chameleon unwell

larrynevitt

New Member
Hi i am looking for some advice to help my chameleon i have filled in the information you need to know about him below


Veiled Chameleon 5 years old had him since he was 6 months old

is handled on a regular basis he is very tame he happily approaches me when i open his tank and has a little crawl about for the past two weeks he has been handled everyday up until he was ill he was handled a few times a week

Feeding- i keep crickets in a keeper which are fed water (gel) and t-rex calcium food and vitamins- sometimes give veg and fruit to them but mainly keep them on t- rex food they are then fed to Larry after two/three days
larry will eat oranges himself little pieces cut up for him he does like wax worms which i try not to feed as often as he becomes obsessed with them, i did use to feed meal worms but i have read they can cause blockages so not so often. he has locusts aswell some food will be dusted with calcium powder but recently i have bought vertark d3 liquid calcium to put in his water which he drinks he also has calci- worm

supplements t-rex food - crickets, vertark d3 liquid calcium, calci dust did have reptaid but ran out been told he can have a few drops direct once a month to keep him healthy or to be used as herbal medicine

watering- has a zoo med dripping system which he drinks directly from with no problems mist tank once a day to keep humidty up

toilet- was going to the toilet everyday up until a few weeks ago where is was every other day recently he went once a week faeces did look normal but the last one he did was solid but with mucus on it not been toilet for 7 days 1/11/2012

History- had one occurance when he was two years old when he seemed unwell but he recovered a few days later - changed uv bulb and moved him out of sight of other reptiles i was looking after

cage type- currently in exo terra glass viviarium height of 3ft not sure on width
i am purchasing a repti breeze flexium

Lighting - exo terra rainforrect uv 5% 60 watt bulb, have a 75 watt basking red bulb

Temperature - vivarium temperature between 29 -32 degrees basking spot goes up to 32-35 when directly basking underneath

Humidty - changes from 70% up to 80% changes through the day

Plants- he currently has fake plants in his tank but he does have a devils ivy plant he sits in when he comes out the tank in the summer as he has a exo terra flexium he likes to sit in a madagascar tree aswell i am looking to plant ficus plants and others in his new tank

Location of tank is in the main bedroom so no traffic throughout the day or disturbances on top of drawers so he's roughly 5ft 1/2 up from the bedroom floor

UK warrington northwest

current problem:
recently Larry has become lethargic and at one point kept falling of his branches grabbing his back legs and wont drink his water unless u drip it into his mouth directly with a syringe he will eat out of my hand a few days ago he was eating himself he is shooting his tongue out no problems with legs ( no broken bones or fratures) i have come home to find him sleeping like a dog at the bottom of his cage but since i changed all his bulbs and gave him liquid calcuim this has helped at the moment he seems less energtic but i have put that down to not eating properly - well i say not eating properly its like hes being picky he will eat but just not as much as he use too. he is climbing about his tank but then the next day he wont as much he has improved within a week but i am still concerned that he hasnt gone the toilet but that could be due to the fact he wont eat his crickets at the moment just calci worms and wax worms and oranges
his grip seems the same but sometimes its like hes too tired to try and pull himself up from where hes sitting but get him out the tank and hell crawl about on the bed with no problems i bought some vines to wrap round the current ones i have as i feel he cant grip the bigger ones as much which could be causing him to fall he tail seems in tack but he has stopped curling it up at night since he has been ill

he is a lovely glowing green so mood hasnt changed his eyes are full not sunken i have recently been bathing him in warm water to help him go toilet and for extra rehydration i am looking to get reptoboost to give him an energy kick to see if this helps i have spoken with a few specialists who have advised me he may have slight calcium deficinancy which i am treating him for his legs are all intact not bowed or mishapend and he can use them all but when hes dangling from one of his branches he will grab his leg instead of a branch sometimes this is because he cant reach from where he is if you know what i mean
does anybody know what i can do to help him does anybody know what else i could use to help him go the toilet he isnt bloated at first i feel due to not eating as much as he usually does this could be why he hasnt gone so often he is drinking water from a syringe every morning ( mainly so i know hes had his water usually i could rely on his drinking from his dripper but he must be too tired too can anybody help me
 

jannb

Chameleon Enthusiast
I'm sorry to here that Larry is not doing well. I have a 5 year old veiled myself that has had some medical problems lately. If it weren't for my wonderful vets I would have lost him. I'd say it's time for a vet visit that know chameleons well.
 

larrynevitt

New Member
hi there

problem is there are no vets round where i live who deal with chameleons so i need as much advice as i can what did your vets do about your chameleon?
 

Kate

Established Member
Your description of supplements are a little vague. Have you changed anything about them recently? Can you please give us a little more detail? I may be wrong but I am reading you are giving calcium with d3 daily. I have no reptile vet here but I have found one who knows the basics and will liase with other vets if need be. Can you find a similar vet?
 

larrynevitt

New Member
Hi i dont usually give him the calcium everyday but i have been told to give him 0.10ml a day for a week as a calcuim boost this is mixed in a pint of water then i give him a few drips by syringe.so its not a huge amount he waa getting calcium every day as a youngster but decreased it to twice a week
 

larrynevitt

New Member
Your description of supplements are a little vague. Have you changed anything about them recently? Can you please give us a little more detail? I may be wrong but I am reading you are giving calcium with d3 daily. I have no reptile vet here but I have found one who knows the basics and will liase with other vets if need be. Can you find a similar vet?[/QUOTE M

t Hi i dont usually give him the calcium everyday but i have been told to give him 0.10ml a dayfor a weekaost this is mixed in a pint of water then i give him a few drips by syringe.so its nota huge amount he was getting calcium everyday youngster but decreased it to twice a week in small amounts
 
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