Veiled Chameleon stays at bottom of cage

Discussion in 'Health Clinic' started by h2osandy, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. h2osandy

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    My chameleon was bought at Petsmart. I was told it was a male. The past week he has been at the bottom of the cage barely moving. He is not eating and I don't know what to do with him. I have had him for 8 months and he has never done this before.
  2. kinyonga

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    Can you fill in the questionaire in the "how to ask for help" thread in the health section please.
    Sounds like time for a visit though.
  3. Blevine1292

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    i had the same problem with mine, what is the thickness of the branches in his cage? they might be to big for his feet. but try filling this out there may be some underlying problems that the more experienced guys can figure out.

    Chameleon Info:

    * Your Chameleon - The species, sex, and age of your chameleon. How long has it been in your care?
    * Handling - How often do you handle your chameleon?
    * Feeding - What are you feeding your cham? What amount? What is the schedule? How are you gut-loading your feeders?
    * Supplements - What brand and type of calcium and vitamin products are you dusting your feeders with and what is the schedule?
    * Watering - What kind of watering technique do you use? How often and how long to you mist? Do you see your chameleon drinking?
    * Fecal Description - Briefly note colors and consistency from recent droppings. Has this chameleon ever been tested for parasites?
    * History - Any previous information about your cham that might be useful to others when trying to help you.

    Cage Info:

    * Cage Type - Describe your cage (Glass, Screen, Combo?) What are the dimensions?
    * Lighting - What brand, model, and types of lighting are you using? What is your daily lighting schedule?
    * Temperature - What temp range have you created (cage floor to basking spot)? Lowest overnight temp? How do you measure these temps?
    * Humidity - What are your humidity levels? How are you creating and maintaining these levels? What do you use to measure humidity?
    * Plants - Are you using live plants? If so, what kind?
    * Placement - Where is your cage located? Is it near any fans, air vents, or high traffic areas? At what height is the top of the cage relative to your room floor?
    * Location - Where are you geographically located?

    Current Problem - The current problem you are concerned about.
  4. seanUTD

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    First off WELCOME TEXAN!!!!
    Second I agree with Kinyonga at 8 months if he is in fact a male I believe it may be time for a vet visit and unfortunately I don't know of any exotic vets near you which is what you'll need for him.. I know there are a few more towards Dallas, Plano, and Richardson but not Denton /:
    I will ask, does your cham have tarsal spurs on the back of it's feet... They should be pretty obvious at that age.. If "he" does not you may have an egg bound female on your hands, in which a vet trip is DEFINITELY in order... I hope everything works out!

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