Chameleon hasn’t pooped in 3 weeks?

ElliotG

Chameleon Enthusiast
Chameleon Info:
  • Your Chameleon - A 3 year old male Veiled Chameleon. In my care 3 months.
  • Handling - At least 1-2 a week for cleaning.
  • Feeding - I feed Dubai’s, silkworms, super worms and hornworms occasionally. I gut load with collard greens and mustard greens, veggies like carrots and bell peppers occasionally.
  • Supplements - Reptivite calcium with D3 and Vitamins on the 1st and 16th of the month. Dusted/liquid calcium (whichever one he takes.) every feeding.
  • Watering - misting 3 times a day 2 minutes at a time. Sometimes I’ll take a bottle and spray him to watch him drink. I do see him drink off his leaves. He had a dripper 24/7 that drips onto leaves and into a plant.
  • Fecal Description - hasn’t pooped in 3 weeks.
  • History - Lived 3 years without heat lamp and UVB and just fed crickets. DIDNT come from best circumstances. Really picky with food at times.

Cage Info:
  • Cage Type - A screen 2 x 2 x 4
  • Lighting - Zoomed 75 watt heat bulb with a Zoomed dome UVB light and a T5 bulb.
  • Temperature - his basking spot is low 80s (81)and has areas that are in the high 70s (77-79). Ambient temperature of his enclosure is low 70s(70-73). Nighttime temps in low 70s high 60s. I measure with 3 temp gauges placed in different areas of his enclosure.
  • Humidity - 30-50% humidity. Retained by long mistings and live plants. Measured with humidity gauge.
  • Plants - I have a dracaena, money trees, a pony tail palm and golden pothos.
  • Placement - Cage is temporarily in living room which isn’t high traffic. Only two people live here. Not near vents or busy areas. They will be moved to spare bedroom once renovations are done.
  • Location - south eastern Idaho.

Current Problem - He hasn’t pooped in a long time, 3 weeks last Wednesday to be exact. He still has some appetite and ate a hornworm today. I’ve given him a warm shower and mineral oil. There’s other methods I’ll try but I’m wondering what you guys would recommend. If he doesn’t pass by the most next Wednesday he will be going to vet. I just want to give him a chance to pass here. He’s gone on a 2 week streak, this is the longest he’s gone with me. Any advice would help.
 

ElliotG

Chameleon Enthusiast
Incase it’s asked. Here’s his enclosure along with lights.
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Mendez

Chameleon Enthusiast
He still has some appetite and ate a hornworm today.
How often are you feeding him?

Also, has his routine changed? Is he still climbing up to the basking area to warm up, etc.?

Humidity - 30-50% humidity. Retained by long mistings and live plants. Measured with humidity gauge.
Watering - misting 3 times a day 2 minutes at a time. Sometimes I’ll take a bottle and spray him to watch him drink. I do see him drink off his leaves. He had a dripper 24/7 that drips onto leaves and into a plant.
Is 30-50% humidity the maximum level that your chameleon sees? What did his last fecal look like (if you can remember)?

Do his eyes seem sunken in?
 

ElliotG

Chameleon Enthusiast
How often are you feeding him?

Also, has his routine changed? Is he still climbing up to the basking area to warm up, etc.?



Is 30-50% humidity the maximum level that your chameleon sees? What did his last fecal look like (if you can remember)?

Do his eyes seem sunken in?
I feed him every 2-3 days. Usually 2-3 insects when he accepts them.
His routine hasn’t changed. He’s still waking
Up and basking in the morning, drinking too.

The highest he gets is 55% but that’s right after his mistings. Then throughout the day it goes down to 30% at the least til his next misting.

His eyes don’t seem sunken. He actually seems healthy and active.
 

ElliotG

Chameleon Enthusiast
I’m thinking, because people say this, is to let him go outside and let him wander around/exercise. Some people have noticed that after their chameleons have some exercise that they’ll usually poop. I’ll do that tomorrow. If that’s doesn’t work he’ll get a warm soak.

He’s a pretty lazy boy. So it’ll be good effort to try.
 

Sonny13

Chameleon Enthusiast
If that’s doesn’t work he’ll get a warm soak.
As far as I know they strongly advise against giving them a warm bath.

Just try the option, outside time, natural sunlight and warmth does wonders. I had the same with my veiled a month ago, took her almost 2 weeks, on which I blame on not enough basking heat.
 

MissSkittles

Chameleon Enthusiast
Not sure I understand your supplements. Are you giving Reptivite with D3 plus a multivitamin twice a month? Or do you mean the multivitamin is the Reptivite?
Baths and showers are not good ideas. What we think of as lukewarm can actually be scalding hot for a chameleon (or most reptiles). A better idea would be to try and increase your basking temps a few degrees to maybe 85. That should help to increase his metabolism and thereby, his digestion.
 

ElliotG

Chameleon Enthusiast
As far as I know they strongly advise against giving them a warm bath.

Just try the option, outside time, natural sunlight and warmth does wonders. I had the same with my veiled a month ago, took her almost 2 weeks, on which I blame on not enough basking heat.
I’ll try outside then.
 

ElliotG

Chameleon Enthusiast
Not sure I understand your supplements. Are you giving Reptivite with D3 plus a multivitamin twice a month? Or do you mean the multivitamin is the Reptivite?
Baths and showers are not good ideas. What we think of as lukewarm can actually be scalding hot for a chameleon (or most reptiles). A better idea would be to try and increase your basking temps a few degrees to maybe 85. That should help to increase his metabolism and thereby, his digestion.
I’m giving reptivite multivitamin with d3 in it.

I’ll increase his basking and see if he poops by the time I get home from school. I’ll only be there for an hour. I just woke up and checked on him and he’s awake and basking. Doesn’t seem lethargic at all.
 

ElliotG

Chameleon Enthusiast
Great news everyone, he finally pooped! Right as they get you worried too.
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Sorry for the gross pics. But this is the biggest turd I’ve ever seen him pass. I’m so happy he finally did though. Which means no vet for the little guy, maybe he just takes awhile to process I have no clue. I think the hornworms were what finally helped him.
 
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