DIY water dripper | Chameleon Forums

It’s important that you understand that chameleons need moving water in their enclosure to drink. In the wild they lick the dew from leaves. Chameleon won’t drink from a standing bowl of water unless they have no choice. So we need to provide a source of moving water for our chameleon through a drip system.

Screen Mesh Collecting Water from DIY Dripper | Chameleon Forums

Another simple way to provide dripping water for your chameleon is to put an ice cube on the top of the cage. In the summer when I have my chameleons outside I occasionally use this technique. The disadvantage to this system is the water is cold and some chameleon will refuse the cold water. Make sure the water drips into a plant or catch basin.

Excess water from my dripper! | Chameleon Forums

Chameleon choked on dripping water. | Chameleon Forums - Water drippers are available at pet stores and can also be created at home by simply poking a few very small hole(s) in the bottom of a cup. The dripper should be placed on top of the cage allowing water drops to fall down onto the leaves and branches of your plants. It should provide a steady slow drip of water for at least one hour a day and preferably longer. Many chameleons will readily drink from this water but others may take time to adjust. Make sure to properly deal with all the excess water so it doesn't puddle at the bottom of the cage or drip out onto surrounding furnishings.

Dripper and Water spray question :) | Chameleon Forums

For under 20 dollars you can buy a store bought chameleon dripper. These work great and allow you to adjust the rate of the drip by adjusting the valve. I recommend that you set up your dripper where the water drops will land on leaves below and then drip from leaf to leaf. Make sure you have a container below to collect the water.

Mister/Dripper/WaterFall/Humidifier?! | Chameleon Forums


Drip systems are the most common form of chameleon watering system. They generally consist of a container of water which sits above the animals enclosure. A plastic tube runs from the water container and into the chameleon cage. Water drips out of the end of the plastic tube. Pre-made drip systems are available at many reptile-oriented pet shops and generally include some sort of adjustment to control the rate at which water drips from the tube. These systems differ from rain systems by offering water in a more issolated area. Therefore, they, generally, deliver smaller amounts of water. The Exo Terra Dripper Plant is a realistic plant that was designed to meet the watering needs of tree dwelling reptiles and amphibians like e.g. Chameleons. Arboreal reptiles generally do not recognize motionless sources of water; instead they drink from moving dewdrops and raindrops while foraging in the forest canopy. The Exo Terra Dripper Plant supplies a continual supply of cascading water droplets, attracting even the most reluctant reptile to drink. Regular access to a recognizable source of drinking water helps prevent illnesses related to dehydration, and will improve your animal’s overall health.