Chameleon change in behaviour

Hi , my female veiled chameleon is about 1 year old we think and has stated to not eat much at all she’s only eating a couple of medium sized locusts a day if that . Also she has been walking around on the floor a lot and tapping at the glass as if she wants to come out but when we go over and see if she wants to come out she darkens in colour and backs off . She hasn’t shed since beginning of June we think . Also when we open the vivarium it smells in there could this be a problem ? She hasn’t layed any eggs as of yet so could she be getting ready to lay eggs do u think ? She seems like she’s always on the move in the vivarium and don’t seem to settle much .

I don’t know if any of this information helps but just wanted to know if anyone else’s has acted in this way ?
 

AnamCara

Chameleon Enthusiast
Hi , my female veiled chameleon is about 1 year old we think and has stated to not eat much at all she’s only eating a couple of medium sized locusts a day if that . Also she has been walking around on the floor a lot and tapping at the glass as if she wants to come out but when we go over and see if she wants to come out she darkens in colour and backs off . She hasn’t shed since beginning of June we think . Also when we open the vivarium it smells in there could this be a problem ? She hasn’t layed any eggs as of yet so could she be getting ready to lay eggs do u think ? She seems like she’s always on the move in the vivarium and don’t seem to settle much .

I don’t know if any of this information helps but just wanted to know if anyone else’s has acted in this way ?

A vivarium should not smell like anything but maybe dirt and foliage. Like outside on a fresh day. Are you removing poop as you see it? How many live plants are in there? Is it bioactive? -- Could you please fill out the health form below.

I agree with Joxie it sounds like she is searching for a place to lay. My guess is she is looking for a way out of the enclosure either because A.) she is searching for a place to dig and lay or B.) she dislikes something about her enclosure. Lay bin info : https://www.chameleonforums.com/threads/laying-bin-set-up-educational-video.77225/ Some keepers believe chameleons are not looking for depth so much as a hard "thing" to lay eggs up against -- so it may be worth putting a rock or a plant in the lay bin as long as there is ample room to dig. Make sure the bin substrate can hold a hole.

Would you please post photos of your enclosure and your chameleon. Again -- I would also highly suggest you fill out the below form.

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What do you mean it smells? Like what kind of smell? Typically you do not want an odor coming from their viv. Maybe post a pic of the entire viv lights down. Are you running a totally bioactive set up?
 

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Tony_S

Chameleon Enthusiast
Is the enclosure sides totally solid (any screen sections)? Looks like even the top is wood?
 

Beman

Chameleon Enthusiast
There is a lot wrong just in the images....

1. how is she getting any uvb with the light positioned in the front like that and is it even a UVB bulb?
2. ALL fake plants and vines.
3. top of the cage is solid... limited airflow.
4. where is the heat lamp or is it the one that is placed in the cage?
5. why is there a plastic bag in the lay bin?

These are just the visual things that I can see right off the bat.

So again help form would be beneficial here... Guessing this is not a bio active setup since it would appear that ALL plants are fake. So the smell is probably coming from the lay bin or if there is substrate being used in the bottom and then getting moist and molding.
 
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