is my veiled cham sick?

chelsealinette

New Member
this is Rango i got him 2 weeks ago and i went to texas for 4 days and didn’t have anyone to take care of him so i took him with me without his vivarium and lights, i made sure he was heated and took him out in the sun for a little bit the 4 days i went. when i came back i took him with me to go buy more crickets and the lady said he looked very dull and sick almost like he is dying but the thing is he gets dark when i take him out in the sun and when he’s under his basking lamp, when we got home from buying crickets he changed to his vibrant colors but now he’s dark again i’m not sure if he’s actually sick or he’s just basking can someone please help me does he look sick?..he’s shedding so i mist him more often than usual , i don’t want to lose him…i’m gonna take him to the vet soon so they can check him as well
 

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PoseidonTheChameleon

Chameleon Enthusiast
He definitely needs a vet check up. His back leg has something going on and it looks like you need some husbandry fixes. Also, chameleons are dry shedders so do not mist more often when he is shedding. Please fill this out with detail
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  • 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.

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Please Note:
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  2. Photos can be very helpful.
 

MissSkittles

Chameleon Enthusiast
Hi! :) I’m not at all concerned about his colors. Those changes are perfectly normal. I am however concerned about his back leg and would like to know more about all of your care. I know you haven’t had him for very long, but I’d like to make sure that you have everything correct so that you and he share many happy and healthy years together. There’s so much bad info out there on keeping chameleons.
I’d really like if you could fill out the following (cut & paste) in as much detail as possible so we can make sure you haven’t fallen victim to the bad info. If you could provide pics of your entire enclosure and more of your cham, that would really help too. :)



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.

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Please Note:
  1. The more details you provide the better and more accurate help you will receive.
  2. Photos can be very helpful.
 

Snuits

Chameleon Enthusiast
I see there's already people helping you so I won't add too much. Just want to say his colors are fine. They get dark soaking the uvb & basking lights.
As for shedding They get very dull & dark at first like ashy. But yea you shouldn't be misting more. Will make it difficult to shed.
& you said you take him with you to get crickets? ... you shouldn't. These aren't pets you should tag along with you to the pet store. I could only imagine the stress that puts them under.
Anyways good luck. ♡
 
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