New chameleon

Loubell01

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I have an 18 month old male panther chameleon we have had him since last Sunday and although he seems to have settled in well, (eating and finally pooping) today he is sitting on his branch and keeps opening his mouth really wide does this mean anything? Also he is eating around 6-10 crickets a day is this enough or too much? Any advice would be greatly appreciated
 

CamoChameleonsHuman

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Loubell01

Member
18 month old ambibole panther
Had him for 6 days brought from a reptile centre
Handled on day of purchase was advised not to handle for 5 days once in his new enclosure, partner handled him briefly yesterday approx 5 mins (he seems to prefer males) as he climbed onto his arm whilst he was misting
We are hand misting approx 4 times a day couple minutes each time ( although he dosn't seem to like this)
Have yet to see him drink from any leaves so we have resorted to using a sm pipette give him water whilst his is eating ( I'm careful to just squirt few drops at back corner of his mouth whilst he is distracted eating a bug)
Also have a dripper going constantly and small water dish at bottom of enclosure so he has access to water if he needs it.
Feeding well eating between 6- 12 bugs everyday after he wakes
Am using bug gel, bug grub to along with fresh fruits and veg to gut bust the crickets and dusting every feed with small pinch of nutrobal calcium and multivitamin
His enclosure is a glass exo terra
Humidity is around 50-60
Temp during day 85 highest overnight around 65 lowest
 

Loubell01

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Chameleon Mike

Chameleon Enthusiast
A more detailed description of your set up would be helpful. If his mouth is open it's probably to hot for him. Type and wattage of baking light? How do you check the temp?
Calcium without D3 for every feeding
Calcium with D3 twice a month
Multivitamin twice a month
No mealworms ever.

If take the time to fill out the form in more detail you will get better help. We're can take a closer look at everything.
 

Graves923

Chameleon Enthusiast
Agreed, more detail helps.

Does he hold his mouth open or does he open a close it like hes stretching his jaw muscles? Any clicking or popping sounds while breathing?
 

Loubell01

Member
He holds it open for literally a couple of mins no noises, clicking or popping sounds then when he sees me Looking at him he closes it again. today is the first time I've seen him doing it, at first I thought he was choking when my partner is at home with him in the late afternoon. /evening he has not seen him doing it
 

Graves923

Chameleon Enthusiast
He holds it open for literally a couple of mins no noises, clicking or popping sounds then when he sees me Looking at him he closes it again. today is the first time I've seen him doing it, at first I thought he was choking when my partner is at home with him in the late afternoon. /evening he has not seen him doing it

Sounds like hes hot. What are you using to measure the basking temp? I found that the zoo-med and other cheap thermometers at pet stores are wildly inaccurate.
 

Ruthless

Avid Member
Yep like @Graves923 he is probably too hot and if that’s the situation you need to make adjustments now. We need to know how you are checking your temps. If you don’t have temp gun at least start by raising the heat bulb but you do need to get a reliable temperature gauge.
 

Loubell01

Member
As of yesterday we have an arcadia basking lamp150w ( before it was a normal white basking 50w)
We also have a Halid 100w uva/uvb
I do have 2 exo terro thermometer s that stick inside viv but rely on our main digital thermometer
This morning I can see he has a small white substance coming from his butt is this normal? Thought they only had urinated went they had a or is it something else?
Other than this he seems fairly good eating well moving around hunting his breakfast and actually saw him licking some branches this morning which is a first he usualy very stubborn don't see him drink when I'm misting
 

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Chameleomom

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What size exo terra do you have? In the first picture is that his basking branch, if so, what does the temp read there?
 

Loubell01

Member
The exo terra is 45x45x90
What are your thermometers reading? 150w is crazy high. When I had a 100w in my enclosure it was baking my cham at 90-100F and I had to swap it for a 60w house bulb
Temp reading at 85 throughout the day our timer is set at max 85 so not to exceed this although due to his mouth gapping my partner has just adjusted down to 80
 

Daesie11

Chameleon Enthusiast
The exo terra is 45x45x90

Temp reading at 85 throughout the day our timer is set at max 85 so not to exceed this although due to his mouth gapping my partner has just adjusted down to 80
Maybe invest in a temp gun to see exactly what his basking spots are reading at. My thermometers were telling me my temps were a lot lower than they were and it wasnt until I got a temp gun that I realized I was cooking my cham. You can get them for like $15
 

Loubell01

Member
Maybe invest in a temp gun to see exactly what his basking spots are reading at. My thermometers were telling me my temps were a lot lower than they were and it wasnt until I got a temp gun that I realized I was cooking my cham. You can get them for like $15
Do you think I could get one in the UK? Im going to have a look thankyou for the advice..
 
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