Help! Chameleon won't use back leg

Discussion in 'Health Clinic' started by Kristin919, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. Kristin919

    Kristin919 Member

    Hi everyone, my 1 1/2 year old male veiled chameleon has started to not use his back left leg, he can move it however he rarely ever does, he lets it drag behind him as well as when he is sitting on a branch the leg dangles below, the leg looks like it may be ever so slightly swollen but i can't tell, what is wrong and what should i do?

    He is in an XL reptibreeze screen cage, with uva and uvb lights, and gets sprayed down 3-4 times a day with a constant dripping system, his cage ranges from 85-90 degrees F during the day, aproximately 65-70 at night and the humidity is usually around 50-70% and gets fed crickets everyday, dusted with calcium without D3 everyday, vitamins 2 times a month and D3 2 times a month.
     
  2. CamrynTheCham22

    CamrynTheCham22 Avid Member

    Can you please post pictures/video of him? Also of his enclosure?
     
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  3. Harry The Cham

    Harry The Cham Established Member

    I have a leopard gecko who is a rescue he has this problem with his 2 back legs from being neglected from his previous owners but u seem to be doing everything right
     
  4. Harry The Cham

    Harry The Cham Established Member

    Please send pictures it's leg may be broken
     
  5. CJ's Exotics

    CJ's Exotics Chameleon Enthusiast

    I'm thinking MBD by the sounds of it, but there could be other things wrong.
     
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  6. Harry The Cham

    Harry The Cham Established Member

    I do think it could be mad but everything sounds good from what you've been doing
     
  7. Harry The Cham

    Harry The Cham Established Member

    Can how do u start a thread
     
  8. CJ's Exotics

    CJ's Exotics Chameleon Enthusiast

    That's not all of the care info, poor supplementing isn't the only cause.
     
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  9. CJ's Exotics

    CJ's Exotics Chameleon Enthusiast

    PM'd you.
     
  10. Harry The Cham

    Harry The Cham Established Member

    Oops mean to say that not mad
     
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    Harry The Cham Established Member

  12. Kristin919

    Kristin919 Member

    he can still use the leg and move it he just doesn't seem to want to use it as if it's stiff or hurts or something, he tries to keep it straight and dangles it off the sides of branches or perches it up on a vine like a sling, as far as i know he hasn't hurt it and he can bend it, im not sure what could be wrong. he is also still eating and moves around a lot he hasn't seemed to have lost his energy.
     
  13. kinyonga

    kinyonga Chameleon Enthusiast

    Could be an injury or maybe gout. We need more information.
    What color are the urates? Has the UVB bulb been replaced at all during the time you've had him? What are you feeding/gutloading the insects with?
     
    #15 kinyonga, Mar 10, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2018
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  14. timw1

    timw1 Avid Member

    He's got a stuck shed on the affected leg, maybe that has something to do with it.
     
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  15. CamrynTheCham22

    CamrynTheCham22 Avid Member

    It means Private Message. You should see a notification on the mail symbol in the top right corner of your device, near your profile.
    That sounds like a plausible proposal. But can that explain the visible swelling in the joint?
     
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  16. timw1

    timw1 Avid Member

    Maybe not, I initially thought it was the way the leg was bent.
     
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  17. CamrynTheCham22

    CamrynTheCham22 Avid Member

    It probably needs a veterinarian to diagnose it correctly anyway
     
  18. Andee

    Andee Chameleon Enthusiast

    Likely gout or an injury, the stuck shed doesn't look old enough or tight enough to cause this severity though shedding on the feet irritates my chams struggling with joint issues or mbd more than my healthier chams who have overcome it already or came to me healthy. So it could be a mix of things... How often does he get misted and for how long? Wondering if it's kidney failure...
     
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