Chameleon Won’t Lay Eggs

gbind002

Member
Hi. It’s been 6 days now since my veiled chameleon started digging. I’ve had a bucket at the bottom of her enclosure since I’ve had her. She’s about 6 months now (vet thinks). I’ve had her for two.

She started digging last week the 16th. Before I only had organic soil in there and I read that playsand should be used in order to hold its form. So the next day I went out and mixed it with mostly playsand and some soil left in there. I know you should not disturb her but the soil wasn’t holding shape and I didn’t want anything to cave in on her. She continued digging. My boyfriend and I did handle her a few times (we just didn’t know any better at the time) since she was covered in dirt and we wanted to help her clear the soil and sand from her eyes. We are aware now we should not disturb her for nothing, but she continued digging anyway. She’s been drinking water almost every night.

It’s been almost a week now of nothing but digging. She continues to do it. She’s in the hole right now. I have a pet cam set up. She climbs up momentarily throughout the day and goes back to digging for a majority of the day. She is visibly weak. She looks very bloated. I’m getting very worried. I spoke to my vet today but they do not hospitalize exotic animals and referred me to one a very long distance from where I live.

I don’t know what to do. I’m thinking maybe her bucket is too small, so I bought a much bigger container filled with play sand today. But I haven’t gone in to replace it because I’m worried it will really mess with her process and she won’t lay at all.

This has been happening for a week now and she looks worse every day and I’m very concerned. I feel like if I keep waiting and waiting and doing nothing then I’m making it worse but I don’t know what to do without disturbing her.
 

gbind002

Member
Hi. It’s been 6 days now since my veiled chameleon started digging. I’ve had a bucket at the bottom of her enclosure since I’ve had her. She’s about 6 months now (vet thinks). I’ve had her for two.

She started digging last week the 16th. Before I only had organic soil in there and I read that playsand should be used in order to hold its form. So the next day I went out and mixed it with mostly playsand and some soil left in there. I know you should not disturb her but the soil wasn’t holding shape and I didn’t want anything to cave in on her. She continued digging. My boyfriend and I did handle her a few times (we just didn’t know any better at the time) since she was covered in dirt and we wanted to help her clear the soil and sand from her eyes. We are aware now we should not disturb her for nothing, but she continued digging anyway. She’s been drinking water almost every night.

It’s been almost a week now of nothing but digging. She continues to do it. She’s in the hole right now. I have a pet cam set up. She climbs up momentarily throughout the day and goes back to digging for a majority of the day. She is visibly weak. She looks very bloated. I’m getting very worried. I spoke to my vet today but they do not hospitalize exotic animals and referred me to one a very long distance from where I live.

I don’t know what to do. I’m thinking maybe her bucket is too small, so I bought a much bigger container filled with play sand today. But I haven’t gone in to replace it because I’m worried it will really mess with her process and she won’t lay at all.

This has been happening for a week now and she looks worse every day and I’m very concerned. I feel like if I keep waiting and waiting and doing nothing then I’m making it worse but I don’t know what to do without disturbing her.
I do also have a blanket covering the tank to give her privacy
 

gbind002

Member
Photos of her please...if she's not down digging.
If she's digging do not disturb her or let her see you.
This is her right now. Took it through the pet cam. She just came up.
 

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kinyonga

Chameleon Queen
Please don't make more than one thread about the same issue...it makes it hard for us to follow what's going on.
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Queen
Where do you live so we can see if there's a good chameleon vet near you?

You said she's weak..how do you know I?

Is she sleeping during the day?
 

gbind002

Member
Where do you live so we can see if there's a good chameleon vet near you?

You said she's weak..how do you know I?

Is she sleeping during the day?
I live in Bayonne, NJ, USA.

I watch her all day while I’m at work through the pet cam. She moves very slow, sways, seems to lose her balance sometimes.
 

gbind002

Member
I feel that the bucket I have for her now is too small. I want to switch it out with the bigger bin I have for her now. I’ve even dug a starter hole for her.

I’m just nervous this will cause her to not dig anymore at all.
 

jannb

Chameleon Enthusiast
Maybe one of these vets will be within driving distance.

A member that no longer keeps chameleons, used this vet.
NorthStar Vets
Dr. Doolen
315 Robbinsville-Allentown Rd.
Robbinsville, NJ 08691

Here's a couple of NJ vets that other members here have used.

Advanced Care Small & Exotic Vet Hospital
1991 Route 22 West
Bound Brook, NJ 08805
Dr. Barry L. Stuart
(732) 764-9595


Dr.John Cataldi
10 Samuel Avenue
Clifton,NJ 07013
(973)472-8883


NJ Vets
Dr. Joe Filigno at the Blackwood Animal hospital in Blackwood, NJ
 
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