Graceful Chameleon

So i got a Graceful Chameleon about a week ago and he is starting to make me nervous. He always drinks the water when i mist the plants in his enclosure but ignores all crickets. He looks at them but never tries to eat them. He has a 60W light bulb for heat and a ESU reptile uvb 7% bulb. right now it is in a 29 gallon tank and he is about 4 inches long. Does anybody have any suggestions on how to get him to start eating?
 

Brad Ramsey

Retired Moderator
As you probably know from reading some of the existing threads on this forum, a tank is not the best enclosure for your chameleon.
These animals need a medium sized screen enclosure in a quiet place in your home.
This provides for the ventilation required and helps in creating a temperature gradient. A glass enclosure can get too hot and the air within tends to be stagnant.
Is your cham wild caught? Often these chameleon are imported and come here rather dehydrated so the fact that he is drinking well is good.
As far as getting him to eat...try a waxworm or,if you can get some, mantids or stick insects. Be careful with waxworms though as they are very high in fat and not a good staple food. Put one in with the crickets and see if that starts something.

-Brad
 
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Jordan

New Member
Have you removed the plastic from the "slimline"?

The plastic/glass will block 99.9% of UVb.
 
yeah i took the plastic off the light fixture. im not one hundred percent sure but im guessing its wild caught. the 29 gallon tank is just a temporary home i have one of those screen cages i just need to make room for it somewhere.
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
Is it pooping? Do you have a substrate in the cage? Did it have a substrate in the cage where you bought it?

What size crickets are you offering it? You said its about 4" long....nose to tail tip?

What is the temperature in the basking area? Ambient temperature?

Do you have any live plants in the cage?
 

Dave Weldon

Avid Member
Howdy,

Post photos of your critter and his enclosure. The more detailed the photos the better.


Cage Info:
Cage Type - What kind of cage are you using? What is the size?
Lighting - What kind of lighting are you using? How long do you keep the lights on during the day?
Temperature - What temperature range have you created? Basking spot temp? What is the temperature at night?
Humidity - What are your humidity levels? How are you creating and maintaining these levels?
Plants - Are you using live plants? If so, what kind?
Location - Where is your cage located? Is it near any fans, air vents, or high traffic areas?

Chameleon Info:
Your Chameleon - The species, sex, and age of your chameleon.
Feeding - What are you feeding your cham? What amount? What kind of schedule? How are you gut-loading your feeders?
Supplements - What are you dusting your feeders with and what kind of schedule do you use?
Watering - What kind of watering technique do you use? Do you see your chameleon drinking?
Fecal Description - Briefly note colors and consistency from recent droppings.
History - Any previous information about your cham that might be useful to others when trying to help you.
Current Problem - The current problem that you are concerned about.
 
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