I’m concerned my he may be a she.

Abbie

New Member
Hi,

Just looking for some guidance, I’ve had my Cham for over a year now he is around 14 months old and everything has been going great. He was sold to me as a boy and has obvious spurs on his feet. However, just recently he has been at the bottom of his tank which is very out of character. He’s eating ok so I’m not concerned that he’s looking for food. I thought he could possibly be constipated, so he’s had a warmish shower to see if that gets things moving for him. His diet has stayed consistent, so I’m not to sure if it would be this anyway as surely constipation would have happened before. However, after researching online all signs are pointing that he/she might be looking for a place to lay eggs or even find a male hence why he’s on the floor. So now I’m here doubting myself,panicking as I don’t have a nesting box and the last thing I would want is if he is a she, is for her to become egg bound. So do I need to rush out and get a nest, any help would be much appreciated.
 

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MissSkittles

Chameleon Enthusiast
You’ve got a very handsome boy. :) His casque looks a bit odd to me though. If you’re able, could you fill out a help form and have your husbandry checked?

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Abbie

New Member
Thank you both! Makes you feel like the worst parent, doesn’t it. I’ve booked in with the vet thank you!
 

janjan20

Chameleon Enthusiast
You’re welcome! You came here and we are here to help :) I hope your little guy gets better. When you have time I would highly recommend filling the form out for a complete husbandry review.
 

Brodybreaux25

Chameleon Enthusiast
Your boy has very strange but beautiful coloration. He has a odd appearance, I see some traits usually associated with females.

I do not see any significant indicators of MBD other than the size and shape of the casque but even that isn't screaming MBD.
I do not see any spurs.
I do see some horizontal markings we typically associate with females but also the vertical stripes of a male.
I struggling to determine if he's obese or if his legs are just swollen.

Can you post more pics?
 

Abbie

New Member
Your boy has very strange but beautiful coloration. He has a odd appearance, I see some traits usually associated with females.

I do not see any significant indicators of MBD other than the size and shape of the casque but even that isn't screaming MBD.
I do not see any spurs.
I do see some horizontal markings we typically associate with females but also the vertical stripes of a male.
I struggling to determine if he's obese or if his legs are just swollen.

Can you post more pics?
Thank you so much for your reply, I really appreciate it. Here’s some more pics :)
 

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Abbie

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Thank you! He’s in for a check up tomorrow! It was never mentioned last time I went in He summer, but fingers crossed he has a happy and healthy life and I’ll do all I can to ensure that.
 

nightanole

Chameleon Enthusiast
Yes its "light" MBD. The bones are growning bowed, but are not the horrible " limbs have had several broken bones". Ive seen countless threads with the title "lazy chameleon" and one look at the pick and you can see the cham has 2 elbows per limb and cant climb. OPs isnt close to that, but correction needs to happen now so that the bones can firm up (they will always be slightly warped) and start growing correctly again.
 
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