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Old 05-21-2013, 09:48 AM
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Chameleon not eating! What to do?

Hello everyone, my 3 month old panther chameleon seems pretty healthy. Since I got him he would always eat around 8-10 small crickets per day. Within the past 2 days though it seems like he's never hungry. I figured he was tired with just eating crickets, so I also tried waxworms and it seemed to have worked for a bit. But yesterday he only ate 2 waxworms and 2 crickets all day! And now this morning he's not eating at all (which is unusual compared to how he used to eat before every morning). Is there possibly something wrong? What should I do?
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:04 AM
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Could be for a couple of reasons. Hopefully he is about to shed and just doesn't feel like eating right now.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:41 AM
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My Cham isn't eating. What should I do??

My Chameleon: I have a 3month old, male panther chameleon, which I've had for about a month now.
Handling: I don't handle him anymore. I used to try to hold him to get him used to me but he never seemed to like it and would try to get back into his enclosure any chance he got.
Feeding: I feed him small crickets (8-10 every morning) that I gut-load with "Fluker's Complete Cricket Diet" and recently began feeding him waxworms.
Supplements: I dust crickets in Rep-Cal's Herptivite and Calcium w/ Vitamin D.
Watering: I have a dripping system, and I mist his enclosure about 3 times per day.
Fecal Description: Usually brown with white tips. Lately, I've been seeing less droppings than before.

Cage Info: It's an all screen aluminum enclosure, 36" tall x 30" long x 18" wide.
Lighting: I'm using Zoomed's Reptisun 5.0 UVB lighting, along with two 75Watt basking bulbs.
Temperature: It always remains between 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, with lower temps at the bottom and higher temps near the top. At night it drops to the 60's but never below that.
Humidity: The enclosure is always kept at a humidity between 40-70, but is higher right after misting sessions. I also have a repti-fogger that I turn on every once in a while.
Plants: I have two live plants, both of which are "Camellia Japonica."
Placement: The enclosure sits on top of my 3-foot tall dresser in my room, away from windows or fans.
Location: I live in southern California, near the city of Long Beach.

Current Problem: Since I got my cham he's always seemed healthy. He would eat between 8-10 small crickets a day. But recently he stopped eating crickets so I introduced waxworms and he loved them. I fed him about 6 of them about two days ago. Yesterday though he only ate 2 crickets and 2 waxworms all day. And now this morning he's not eating at all like he usually does. I'm worried there may be problem. If so, what could it be, and what should I do?
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:44 AM
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Thank you for the link. I filled it out and reposted my thread.
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:58 AM
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your welcome I am sure it wont be long before someone can give you some advice - I know it can be really scary when they change their behavior for no apparent reason - I would be sure he is getting enough to drink - but w/ a dripper I would think he is - also keep an eye to make sure he is pooping - and hopefully its just a shed coming one like the other member stated hang in there , there are many ppl who are here to help you
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:22 PM
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I sure hope so! I'm pretty worried since this is my first chameleon. Thank you!
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:21 PM
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Unfortunately, no
I was gone all morning and when I got back home I found him laying down in the same spot he was before I left, and I noticed that his belly had a white coloration to it. I picked him up and let him wander around outside for a few minutes and now his coloration looks normal. He's still not eating anything though..
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Could you post a picture or two of your cham? It can sometimes help us see if there is anything to be concerned with.
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