Lost Nails???


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I have a female veiled chameleon who is just over a year old. She's eating, drinking, and behaving normally. However, I just noticed when I got back from work that she's missing some nails. I don't know how this happened or why. It looks like she's lost 4 so far all on her front feet. Is this normal or should I be concerned? Is this something I should be working to prevent in the future?


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Does she climb the screen often? Do you have any rope vines?

If the lighting, or any other part of your husbandry, is incorrect, your chameleon may pace around the cage and start screen climbing due to being uncomfortable. Have you witnessed her climbing the screen?

And if you have rope (or other materials mentioned later on by other members of the forum) in your enclosure, all you have to do is remove it. Simple as that. Rope or other cloth material such as reptile hammocks can snag your chameleon's toenails which results in a loss of toenails.

And yes, you should try to prevent further loss of toenails. Answer the questions above first, then after, fill out this form below so we can better help you.

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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