Respectfully, he’s doing that because your setup is all wrong. Fill it up with branches and live plants and he will stop that.Thanks for your replies, the requested info:
- It’s a male 8-9 months old veiled chameleon, 6 months under my care with no issues at all.
- Not much handling, just sometimes. He is not bothered by the handling, I feed him outside whenever I take him out as reward.
- I switched to from small to large crickets about three weeks ago, seems just fine, he eats about a dozen daily. He was eating about 20 small before that, they’re gut loaded with fluckers. Could an infection be passed by a sick cricket?
- Calcium without D3 daily, multivitamines every two weeks and calcium with D3 every two weeks.
- I mist twice a day, and I do see him drinking
- his poops look dark brown solid with the white urate thing, looks fine.
- not tested for parasites
- the cage is all the large reptibreeze includes, lighting, temp, and humidity levels are fine, it’s on a low traffic room, no fans or vent, there’s a window mostly closed. I live in florida.
Basking spot 85-95, the rest of the cage around 75, in the night low to 66... only fake plants.
@Brodybreaux25 I know right? But look at this pic, he usually walks around like this (uploaded)
@CamoChameleonsHuman Do u think so? That’d be kind of a relief
Thanks all for your kind responses!!
Agreed^ if he keeps reopening the wound by dragging it on the screen it could definitely leave an opening for infection to set in.I'm no expert so hopefully others will chime in but I definitely think that rubbing his chin raw (or getting a burn) from screen crawling due to an inadequate enclosure could cause an infection. It's not at all normal for adults to do that, especially from the top, unless there is a husbandry problem.
Agree, putting some live plants in your enclosure will go a long ways towards making your chameleon feel more secure. I went the umbrella plant route, they can really fill things up nicely. Here's a pic of mine just for reference. I do have to thin my plant out regularly; I have a Sansi grow light over it. I have my enclosure up on a stand, holes drilled in the bottom under the plant, and a five gallon bucket underneath for drainage. But my chameleon loves it and all his branches and thankfully he never screen crawls.Get your self some dragon ledges for your cage type. You will be able to mount plants through out the cage. Or get a more mature dwarf umbrella plant to put in there to give him places to hide.