Cham stressed ?

Bill787

New Member
Hay I'm kinda new here. And to chamilions so I have been doing some additional research to the lovely little reptiles and was starting to worry a little about mine. I'm not sure how old my Male veiled cham is but he's been dark recently does that mean he's cold or just stressed? I spray his cage by hand and try to keep the humidity around 50 (some times it goes higher 70 ish I try not to )and his baking temperature as far as I can tell stays around 80 ish. He's still only been with me for about a week but was normally always green.hes been moving around some more (glad to see) he has looked a little dehydrated but I saw him drinking earlier so not to worried about that. I read they might not have enough leaves so I added more than all this dark cham started. Any advice would be helpful also DIY ways to make a drip system would also be welcome.
 

JoXie411

Chameleon Enthusiast
Hello and welcome! If you could plz fill out this forum so we can better help you out. Once’s filled out we will be more then happy to help you going forward. Plz also attach photos of chameleons and cage

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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.
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  • 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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Bill787

New Member
  • Your Chameleon - veiled chamilion not sure how old. Got from pet smart ( big no no I know )
  • Handling - about every day but only out of the cage about every other
  • Feeding - crickets gut loded with apple ( going to get dandelion leaves soon)
  • Supplements - zoo med brand I'm not sure what type exactly without d3 I've also got some with d3 which I plan on using 2 a month
  • Watering - spray bottle for about 20 seconds 3 times a day I see him drink every now and than
  • Fecal Description - moist brown with white urine thing no parasites check yet
  • History - pet smart =/
Cage Info:
  • Cage Type - zoo med 16 by 16 by 3 I think all screen
  • Lighting - 10.0 uvb in a dome along with heat lamp getting new uvb bar should be in some time next week
  • Temperature - basking is normally high 80 lower is about 72
  • Humidity - stays around 45 to 70 trying to get it to stay at 50 but every now and then spikes to 70 after heavy night time misting
  • Plants - plastic and live pothos and some other plant ( Dracula??)
  • Placement - near a desk in a low traffic room bed room no fan and opposite of my floor vent
  • Location - Kentucky
 

Bill787

New Member
Some pics
 

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JoXie411

Chameleon Enthusiast
Thank you for taking the time to fill this out. I will make corrections in red
  • Your Chameleon - veiled chamilion not sure how old. Got from pet smart ( big no no I know )
  • if you post a full body pic we can help you figure out age
  • Handling - about every day but only out of the cage about every other
  • chameleons don’t like to be handled they are a look not touch animal. Some will tolerate it but most wont
  • Feeding - crickets gut loded with apple ( going to get dandelion leaves soon)
  • You might want to try a new gutload. I will attach a chart below to help you
  • Supplements - zoo med brand I'm not sure what type exactly without d3 I've also got some with d3 which I plan on using 2 a month
  • I like to use Repashy calcium plus LoD. It has everything you need in one.
  • Watering - spray bottle for about 20 seconds 3 times a day I see him drink every now and than
  • You want to mist for 2 mins to help stimulate drinking and also to allow the chameleon to clean his eyes
  • Fecal Description - moist brown with white urine thing no parasites check yet
  • I would advise a fecal just because you got him at pet smart
  • History - pet smart =/
Cage Info:
  • Cage Type - zoo med 16 by 16 by 3 I think all screen
  • your going to eventually need to upgrade cage. 24x24x48 is bare minimum for males
  • Lighting - 10.0 uvb in a dome along with heat lamp getting new uvb bar should be in some time next week
  • Temperature - basking is normally high 80 lower is about 72
  • Humidity - stays around 45 to 70 trying to get it to stay at 50 but every now and then spikes to 70 after heavy night time misting
  • 70 is fine if it’s at night and light are off you want high humidity at night when lights are off
  • Plants - plastic and live pothos and some other plant ( Dracula??)
  • Placement - near a desk in a low traffic room bed room no fan and opposite of my floor vent
  • Location - Kentucky


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Bill787

New Member
Some better pics also are the spots on his feet ok there hard to see but there a tanish color
 

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Bill787

New Member
So the feet thing is normal? Also any tips on how to not soak my floor :) oh and I also took out a tape to see how long he really was and i was way off he’s only about 2.5 inch( don’t ask how I messed that up so bad )
 
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