Eye bubbles?

Discussion in 'Health Clinic' started by Tyzoone, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. Tyzoone

    Tyzoone Member

    Chameleon Info:
    Your Chameleon - ambilobe panther approx 3 months old
    Handling - once a day briefly.
    Feeding - small crickets, fruit flies
    Supplements - Calcium with vitamin d one time and calcium without vitamin d nearly every feeding
    Watering - Misting system on timer and drip system
    Fecal Description - Brown and white solid. Never been tested for worms
    History -my lil guys was shipped from California to utah overnight to a reseller near my location. Panthers are hard to come by here....

    Cage Info:
    Cage Type - I have an all screen cage with three sides draped with plastic for humidity. It is 4 feet tall and 2.5 ft wide on sides. I do have the top partitioned off to give him closer access to food. It is roughly 14 in tall and 2.5 feet on the sides
    Lighting - one heat lamp and one UV lamp
    Temperature - 80 at basking and no less than 70 during day anywhere in cage. At night may reach 68 minimum
    Humidity - Have nothing to measure humidity levels.
    Plants - All live plants. Pothos, baby tears.
    Placement - Against a wall (photos available) middle of room away from vents
    Location - I'm in northern utah

    Current Problem: I've had my baby Panther about 2 weeks and while looking at him occasional he'll have a bubble under the skin in his eye and it will bulge out almost as if his eye is gonna pop out! He will blink his eye several times from the irritation and then it always eventually goes away. Is this some kind of tear or an air bubble under the skin? This happens almost daily...
  2. kplatvoet

    kplatvoet Member

    They do that when they are cleaning out their eyes - usually when being sprayed - do the eyes look normal otherwise ? If you could post a picture showing his eyes - it might be helpfull
  3. Tyzoone

    Tyzoone Member

    So I couldn't get a shot of his eye bubbles but I did catch him rubbing his eye on a plastic vine that I made after he had the bubbles. He always seems to get the bubbles, then rubs it out on a vine and then he's good to go. Is this normal behavior? It happens on a daily basis at least... Again he is only a little over 3 months old so I'm hoping I can get this figured out sooner than later....

  4. camimom

    camimom New Member

    Sounds like he has something in his eye.

    Try a long shower, or long mist session.

    If it continues, try getting some plain saline eye solution, and put a drop or two in the eye, which will give him assistance in cleaning it out.

    ALso, that baby is not 3 months old.

    2 at the most. probably closer to 1.5.
  5. Tyzoone

    Tyzoone Member

    Thanks camimom,

    Ill try the mist session/shower and see what happens. So i just spray him directly from a distance for a longer period of time correct?

    Its funny that you mention his age because the distributer that sent the chameleons out to our local guy here in Utah told him they were all 3 months old. He is roughly 3 in. In total length.
  6. camimom

    camimom New Member

    Don't spray directly, spray near him, or let the water fall on him from far above. I recommend a shower, as its so much easier.

    ALso, if you post a photo of him on your hand, I can give you a better age guess, but from the pic you posted, hes not 3 months.
  7. I recently experienced the same thing and took him to the vet where they flushed out a chunk of dried pus. He may need a visit to the vet
  8. Tyzoone

    Tyzoone Member

    How much did a vet visit cost for you? Also there isnt a stationary bump that i can see. His eye will just swell up like a balloon all of a sudden...
  9. Andee

    Andee Chameleon Enthusiast

    Vet visits from what I've experienced in my town aren't very expensive for reptiles. Though I've only done check ups and fecals. A full check up and fecal for my cham will only cost around 90 dollars. I don't know what it would cost to help your little one but if the shower session doesn't help I definitely suggest a vet visit. Good luck with you baby.
  10. Tyzoone

    Tyzoone Member

    Thanks Andee,

    Ill keep you all posted as i'm gonna attempt a shower tonight and then the saline after that if i find no success.
  11. Tyzoone

    Tyzoone Member

    Here are some more pics of little Tobius. So I've made some progress and determined that the mist shower has helped whatever it is to move more inward towards his eyes and he seems less aggravated than before... But I do see a really tiny bump under one of his eye lids.

    I purchased pure Saline from Walmart and I'm going to attempt to help him with it. BUT the only Saline I could find was Saline nasal spray and it sprays it out in a fine mist. I know that Saline eye solution and the nasal spray are essentially the same ingredients attempting to replicate your bodies natural cleansing fluids...Is this what you guys are talking about or is it the eye drops ONLY that I should use?


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