How do you best move your chameleon when...

Ethan

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I have a 6 month old MVC. 48x24x24 enclosure. Open air. He is at about 95 deg in his basking area. 70 at the low. Sprayed once a day and then a drip. I am having trouble getting him to eat so I have silk worms in there now. If those dont work superworms if they dont work then butter worms. dust w calcium once every couple of days the tips of the romaine lettuce he eats regularly. He has a zoomed heat and uvb bulb and i have included pics of his enclosure.
Hes a scared chameleon and has always been so Im concerned about stressing him but i need to know how best to move him to not stress him is to be moved when i want to clean his cage?
Personally i want to just move him like i move my female and make him get used to it but like I said he is always been a sissy and i hate freaking him out.
Also would moving him into a bucket and giving a him a warm soak down have any benifit if I feel like he doesnt drink vigorously? Whats the best method if I have to force feed and whats the best method to force drink?

Here he is and his inclosure.
thanks in advance for the help!
 

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jannb

Chameleon Enthusiast
You could put a tree or large plant in front of his open door and he would probably come out on to the plant if you step back and don't let him see you watching. He needs three kinds of supplements calcium without D3, calcium with D3 and a multi. vit. such as Herptivite. How old is he? He might be getting to that age where he will start to eat less. Please answer the questions below in detail so that we can better help you with your chameleon.

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ferretinmyshoes

Veterinarian
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Do not put your cham into a bucket of water. They don't like to soak like other reptiles do. If you'd like him to drink more then you can put a plant in the shower and let warm (not hot) water from the showerhead bounce off the wall onto the plant your cham is on. Don't put the plant in the direct spray from the shower. Works like a charm. The very first time I put my chams in like that they all drank for like an hour, even though I see them drinking in their cages all the time.
 

carol5208

Chameleon Enthusiast
I have a 6 month old MVC. 48x24x24 enclosure. Open air. He is at about 95 deg in his basking area. 70 at the low. Sprayed once a day and then a drip. I am having trouble getting him to eat so I have silk worms in there now. If those dont work superworms if they dont work then butter worms. dust w calcium once every couple of days the tips of the romaine lettuce he eats regularly. He has a zoomed heat and uvb bulb and i have included pics of his enclosure.
Hes a scared chameleon and has always been so Im concerned about stressing him but i need to know how best to move him to not stress him is to be moved when i want to clean his cage?
Personally i want to just move him like i move my female and make him get used to it but like I said he is always been a sissy and i hate freaking him out.
Also would moving him into a bucket and giving a him a warm soak down have any benifit if I feel like he doesnt drink vigorously? Whats the best method if I have to force feed and whats the best method to force drink?

Here he is and his inclosure.
thanks in advance for the help!
Where is your UVB bulb?
 
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