Gasping for air?


New Member
Hey everyone!

I'm having some problems with Clover, my Female Veiled Chameleon (around 6 monsths old). She seems to be gasping, or sighing, for air. She does it pretty briefly, but she does quite often.

She first "inflates" and releases alot of air, im just wondering if its Upper Respitory infection or something. I can't upload any pics, cause I'm currently at school right now.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, please reply!


New Member

Hey my guy does that too. Hopefully someone on here will provide us with some answers. I keep wondering if my guy is dehydrated but he looks fine and he's been doing it for a while.


New Member
Im pretty sure it isn't Dehydration, because it seems like its probably respitory problems. I just want to have some feedback from other Chameleon owners. I hope your chameleon feels better!


New Member

That's the thing my guy seems 100% healthy. I'm wondering if that is just some type of display they put on? I'm crossing my fingers that someoen will give us more info. Is your cham acting sick?


Avid Member
If its gasping the air it might be the temps. what are your temps? you want to fill out the Help Form. I will link it to you. Also if I would call the vet.


Avid Member
Fill this out and we can find out the problem, my guess is because of the basking temps.

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.

Pictures are helpful
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