Baby panther cahmeleons dont eat


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I have 3 days old babies of panther chameleon. They dont eat anything and 3 of them died. I tried force feeding but I couldnt. What can I do else. Please help.

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We need to know everything possible about them to be able to help. The ask for help form being filled in would do the trick! Till then a few pointers. 1) not being well hydrated can cause a lack of appetite 2) being too warm or too cold can do that too. 3) being in bread (family to family) seems to affect resilience of babies. 4) variety in feeders help!


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These are the questions Matt was talking about:

Please fill out the “how to ask for help” form and post your answers back here. Quality pictures will help us help you.

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.


Please Note:

1 The more details you provide the better and more accurate help you will receive.

2 Photos can be very helpful.


Chameleon Enthusiast
3 day old hatchlings are very fragile. Most don’t eat for the first day or two because they are still getting nutrients from the yoke they absorbe after hatching. Did you wait until the yoke was fully absorbed before removing them from the bin?


New Member
I wated only one day to remove the babies from the bin.
Thank all of you who write me answers.

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I picture of the set up could be helpful. Is there ventilation? Its been 20 years since my last babier but I know I lost a bunch of veildes from my first batch... too many in a 10 gallon aquarium is what I blamed. For the next batch, (I wish I could remember more details) I used a plastic tub with a vent near the bottom. The heat from the light, which I believe I kept on the opposite end as the vent, created a small updraft. Had much better results. I may have had the same results just from a bigger aquarium... not sure. or maybe it was just bad luck.

If I remember correctly, baby chams won't starve to death for a week or two (though it would stunt their growth) so I am thinking the loss is some other problem. Look into too little or too much humidity or heat.
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