Panther chameleon wont open eyes. No herp vets near me.


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My 3 year old panther chameleon recently started closing both of his eyes and won't open them. He seems a little lethargic. I can't find a herp vet near me. The last one just moved locations and I cant seem to find anyone close by... Does anyone have any suggestions or advice? Are there online vets that maybe able to help? I have been on Google vigorously. He gets vitamin supplements, constant clean water. I clean his enclosure regularly. The whole 9 yards. He mostly eats crickets as other critters are hard to get here, but I order when I can. He has been a happy and healthy boy up until recently and nothing has changed. I'm not sure what I'm missing, but im determined to get him the care he needs. I appreciate anybodies time.


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Hi and welcome. :)
Sorry your panther isn’t doing well. Having both eyes closed is not a good sign at all. We can help by going thru all of your husbandry and seeing if there’s any problems there, but you’ll need to answer the following questions (copy & paste with your answers) in as much detail as you can and provide some current pics of your chameleon and his enclosure. However, we can’t be a substitute for veterinary care. We may be able to help you find a good vet in your area, although it’s not uncommon to need to travel a bit.
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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