hello everyone, i have the question of what does it mean when u see cricket parts in stool. its like he isnt digesting all of his food. am i in trouble?
What time of day are you feeding him? It's possible he doesn't have enough time to properly digest. They need to be hanging out under the heat lamp for a while after eating. I'd allow at least 4 hours.
Yes early morning feeding makes sense, since this is when most lizards bask and go looking for food, but its nothing to do with undigested food,eed as early as possible. they need heat to digest and it sounds like he doesnt have enough time and heat to get the job done.
It makes no bloody sense Olly, raise that basking temperature, and recheck the cages ambient temperatures throughout the gradient. Feed during the day whenever it suits you, lizards eat whenever food is avail. If you cant feed before late afternoon, leave food in the cage all the time, just not too many and provide the crickets (or whatever), a food source.ok that makes sense because i generally feed him as early as i can, but lately i think i've been pushing the feeding time later than usual due to all my doctors visits and errands. i'm gonna try feeding him earlier first and if that dont work raise the temp
Yes early morning feeding makes sense, since this is when most lizards bask and go looking for food, but its nothing to do with undigested food,
OP needs to raise that temperature to 90f atleast and ensure its basking and adequate hydration.
Lizards dont fail to digest food because they ate before the sun went down,
or lights as the case may be. Provided they can bask the following day/s
they will digest it. Neither do they pass the food undigested so quickly.
Lizards require a certain metabolic rate both to digest and pass waste, BUT,
these functions dont cease because the weather cools, they continue, albeit at slower rate. Provided it can bask at adequate temps the next day its fine.
Prolonged cold after food would be a different story.
Suggestions that food will rot in a lizards stomach because it ate too late in the day, are ill considered nonsense, likewise that it will pass undigested food
the following day.
People need to THINK, not just regurgitate what they read and totally failed to understand. (or never actually thought about in the first place.)
There is a perfect example of the failure of this forum, due allowing well meaning, but clueless and unthinking people to
This nonsense now has directly caused the OP confusion and the wrong course of action. If you have no idea, please DONT 'HELP'
glad i avoided the hazing
JJ is like many experienced keepers, tired of hearing the "regurgitated" info thaat sometimes are incorrect or misunderstood.haha i like reading JJ's post's, informative and sometimes i get humor out of them 2!!
Go a little Further
A common problem I see here, with what I call 'computer apathy', Is that useful information is posted sparingly by those who could 'go a little further', and generalisations posted by those without the knowledge to.
A simplified Example.
Person A: My female veiled has been diagnosed with an RI, she holds her mouth open, bubbles from nose , wheezy sounds etc etc. She is being treated
with such & Such but what can I do to help her?
Person B: Raise the basking temp by 5-10f
Now person C comes along, reads person A's 'how to ask for help' info, sees basking temp at 82f, reads person B's response and writes...
Person C: 90f is too high for a female veiled, they need 80f or the have huge clutches and die, etc etc
Person C is well meaning and wants to help, but dosent understand why person B has written that. Person C is simply posting the most appropriate seeming generalisation.
Neither B or C are wrong, there is simply a communication issue. Person A is now thouroughly confused and may be put of by the apparent self contradictory answers.
Person B might have 'gone a little further' by writing..
Person B: While your chameleon is ill, raising the basking temp (temporarily for the duration of treatment) by 5-10f will boost her metabolism and help speed her recovery. After your chameleon has recovered, you may return to your original basking temp, which is correct because....
Now person A has a better understanding, has learnt something. Perhaps Person C will also learn a little something more. I am also guilty of giving short answers like Person B from time to time, I did so recently, and despite an effort to 'go a little further', my responses were marred by irritation after the original miscommunication, in effect, That Person A became thourally disenchanted and went off to seek info elsewhere, not a result im proud of.
My apology to that person.
Some person C's dont realise that the 'appropriate' generalisation they make, may not be applicable in certain circumstances and thus, will seem to directly contradict what another has written. It is hoped that They also will benefit by gaining a little extra insight.
Some person B's also fall victim to 'computer apathy'. They tend to post multiple links, which, while they may be bristling with useful information, may tend to 'overload' a person new to whole thing. Not many folk actually want to read 7 links, let alone fully. Also the authors of these links will have written the work aimed at the mass public, and therefor person A may not understand how it relates directly to their issue.
Perhaps A summary with such links, In your own words explaining the relavence to Person A's problem may be of more help?
Just a few thoughts I wanted to share.Excellent point. This comes back to 'computer apathy' that applies equally to person A's.
In the age of information, everything is expected instantly at our fingertips, even a few minutes is too slow, it seems these days.
There just arnt many 'person A's' willing to search through hundreds of threads, much of which might be confusing and apparently selfcontradictory answers, and work out what makes sense and what doesent, especially without having a reasonble knowledge themselves.
Many person A's are completely new to reptiles let alone chameleons, so how do tell whats meaningful among tons of cyber garbage?
Rather they log in, post and log off. At some point they log in again, go to their thread and expect an answer they can understand immeadiately.
While I agree in princple with searching, In reality it just isnt often so helpful, certainly not as helpful as hearing from somebody who makes an effort to have you not simpley
accept what is written, but rather understand it and learn something.
I'm actually pretty good with that as a resource.Chameleons are cold blooded animals that use the sun to warm themselves to proper body temperatures. Being able to warm themselves to proper temperatures aids in digestion. If it can not reach optimum body temperatures it will not be able to utilize all the nutrients from properly gut loaded and dusted insects.
I agree it certainly won't hurt.However, if an animal is failing to digest, then it's reasonable to suggest offering the food early enough in the day to allow for some good basking time.