eating troubles

mardithepanther

New Member
Hello, I have a 3.5 year old Ambilobe Panther and he is having trouble eating. He wont eat without my help. I have to plave him on a horizontal piece of screen then place the cricket near him. he will usually eat 3-5 crickets. please help and ask me questions
 

ChameleonRave

Avid Member
Well I suggest going to the vet as soon as possible! There could be something really wrong with your chameleon but I'm not chameleon specialist.

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* 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?
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* 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?
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mardithepanther

New Member
i have a BB ambilobe panther
i handle every day for ten minutes. or sometimes let him chill in a fake ficus
i feed him crickets i gutload them with butternut squash and oranges. 3-5 crix
i supplement him with repcal withd3 and herptivite everyother day except sunda
i mist him at least 2 times a day for 3 mins or as much as possible. i see him drin
his stool has a long brown part with a bright white and sometimes yellow part
i bought him at lll reptile with five others in his cage and he ate then
cage is 3 feet tall by 22 inches wide and 22 inches long. screen
a reptisun 5.0 coil uv light. and a 75 watt heat lamp lights are on at 7 and off at 7
daytime temp is 70-75 and night is 69-72 using a space heater basking temp is 95-100
humidity is 65 to 80 depending when i mist. i mist the heat which creates steam
im using a ficus bengimina and a shcefflera actinophylla
my cage is isolated in my room with no vents or fans no traffic
socal
 

carol5208

Chameleon Enthusiast
How long have you owned him and how long have you been supplementing him with those supplements that often? Is he having trouble shooting his tongue? Can you please post some pics of him? Your basking temp is too high, that needs to be lowered. Are you saying he was in a cage with other chameleons and he ate them???:confused:
 

mardithepanther

New Member
I have had him for a month yesterday. I have been supplementing him like that since ive had him. i have heard many different opinions on supplementing and i understand it is a very shady area of chameleon research. My basking temp. used to be 80 - 95 but i was told by kammerflage kreations that they use 95-100 for their juvis. He is not having trouble shooting.http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1491446722685&set=a.1491446602682.2065285.1129518784 I was saying he used to be in a smaller cage with other chams and he was eating then. so im moving him to a smaller cage thats 22" long by 12" wide and 36 inches tall
 

Texas Panther Man

New Member
Either raise the basking light o lower the temps at the baking site or change the basking light bulb to a 60-75 watt incandescent household light bulb. Your basking spot should be between 80-85 degrees. Ive always stayed around 82 or 83 at my crews basking spot. You need to dust with calcium without d3 at most feeding. And cal w/d3 2 times a month and herptivite 1x a month. Your giving way too much d3 to your cham.

Also didnt you just post today about breeding? You need to get your basic husbandry issues down before even thinking that far ahead. Breeding should only be attempted by advanced keepers.
 

mardithepanther

New Member
to be honest I already know this but i just wanted to get opinions from all angles. His basking temp is 82-85 and he has a 75 watt bulb. I am dusting without d3 everyday except sunday
 

carol5208

Chameleon Enthusiast
I have had him for a month yesterday. I have been supplementing him like that since ive had him. i have heard many different opinions on supplementing and i understand it is a very shady area of chameleon research. My basking temp. used to be 80 - 95 but i was told by kammerflage kreations that they use 95-100 for their juvis. He is not having trouble shooting.http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1491446722685&set=a.1491446602682.2065285.1129518784 I was saying he used to be in a smaller cage with other chams and he was eating then. so im moving him to a smaller cage thats 22" long by 12" wide and 36 inches tall
omg! my bad!! I read the "then" as "them" dah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got my cham from kammerflage also and yes they do use a high basking temp. I found the temps to be too hot for my cham as he was opening his mouth when basking which meant he was overheating and trying to cool down. I changed my 100 watt bulb to a 60 and he has been fine ever since.
 

carol5208

Chameleon Enthusiast
no, as long as he seems to not be too hot. The Kammers know what they are doing. I used their basking bulb(I bought my whole set up from them) in the beginning but strangely enough when my cham a little older he used to gape when he would bask and I knew it was too hot for him so I changed the bulb.
 

carol5208

Chameleon Enthusiast
if that is the only way you can get him to eat...so be it. When I have my chameleon out on my patio he likes to climb up way high on these ropes I have hanging. For some reason when he gets on the ropes he wants to eat. I always hold his cup for him to eat of up to his mouth and he shoots his tongue in the cup. He is so spoiled!
 

mardithepanther

New Member
ok cool thank you. when I take Mardi outside he always wants to drink and lick the leaves.... I guess chameleons are weird like that
 

jojackson

New Member
shcefflera actinophylla
This particular variety is mildly toxic if ingested, beware.
A safer option is another variety that looks the same but grows smaller and is not toxic is called shcefflera arboricola (dwarf umberella)
:)
 

jojackson

New Member
Its all about erring on the side of caution. :)
Does make me wonder how many plant munching reptiles actually die from effects of ingesting live plants non native to the species, you dont hear of such post mortem results.
Forgot you had a panther!~ :D
 

mardithepanther

New Member
ya. i have never heard of chams dieing from a plant they have eaten but to be honest i have never heard of a plant getting hurt from one
 
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