Feel like im failing my chameleon, constant stress.

@nuttyflower Hi there welcome to the forum. I know how extremely overwhelming it can be especially when you receive conflicting advice. When a vet gives incorrect husbandry info this can often compound the stress of the keeper. Which your vet did. I would be happy to do a full husbandry review with you. You would just copy and paste the form below into your reply and then answer all the questions. Please include pics of the entire cage set up including lighting on top and of the supplements being used.

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.


Please Note:
  1. The more details you provide the better and more accurate help you will receive.
  2. Photos can be very helpful.
Oh sorry i didnt see you asking this until after my other reply haha. Heres my best friend.View attachment 357015View attachment 357014View attachment 357013
He actually doesn’t look bad! I’m in Langley and have over 17 years keeping and breeding chams. At 1.3 years old he may be hitting his adult feeding regime of feeding every 2 - 3 days. What are you gutloading your feeders with? What are you feeding off? Are you giving a variety? Like people, chams can get tired of the same food choices, including gutload. Let me know what you’re doing in regards to that and we can go from there. I will advise; he looks nice and I think you’re doing a great job so far! May just need a bit of tweaking!
You've got a beautiful boy there! Keeping chameleons is super stressful, hang in there! You are doing better than you think and we are all here to help out!
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