Chameleon not eating?

Skygravemix

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Hello. Recently my chameleon has not been eating i believe. Ive made a feeder run cup and she hasnt touched any of the wax worms or medium crickets. She is 2 and a half months old and ive had her for 3 weeks. Shes had a normal sleep schedule from 6:30am - 6:00pm. But today its only 4:00pm amd shes already trying to go to sleep. Im very worried and she hasnt shown any signs of a respitory infection. So i dont believe it is that. Here are her specs.
Chameleon Info:
  • Your Chameleon - Nosy Be Panther, 2 1/2 months old, Female. Had her for 3 weeks.
  • Handling - 30 minutes, twice daily
  • Feeding - A mix of medium crickets and wax worms. About 8 crickets and 5 wax worms daily.
  • Supplements - I dust with calcium without d3 every day and then a vitamin pack once every 2 weeks
  • Watering - I use an automatic mister that sprays for 30 seconds every hour on half the cage as well as a fogger
  • Fecal Description - Poops about twice a day. Brown with white urates.
  • History - Hatch date on october 31st. Purchased from cbreptiles

Cage Info:
  • Cage Type - All screen cage 18" x 18" x 36"
  • Lighting - 13 W reptisun 5.0 uvb , 60 w daylight blue, and a 100 W heat emitter. The uvb and daylight schedule is 6:30am - 6:00 pm. The heat emitter stays on throughout the night because of cold weather
  • Temperature - basking spot is 90 degrees, mid cage is low 80s and the rest of the cage reads 70 - 75 degrees.
  • Humidity - Humidity stays around 50% with spikes up to 80% when i take a shower
  • Plants - A mix of fake and real. The real plant i have is a bromeliad.
  • Placement - The cage is on a counter in the bathroom. The top of the cage is about 5 1/2' off the ground
  • Location - Southern California
 

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kinyonga

Chameleon Queen
@Skygravemix said..."Shes had a normal sleep schedule from 6:30am - 6:00pm. But today its only 4:00pm amd shes already trying to go to sleep"...so she sleeps all day? Don't you mean she sleeps at 6:30 pm until 6 am?
 

Hashtag ChamLife

Avid Member
Hello. Recently my chameleon has not been eating i believe. Ive made a feeder run cup and she hasnt touched any of the wax worms or medium crickets. She is 2 and a half months old and ive had her for 3 weeks. Shes had a normal sleep schedule from 6:30am - 6:00pm. But today its only 4:00pm amd shes already trying to go to sleep. Im very worried and she hasnt shown any signs of a respitory infection. So i dont believe it is that. Here are her specs.
Chameleon Info:
  • Your Chameleon - Nosy Be Panther, 2 1/2 months old, Female. Had her for 3 weeks.
  • Handling - 30 minutes, twice daily
  • Feeding - A mix of medium crickets and wax worms. About 8 crickets and 5 wax worms daily.
  • Supplements - I dust with calcium without d3 every day and then a vitamin pack once every 2 weeks
  • Watering - I use an automatic mister that sprays for 30 seconds every hour on half the cage as well as a fogger
  • Fecal Description - Poops about twice a day. Brown with white urates.
  • History - Hatch date on october 31st. Purchased from cbreptiles

Cage Info:
  • Cage Type - All screen cage 18" x 18" x 36"
  • Lighting - 13 W reptisun 5.0 uvb , 60 w daylight blue, and a 100 W heat emitter. The uvb and daylight schedule is 6:30am - 6:00 pm. The heat emitter stays on throughout the night because of cold weather
  • Temperature - basking spot is 90 degrees, mid cage is low 80s and the rest of the cage reads 70 - 75 degrees.
  • Humidity - Humidity stays around 50% with spikes up to 80% when i take a shower
  • Plants - A mix of fake and real. The real plant i have is a bromeliad.
  • Placement - The cage is on a counter in the bathroom. The top of the cage is about 5 1/2' off the ground
  • Location - Southern California
How new is the feeding cup?

The only thing jumping out at me is the higher temp for such a young panther and the potential size of her crickets.

My girls dont go above 80 degrees before 5-6months. The also tend to like the smaller crickets until they get to having their first clutch and realize a bigger meal is less effort. Even now my 6mo girl will NOT touch the bigger crickets.

Otherwise, could be something to do with the feeder. Either it's new, or the clear plastic messes with depth perception (try an opaque one?)

Short of that, your next step (and honestly probably should anyway for a baseline) is to take her to the vet and run a fecal. Will tell you what, if anything, she's carrying. I have no experience with your specific purchase place so not sure what she could have been exposed to. I can tell you though, its VERY easy with a big operation (especially pet shops) to pass diseases/parasites etc. Always a good idea to have them checked out.

It's also very possible that she just explored her cage a lot today and is tired. More so if its winter.

Best wishes!
 
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