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Hi everyone. My name is Kenzie and I just rescued/adopted a 2 year old male Veiled Chameleon. He's almost a foot and a half long. His cage is too small from what I have been reading(It's 2 x 2 x 1' shallow). It was disgustingly dirty. I spent the better part of the day cleaning it and all the stuff that was in it. Fake vines, fake leaves and a small potted ficus. He came with a heat/uvb lamp. It's really hot so I put it away from where he can't climb right up to it. He is really feisty and tries to bite me when I put my hand in the cage to move things around(when I was setting a few last things up). The girl I got him from said she took him to the vet and they told her he is dehydrated and should be soaked once a day for 5-10 minutes in warm water. I tried that today(just got him last night). He really did not like it at all. Once he got back in his clean cage I sprayed the leaves around him and he didn't seem to like that either. I haven't seen him eat yet(there were dozens of crickets in the cage. I took all out and left 5 in there). All he does is watch me. Even from all the way across the room(10-12 feet away).

Will he calm down? I am ordering a completely new setup on Monday. I called several stores that specialize in Veiled Chameleons but no one answered. I left messages and emails. I called
and also

flchams seems to have the better complete setup packages with the Mist King. Can anyone give me advice? He seems a bit malnourished and dehydrated but I don't see any obvious signs of metabolic bone disease. His grip is strong and he moves around a lot. I want to do the best I can for him. I have photos of him on my facebook page. I hope to learn as much as I can to keep him healthy. Thanks!


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Yes, get him a bigger cage ASAP, and follow the care sheets on here and it will tell you everything you need to know, and beside you are gut loading and dusting your crickets as well. And yes your Cham should calm down, be sure to give him a lot of privacy to adapt to his new home, and once he is settled in, you could slowly try hand feeding.
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