Like any other living creature, chameleons need adequate sleep to keep them healthy and active. On average, a chameleon will sleep around twelve hours a night.
Their sleeping habits can be affected by a number of things, including the temperature of their enclosure, light exposure, and more. In the wild, chameleons typically sleep on branches in their natural habitat, as this provides them with protection from predators. In captivity, they may sleep in various places around their enclosure. Some may even be found clutching a plant or other object while they’re asleep.
When a chameleon is asleep, they’ll typically close their eyes and sink their eye turrets in slightly while shutting the center area of their eyes, which gives them the appearance of a narrow slit. They’ll also lower their body temperature in order to fall into a deep and restful sleep. Some chameleons will keep one eye open as they’re sleeping, as this allows them to remain alert for predators and other dangers.
Some owners have been known to move their chameleons’ cages when they’re getting ready to sleep at night. This is fine, but it’s important to remember that a chameleon will likely become stressed out if they’re moved too often. The key to providing your chameleon with adequate sleep is ensuring that they’re in a dark and cool environment at all times. You can also help them get a good night’s rest by slowly increasing the amount of light in their enclosure over the course of an hour or two.