Does my chameleon look healthy?

Ryan4eagles

New Member
Hi all,
My chameleon is not able to shoot his tongue out more than an inch, so he has a vet appointment tomorrow.

In the meantime, does he look healthy to you guys based off of these recent photos below?
He did not have UVB the first 6 weeks so I think he’s recovering from a mild form of MBD. Ever since he’s been basking under his reptisun 10.0 and has been getting calcium coated feedings the last few weeks (force fed).

Thanks,
Ryan
 

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kinyonga

Chameleon Queen
Dusting every feeding?
So you only use reptical?

I looked at you other threads and I see @MissSkittles already told you how to do the supplements and gave you lots of other information.
He's not going to be able to absorb the calcium into his sites and keep his bones, etc strong without enough UVB and/or D3. D3/UVB transports the calcium into the chameleon's system.
I also see that you took him outside for a bit of sun....so at least he got some D3 to help with the calcium absorption.
 
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Lindasjackson

Chameleon Enthusiast
If you can hold them where he can see them and reach them he should be able to still eat them even if his tongue only shoots out an inch. Is it that he only prefers meal worms? They aren’t really very good for him. Have you tried bsfl or silk worms? They don’t move away very fast.
 

Ryan4eagles

New Member
If you can hold them where he can see them and reach them he should be able to still eat them even if his tongue only shoots out an inch. Is it that he only prefers meal worms? They aren’t really very good for him. Have you tried bsfl or silk worms? They don’t move away very fast.
Hi Linda, thank you. The vet gave me similar advice. :) an update on AJ, he is doing well but unable to shoot his tongue. I took him to the vet today and my vet gave me calcium meds and directions to increase his vitamin a. The vet also gave him a multi vitamin shot to jump start his healing. He thinks it’s a nutritional deficiency that likely started before I got him. His tongue should heal within two months but if he doesn’t learn to use it again it will not hurt his quality of life. Just wanted to keep you and everyone else updated.
 

Lindasjackson

Chameleon Enthusiast
Thank you for keeping us informed? I’m so glad you saw a vet and got proper instructions and help! I hope he does well and gets the use of his tongue back. Let us know how he does.
 

Ryan4eagles

New Member
@Ryan4eagles ..please make only one thread about the same chameleon with the same problem so it's easier for us to follow.

Here's the other thread for those of you who are following this...
https://www.chameleonforums.com/threads/chameleon-without-uvb-please-help.184553/page-2
So sorry about that, thank you.
@Ryan4eagles ..please make only one thread about the same chameleon with the same problem so it's easier for us to follow.

Here's the other thread for those of you who are following this...
https://www.chameleonforums.com/threads/chameleon-without-uvb-please-help.184553/page-2
so sorry about this, thank you.
 

MissSkittles

Chameleon Enthusiast
He will only eat mealworms from my hand, and I can’t feed him crickets or roaches by hand because they scurry off.
If you use a shallow container (like the kind that mealworms usually come in), you can put some roaches in for him to eat. Crickets might be a bit tricker but you could try a tall deli cup. Get some silkworms too…those are great for hand feeding and nutritious. Mealworms aren’t at all a recommended staple for chameleons.
 

Ryan4eagles

New Member
Great advice on the roaches, thank you! I also have a cup feeder (see picture attached). I will be placing a stick right up next to it so he can reach them. If he doesn’t eat them from the feeder my vet said I can continue force feeding until he does so
 

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