Is my female gravid? /proper egg laying setup

Jpmoel01

New Member
Hello all, I’ve had my Cham for a little over a year (she’s about 1 years 2 months) and so far I haven’t seen any signs of being pregnant but I think I do now. She was very active for a day, almost as if she was looking for a place to lay eggs, but has hardly moved today and she hasnt eaten in 2 days (whereas she always eats immediately), I also noticed a different color pattern on her and that she looks a little bloated in the back but feeling and handling her I can’t tell for sure if she’s carrying eggs, I have a laybin set up but I think I’m going to rearrange her plant and the bin so that I can get a bigger, deeper one. Basically I’d just like to know some signs to look for and for some tips on what to expect.
 

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PoseidonTheChameleon

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I'm not very familiar with females but I see moss and a reptile hammock which are both no no's. How big is your lay bin? What do you use in it? Can you also fill this out please 🙂

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kinyonga

Chameleon Queen
Please post a couple more photos of her so we can see all of her from the side...and of the lay bin. What's the substrate in the laybin?
 

Cheezilla

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Hello all, I’ve had my Cham for a little over a year (she’s about 1 years 2 months) and so far I haven’t seen any signs of being pregnant but I think I do now. She was very active for a day, almost as if she was looking for a place to lay eggs, but has hardly moved today and she hasnt eaten in 2 days (whereas she always eats immediately), I also noticed a different color pattern on her and that she looks a little bloated in the back but feeling and handling her I can’t tell for sure if she’s carrying eggs, I have a laybin set up but I think I’m going to rearrange her plant and the bin so that I can get a bigger, deeper one. Basically I’d just like to know some signs to look for and for some tips on what to expect.
She will become green and black and about a day or two before laying she will start digging and or scratching at surfaces
 

Cheezilla

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First time mine layed I didn't even know if it was male or female..she layed them after only two days of owning her with no type of bin..she layed them on the floor..its been 4 months now and she is already gravid again..I'm expecting her to lay anywhere from now till August
 

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Cheezilla

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Hello all, I’ve had my Cham for a little over a year (she’s about 1 years 2 months) and so far I haven’t seen any signs of being pregnant but I think I do now. She was very active for a day, almost as if she was looking for a place to lay eggs, but has hardly moved today and she hasnt eaten in 2 days (whereas she always eats immediately), I also noticed a different color pattern on her and that she looks a little bloated in the back but feeling and handling her I can’t tell for sure if she’s carrying eggs, I have a laybin set up but I think I’m going to rearrange her plant and the bin so that I can get a bigger, deeper one. Basically I’d just like to know some signs to look for and for some tips on what to expect.
Gravid for sure
 

Jpmoel01

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Please post a couple more photos of her so we can see all of her from the side...and of the lay bin. What's the substrate in the laybin?
It’s play sand, moistened, but tbh I’m not sure what the correct amount of moisture would feel like or look like, the bin is about 1’ x1’ x10”, that’s the best angle I could get without disturbing her, she always sleeps in the exact same spot so it’s unusual to see her in a different spot
 

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Jpmoel01

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  • Your Chameleon - veiled, female, Named chameo, about14 months, I’ve had her for a little over 8 months
  • Handling - I handle her very seldom, only when I feed her waxworms (very seldom but because those are her favorite) and I like having her live as naturally as a pet can live
  • Feeding - crickets ( gutloaded with carrots, apples, kale) - 6 crickets/ 2 super worms/ a few Dubia roaches/ waxworms- maybe 2 a week
  • Repti calcium without D3, reptivite 2x a month
  • Watering - I mist her cage with a spray bottle twice a day with a dripper going a for a third of the day, She seems to enjoy being misted herself, she lays under the dropping water, tilting her head upwards while she drinks, I’ve only seen her drink off of the leaves twice
  • Fecal Description - from what I can tell the feces and urate looks good, perfectly brown and milky white respectively, I have not taken her to a vet
  • History - nothing that I can think of

Cage Info:
  • Cage Type - 2’x2’x4’ mesh cage
  • Lighting - 60 W bulb, not sure about brand
  • Zoo Med ReptiSun 10.0 UVB T5 HO Reptile Terrarium Lamp, 24-watt​

  • Temperature - basking spot-85 degrees F, floor- 70 degrees F, I have one thermometer that I move between the bottom and top to measure but the temps have always been within a good range
  • Humidity - 65%
  • Plants - golden pothos in the middle, with a net in the corner and vine running around the enclosure, I’ve been a bit lazy getting another plant and removing the fake vines which is my bad
  • Placement -located in my basement where the temp drops to 65 F at night, the cage is 6.5 from top to floor, sitting on a table, all vents are closed and no windows or anything letting light get to her
  • Location - northern Kentucky
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Queen
You said..."Feeding - crickets ( gutloaded with carrots, apples, kale) - 6 crickets/ 2 super worms/ a few Dubia roaches/ waxworms- maybe 2 a week"... So that's what you feed her every feeding? How many times a week?

Glad you're removing the fake plants.
 

Cheezilla

Member
It’s play sand, moistened, but tbh I’m not sure what the correct amount of moisture would feel like or look like, the bin is about 1’ x1’ x10”, that’s the best angle I could get without disturbing her, she always sleeps in the exact same spot so it’s unusual to see her in a different spot
I used a mix of repti soil , cocoa fiber, filter sand ..3.2.1 ratio..as long as the borough dug will hold it is fine..and the size looks adequate
 

Jpmoel01

New Member
You said..."Feeding - crickets ( gutloaded with carrots, apples, kale) - 6 crickets/ 2 super worms/ a few Dubia roaches/ waxworms- maybe 2 a week"... So that's what you feed her every feeding? How many times a week?

Glad you're removing the fake plants.
Sorry, 3x a week 4 or 5 crickets dusted with calcium, I might give her 2 mealworms and 1 or 2 super worms a week, so crickets every time but not every time with dubias, wax worms, or super worms
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Queen
For many years I've used a playsand produced by Kings that comes in a white bag there's, blue, yellow sand toys on the front.
Is good because it holes a tunnel easily and if ingested does not cause infection or blockage.

IMHO you're feeding her enough that she's going to produce eggs and the clutch will be larger than recommended. I would only be giving her 4 or 5 crickets a week for now. You may have to adjust it further to get the clutch size in the right range. Keep the temperature in the basking area at 80F to slow her metabolism.
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Queen
First time mine layed I didn't even know if it was male or female..she layed them after only two days of owning her with no type of bin..she layed them on the floor..its been 4 months now and she is already gravid again..I'm expecting her to lay anywhere from now till August
They usually lay every 120 to 130 days infertile eggs.
 

Cheezilla

Member
For many years I've used a playsand produced by Kings that comes in a white bag there's, blue, yellow sand toys on the front.
Is good because it holes a tunnel easily and if ingested does not cause infection or blockage.

IMHO you're feeding her enough that she's going to produce eggs and the clutch will be larger than recommended. I would only be giving her 4 or 5 crickets a week for now. You may have to adjust it further to get the clutch size in the right range. Keep the temperature in the basking area at 80F to slow her metabolism.
Thank you for this info
 
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