Gaping mouth

wprazak

Member
My Cham has done this several different times, opens her mouth like she yawning throat puffed out and like twitches. Her butt end twitches and mouth opens wider. Does this only a few seconds What’s wrong with her?
 

GrayMadder

Chameleon Enthusiast
Does she do it when you are approaching her? Or when you are trying trying grab her?

She could just be defensive towards you.
 

GrayMadder

Chameleon Enthusiast
My guess is it's:
1. Either too hot in her enclosure, I would take a look at her basking area and check the temps in her enclosure. If you know her temps are good then possibly number 2.
2. She is frightened by you, getting defensive and is warning you to stay back or to get away from her.
 

GrayMadder

Chameleon Enthusiast
She sounds like she just needs some space.

You might be stressing her out or handling her too much. She could be stressed out if you are constantly holding her or if her enclosure is in a high traffic area.

I would just keep monitoring her for any other symptoms, while giving her some space. :)
 

Mendez

Chameleon Enthusiast
It sounds like she is just getting defensive. My male jacksons xantholophus does this--especially when I start rearranging his cage. They do the twitching/jolting movements to show their annoyance at you.

However, if your female is getting too hot and is gaping for long periods of time, you may notice that she has lighter colors as well, trying to cool off. In this case, lower the temps. If she is only gaping when you approach the cage, then I wouldn't lower the temp at all--and you are keeping it at 80F so that's good.

I would try to leave her cage alone as much as possible. If you need to redecorate, do it all at once and then leave the cage alone. Once you leave her cage alone for a while (a week or two or three), and only approach to feed her, she will stop gaping and twitching at you.
 

Pearl Fields

Avid Member
It sounds like she is just getting defensive. My male jacksons xantholophus does this--especially when I start rearranging his cage. They do the twitching/jolting movements to show their annoyance at you.

However, if your female is getting too hot and is gaping for long periods of time, you may notice that she has lighter colors as well, trying to cool off. In this case, lower the temps. If she is only gaping when you approach the cage, then I wouldn't lower the temp at all--and you are keeping it at 80F so that's good.

I would try to leave her cage alone as much as possible. If you need to redecorate, do it all at once and then leave the cage alone. Once you leave her cage alone for a while (a week or two or three), and only approach to feed her, she will stop gaping and twitching at you.
i second this
 
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