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Old 03-21-2012, 04:11 PM
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Don’t most chameleons put the hand up that is closest to the perceived predator? i.e.. If I approach from their right then the right hand goes up. Most chameleons in captivity are in large fixed cages with fixed basking areas so their choice of ways or how to sit (sideways or back to owner) in that basking spot are limited to how the cage is furnished. Because the cage itself doesn’t move or rotate, the owner (predator) will always approach from the same side – the front – see the chameleon in it’s same normal basking position and thus will always see the same hand go up. Is it true ‘handedness’ or just cage limitation on threat posture we are seeing?
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:45 PM
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Well that makes perfect sense but re-read what my guy with one eye does in the first post...
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:26 AM
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I have a panther with only one eye. When Jr was 4 months old his right eye ball had to be removed due to an eye injury. Jr is 3.4 years old now. I have been watching him carefully since I first read this thread. Jr has a large free range in my living room and gets around in it quite well. When I bring him in from outside he will use either of his front legs to reach for the branch on his FR. I've seen him use both. Also when I put up my hand up for him to crawl on, to take him outside he has used the right front leg and the left front about equal amount of times for his first step. Jr will wildly shoot at his food if you allow him but I just always hand feed him. He probably could cup feed but I've just always hand feed him. He's such a sweet boy and it's a pleasure to take care of him.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:13 PM
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Hmmm. My guy still has the damaged eyeball but it is completely glazed over with what looks like a huge cataract or grey film. He actually aims and shoots fine. And acts like he is focusing with both eyes. Maybe the eyeball still being there in his head is why he continues to use that side even though the result is he just gropes blindly and spins around.
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Jr still has the eye socket just no eye ball. He will move that eye around almost like he's looking at me. It doesn't look bad at all. Allot of people see him and most doen't even notice that his eye ball is missing unless I point it out. Here's a picture of him and the missing eye ball.

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Hmm. There is no actual eyeball in there though? And he still tries to "look around" with it? What is in there that moves around? Just muscle?

A side note -- this discussion makes me think that it is worse / sadder for a chameleon to lose an eye than other reptiles...
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When they show defensive posture with the hand raised up close to the chin which hand do they raise?? Is it always the same one? Do they show handedness?

One panther chameleon I had developed cancer in the eye and the eye was removed. He did circle for a day or two but then he was fine...and he also learned to shoot his tongue out (about 80% accurate) in spite of having only one eye.

I'm looking for more information I had on both handedness and the eyes...hope I can find it.
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My Veiled Zeus got a cricket spur stuck in his eye while feeding when he was about a year old. He never could see out of that eye well however he still managed to climb and eat. It has been a while since I had him and wish I could recall more. Even though he could not see out of that eye when ever he hunt his eye would act as though it where normal except he would miss occasionally.
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My Veiled Zeus got a cricket spur stuck in his eye while feeding when he was about a year old. He never could see out of that eye well however he still managed to climb and eat. It has been a while since I had him and wish I could recall more. Even though he could not see out of that eye when ever he hunt his eye would act as though it where normal except he would miss occasionally.
The guy I had with one eye really never missed but like I said there was still something of an eyeball in there. Vet said it was useless though.
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My Cham Rango Nosey be reaches for me with both his hands arms wide out like he wants to hug me..He does this action when he is insistant on going on my head..Fact..LOL
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