A little backstory first. I took my Cham to the vet a few weeks ago cuz her eyes were closed and they flushed them out and then she was fine. The vet said everything looked great except she’s a little underweight. I’ve had her on a syringe diet along with helping her eat her live bugs. For whatever reason she refuses to eat. Anyways recently her eyes closed again and I haven’t changed any husbandry and then I went to feed her today and her ribs looked caved in. I about had a panic attack when I saw that. I have no idea how this happened or how ago. I think her ribs are broken but she crawls around everywhere fine. She did fall a few days ago but only from one branch to the next so it was only a few inches so I don’t know if that could’ve caused it. I’m gonna set up another vet appt anyways. Also her ribs look fine when she breaths out but I’m so worried. I’ll include husbandry at the bottom.
MAY 10, 2022
MAY 10, 2022
- Your Chameleon - Veiled, female, 4 months(roughly). Had for about 2.5 months.
- Handling - Handle almost daily to syringe and hand feed per vets orders.
- Feeding - Feeding staple of Dubia roaches, and hornworms occasionally. Feed about 3-5 roaches with a worm in the afternoon at around 4 pm. Gut load night before with carrots and dubia diet.
- Supplements - 6 days a week calcium without D3, every other 7th day of the week I switch between a multivitamin and calcium with D3.
- Watering - Use a misting system twice a day right before lights turn on and off for two minute intervals. Dripper used during the day. Haven’t seen her drink in a little while.
- Fecal Description - Dark brown droppings, slightly wet, urate is mostly white with a tiny bit of orange. Negative for parasites.
- History - Been to the vet twice since getting her and vet said fine except her weight.
- Cage Type - Screen cage, 24x24x48
- Lighting - UVB: reptisun t5 5.0 Heat: 60 watt bulb. Lights on from 7:30am-pm.
- Temperature - Overall temp is 72-76°, basking temp is 78-82°. Lowest overnight gets to about 63°. Measured with two digital hygrometer/thermometer in separate areas of the cage.
- Humidity - Humidity stays at about 35-55% during the day. At night it’s about 75-100%. Misting twice a day and a dripper. Two digital hygrometers measure.
- Plants - 2 live plants including a pothos and an umbrella tree. Many branches placed through cage as well.
- Placement - Located in my bedroom. Low traffic, downstairs. Top of the cage is about 6 feet from the ground.
- Location - I’m located in Spokane, WA.