Mouth rot?


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I was just misting my chameleon and she drank the water as usual. Now she will not stop opening her mouth. Her mouth looks funny. Is there something wrong with her or is this what a normal mouth looks like? I am just worried about every little thing.


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Is this picture in the right orientation? Is she facing up sitting on back legs keeping eyes closed? I am not familiar with Jackson's mouths but I will tell you that they should not sit in this position gaping with eyes closed. Have you filled out a help form? If not please fill this out with detail so that @JacksJill can look at it when she signs on.

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Not sure if its mouth rot, temporal gland or respiratory infection but for sue you got bacterial infection here. Its probably due to your husbandry/feeding/history or general health (parasite by example or the way she's born) fill the form (how to ask for help) mentioned in the previous comment but she will need medication (perso.. Ceftazidine is my #1 choice with this kind of species followed by trim-sulfa so speak with your dr) .


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SHe could have got aspirated if she took a full spritz to the mouth while open. The mouth looks fine other than the cheek. But there is no swelling or anything, and i bet that "stuff" does not wipe off and is part of a normal chameleon. Mouth rot typically has "cheese" that you have to wipe off around the gum line, and they usally drool and are a bit swelled.


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humm i will add stuff encouraging you to fill the form and check with the vet..

from what I observe,

-she got cream kind fresh bacterial stuff in the temporal gland, I seen this on jacksonii/melleri (any animal with temporal gland.. corner or the mouth the little pouch.. where you can see creamy stuff)
-position is abnormal for swallowing mean she might actually struggle so maybe inflammation of the throat maybe aspiration but something off, can be due to hasard but if its frequent must take this in consideration
-saliva look kind of too thick so or she's dehydrated of she's sick or its only due to hazard
-nostril look mildly inflamed from the picture
-lips and inside of the mouth also look tiny inflamed

so maybe this is juste the picture but from the tiny info I got this is what I can tell you about your lady. If you want to fill the how to ask for help form and give more picture and historic (and start to look for a vet)
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