Hi everyone. New to chameleon forums and I need urgent help. This is my veiled chameleon, Dill. I got him from petsmart a little over a week ago. In the week I’ve had him, he’s eaten 1 cricket total. Only 1. I’ve offered him crickets, mealworms, wax worms, and Dubia roaches every day, morning and night since I’ve had him and he’s rejected everything. The past 24 hours he hasn’t really moved from this plant in the bottom of his cage. I’m now noticing his eyes are closed, which is unusual. It is currently around 9 PM so his lights have been on for around 14 hours, so maybe he’s sleeping? I don’t know, but I’m really panicking about him not eating. I truly cannot afford a vet bill right now as much as I want to take him. Here’s some information about my husbandry and feeding. Please let me know what I’m doing wrong and how to save my baby.
Cage: 24*24*48 Reptibreeze XL screen enclosure
Plants: all live plants that have been washed. Rocks are placed in soil so he doesn’t eat it.
Lighting: 60 watt house bulb paired with T5 HO linear UVB bulb
Water: mini dripper (daytime) as well as fogger (night time)
Also in enclosure: styrofoam vines that Neptune the chameleon (YouTube channel) recommended, outdoor logs and sticks, and paper towels on bottom of enclosure
I don’t know for sure the gender of Dill, I’m just assuming he’s male because that’s what petsmart told me. I wasn’t planning on buying from pet smart originally because of what I’ve heard, but the two women who were caring for him seemed very responsible and knowledgeable about him. I put months of effort into this, and I’ve only had him for a week. I don’t know what I could possibly be doing wrong, so this is a plea for HELP!