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Old 03-18-2011, 08:31 PM
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Question Veiled sleeping upside down

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...
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Old 03-18-2011, 08:38 PM
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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.
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I wouldn't worry about it too much. When and if she/he falls then its time to worry.
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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...
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
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He's around 5 months now... All of the research I have done told me to have a basking spot of 90-105 degrees... Too hot? That picture was from when I first got him, he has at least doubled in size now.. I have a current picture in this thread: Herbie starting to show his handsome design!
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:08 PM
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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...hameleons.html
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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!!
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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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