Eye problem


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I have noticed that eyes of my veiled are a bit 'puffy' 'bulgy'. I hope you know what I mean after seeing pictures. I'm worried that something might be wrong with him. I'm also attaching photos of my enclosure.
Kind regards


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Hi There and welcome. He is extremely overweight... I am not sure if this has anything to do with his eyes bulging like that as others will chime in on this. But the casque should never be puffy like that. This means that he is already thoroughly fat throughout his body and encasing his organs if the casque is holding this much fat as well. It is very dangerous for them and they have much shorter lives due to health complications from obesity. Depending on what your feeding schedule is you will want to reduce what he is getting.


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It would be very helpful to see a few full body pics. If it turns out that’s he’s fairly thin, then obesity might not be the problem. Several conditions can cause swelling, bulging, and protrusions. Gout, dropsy, too much/too little of a particular vitamin, or even a kidney infection can all cause fluid retention. Please post pics that display his entire body, from as many angles as you can.


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I managed to make few more pics, I feed him every other day about 3 large feeders. Sometimes every 3 days. He's not keen to leave his enclosure so I only got one side of him. IMG_20190903_132436.jpgIMG_20190903_132549.jpgIMG_20190903_132548.jpgIMG_20190903_132509.jpgIMG_20190903_132456.jpgIMG_20190903_132541.jpgIMG_20190903_132514.jpgIMG_20190903_132451.jpgIMG_20190903_132440.jpg


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Couple more. The one on the pothos was taken in February. He always had a bit larger casque than average I'd say.


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He is obese. Highly unlikely it’s trash since both eyes are showing the same symptoms. He needs a vet.

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Chameleon Info:

◦ Your Chameleon - male veiled, 2 years. A year and 8 months in my care

◦ Handling - once a week, he used to be more friendly as a teenager after he got to a year he started to be a bit more reluctant to coming out.

◦ Feeding - Every 2-3 days. 3-4 feeders(locust, dubia, as a treat morio, stick bugs)

◦ Supplements - repashy calcium nod every feeding, repashy multivit every 2 weeks,

◦ Watering - exoterra monsoon automatic mister 2 minutes every 4 hours. Plus one or two hand misting sessions around 2 minutes each

◦ Fecal Description - white urate, brown solid feaces

◦ History - never had any problems

Cage Info:

◦ Cage Type - XL zoomed screen cage 2x2x4

◦ Lighting - arcadia single tub 12% for the last week as 6% blown

◦ Temperature - 90 at basking spot 75 ambient, high 60's at night. I got analogue temp reader and laser gun thermometer.

◦ Humidity - around 40 during the day, 80+ at night

◦ Plants - 2 live plants pothos and wandering jew, I've got bamboo lattice on the side with fake leaves, and couple fake vines inside

◦ Placement - front room, not far from window but we don't open them. It's on the stand

◦ Location - Plymouth, UK

Current Problem - as in OP

Filling the form I realised that the uvb light might be too strong for him. Could that be the reason?


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I've noticed it on Friday and the bulb was changed on monday 11 days earlier. However, I used to run that bulb for 3 months before and there were no similar symptoms. Then I changed it to 6% because i read its too strong.
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