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If you're buying imported or store-bought chameleons go through the usual checklist of ailments. Dehydration is the number one priority as this is usually symptomatic of another condition, such as parasites, stress or improper care. The chameleon's skin should be plump. The eyes should be bright, round and alert. Mouths should be free of lesions or abrasions.
The parasite load of imported F. oustaleti can be high. I have had more difficulty getting rid of the parasites in this species than any other with which I've worked. Because of the size and severe parasite load that is possible, I highly recommend that a veterinarian who is experienced with chameleons handle the treatment. If the chameleon's parasite count is
low and taken care of quickly there is a good chance for a long, healthy  life.
The parasite check/treatment regimen I have used with success is as follows: Always get a fecal check so you know what you are dealing with. If needed, a round of Panacur is my first course of action. This is followed by Flagyl, if necessary. After both treatments are completed a follow up fecal exam is done. If all tests are clean, I get a blood test to rule out  any other
possible parasites. If all are negative, I wait three months and get another fecal. If the veterinarian says it's necessary, I repeat the process. I recommend an annual fecal exam as a preventative measure for all chameleons, even if they're captive bred. Chameleons are often labeled as "advanced" chameleons, and I believe this may be due tothe parasite issue, or the cost of the treatments involved to deparasitize the lizards. Once the parasite problem is resolved, however, Oustalet's are
pretty much bullet proof in my experience. Be careful purchasing an adult in a store or trade show. They may not live long if purchased too old, or the parasite issue is not controlled. When you purchase any chameleon from a trade show or pet store please do the animal and yourself a favor and get a fecal check. This is the only way to be completely assured the animal doesn’t have parasites. Any vet, even one who has no chameleon experience is capable of doing a fecal check, costing on the average 25$. This is a simple test, which can save lives if parasites are detected early. Simply take a stool fresh sample to the vet leaving the animal at home. Even a healthy looking chameleon, with full skin, a tight grip and strong tongue can harbor a fatal load of parasites, which become agitated and grow to unmanageable levels in a relatively short amount of time in captivity. Parasites are aggravated by stress, which is a huge issue with any chameleon. There is no reason for responsible chameleon owners to allow a chameleon to die from a parasite load. Even a very heavy load of parasites, if caught early, in an otherwise healthy chameleon, can be treated and cured. Not all parasites can be detected by only a fecal check. Additional tests such as blood tests may be needed as well. The average prospective chameleon owner needs to be prepared to spend not only time on this creature, but money. The chameleon itself will normally be the least expensive of the start up costs for your pet. Although I believe chameleon should be in natural sunlight as much as possible, an indoor environment is fine for most animals. You will need the right cage (full screen a minimum of 2 foot by one foot), lights (a full spectrum florescent and a heat dome light), plants (something non toxic like a ficus benjemin), Hudson Sprayer for the water, humidifier (do yourself a favor and pay for the more expensive one with the auto shut off), sticks and vines etc.  The hidden costs will include the parasite check, possible treatment, follow up vet visits as well as a follow up fecal check and possible blood work or other tests for bacterial infections may be needed.  Parasites sound scary. But in reality not only do chameleons usually come from the wild with some sort of parasite, captive animals can contract them at any time from their feeder insects. This is perfectly normal. An annual fecal check is a wise precaution for all long your chameleons, wild caught or captive bred.
Take precautions to make sure they have been deparasitized if they are wild caught, keep humidity at a high level and house separately. Chameleons will become stressed by viewing another chameleon in a cage across the room. If you notice solitary the chameleon being stressed, coloring up, hissing or puffing up for no apparent reason, they may be seeing their own reflection or have view of a chameleon in another cage.