My chameleon seems over weight to me


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I’m a new chameleon owner, I’ve had this girl for about 7 months now. I just want to make sure she is healthy. How would I weigh her.

She eats about 5-6 dusted crickets 3-4 days a week so every other day. I put a few greens like iceberg or Romain in weekly (5 small bite size pieces) and maybe 2 mealworms a week.

She has a humidifier thing as you see for her water that runs about 6 hours during the day at least and 5 hours at night. I also spray her once a day to ensure she gets a good bath if I see she hasn’t done it herself.

She has her heat lamps at a great temp.

And no real plants in her cage at this time I couldn’t keep them alive for some reason.

I just want to make sure I’m doing this right and she looks healthy to y’all. I’m not new to reptiles as I have two ball pythons but the care is so much different.

She also gets real sun out doors once a week when I clean her cage for about 1.5 hours


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just commenting on the plants. seems to me the environmental needs for a chameleon and a plants are similiar (warmth, lighting, water/himidity) are perfect for eachother. Pothos are very hardy IMO. I also find live plants leaves hold water better for drinking opportunities. Just my 2 cents. Ill let the other experts comment on her possible weight issues.


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What exactly do you mean by "her heat lamp is at a great temperature"? Last time I checked, "great" is not a number. In order to help, we need specifics. A lot of people come in here saying "my husbandry is perfect," without giving any specifics - and almost every time they do that, it turns out that important changes need to be made
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