i need alittle help.


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Ok so I got a chameleon about a week ago from a friend. so far he is eating. iv seen him drink only twice but his poop is white so ik hes getting his water when im not looking lol. but for some reason he is kinda dark all the time (and the top of his body is lightly colored) I have a basking spot with a 75w grow light that he likes to chill out under. the habitat is usually around 70-75 degrees and his basking is higher.

The problem is when he eats his tongue does not extent. when i first got him his tounge extended far when he would drink. but after that day he has not used his tongue properly to catch his food. he usually just sticks his head in the feader bowl and uses alittle bit of his tongue. What could the issue be? im putting a picture of him below.


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Welcome! Since this Cham is fairly new to you I would recommend filling out the help form. There could be a number of reasons for these issues. Just copy and paste and fill it out with as much info as possible and provide pics of the entire enclosure from the lights down.

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Chameleon Info:
  • Your Chameleon -veild chameleon, Male, around 1 year. i just got him from a friend recently
  • Handling - So far i have handled him once and he was fairly calm.
  • Feeding - so far gave him 1 horn worm the first day i got him, recently hes ate crickets. i put around 6-12 in his feeder every other day. the crickets are in a vented box and fed/have quenchers. i dust them in vitamins for him before they go into his feader.
  • Supplements - i dust his crickets before i put them into the feeder. he eats them every other day so far.
  • Watering - dropper that drips on both sides of his cage. i mist twice a day. iv only seen him drink once and that was the first day i got him.
  • Fecal Description - first couple days it was white. most recent poop was yellow and watery. im not sure if hes ever been tested before.
  • History - was never really handled alot. mainly was kept in 70degrees

Cage Info:
  • Cage Type - a wiremesh type of cage. dont know exact mesurements but it is fairly large!
  • Lighting - i had a uvb strip on top. 75w plant light on the basking side. lights go off around 9-10pm and go back on around 9am
  • Temperature - basking spot is around 80-85 atm. 65 ? i have a thing in the habitat that messures the temp
  • Humidity - im not sure what my humidity lv is. i do not have anyway of currently messuring.
  • Plants - i have some fake plants/branches on the sides and at the moment i only have a smaller but longer viny plant.
  • Placement - cage is in one of my corners of my room away from the fan. it is on a stand so its fairly high off the ground.
  • Location - im in NY. right now its fairly cold outside.

Current Problem - so far he is always a darker color. also his tongue does not extend past a inch. first day i had him he extended his tongue really far to get the water dripper that was too far away (i fixed the distance issue) but now when he goes to eat he has to stick his head in the feeder. Also his pop from early was like yellow and slimey.
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