Pygmy chameleon with black legs and tail.

jojothefirst

New Member
Hi.
I got a female bearded pygmy today as a present.
The people lookin after her said she's been eating well and v active but since yesterday she has black rear legs and a black tail!
She seems fine apart from she seems to be avoiding using her back left leg.
I know when I put my last female in with my lone male his legs and head turned black for 24 hours then he settled down and has been fine so I put that down to the stress of a new arrival. Could this new female be stressed?
I have also read that if there bruised they can go black and this might explain the lack use in the 1 rear leg. Is this true? Could she have fallen?
She has no obvious signs of a brake or swelling.
 

jojothefirst

New Member
The tank they were in was only around a foot tall...... so if she did fall from that high could it do enough damage to bruise both rear legs and her tail?
If its internal, what sort things could it be?
I can't find anything exactly like this on this forum or 2 others!
 

pssh

Avid Member
I believe impaction can cause this sort of thing along with leg paralysis. Maybe she broke her hip? I couldn't exactly tell you what could be wrong. Maybe someone else can. I wouldn't get too attached though...
 

jojothefirst

New Member
Thank for trying to help but the leg isn't paralysed as such, shes able to move the leg but doesn't ever try to grip with it. Her other 3 legs are fine aswell so I don't think its either of those things.

Would a cricket bite be able to hurt her foot to this extent and cause the black legs and tail?


I believe impaction can cause this sort of thing along with leg paralysis. Maybe she broke her hip? I couldn't exactly tell you what could be wrong. Maybe someone else can. I wouldn't get too attached though...
 

Maurer3D

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126 views and only 2 people trying to help!
It is very hard to help more than what has already been posted without pictures and the filled out "How to ask for help" form.

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As for what you described it could a lot of stuff, a fall, calcium deficiency, impaction, vitamin deficiency, even old age.
 

Buck

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About a month ago I got a baby veiled shipped, he had black on his knees and tail for about a week but then went away. Maybe its just bruised?
 
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