Is my Baby sick?

KaelyD1516

New Member
I bought a very small jackson male chameleon a couple of days ago. He has a cage that is completely screen so very airy. I have been feeding him but I don’t think he’s eating because the crickets have just remained in there. I sat him in one place to put him in his terrarium yesterday and he was still there this morning, yes I turned off the lights completely during the night. He has a UVB & one of the blue “heat” bulbs that stay on for 12 hours. The temperature at the top near the light is around 85 and the temperature near the bottom is around 78. Plenty of bushes and vines as you can see in the background of the pictures. He isn’t moving around his cage but if I pick him up he does move his legs a little to latch onto me. I took him in the sun this morning and it seems to me like he can’t even open his eyes. His color is very dark, and he seems pretty skinny. I’ve dusted the crickets and very small meals worms (that he hadn’t touched in his cage) in the calcium powder and then the reptivite. I mist the cage fully down a couple times a day, and I use a water Dripper. I haven’t seen him drink at all either. Is anyone able to tell me what I could be doing to help him? Anyone know possibly what his age could be? I don’t wanna lose him but he seems to not be doing well at all.
 

KaelyD1516

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Oh yeah, here are the pictures!
 

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KaelyD1516

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I live in Hawaii, so hopefully I can find a vet that takes care of them. Poor dude, he doesn’t look like he’s gonna make it. Worse part is I got him from a pet store and didn’t know what to look for I just assumed they would help me or better yet get their animals help if they needed it?
 

bay1997

Established Member
I live in Hawaii, so hopefully I can find a vet that takes care of them. Poor dude, he doesn’t look like he’s gonna make it. Worse part is I got him from a pet store and didn’t know what to look for I just assumed they would help me or better yet get their animals help if they needed it?
It’s super unfortunate that pet stores know basically nothing when it comes to reptiles :(
I got my little guy from an actual reptile store and they still gave me some janky info. Hopefully you can make it to the vet and he can recover!
 

Brodybreaux25

Chameleon Enthusiast
Once that’s been posted let’s review the rest of your husbandry. Jackson’s are one of the more fragile species, especially the little ones.

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JacksJill

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He needs a long shower to start off and hopefully get him drinking.
"Shower - Another method of providing water, especially to dehydrated chameleons, is by using a shower. Place a large plant in the tub, aim the shower head against the wall, and run the water so that only a fine mist reaches the chameleon. The water should be room temperature (not hot!). They may drink for up to 30 minutes. Make sure to supervise your chameleon at all times while using this method."
 

Chameleophlaged

Established Member
He needs a long shower to start off and hopefully get him drinking.
"Shower - Another method of providing water, especially to dehydrated chameleons, is by using a shower. Place a large plant in the tub, aim the shower head against the wall, and run the water so that only a fine mist reaches the chameleon. The water should be room temperature (not hot!). They may drink for up to 30 minutes. Make sure to supervise your chameleon at all times while using this method."
As well as a shower and a vet visit, you need to lower your cage temps, 80 is plenty hot at the top and he needs a cool wet place around 70 even less lower and if you can get it a good nighttime drop down into the 60's would help (fog him at night).
 

dani_and_gamora

New Member
I’m definitely not an expert by any means, but I have a veiled chameleon that had almost the same issues...her eyes looked just like your little guy’s and wasn’t eating. The vet diagnosed vitamin A deficiency and gave me some drops for her, which helped immensely! They also check for shed being stuck in the eyes, which could maybe be the problem since he’s shedding in the photos...either way I hope he has a speedy recovery!
 
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