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Can chameleons yawn?

i noticed a couple of times that my panther will puff up and stick out his chin and the open his mouth for about 3 seconds and then close it. then he like deflates and goes about his buisness. is this yawning or should i be concerned?
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Old 03-13-2010, 12:01 PM
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It could be a couple of things.

How hot is your basking temperature? Are you very close to him when he does this or far away? Can he see you?

I've seen my geckos yawn several times, but not either of my veileds yet.
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Perhaps he is trying to 'pop' a shed. Sometimes my guys will open their mouths and inflate like there's no tomorrow while they're trying to get a shed off.
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It could be a couple of things.

How hot is your basking temperature? Are you very close to him when he does this or far away? Can he see you?

I've seen my geckos yawn several times, but not either of my veileds yet.
well he is beside my bed. i always usually am just sitting on my bed with my laptop and he just chills there and iv seen him do this twice. the basking light is about 5 inches away from a vine he likes to sit on and is about 80 to 85 but i have an analog thermometer and i want to get a digital but i have given him multiple levels/areas he can bask on so if is to hop for him he can move. i mist him alot and he has a dripper so i don tthink he is dehydrated.
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Perhaps he is trying to 'pop' a shed. Sometimes my guys will open their mouths and inflate like there's no tomorrow while they're trying to get a shed off.
well he just shed not to long ago. maybe about a week ago so i dont think its that. i thought that too but ya
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Its a known fact chameleons puff and yawn in the morning after they wake up. If he's doing this a lot over the day. Id continue for an explanation and medical help.
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about 5 inches away from a vine he likes to sit on and is about 80 to 85 but i have an analog thermometer and i want to get a digital
That could be the problem. Unless you have a digital and you are more sure about what the temperatures are, he could just be overheating.
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Usually overheating results in gaping....where the chameleon contuasly has its mouth open for a period of time. Continue watching this thread for peoples opinions. Fill out the "ask for help" questionare. Thatl help us figure it out.
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Its a known fact chameleons puff and yawn in the morning after they wake up. If he's doing this a lot over the day. Id continue for an explanation and medical help.
May be the fact I don't see my chameleons wake up too often because I'm usually gone when they are doing so, but I've never seen mine do that.
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That could be the problem. Unless you have a digital and you are more sure about what the temperatures are, he could just be overheating.
ok well its at 86 right now i just bought a digi and raised the light just a tad. and ya he did do i tin the morning and i havent ever seen do it in the afternoon but its not continuous usually about 2 to 3 seconds.
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