My chameleon is acting STRANGE!!!... HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Health Clinic' started by ethan99, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. ethan99

    ethan99 New Member

    Sometimes my veiled chameleon (4 months, male) will open his mouth really wide for about a minute and squirm his body around randomly. I tried feeding him to see if he was hungry, but he didn't eat. Is this a bad sign?:confused:
  2. KarmaChameleon1337

    KarmaChameleon1337 Avid Member

    It either means he's mad (gaping), stretching because of shedding, or he has his mouth open because the temp is too high. Might be a medical reason that I'm unaware of. Vid?
  3. reptoman

    reptoman Avid Member

    Sound like getting ready for a shed. I would up the misting for the next couple of days to help it go smoothly.
  4. markusl

    markusl New Member

    i'd say he could be dehydrated or overfedd

    how much do you feed him?

    Things can get stuck inside them. Ecspecially when feeding too much.
  5. Psychobunny

    Psychobunny Avid Member

    I also vote for shedding.
    They yawn, shake and puff up to break and loosen the old skin.

    If he were only gapping w/o shaking, I would say its too hot and he
    is panting, or you are doing something that pisses him off :p
  6. DavidBuchan

    DavidBuchan New Member

  7. mcbdz

    mcbdz New Member

  8. ethan99

    ethan99 New Member

    He last sheded about a week ago.
  9. DavidBuchan

    DavidBuchan New Member

    Fill out the form, give us some more clues.........or take him to the vet so you can be sure :)
  10. Trace

    Trace Captain Awesome

    A yawn, twist to the side followed by a shudder? Does it usually happen shortly after they’ve warmed up for the day? If so, it’s perfectly normal and I, personally, all it their morning stretch but others may have other pet terms for it. I can’t give any physiological reasons or if they do it leading up to a shed for it but all chameleons do it.
  11. DavidBuchan

    DavidBuchan New Member

    :) I didn't think of that because mine don't seem to do it, but if it's something he only does first thing after basking then it's the morning stretch and nothing to worry about like Trace said.

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