Juvenile Chameleon Sleeping during the day

Tyler and Keziah

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I just got a juvenile helmeted chameleon (male) a few weeks ago and in those weeks I noticed that he doesn't seem to move much from whatever spot that we placed him on.
We have a running feeder on the door of the cage and it seems that he sees whatever food that we put in there for him because when we first fed him, most of the insects would disappear within a day or so. But I've noticed that he hasn't been eating much the past few days and when I moved him from the back corner to the feeder he didn't really get close to it and now everytime the mister goes off in his cage he doesn't drink anything eventhough the water is dripping from the plants right next to him.
Everytime I pass his cage or check in on him he seems to have moved slightly to the left or right but not much and his eyes are closed. Even when i moved him and got him on my hand he seemed to have fallen asleep immediately, and we haven't handled him enough for him to be that comfortable, like I said we've only had him a few weeks! He is also shedding from his head.....is that what's causing this? Also when we got him I noticed the bottom of his tail was slightly bent and a dark brown but only where it's bent and the very tip is still green/his normal color.


Chameleon Enthusiast
Hi there welcome to the forum. Trioceros hoehnelii have very specific care requirements.

Can you please post pics of your enclosure lights down and fill out the form below with detail.

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.


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