I am currently sold out of carpets for awhile. I may have a few males available early in 2021. Make sure to sign up on my site for notifications of availability. I am holding back more females than ever so that I will be able to meet the high demand for this species! I am incubating multiple clutches of eggs that will be availble in spring or summer of 2021. 2022 should see more captive bred carpet chameleons than ever before!
Please read the entire description as it should hopefully answer most questions you might have on them. Other than that please PM me with any questions. Thanks for looking!
A detailed article on their care and breeding written by myself is available to all that are interested. It is posted for free on my site https://www.livingartbyfrankpayne.com/care-sheets. You can also pick up a copy of the January/February 2018 issue of Reptiles magazine to read another version of my Carpet chameleon article. Another great resource is the Chameleon Academy Podcast where I was recently featured on a round-table interview discussing carpets, also posted on my site.
I have attached pictures of representative juveniles as well as some of my breeding stock to show the tremendous genetic potential these animals have. Lateralis do not show their stunning adult coloration until sexual maturity at approximately six months. They all basically look the same as juveniles.
This is a great opportunity to pick up true CBB (captive bred and born) lateralis which are a world apart from WC (wild caught) lateralis. WC lateralis often come in at the end of their lives and females which are almost always gravid don't last long in captivity. CBB lateralis are just as hardy as panther chameleons at a fraction of the cost and space. Single adults can live their entire lives comfortably in an 18"x18"x18" terrarium. Of course you can provide larger if you choose to. They do well in the typical screen chameleon enclosure but I prefer to provide a beautifully planted glass terrarium. The variety of coloration exhibited by lateralis, especially females, is some of the best of all chameleons.
The most frequent questions I get from people before purchasing carpet chameleons is "What do the parents look like?" and "Can I see individual pictures of the juveniles for sale?". The answer to both of these questions is not nearly as important as it is for panther chameleons. Carpet chameleons are probably the most beautifully diverse chameleons especially considering there are no "locales" as there are with panthers. Carpets, especially females, can vary wildly in color even among clutch mates and throughout their own lives. There is no was to tell exactly what an individual will look like until it is an adult and showing it's breeding colors. Even then, a chameleon may change how it looks from one month to another. They all basically look identical as juveniles. I breed for health, vigor, and genetic diversity and do not line breed for specific traits. This leads to natural, variable, and healthy chameleons for all new owners!
I guarantee live healthy arrival and am always there for support throughout the life of the animal. Apart from the health of the animal customer service is my number one priority. Please read the "reviews" section of my Facebook page for positive experiences of past customers.