New owner needs advice


New Member
So, I have a veiled Chameleon that I got about a month ago. I don't know age, as he was given to me as a gift. I am new to reptiles in general, but I have been scouring sites and threads and so on since I got him. I have everything I need, I believe. He was doing really well.

Yesterday I came home from work to see that he had begun shedding. Yay! I was reassured that I must be doing okay because he is growing. But all yesterday evening and this morning he seems... Off? I don't know how to describe it. Just not himself. Not eating, darker colored. Is this normal or should I contact a vet?


Chameleon Enthusiast
Hello and welcome! Please fill out the form below so some of our experienced members can review and provide feedback. Please also attach photos of your chameleon and their entire enclosure.

By answering the questionnaire, you will receive more accurate and beneficial responses. It might not be necessary to answer all these questions, but the more information you provide, the better. Please remember that even the most knowledgeable person can only guess at what the issue may be. Only an experienced reptile veterinarian who can directly examine your animal can give a true diagnosis of your chameleon's health.

Chameleon Info:
* Your Chameleon - The species, sex, and age of your chameleon. How long has it been in your care?
* Handling - How often do you handle your chameleon?
* Feeding - What are you feeding your cham? What amount? What is the schedule? How are you gut-loading your feeders?
* Supplements - What brand and type of calcium and vitamin products are you dusting your feeders with and what is the schedule?
* Watering - What kind of watering technique do you use? How often and how long to you mist? Do you see your chameleon drinking?
* Fecal Description - Briefly note colors and consistency from recent droppings. Has this chameleon ever been tested for parasites?
* History - Any previous information about your cham that might be useful to others when trying to help you.
Cage Info:
* Cage Type - Describe your cage (Glass, Screen, Combo?) What are the dimensions?
* Lighting - What brand, model, and types of lighting are you using? What is your daily lighting schedule?
* Temperature - What temp range have you created (cage floor to basking spot)? Lowest overnight temp? How do you measure these temps?
* Humidity - What are your humidity levels? How are you creating and maintaining these levels? What do you use to measure humidity?
* Plants - Are you using live plants? If so, what kind?
* Placement - Where is your cage located? Is it near any fans, air vents, or high traffic areas? At what height is the top of the cage relative to your room floor?
* Location - Where are you geographically located?
Current Problem - The current problem you are concerned about.


Please Note:
1. The more details you provide the better and more accurate help you will receive.
2. Photos can be very helpful.
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