How soon for fecal tests?

techmikef

Member
How soon after getting my cham should I have a fecal sample tested by my local reptile vet?

I know that I should have one done at least every 6 months but want to know if I should have one done as soon as I get him?
 

jannb

Chameleon Enthusiast
I recommend getting a fecal right away. Sometimes your Cham comes to you with parasites. They get parasites from the insects they eat and some parasites such as coccidia are highly contagious. I don't even wait 6 months on mine. We get fecals here every 3 to 4 months and 90% of the time somebody has something. If parasites go untreated eventually they will kill your Cham.
 

techmikef

Member
Will do. Ill make sure to get one done as soon as I get him and then make sure that I get them done quarterly.

You said contagious. Is that contagious just to other chams or contagious to me also?
 

techmikef

Member
I have another question that goes along with this.

What is the best way to collect a fecal sample and how should it be stored until you get to the vet for the test?
 

jannb

Chameleon Enthusiast
The kind of Coccidia that chameleons have is contagious only to other reptiles.

I always collect a poop the day before just incase they refuse to do one the day of the fecal. If they give me a fresh one the day of I trash the old one. I turn a zip lock bag inside out and pick up the poop. Turn the bag back correct and close. Keep in the frig until you are ready to take to the vet. The fresher the poop the better.
 
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