Do Chameleons feel pain? The reason I ask is because my Veiled has been climbing up on the top of his cage and hanging right under the heat lamp. I'm sure the heat feels good, but I don't want him to burn his feet.
Do Chameleons feel pain? The reason I ask is because my Veiled has been climbing up on the top of his cage and hanging right under the heat lamp. I'm sure the heat feels good, but I don't want him to burn his feet.

i belive so but my snakes wrap around the light but soon get off.
Do Chameleons feel pain? The reason I ask is because my Veiled hasbeen climbing up on the top of his cage and hanging right under the heatlamp. I'm sure the heat feels good, but I don't want him to burn his feet.

They do indeed feel pain, but often too late. I have seen snakes and lizards horribly burned from being in contact with a heat source for too long. They just don't seem to have the ability to sense extreme heat.
Put your hand on the area where the lizard is holding on. If you can't keep your hand there without getting burned it is too hot for the chameleon.
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Julian..you have a light inside the enclosure that a snake can come in contact with? Is it guarded at all?
I'm sure any animal can feel pain. Again, put your hand where the Chameleon likes to "hang" and see if you get burned. Does he have a branch up high so he can get close to the light otherwise?
Julian..you have a light inside the enclosure that a snake can come in contact with? Is it guarded at all? ... if you get burned. Does he have a branch up high so he can get close to the light otherwise?

He has a branch that is directly under the light, but he seems to like to hang upside down under the light from the screen. I've only had this new cage for 2 days, so maybe I don't have it arranged as well as I could.
Maybe you could raise the light a few inches above the screen top so he can't get close enough to burn himself even if he hangs onto the screen.
Roger
Hi there
A couple of things...
1- usually they hang from the ceiling out of stress. They try to get as high up as they can. Once they acclimate to the cage (provided it is big enough), this behavious should pretty much stop. One thing we have learned is that a chameleon who is constantly wanting to come out is not being friendly; he's being stressed in his environment. We started off with ours having done everything wrong: solid walls, glass front... We had vents in there for air flow, but there was not enough for his health. Soon as we switched over to all screen (except the back wall, which is solid and an aaattachment point for vines, rope and plants), this behavior completely stopped.
2- Yes, they absolutely can feel pain. But, as mentioned before, it is often too late. Reptiles deal with heat no so much by surface contact, but by their own core body temperature. When that gets too warm, the move (by which point they will have sizzled themselves). Our cham did much the same thing as yours. We had his light right up close to the screen, and he would hang out right under it. He burned a good chunk of his casque, right down to the bone. It came off and he healed, but, we learned a lesson at his expense. Keep that light a couple of inches away from the screen so the cham can't burn himself... ;-)
Julian..you have a light inside the enclosure that a snake ... high so he can get close to the light otherwise?

He has a branch that is directly under the light, but he seems to like to hang upside down under ... only had this new cage for 2 days, so maybe I don't have it arranged as well as I could.

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Julian..you have a light inside the enclosure that a snake can come in contact with? Is it guarded at all?

All my snakes vivs have the lights inside. I have rescued snakes with bad burns but none of my snakes have ever got burnt.