Does anyone know why my Cham is acting like this??


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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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fill this out please o we can see what's wrong go to the vet too it could be signs of MBD maybe
Chameleon Info:

  • Your Chameleon - 5 months old; Veiled Chameleon; Male; Has been in my care for 3 days.

  • Handling - I have not really handled my cham that much the past two days but I have had him out and he seemed to be very happy when he could walk on me

  • Feeding - I am feeding my cham crickets; Five a day; I feed him in the morning when I get up for school; I am feeding the crickets carrots

  • Supplements - I am currently not using any calcium, but I have looked into purchasing supplements.

  • Watering - I have a tube that is disposing the water onto a stump in my terrarium and is flowing down the side; I mist probably 3 times a day for around 45 seconds; I have not seen my cham drinking water

  • Fecal Description - N/A

  • History - He was at a pet store where he was bring put with another cham and only fed 3 crickets a day between the two

Cage Info:

  • Cage Type - 4 side glass and a screen roof; 12x18x15

  • Lighting - Not for sure the brand but I bought a kit with two lights; I keep it on during the day and turn it off around 11 at night.

  • Temperature - Not for sure; I have not bought a thermometer, but I am about to purchase one.

  • Humidity - Same for temperature; have not bought the proper tools to measure

  • Plants - I am not using live plants

  • Placement -My cage is on mydresser; it is probably 4 feet off the ground and not near air vents

  • Location - Eastern Tennessee

Current Problem - The only problem I am having is that I have yet to see mychameleon drink; however, he is normally bright colors when I wake him, so I think that he is drinking while I am gone. Another thing is that he turned very dark when I throw the crickets in his terrarium. Is this normal and if not, do I need to try a different technique?


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get either a t5HO or T8 linear UVB and bulb (use a Zoo Med 10.0 if the cage is at least 2’ by 2’ by 4’ tall).
get a regular white light heat incandescent bulb from the hardware store instead (they last longer and are cheaper than reptile basking bulbs). There should be 12 hours of UVB and basking and 12 hours of complete darkness


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add in black soldier flies and larvae Add in roaches (dubia, red runner, orange-headed, and ivory headed cannot climb or fly) when your cham has grown more! silkworms too maybe here is where I order from they have nice value packs and ship really fast also you can get rid bugs and replace with them its really nice!
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