), and their metabolites, by enzyme immunoassays. Expand
Fecal hormone patterns during non-ovulatory reproductive cycles in female veiled chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus).
Evidence that reproductive "failure" occurs more frequently than suspected is provided with some females alternating between ovulatory and anovulatory cycles without any outward evidence of the variation in ovarian cycles. Expand
Dry matter and calcium digestibility in captive veiled chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus).
A regression analysis of dietary Ca vs. digestible Ca content revealed a complete 'true' digestibility of Ca for the range of investigated diets, which might indicate that requirements for this mineral were not yet exceeded by the diets used (so that a reduction in Ca absorption would be induced). Expand
Nutritional metabolic bone disease in juvenile veiled chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus) and its prevention.
Recommendations for the rearing of juvenile chameleons were derived after an interaction of vitamin A and cholecalciferol supplementation in the storage of vitaminA in the liver and formation of colon calcifications was noticed. Expand
Influence of feeding and UVB exposition on the absorption mechanisms of calcium in the gastrointestinal tract of veiled chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus)
It is suggested that the duodenum plays an important role in the active transcellular absorption of Ca in veiled chameleons as shown by the immunohistochemical detection of VDR and Cb-D28k. Expand
Photodermatitis and Photokeratoconjunctivitis in a Ball Python (Python regius) and a Blue-Tongue Skink (Tiliqua spp.)
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