Knee sore


Hello! I have a 3 year old male panther chameleon who recently developed a scab or some type of infection on his knee that is not healing after 3 months. He has not had any health problems in the past. He developed it shortly before we moved and right after a shed. Picture is below

Reptibreeze 2x2x4 that resides in a corner of a sunroom with lots of light. I changed his UV bulbs 6 months ago and he has a 75 W heat bulb with about 8-9” clearance from his perch. It’s a bioactive setup with a pitcher plant, scleffera (sp?), money tree, and a couple golden pothos. The mister goes off at 8 in the morning for 6 minutes and twice throughout the day for 2 minutes each.

Feeding: Crickets, super worms primarily with occasional wax worms, horn worms, and dubias. They are gut loaded and supplemented 1-2 a week with repashy calcium plus. Other than occasional strays, all food is in a feeder His feces are normal.

His old habitat location was in an office with little natural light, and handling was almost non existent as he would chainsaw and hiss whenever I even approached his enclosure. However, since the move (new habitat location has lots of natural light) he slowly stopped being aggro when I approached and then started wanting to come out of the enclosure and was totally fine with being handled. He even started hand feeding! Now, I’m almost worried because the last two weeks he’s been actively wanting out of the enclosure, even if we aren’t approaching it. I’ve handled him once per day since this change to take him out and let him get some natural UV. Let me know if you have any other questions, thanks for reading if you got this far, and I appreciate any input.

- Ryan


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Hello! Could you post a pic of the habitats and cage, please (as well as pics of the entire cham like @Lindasjackson said)? Does he have any UVB in his habitat rooms, as well? Do you have an experienced chameleon vet you can take him to near you? Filling out this husbandry form in as much detail as possible, including pics of your entire cham, entire enclosure(s), and lights, will be super helpful for us to help you!

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