Help please! Sleeping during the day and not eating!

Alex_Boris

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Hi! My Cham slowed down on eating like a month ago. Would eat about once in 3 days. Than the cold weather hit Florida for a good week and he slowed even more. But when he would decid to eat he would eat good. Mostly super worms, hornworms and once in awhile wax worm. He stopped to be interested in crickets and never were big on roaches. So about week ago may be hitting a week and a half mark now he stopped eating at all. Like no matter what. I moved the cage next to the window so he can get extra light from there too but it seemed worsen the situation he keep chilling on the same spot barely walking around the cage. And even refuses to the treats like wax worms. Currently stores are out of hornworms so I don’t even know how to keep him hydrated( he doesn’t like showers as much). Today I fir the first time I’ve noticed him sleeping :/ at 3 pm after a shower thought may be he will drink a little. Idk how to stimulate him. Technically he didn’t have any food/vitamins/moisture for 1,5 weeks. Please help. I will attach the pics. Thank you
 

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Jeko

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Hi! My Cham slowed down on eating like a month ago. Would eat about once in 3 days. Than the cold weather hit Florida for a good week and he slowed even more. But when he would decid to eat he would eat good. Mostly super worms, hornworms and once in awhile wax worm. He stopped to be interested in crickets and never were big on roaches. So about week ago may be hitting a week and a half mark now he stopped eating at all. Like no matter what. I moved the cage next to the window so he can get extra light from there too but it seemed worsen the situation he keep chilling on the same spot barely walking around the cage. And even refuses to the treats like wax worms. Currently stores are out of hornworms so I don’t even know how to keep him hydrated( he doesn’t like showers as much). Today I fir the first time I’ve noticed him sleeping :/ at 3 pm after a shower thought may be he will drink a little. Idk how to stimulate him. Technically he didn’t have any food/vitamins/moisture for 1,5 weeks. Please help. I will attach the pics. Thank you
Can you imagine yourself in solitary confinement?? That how your chameleon feels like. Look at my setup !
 

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CBee7726

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Hi! My Cham slowed down on eating like a month ago. Would eat about once in 3 days. Than the cold weather hit Florida for a good week and he slowed even more. But when he would decid to eat he would eat good. Mostly super worms, hornworms and once in awhile wax worm. He stopped to be interested in crickets and never were big on roaches. So about week ago may be hitting a week and a half mark now he stopped eating at all. Like no matter what. I moved the cage next to the window so he can get extra light from there too but it seemed worsen the situation he keep chilling on the same spot barely walking around the cage. And even refuses to the treats like wax worms. Currently stores are out of hornworms so I don’t even know how to keep him hydrated( he doesn’t like showers as much). Today I fir the first time I’ve noticed him sleeping :/ at 3 pm after a shower thought may be he will drink a little. Idk how to stimulate him. Technically he didn’t have any food/vitamins/moisture for 1,5 weeks. Please help. I will attach the pics. Thank you
Can you post some more photos of your chameleon please? Has there been a drop in ambient temperature in your house?
 

Alex_Boris

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Can you Madge and yourself in solitary confinement?? That how your chameleon feels like. Look at my setup !
Well, when I’m removing the shower curtains from both sides he freaks out and doesn’t want to move and even hides from me when I’m approaching the cage.
 
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Alex_Boris

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Can you post some more photos of your chameleon please? Has there been a drop in ambient temperature in your house?
Well we keep out house at 70 as AC and outside it dropped a couple of times to 40 but we had heater on for 65. Plus I have a heating pad underneath the cage.
 

Alex_Boris

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It’s pretty tough to snap a pic when he chills in the back of the cage:/ last two pics are at night time took a couple of weeks ago
 

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chamnoodle

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He may be on a hunger strike although I dont know much about those. From the things you describe I think you should take him to the vet to rule out internal problems maybe. I will attach a few websites that may help. Sorry I cant help much I hope you figure this out.

https://chameleonacademy.com/chameleon-behavior-refusing-to-eat/

https://www.chameleonforums.com/threads/veiled-chameleon-eyes-closed-not-eating.159560/


I would also suggest filling out the husbandry form below so we can rule out other problems and everyone can help you a bit better :)


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CBee7726

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It could be that he just got chilly, but I'm going to tag a few people who would know more than me. Also with the sun setting earlier, he might be getting ready for bed before the enclosure lights go out, especially if he can see the sunset outside. However, I don't live in FL so I'm not sure how significant this actually is.

Probably unrelated but I do agree that he could use a few more live plants in his enclosure for coverage.

@Beman @MissSkittles @jannb @kinyonga
 

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Alex_Boris

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It could be that he just got chilly, but I'm going to tag a few people who would know more than me. Also with the sun setting earlier, he might be getting ready for bed before the enclosure lights go out, especially if he can see the sunset outside. However, I don't live in FL so I'm not sure how significant this actually is.

Probably unrelated but I do agree that he could use a few more live plants in his enclosure for coverage.

@Beman @MissSkittles @jannb @kinyonga
I have an XL cage coming this coming Friday and all additional big plants are ready for that cage to set up.
 

Alex_Boris

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So I just get ahold of the store that has hornworms. It is 1,5 hrs away but I will drive since our local pet store doesn’t know when they will have anything.
What if I will feed him for couple of days with just hornworms ( unless he decided to eat other ones)? Just to help him to restore hydration a little bit, so he can get some calcium as well?
 

Jeko

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No we bought him from a breeder when he was like 3 months old.
Show him some love and make him feel that he is free to come out from his cage. I would remove all curtains and put the cage close to the window. They are not stupid bro, they can see what is bad and good. Just get the bigger cage and remove the door; let him free range little bit.
 

chamnoodle

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So I just get ahold of the store that has hornworms. It is 1,5 hrs away but I will drive since our local pet store doesn’t know when they will have anything.
What if I will feed him for couple of days with just hornworms ( unless he decided to eat other ones)? Just to help him to restore hydration a little bit, so he can get some calcium as well?
You can see if that works, just make sure to watch his weight based on the fact hornworms, waxworms and superworms are high in fat
 

Jeko

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Show him some love and make him feel that he is free to come out from his cage. I would remove all curtains and put the cage close to the window. They are not stupid bro, they can see what is bad and good. Just get the bigger cage and remove the door; let him free range little bit.
Because, he will sleep if he thinks its dark when you put curtains around the cage; remove them and see what he does after a week or two.
 
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