Is he OK?

Discussion in 'Health Clinic' started by Haze367, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. Haze367

    Haze367 Member

    So my little guy ate about 12-15 small crickets today. And the last 3 hours or so he has just been laying in this position with this coloring.. i thought i read that they shouldn't be laying down during the day. He is NOT sleeping at all. Just laying there.
    Doesn't react much when i get in his cage off and on over the last hour or so, He would the last few days start to run and hide when i would enter his cage. 20180111_181016.jpg
  2. davthevieled

    davthevieled Established Member

    Hey there!

    Could you fill this out to help kind of paint a better picture for everyone?

    Chameleon Info:
    • Your Chameleon - The species, sex, and age of your chameleon. How long has it been in your care?
    • Handling - How often do you handle your chameleon?
    • Feeding - What are you feeding your cham? What amount? What is the schedule? How are you gut-loading your feeders?
    • Supplements - What brand and type of calcium and vitamin products are you dusting your feeders with and what is the schedule?
    • Watering - What kind of watering technique do you use? How often and how long to you mist? Do you see your chameleon drinking?
    • Fecal Description - Briefly note colors and consistency from recent droppings. Has this chameleon ever been tested for parasites?
    • History - Any previous information about your cham that might be useful to others when trying to help you.

    Cage Info:
    • Cage Type - Describe your cage (Glass, Screen, Combo?) What are the dimensions?
    • Lighting - What brand, model, and types of lighting are you using? What is your daily lighting schedule?
    • Temperature - What temp range have you created (cage floor to basking spot)? Lowest overnight temp? How do you measure these temps?
    • Humidity - What are your humidity levels? How are you creating and maintaining these levels? What do you use to measure humidity?
    • Plants - Are you using live plants? If so, what kind?
    • Placement - Where is your cage located? Is it near any fans, air vents, or high traffic areas? At what height is the top of the cage relative to your room floor?
    • Location - Where are you geographically located?

    Current Problem - The current problem you are concerned about.

    Also, is that his general basking area? Is that red light coming from his cage? Have you noticed anything that looks like large yawns, mucus when he opens his mouth, small or loud squeeks, and odd sleeping habits?
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  3. pwims21

    pwims21 New Member

    Wait Chams aren't supposed to lay down during the day??
  4. Chameleons laying down during the day, or sleeping/eyes closed is definitely a red flag. But the odd thing is his eyes are wide open, and not sunken at all. I don't think this is dehydration, because dehydration comes with many symptoms, especially when it gets bad. Could it be metabolic bone disease? I am not entirely sure of any of these speculations, I am just tossing out any ideas on what could be wrong. The help form would definitely help, but it might be an internal problem. Has he ever been tested for parasites? What feeder/gutload are you using?
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  5. davthevieled

    davthevieled Established Member

    A cham should be able to hold up their own body weight... it isn't terrible if you catch them basking here and there while holding themselves to their branch like that, but having long bouts of just laying around and not moving under their basking lamp can indicate something isn't wrong.

    Chams can't regulate their bodies like we do when they are sick, so instead of having a fever to help combat what is going on, they will bask for longer and will show signs of being more lethargic. It isn't always a "something bad is going on" sign, but more of a "you might want to go to the vet and get them checked out" sign.
  6. pwims21

    pwims21 New Member

    I just took my guy to the vet.. The vet didn't really say anything about it..
  7. Julia777

    Julia777 Member

    I would take him to the vet and I would get rid of the crickets and purchase some elsewhere in case something was wrong with that batch. Good luck!
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  8. kinyonga

    kinyonga Chameleon Enthusiast

    Did you change things around in his cage today?
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  9. Julia777

    Julia777 Member

    How is your little guy doing?
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  10. This actually reminds me that my veiled rests on her basking branch, and sometimes even closes her eyes when she does it. She is healthy, but she also rest with her body on the branch. Then when she eats, drinks, moves to go to sleep, or just wants to explore, she gets up perfectly fine and wanders like normal. Your chameleon may just be doing this, especially if it 'sleeps' in its basking spot. That could be the reason why the vet didn't say much. Was that the basking area that we saw in the photo?
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  11. Haze367

    Haze367 Member

    not tested for parasites. I've had him a week today. For gut load i am using Bug Burger, Oranges, Banana, apple so far.
    i got the crickets from the reptile show from a vendor there. they are the 1/4" size
    actually, yes on that particular day i had cut out half the live plant that had aphids on it. That was it though.
    The last couple days he has been fine, still dark most of the day, when he gets up and moves and eats or i hold him he colors up normally.
    YES, the pic was taken with him laying in his basking area. Maybe he was just full and happy and just wanting to lay down soak up the heat and relax?? lol i don't know...

    This morning i thought he got out somehow and i took half the stuff out looking for him, GOING CRAZY thinking he escaped!! He was behind the greenery on the back wall not sure how it got there but he got out just fine. good hiding spot he found! lol but i think he scratched himself alittle on his side now. i'll post a pic
    #11 Haze367, Jan 13, 2018 at 1:38 PM
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2018 at 1:48 PM
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  12. Haze367

    Haze367 Member

    i answered the questions in red in the quotes
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  13. Haze367

    Haze367 Member

    This afternoon while ELIO was nice and colored up i noticed he had 2 dark black strips on his right side that caught my attention that were not there this morning. When he is dark like in the pic below it turns a white color. im assuming he scratched himself also alittle on the same side on his tail lightly.

    Would you agree from the looks of the pics? It's kind of hard to see in the 2nd pic (outside) the "scratch"

    elio scratch 3.jpg elio scratch.jpg
  14. I have sometimes seen this on my chameleon, but didn't I didn't think much of it. Maybe it is something more serious? I would kind of like answers as well, as my female veiled always seems to have this somewhere on her body . . . :cautious:
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  15. Haze367

    Haze367 Member

    i figured it was maybe a scratch from climbing behind the plastic thing i have hanging on the wall. he's actually behind there again tonight sleeping. I'm afraid im going to have to remove it until he is bigger and can not fit through the square hole.
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  16. ColorificChameleons

    ColorificChameleons New Member

    Hoping he's moving around more today
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  17. It is so odd, because I didn't think anything in my cage was sharp enough to scratch her. When I recently gave her a warm bath, I noticed that the scratch had a little piece of skin at the top of it and I thought it was left over from a shed, so I left it alone. It was still on her abdomen a few weeks past her shed and I had to take it off.
    I literally have no idea what it could mean, it is so weird! And apparently I am not the only one.
  18. Haze367

    Haze367 Member

    Yes. He has been. I'm thinking he just lazy after eating and likes to bask laying down and turn dark. Lol. He still does that part. But is much more active. I think the super worms in his cup i been trying to feed him are scaring him. He won't eat with them in his cup, i remove them from the cup and he eats right away.
  19. Haze367

    Haze367 Member

    And this morning it is gone. No trace of it even being there. :eek:o_O
  20. I am so confused! The mysterious case of the veiled chameleon . . . :cautious::eek:
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