yesterday i noticed this lil bump on his lil leg. His is walking and climbing normal it seems, and his is still eating but not as much i hope he eats today. Maybe im paranoid but it just looks weird to me since the other side doesnt have it
not gonna bank on it being broken, but it does look like a severe case of MBD (Metabolic Bone Disease), those the Chameleon looks very younge.
Advanced MBD can and often does cause pathologic fractures because the bones are so weak so both possibilities may be correct. Of course it may be a break from falling as well.
Fill out that form about your husbandry and we may be able to give you more help or point you in the right direction, but ChameleonsInMyHouse is right, you need to find a vet in your area experienced with reptiles.
Feeding - he eats crickets and superworms. 8-12 small crickets a day, I put he crickets in there in a tub tied to his favorite spot, and the crickets come form petsmart and eat potato
do you gutload? potato isnt nutruitional. please message SandraChameleon for good gutloading tips and recipes. shes written tons of feeding, gutloading and supplimenting blogs
Supplements - Reptocal calcium and vitamin d3, i dust the food right before i throw them i there
whats reptocal? are you refering to Rep-Cal? how often do you dust with the D3? at 4 months of age the chameleon should be getting dusted 5-6 times a week. Calcium D3 and Multivitamin (i recommend Rep-Cal Herptivite) use this once or twice a month.
Fecal Description - small black with white bits, looks normal to me
small with white bits does not seem normal to me. i hope you are refering to a solid white bit which is called a "urate" the pee of a reptile or bird.
Lighting - 100W reptile basking light i got at petsmart, and a UVB reptile light
Temperature - its about 85 at the top and a lil hotter under the lamp, in the low80s around the lamp to high 70s at bottom, overnight gets to around 68 and i have a Digital temp hanging in there, and also a laser temp
your lighting and temps are way too high. a male veiled should be reaching 90 degrees at bask as an adult! 4 months should be around 82 degrees in the bask. and slowly increase his bask temp as he gets older
Plants - rubber plant, hibiscus, and fake plants
rubber plant is a no no. it looks beautiful but you need to be carful of sap within the plant. a chameleon can be harmed by ingesting plant and/or getting the sap in crucial areas of it's body (eyes, nose, mouth)
Current Problem -right arm as a bump on it and slightly concerned
please take him to the vets and get an x-ray, please answer the gutloading and supplimenting questions, and also, i didnt notice a uvb source. chameleons need a 5.0 ReptiSUN to metabolise and grow healthy bones. from reading no uvb light and using D3 as a suppliment without knowing how much. im even more convinced he has MBD
Im using the Tetrafauna ReptoCal that has D3 calcium and i dust around 5-6x a week and i dust the crickets. I do have a UVB light and a basking light, the UVB light is a 11w and sits at the top of the cage next to the basking light. Ill go today and get a 75w bulb to lower those temps. Ill also check on those gut loading ( is that what the crickets eat right)... Is the supplements i have not sufficient enough? i usually just pinch it and throw it in with the crickets and shake them tell there completely dusted
Can chams suffer from gout. This reminds me of a thread on my leo forum where a leo presented similarly, was thought to be mbd but was gout. Here's a pic, but you absolutely need to see a vet regardless. You can't treat either on your own.
I hope this isn't against rules but can I post the thread link. It is very informitave just incase chams can suffer gout (I'm pretty sure most herps can).
If this isn't permitted mods please delete the thread link.
Yes stop dusting with anything with d3 right away that's WAY to much d3 should only be givin once a month, you can dust more frequently with a calcium WITHOUT d3, also those coil uvb lights are not good, I would get a strip 5.0 uvb light the long skinny tube ones asap, and also get some xrays doesn't look good ; (
guys thanks for all the help, as a first time owner im trying really hard to make sure my cham has a great life. Now as the D3 ill stop right away and ill ghost with calcium instead thanks for the heads up. Ill also look into getting a strip uvb light. As for the vet its going to have to wait im trying everything first before i go there and i also tried calling my vender. Its only been a week since i had him and ive done everything i can so far.... as u can see i take a lot pride in my cham with his environment to meals ect.... i just want him to be ok
i got the cham through FLCHAMS so im sure he will work with me.. if his legs progressively gets worse then the vet he will go. until then i hope this works. I already contacted the vender and im sure he will call me back when he has a chance. Do you know why i was told to stop giving him D3 as much? Im going to stop and switch to Calcium and only give D3 about 1-2x a month but im still not sure on the reasoning and if that could be the cause of his lil bump.yes, please contact the vendor and make sure this wasnt a mistaken defect. did you get it a pet store? most pet stores give you about a week. you found a great place to try and get help. unfortuately though, just completely stoping what you've been doing wrong may not just cure it. i still strongly advise you to go to a vet and get an x-ray done. no matter what inputs we give you, some answers will only be given through tests.