Not eating very weak.

Sirbudlbc

Member
Chameleon Info:
  • Your Chameleon - veiled,female 2yrs ish in my care about 9 months.
  • Handling - 1-2 times a week more if she comes out willingly.
  • Feeding - 10 crickets every other day. 2-5 superworms 1-3 butter worms 3-4 blueberries all randomly throughout the week as treats. Gutloaded with turnip greens and carrots.
  • Supplements - rep cal herptivite, exo terra non phosphorus non d3 calcium and exoterre non phosphorus calcium with d3. Non d3 calcium 5-6 times a week. Herptivite once on weeks 1 and 3. Calcium with d3 once on weeks 2 and 4.
  • Watering - hand mist 4 times a day. Roughly 2 minutes each time. Most times she will come up and take water right from the bottle.
  • Fecal Description - never been tested. Brown and solid. Usually decent sized recently they have been small due to not eating.
  • History - acquired from a friend that didnt really know what they were doing. Husbandry was subpar was only fed superworms. Coil uvb bulbs.

Cage Info:
  • Cage Type - 36x36x18 full screen cage.
  • Lighting - 34in Arcadia 6% uvb 34in 6.5k bulb. 60 watt incandescent bulb for heat.
  • Temperature - ambient temperature is 74 basking is 80. Digital thermometer.
  • Humidity - ambient humidity is mid 50's. Hand misting and live plant to help maintain. Digital humidity gauge.
  • Plants - yes. One calathea
  • Placement - located in spare bedroom minimal traffic. Not by any fans or vents. Top of cage is 6ft from the floor.
  • Location - northern ohio.

Current Problem - the problem is shes not eating and has become very weak. She recently has laid eggs, just finished a week ago so I didnt think anything of the unusual eating habits. But now it's been over a month and she still wont take solid food. In the last month shes had maybe 2 blue berries 3 superworms and 5 crickets maybe more since the crickets are free roam. I had to put her in a large tote because shes so weak she fell 2 days ago and has hanging by her tail. She will still take water. I've been mixing her vitamins and calcium with water and feeding it to her with a baby syringe and she responds very well to it. Within the hour shes bright green again and moving around better. I cant get her into a vet till Thursday. Im am very worried any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
 

CamoChameleonsHuman

Chameleon Enthusiast
Hmmmm.... The only thing I could see is maybe raising her basking temp up to 85-88*. Otherwise everything else looks good and normal to me.
 

Sirbudlbc

Member
She laid in October and didnt eat for 3 weeks but as soon as she was done she ate like a pig. Not really sure what's going on.
 

Brodybreaux25

Chameleon Enthusiast
It’s absolutely vital that females have a robust gutload/sup schedule. Their nutritional requirements are far more demanding than a males. Collards greens and carrots won’t cut it. See options below. Don’t think that’s the main problem but it would definitely make it easier for something to start dragging her down health wise.
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Brodybreaux25

Chameleon Enthusiast
No, not just keep it in mind. You have to do it.

How many eggs did she lay in October? Did you lower her food intake or temps since then?
 

Sirbudlbc

Member
Yea I get it that came out wrong I'll definitely get the gut loads. She had 67 inOctober. And I've dropped her temps 5 degrees and cut her food intake about 25% so she would lay less.
 

Brodybreaux25

Chameleon Enthusiast
Yea I get it that came out wrong I'll definitely get the gut loads. She had 67 inOctober. And I've dropped her temps 5 degrees and cut her food intake about 25% so she would lay less.
Good just wanted to make sure you followed up since we talked last. Post current pics?
 

Sirbudlbc

Member
I didnt have time on my lunch I'll do it when I get off. Shes very skinny but her legs and spine still look good. Shes not prolapsed, eyes are alert. Shes really bright cause of the stress.
 

Brodybreaux25

Chameleon Enthusiast
Ok, post when you can. Malnutrition may have just finally caught up with her. Keep her in the bin but be careful not to overheat her. When you get home I want you to mash up come feeders into that syringe as well.
 

Brodybreaux25

Chameleon Enthusiast
And no more blueberries, I can’t remember exactly why but I’m pretty sure they are not the best idea, I’ll try to find the article...
 
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