I bumped the temps up to 83 yesterday to see if that would do anything. Even I knew that 94 could seriously harm her and I have completely ignored that whole 70% humidity and continued misting her just twice a day
If it were me I would get a new vet. What city and state do you live in?
Ok do not increase her food intake... She should be getting 3 feeders 3 days a week only. It does look like she is holding a ton of eggs though That would put pressure on her organs and lungs.I bumped the temps up to 83 yesterday to see if that would do anything. Even I knew that 94 could seriously harm her and I have completely ignored that whole 70% humidity and continued misting her just twice a day
Veileds are eaters lol. Anything not nailed down goes in the mouth. FYI hotter temps increase their metabolism too.Oh dear. I thought if her organs were under pressure she would stop eating. I guess she just loves food that much
really just got to get her through this clutch... Then be very strict about food intake and keeping basking at 78. Upgrade cage size so she is able to move around more.From what I've read on these forums, I have seen similar markings on other chameleons that look like nerve damage (bruises, blood draws etc) so your theory about eggs pressing on the spine is a good theory. If they are pressing on her spine, how do I help her?
So I can not give feedback on the calcium glubionate since I am not a vet and have no hands on experience with it. I suppose if they thought she needed it because calcium levels are low due to egg production than it is best to go with what they recommend. You could always ask them to clarify the reason for it and to tell you what is considered a normal calcium level for a veiled. Then you could compare that with the results of the blood work they did run for calcium levels.So it is ok to keep the basking at 83 for now to help her through this time? Also, the vet told me to give her calcium glubionate once a day. I gave her some today at the instructed dose; should I continue to do so? Thank you for all your help I really appreciate it!
Yes, I totally agree with the other keeper that told you that. 12 inches is far too deep for her. Reduce it to 6 inches. Make sure it will hold a tunnel and use the moist playsand... This link below will be a helpful video for you for that. Cover the bottom half of the cage with the sheet so she still has full air flow on the top half. You just do not want her to see you when she is in digging.Very helpful, thank you. I want her to pass her eggs quickly and without any problems but this potential gout has me concerned she won't. I want to do everything I can to help her through this. I will continue to cover her cage with a sheet and leave her alone. I was told by another chameleon keeper that her laying bin is too big and I should replace with something smaller and fill up with at least 6 inches of play sand. Do you recommend this? As I mentioned above, the bin I have is 15 inches tall with a 12 inch diameter and is filled with 12 inches of washed play sand mixed with eco earth and reptisoil.
I would only cover the bottom half if she were mine. It is more about her feeling secure when she goes to check out the lay bin and starts her test holes. Otherwise your just tossing a sheet up where her direct eyeline at basking would be which could cause more stress. Plus a sheet on all will limit airflow quite a bit.Ok. I rarely go into our garden house except to mist/feed/check on her. I also keep all the feeder insects in there and I go in there sometimes to get bugs for our bearded dragon/change the insects food. Other than that she is alone. I thought covering the top half is a good idea because it prevents her from seeing people walking by her window (which happens often enough). But if you don't think this is an issue I will cover only the bottom half.
Being as how she has laid two times before I would continue with the top half uncovered and only cover the bottom. She is used to seeing you so that is nothing new. Your not bothering her your just in the room getting bugs or cleaning them. Again nothing new. So that is not going to be something that would cause her stress.Today I set it up so I have the sheet over the top part and leave a gap near the bottom. Before it was the opposite; top half uncovered, bottom half covered. I've always gotten mixed messages about how much privacy they need when they are gravid. I know how important it is they have 100% privacy when they are digging but what about before that? Is it a big deal if she sees people walking past the window when she is basking or sees me when I clean out the cricket enclosure? I have been scared to go into the garden house too often for a month because I am so unsure about how much privacy they need. I would love to get some clarification on how much privacy they actually need if they are not in the laying bin but might be ready to lay soon.
When you say paint your meaning something that does not produce fumes right? Sitting in there quietly should be fine. I just wouldn't be putting on music and having a dance party.I've been especially anxious going in there because she has been gaping at me any time I come near her cage. She never used to do that unless my hand was too close to her. My family and I used to go into the garden house to paint or read etc. Since she has had her gravid colors we all stopped doing things in there. Do you think we should continue to avoid the garden house or can we proceed once again going in there to paint or do other quiet things?
Thank you for all your responses!