Veiled sleeping upside down

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Jenni2370, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. Jenni2370

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    Last night Herbie decided to sleep at the top of his cage upside down gripping onto the screen. He has never done this before and I was really worried that he was going to fall in his sleep so I kept checking in every hour or so but he never fell.. Is this something I should be worried about? I keep the temperature during the day between 80 mid tank-98 at the hottest basking spot, and night time drops to about 65-75...
     
  2. kaylie

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    I'm not sure about the sleeping, maybe he was just there when the light turned off and fell asleep?
    What kind of chameleon and how old? Because I think 98 for a basking spot is wayyyyy too hot, especially if it's a baby like what it looks like in your avatar.

    Edit- Oh duh, it's a veiled. lol. Yeah, 98 is extremely hot. A young one should have a basking spot of 82-83, and I'd say mid cage mid 70s. Night temps are fine.
     
  3. ChameleonRave

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    I wouldn't worry about it too much. When and if she/he falls then its time to worry.
     
  4. camimom

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    Mine did that too. More than likely thats just where he was when he fell asleep. My veiled falls asleep wherever he is once his lights go off.
    I wouldn't be concerned, I doubt he will fall. Thats what the toenails are for
     
  5. Jenni2370

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  6. kaylie

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    Yes, still way too hot. Mine is 7 months and his basking spot never goes over 85. In a few months I'll raise it a little.

    Here is Jannb's blog on raising veileds. Lots of great info.
    "You probably will not need a basking light right at first if he's young.....under 4 months old. He'll be so young he'll only need to bask at about 80 to 82 until 4 or 5 months old. Luie (my adult male veiled) bask at 88 or 89 for an adult panther 85. You can use a household bulb and you'll have to keep testing the temps. (25 to 40 watt or so)"
    http://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/jannb/325-info-new-keepers-young-veiled-panther-chameleons.html
     
  7. lilwish

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    ok I wondered about this too, BUTTTTT!! mine was sleeping hanging upside down by her back legs and tail!! she slept like that for about 6 hours until i went to sleep then the next morning she had her front claws in the screen too!!! it was sooo crazy I was so scared she was dead or dying!!
     
  8. goldilocksadw70

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    Chameleons often sleep upside down, it's nothing to be concerned about unless he/she is sleeping during the day.
     

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