5 months old maybe sick

Gal

New Member
Our gal is a about 5 months old. The other day she started lying on the bottom of the cage on her side but is upright now eyes wide open. The cage is a tall screen one with a humidifier using distilled water and the water supply is a drip type. Plants are not real and the temperature was 76.6 digital. With a red heat lamp and a UV light. She drank some dirty water from the bottom of the cage but has been cleaned. She started lying down after that. We give her bottled water. We have been feeding her meal worms and sometimes crickets. Temperature is now 97. Covered the cage. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
 

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Chameleon Mike

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Turn the red light off now. Chameleons need a reduction in temp at night and pitch dark. Fill out the form so we can help you.


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  • 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?
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Gal

New Member
Thank you.
Female, vail chameleon, we’ve had her for 4 months and was about 1 month old when we got her. Handling three or four times, not much. FEEDING 4 little meal worms once a day and occasional crickets. Gut-loading? SUPPLEMENTS NON. WATERING bottled water in dripped, mist during daytime. Have not watched her drink, has not eaten today. FECAL have not watched no testing. Cage type screen 30 by 17 LIGHTING UV morning till 9:39 PM. RED in morning 3 hours then UV. TEMP:76.6 digital no basking spot on floor. HUMIDITY Automatic at medium PLANTS: artificial with limbs. Floor has a bowl (now cleaned of water surrounded with brown material comes in a block purchase from Store with everything else by original owner. We acquired her after one month. PLACEMENT: bedroom 4 feet from door ( very private mostly all day, TV next to cage on usually 6:00-9:30PM. Small Aera max air purifier (cool air) in room, not pointing at the cage. PLACEMENT: 18” off floor 48” to top of cage. A/C vent is 7 feet from cage but aimed at cage. LOCATION: Pahrump, Nevada (Desert) 106 temp.
Hope this helps
Many thanks
 

Kristen Wilkins

Chameleon Enthusiast
Thank you.
Female, vail chameleon, we’ve had her for 4 months and was about 1 month old when we got her. Handling three or four times, not much. FEEDING 4 little meal worms once a day and occasional crickets. Gut-loading? SUPPLEMENTS NON. WATERING bottled water in dripped, mist during daytime. Have not watched her drink, has not eaten today. FECAL have not watched no testing. Cage type screen 30 by 17 LIGHTING UV morning till 9:39 PM. RED in morning 3 hours then UV. TEMP:76.6 digital no basking spot on floor. HUMIDITY Automatic at medium PLANTS: artificial with limbs. Floor has a bowl (now cleaned of water surrounded with brown material comes in a block purchase from Store with everything else by original owner. We acquired her after one month. PLACEMENT: bedroom 4 feet from door ( very private mostly all day, TV next to cage on usually 6:00-9:30PM. Small Aera max air purifier (cool air) in room, not pointing at the cage. PLACEMENT: 18” off floor 48” to top of cage. A/C vent is 7 feet from cage but aimed at cage. LOCATION: Pahrump, Nevada (Desert) 106 temp.
Hope this helps
Many thanks

Welcome @Gal you have come to a wonderful place . Lots of amazing keepers that can help you. You have quite a few changes to make .

You need to supplement and gutload
It’s a must .

Here are recommended choices .

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Your baby doe’s not need red light ever . You can take that right out .

The mulch is not needed either it’s a hazard , Please remove .

There is no need for a bowl on the bottom , they become a hazard with different bacteria’s remove right away .

As many real plants as you can fit . Walking areas you will won’t to creat .
 

hammerhead

Established Member
Stop using Mealworms as your feeders.. Use crickets, Dubias, Silkies. Get some Bug burger to gut load the crickets... You need to treat all feeders with Calcium LoD every day.. You must mist 4x for 1 min everyday. They normaly drink off the leaves when you mist. The bowl is no good.. Stop handling until she's well. Most Chams dont like to be handled much. You need to make different levels in your cage to regulate temps.. From 85f at the top basking area, cooler as you go down. Get rid of that red light.. You need a good t5 light that has at least 2 bulbs in it .. 1 for UV , 1 for plants.. Light stays on for 12 hrs both bulbs. .
 

Gal

New Member
Welcome @Gal you have come to a wonderful place . Lots of amazing keepers that can help you. You have quite a few changes to make .

You need to supplement and gutload
It’s a must .

Here are recommended choices .

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Your baby doe’s not need red light ever . You can take that right out .

The mulch is not needed either it’s a hazard , Please remove .

There is no need for a bowl on the bottom , they become a hazard with different bacteria’s remove right away .

As many real plants as you can fit . Walking areas you will won’t to creat .
Thanks will do
 

Graves923

Chameleon Enthusiast
Read through the caresheet linked above by @Chameleon Mike . Follow it to the letter... With a 97F temp in the cage the chameleon will dehydrate fast at that age.

No supplements or proper gutloading will cause issues also.

If the cham is on the floor, it needs a vet asap to figure out what is going on since so much of the basic care of out of whack.
 

Gal

New Member
Welcome @Gal you have come to a wonderful place . Lots of amazing keepers that can help you. You have quite a few changes to make .

You need to supplement and gutload
It’s a must .

Here are recommended choices .

View attachment 241028View attachment 241029

Your baby doe’s not need red light ever . You can take that right out .

The mulch is not needed either it’s a hazard , Please remove .

There is no need for a bowl on the bottom , they become a hazard with different bacteria’s remove right away .

As many real plants as you can fit . Walking areas you will won’t to creat .
What type plants are best?
 
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