One eye open when he sleeps???

Nova0127

New Member
Your Chameleon - Veiled Chameleon, male, about three months. I've had him for about 5 days now.

Handling - I've handled him so far about once.

Feeding -I'm feeding my cham small meal worms and small crickets. I feed him about 15 crickets a day and i feed him about 10 meal worms. He doesn't eat much of the meal worms though. Mostly crickets. I feed him every day in the morning. I'm feeding the crickets carrots and spinach leaves with a calcium supplement and a gel that acts as water.

Supplements - I dust the crickets with Zoo Med Repti Calcium without D3 every morning and I give him Zoo Med Reptivite with D3 2 times a month I've only given it to him once though seeing as I've only had him for 5 days.

Watering - I use an automatic mister and I set it for 4 times a day for 30 seconds. I do often mist the cage with a spray bottle to keep humidity up. And I have actually seen him drinking.

Fecal Description - The fecal matter is a dark brown with a white tip.He has never been tested for parasites.

History - There is nothing really other than what I just told you. And I had bought him at a pet store.


Cage Info:

Cage Type - I have a 18x18x36 screen cage.

Lighting - I use the reptisun 5.0 UVB bulb and a Zoo Med 60 watt blue basking bulb. I also use a ceramic heating bulb. I have a thermostat hooked up to my lighting which keeps it around 82 degrees. and at night i unplug the lights and the room temp is about 70 degrees.

Temperature - The basking spot stays at about 84 and the bottom of the cage is about 70.The lowest overnight temp I have seen is 70. I use a digital thermometer for the basking spot and a store bought thermometer for the lower part of the cage.

Humidity - The humidity normally stays at about 45%. I use the automatic mister system and I spray the cage with a spray bottle constantly. I use a digital thermometer/humidity detector.

Plants -As of right now I'm using fake plants. But I will swap these out for real ones when spring roles around. It is very cold right now so I cannot get the right plants for him.

Placement - The cage is located in my room where people rarely go in there. The cage is in a corner. It's about 10 feet away from a vent on the ceiling of my room. In my room the ceiling slants down which is where the cage is place and it allows me to hang the basking bulb on the ceiling and still be about 2" above the cage.

Location - I am located in northern Missouri in the middle of winter.


Current Problem - The current problem is that i noticed one of his eyes is smaller than the other one and when he is sleeping the smaller eye was open and the other one was closed.

I would take pictures of him but I currently do not own a camera.

I hope this helps.
 

carol5208

Chameleon Enthusiast
Is he exposed to any light whatsoever in your room when he is sleeping or is it completely dark? Have you ever seen the smaller one closed at night?
 

donnak0125

New Member
Does he ever blink the small eye? So to keep the eye ball from drying out. If not the eye could be/get dried out and usless... Blind. He may not realized it's open if he's blind in it. Does he move they eye around much as if he is trying to use it, see with it? Does he attempt to focus both eyes on his food just before striking at it?
 
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Nova0127

New Member
My room is completly dark at night. This is the first time that he hasn't slept with both eyes shut. He looked fine all day until later in the evening then I noticed something weird about his one eye and when he went to sleep his one eye stayed open. He was moving the eye around so I assume he can see with it. Should I eye something to help his eye from drying out? I've read somewhere that you can put a certain eye drop medicine in there eyes and it helps their eyes. Is this true?
 

donnak0125

New Member
My room is completly dark at night. This is the first time that he hasn't slept with both eyes shut. He looked fine all day until later in the evening then I noticed something weird about his one eye and when he went to sleep his one eye stayed open. He was moving the eye around so I assume he can see with it. Should I eye something to help his eye from drying out? I've read somewhere that you can put a certain eye drop medicine in there eyes and it helps their eyes. Is this true?
I have read about people applying drops but for what reason I don't know and I'm sure they were scrips from the vet. You can do a search in the forums and type in eye problem, or eye injury, blindness etc, there is a lot of info here to read about because I looked it up late last night to check. You'll probably want to see a vet if the problem persists or worsens within the next 5-7 days.
 
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