Is my female veiled chameleon pregnant?

Discussion in 'Health Clinic' started by Phyllischam, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Phyllischam

    Phyllischam New Member

    i got her about 4 days ago from a family-owned pet store in NYC. She is less than a year old. has bulges by her hips. still eating her waxworms but not drinking a whole lot.
     

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  2. Brodybreaux25

    Brodybreaux25 Chameleon Enthusiast

    Yes, she is gravid! Do you have a lay bin?
     
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  3. Brodybreaux25

    Brodybreaux25 Chameleon Enthusiast

    She digging in that first pic?
     
  4. ERKleRose

    ERKleRose Avid Member

    I think that’s the box they brought her home in?
     
  5. Phyllischam

    Phyllischam New Member

    I thought she might be pregnant so i gave her that lay bin. She’s not digging in the pic and she climbed out of it, back onto her ladder.
     
  6. ERKleRose

    ERKleRose Avid Member

    Have you read the veiled care sheet here? It has proper specs for a lay bin
     
  7. Phyllischam

    Phyllischam New Member

    Yes I’ve read a bit of the lay bin FAQs. I just wanted to make sure this was the case because I don’t want to stress her out too much (since i just got her/have rearranged the tank a bit/have hung out with her a bit)
     
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  8. ERKleRose

    ERKleRose Avid Member

    How deep is the substrate in your lay bin?
     
  9. Phyllischam

    Phyllischam New Member

    Only about 4 inches maybe. I know it should probably be deeper and i think im supposed to have sand instead
     
  10. ERKleRose

    ERKleRose Avid Member

    It needs to be a MINIMUM of 12”
     
  11. Brodybreaux25

    Brodybreaux25 Chameleon Enthusiast

    You can do half sand half organic dirt, minimum depth is 8”, 10”-12” is preferable
     
  12. ERKleRose

    ERKleRose Avid Member

    A lot of people use washed play sand. Lowe’s has play sand and a 17” planter that work really well
     
  13. Brodybreaux25

    Brodybreaux25 Chameleon Enthusiast

    I’m at work so I’m backing out, @ERKleRose will take care of you.
     
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  14. ERKleRose

    ERKleRose Avid Member

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  15. ERKleRose

    ERKleRose Avid Member

    Make sure to thoroughly wash the play sand at least 3 times. You also might have to make a starter hole for her. Make sure to give her privacy (cover her cage and don’t let her see or hear you), and make sure there’s a couple of branches or vines leading towards the lay bin as well. Once you get the chance (after you correct your lay bin, etc.) could you fill out this form and post a pic of the enclosure, as well, please? https://www.chameleonforums.com/how-ask-help-66/
     
  16. Phyllischam

    Phyllischam New Member

    Thanks! Also at work. I’ll leave early and pick up some sand.
     
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  17. Phyllischam

    Phyllischam New Member

    Sure, I can work on all this tonight. Thabks for your help. She’s alone now.
     
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  18. ERKleRose

    ERKleRose Avid Member

    Could you go home at lunch to just deepen the substrate that’s already in her bin? You can still get the play sand and pot after work, this will be just to make sure there’s at least enough depth to lay her eggs if she does do it today while you’re at work
     
  19. Jesspete

    Jesspete Established Member

    So, related question, with the females, I see you recommending that the lay bin be a permanent part of the enclosure. Are you adding drainage holes so it doesn't hold water? Do you have to keep a close eye on the moisture levels in the soil?
     
  20. ERKleRose

    ERKleRose Avid Member

    I’ll let @Brodybreaux25 or @jannb answer that one
     

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