Jackson chameleon 3-4 months old help!!

Acruz18

New Member
We went to a reptile expo a week ago. We got a female baby Jackson chameleon. She was very active in her small plastic take out container. We got her a cage and a branch to climb and a fake leafy plant in the corner. We made a drip and use bottle water. She was eating baby crickets 3-6 a day but has stopped. We are not sure if she is drinking on her own we havnt exactly seen her go for any drops of water. The bulbs we got for light/heat 150W which she was always at climbed on the side of the cage to keep warm. The bulb kept breaking so we went down to 75W. Noticed the other morning that she was very thin and had little to no grip. Noticed her poop was a bit orange so we opened her mouth and dripped in water (i read from this form in some threads of possibilities so took advice) she has gained some strength but im not sure how shes goin to make it if she doesnt drink on her own as we work.... she hasnt touched food either. Crickets right in front of her and she wont eat.

Suggestions

She seemed to light the blacklight when i turned it on., she climbed to it and hung out in front of it for awhile.

We have humidity at 85
Temp between 75-85
 

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Daesie11

Chameleon Enthusiast
Please fill out this form in great detail. When the jacksons experts see it it will be easier for them to help.

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?
 

Graves923

Chameleon Enthusiast
Im not an expert with Jacksons care but you need to read this caresheet front to back. https://www.chameleonforums.com/care/caresheets/jacksons/

No lights are night. They need total darkness to rest properly. You need to add a UVB bulb and get two more supplements. You need a multivitamin and a plain calcium with NO D3. Follow the supplement schedule listed in the caresheet.

Also, fill out the form posted above and post it here.
 

Beman

Chameleon Enthusiast
We went to a reptile expo a week ago. We got a female baby Jackson chameleon. She was very active in her small plastic take out container. We got her a cage and a branch to climb and a fake leafy plant in the corner. We made a drip and use bottle water. She was eating baby crickets 3-6 a day but has stopped. We are not sure if she is drinking on her own we havnt exactly seen her go for any drops of water. The bulbs we got for light/heat 150W which she was always at climbed on the side of the cage to keep warm. The bulb kept breaking so we went down to 75W. Noticed the other morning that she was very thin and had little to no grip. Noticed her poop was a bit orange so we opened her mouth and dripped in water (i read from this form in some threads of possibilities so took advice) she has gained some strength but im not sure how shes goin to make it if she doesnt drink on her own as we work.... she hasnt touched food either. Crickets right in front of her and she wont eat.

Suggestions

She seemed to light the blacklight when i turned it on., she climbed to it and hung out in front of it for awhile.

We have humidity at 85
Temp between 75-85
Please fill out the form that was posted for you and post pics of your enclosure lights down. There are red flags in what you have said... The calcium powder you are using has D3 in it and they require a reduced schedule for their supplements. Also their lighting is slightly different because they can not do the high temps. I have tagged in one of our Jackson's experts but she will need the form filled out and pics to be able to offer you advice.
https://www.chameleonforums.com/care/caresheets/jacksons/
https://www.chameleonforums.com/care/images/
 

JacksJill

Chameleon Enthusiast
The supplement you have should only be used once a month and very lightly she will need the other supplements mentioned above, plain phosphorus free calcium twice weekly lightly and a good multivitamin once month also lightly. If you have given several doses already stop and get her the multi vitamin to give next when she starts eating again. It should have vitamin A as retinol as an ingredient.
To combat the dehydration you can start using a ultrasonic cool mist humidifier directly into her cage over nights. Her cage temperature should drop into the 60˚F range at night. This will help her get proper sleep.
Her cage will need to have a lot of live plants for her to hide in and feel safe. Once she feels like she has places to hide she won't hide much but the security of good cover will relax her. So don't worry that you won't ever see her.
 

Acruz18

New Member
help.



Chameleon Info:

  • Your Chameleon - Female Jackson chameleon 3-6 months
  • How long has it been in your care? 2 weeks
  • Handling - Too often before i saw others post, we do not touch now
  • Feeding - Sm/MD crickets What amount? 3/6 a day (but now is not eating
  • What is the schedule? Morning 9am - 6pm night
  • How are you gut-loading your feeders? Crickets with wafoo
  • Supplements - What brand and type of calcium and vitamin products are you dusting your feeders with and what is the schedule? Herptivite with beta carotene multivitamins lightly dusted repta calcium 1time a month
  • Watering - What kind of watering technique do you use? Drip and misting
  • How often and how long to you mist? 2 times a day until cage and plants are damp and droplets of water on plants
  • Do you see your chameleon drinking? NO
  • Fecal Description - Briefly note colors and consistency from recent droppings. Has this chameleon ever been tested for parasites? White, tint of orange and has not been tested
  • History - Any previous information about your cham that might be useful to others when trying to help you. Was bought at reptile expo



Cage Info:

  • Cage Type - Describe your cage (Glass, Screen, Combo?) What are the dimensions? Screen cage honestly not sure on dimensions
  • Lighting - What brand, model, and types of lighting are you using? UVB bulb from pet smart tropical UVB fluorescent bulb 13 Watt
  • What is your daily lighting schedule? Day 9am till 9 PM light 9pm till 9am dark
  • Temperature - What temp range have you created (cage floor to basking spot)? 70ish daytime Lowest overnight temp? Trying to get 60 high 50 low (fan is currently aim at it to keep temp down How do you measure these temps? Reptile thermometers
  • Humidity - What are your humidity levels? 80-85
  • How are you creating and maintaining these levels? What do you use to measure humidity? Misting & live plants thermometer for humidity
  • Plants - Are you using live plants? If so, what kind? Schefflera arboricola, golden pothos
  • Placement - Where is your cage located? On top of stand
  • Is it near any fans, air vents, or high traffic areas? No to high traffic areas no to vents and normally no to fan
  • At what height is the top of the cage relative to your room floor? 48 inches from stand to floor
  • Location - Where are you geographically located? Pennsylvania
 
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