OK so let look at hydration in a chameleon. In the wild they would get their moisture from fog. In captivity they adjust to drinking from mister drops. This only solves half the issue. In addition to getting moisture from fog, you are also loosing moisture or retaining it better depending on the temp. So if at night it is 70f and only 70% humidity it is like a double wamy. Captive bread do better at this, but wild caught will not always drink enough. So we mitigate this by getting our night temps low, like 55-60 low if you can and run fog. With the fog it will depend on your set up, but you don't want pea soup. light fog just enough to get the humidity up. Cool Cool Cool I believe heat and over supplementation are the two biggest killers.Our fear is dehydration. What should I fix to ensure that he is well taken care of. My husband literally gets up every few hours to check on him. If y'all say he won't dehydrate without the water dish it'll be gone. We put a 50 watt we had for night that we had leftover from a beardie set up. Temp is now 80 and 70 percent humidity. And he's still in the water dish. We move him and he goes right back. I'm going to check out that link. Thank you all so much for your time. But please any enclosure advice or anything we can do is much appreciated.
There should be no heat at night. A drop in temperature at night is a good thing as long as it doesn't get too low. Jackson's should be able to take it down to 50F with no problem. Light at night will likely deprive him of sleep and affect his health.We have lights at night because the house temp is around 70
It is crazy how much a "good night" can do for them. Throughout time I have had my share o temp issues and the one thing I have noticed, particularly after some warm dry nights, it is like they wake up with coffee lol. You can see the little pep in there step. It is funny. When kept correctly we don't get to see this so much. But we have all had to learn at some point.Just wanted to give a update of the progress so far. Okay so I literally took advice from everyone and I can not tell you how much I appreciate it. He has been on a lower watt (65). Added more branches and plants. Little harder to see him to check on him but he seems content. Doing no lights at night and running the fogger. Temp low was 60. He seems more energetic this morning. Once again all the advice was appreciated so much, thank you!