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Old 07-02-2012, 06:17 PM
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why is my chameleon staying in the bottom of his cage?

for the last three days my male ambilobe has been hanging out in the bottom of his cage.i put him back on his branch and he will stay there for a while but eventually he goes back down to the bottom.could anybody tell me why he may be doing this?any ideas would be much appreciated.
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:20 PM
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it may be too hot for him

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.
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:20 PM
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heat

could be to hot to roam in the cage which prob would be your best scenario or could be sick, hopefully a senior member will chime in but you are going to have to fill out the info sheet.
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:55 PM
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it may be too hot for him

Chameleon Info:
Your Chameleon - The species, sex, and age of your chameleon. How long has it been in your care?ambilobe male year old iv had him for 9 months
Handling - How often do you handle your chameleon? maybe twice a week
Feeding - What are you feeding your cham? What amount? What is the schedule? How are you gut-loading your feeders?crickets 12 a day wax worms a few a day and a superworm for a treat ever few days. flukers cricket food and water
Supplements - What brand and type of calcium and vitamin products are you dusting your feeders with and what is the schedule?rep cal phosphurus free with vit. d i dust crickets ever time i feed them
Watering - What kind of watering technique do you use? How often and how long to you mist? Do you see your chameleon drinking?i use a drip system.i mist 3 times a day.sometimes i see him drink
Fecal Description - Briefly note colors and consistency from recent droppings. Has this chameleon ever been tested for parasites?never been tested.browj with white on the end.the structure and color has never changed
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?2x2x4 screen reptibreeze
Lighting - What brand, model, and types of lighting are you using? What is your daily lighting schedule?zoo med basking lamps 75 watts.12 hours everyday.all bulbs in dome lights
Temperature - What temp range have you created (cage floor to basking spot)? Lowest overnight temp? How do you measure these temps?basking spot 89 to 92 degrees floor probally 75 degrees i use a flukers thermometer
Humidity - What are your humidity levels? How are you creating and maintaining these levels? What do you use to measure humidity?i mist three times a day.i have no wayto tell the humidity
Plants - Are you using live plants? If so, what kind?all fake hanging plants and vines
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?it is in a high traffic area and isint to far from air conditioner

Current Problem - The current problem you are concerned about.
staying in the bottom of his cage.not all the time but more than usual
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:56 PM
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it may be too hot for him

Chameleon Info:
Your Chameleon - The species, sex, and age of your chameleon. How long has it been in your care?ambilobe male year old iv had him for 9 months
Handling - How often do you handle your chameleon? maybe twice a week
Feeding - What are you feeding your cham? What amount? What is the schedule? How are you gut-loading your feeders?crickets 12 a day wax worms a few a day and a superworm for a treat ever few days. flukers cricket food and water
Supplements - What brand and type of calcium and vitamin products are you dusting your feeders with and what is the schedule?rep cal phosphurus free with vit. d i dust crickets ever time i feed them
Watering - What kind of watering technique do you use? How often and how long to you mist? Do you see your chameleon drinking?i use a drip system.i mist 3 times a day.sometimes i see him drink
Fecal Description - Briefly note colors and consistency from recent droppings. Has this chameleon ever been tested for parasites?never been tested.browj with white on the end.the structure and color has never changed
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?2x2x4 screen reptibreeze
Lighting - What brand, model, and types of lighting are you using? What is your daily lighting schedule?zoo med basking lamps 75 watts.12 hours everyday.all bulbs in dome lights
Temperature - What temp range have you created (cage floor to basking spot)? Lowest overnight temp? How do you measure these temps?basking spot 89 to 92 degrees floor probally 75 degrees i use a flukers thermometer
Humidity - What are your humidity levels? How are you creating and maintaining these levels? What do you use to measure humidity?i mist three times a day.i have no wayto tell the humidity
Plants - Are you using live plants? If so, what kind?all fake hanging plants and vines
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?it is in a high traffic area and isint to far from air conditioner...im located in south texas

Current Problem - The current problem you are concerned about.
staying in the bottom of his cage.not all the time but more than usual
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:04 PM
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In regards to the form you filled out:

You need to work on your gutloading. That store bought stuff really isn't that good.
Find blogs from sandrachameleon about this. Fresh fruits and veggies should be fed to your bugs.

Supplementing- You should be dusting with a calicum without d3 every feeding, a calcium with d3 twice a month, and a multivitamin twice a month.

Are you using a UVB bulb?


Those thermeters may not be accurate. Try getting a digital one and checking your temps.

Is he going down to the bottom of the cage then going back up? If this is the case, hes probably just exploring.

If hes hanging out at the bottom of the cage, and not exploring, his temperatues may be too hot. Get that digital thermeter and check it.
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:22 PM
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In regards to the form you filled out:

You need to work on your gutloading. That store bought stuff really isn't that good.
Find blogs from sandrachameleon about this. Fresh fruits and veggies should be fed to your bugs.

Supplementing- You should be dusting with a calicum without d3 every feeding, a calcium with d3 twice a month, and a multivitamin twice a month.

Are you using a UVB bulb? i forgot about the uvb.yes i am using one.i belive its a 20 watt coil uvb


Those thermeters may not be accurate. Try getting a digital one and checking your temps.

Is he going down to the bottom of the cage then going back up? If this is the case, hes probably just exploring. he is staying down in the bottom for a while and then coming up.when he goes down he stays in the same spot

If hes hanging out at the bottom of the cage, and not exploring, his temperatues may be too hot. Get that digital thermeter and check it.
i sure appreciate your help.iv had chameleons for a few years now and never had this problem.so im very greatful for you sharing your information
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:35 PM
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How old is your uvb bulb?

They have to be replaced roughly every 6-9 months, as after this their UVB output decreases drastically.

How long is he spending towards the bottom of his cage?

can you post a photo of him and of his set up please?
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Here's a link to Sandra's blog post on feeders: http://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs...on/index5.html

How sure are you that this is a male? I know...you're sure, but I just have to ask...flirting with the bottom of the cage is often a female thing if you know what I mean....
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