Chameleon isnt eating or drinking

#1
so when i got a chameleon, he was eating well, but he was barely drinking water and i got worried. he isnt eating or drinking at all. he gets very scared whenever he sees one of us. I thought maybe the chameleon was actually a girl and was going to lay eggs. I put a pot of topsoil with no chemicals in the cage but either he isnt a girl or he/she is picky with the soil. i dont even know if he/she laid any eggs but even if so she is not acting any different. please help him/her.
 

Beman

Chameleon Enthusiast
#2
so when i got a chameleon, he was eating well, but he was barely drinking water and i got worried. he isnt eating or drinking at all. he gets very scared whenever he sees one of us. I thought maybe the chameleon was actually a girl and was going to lay eggs. I put a pot of topsoil with no chemicals in the cage but either he isnt a girl or he/she is picky with the soil. i dont even know if he/she laid any eggs but even if so she is not acting any different. please help him/her.
Hi there welcome to the forum. Please fill this out with as much detail as possible. and include pictures of your enclosure lights down.

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.
Cage Info:
  • 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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Please Note:
  1. The more details you provide the better and more accurate help you will receive.
  2. Photos can be very helpful.
 

Peeps101

Established Member
#3
so when i got a chameleon, he was eating well, but he was barely drinking water and i got worried. he isnt eating or drinking at all. he gets very scared whenever he sees one of us. I thought maybe the chameleon was actually a girl and was going to lay eggs. I put a pot of topsoil with no chemicals in the cage but either he isnt a girl or he/she is picky with the soil. i dont even know if he/she laid any eggs but even if so she is not acting any different. please help him/her.
Yes please fill out the forum. It’s very good to know whether it’s a boy or girl so you know if you need to set up a laying bin or not
 

Kaizen

Established Member
#4
so when i got a chameleon, he was eating well, but he was barely drinking water and i got worried. he isnt eating or drinking at all. he gets very scared whenever he sees one of us. I thought maybe the chameleon was actually a girl and was going to lay eggs. I put a pot of topsoil with no chemicals in the cage but either he isnt a girl or he/she is picky with the soil. i dont even know if he/she laid any eggs but even if so she is not acting any different. please help him/her.
Welcome, and don’t panic! Let your new Cham have a rest...lights off, and take 5 minutes to fill out the ‘how to ask for help’ form. Also, so you don’t have to keep filling out the form as you embark on your new Cham adventure, copy and paste your completed form to your desktop, so you have easy access to it if you need to.
 
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