Ran out of food and Dipper is stressing OUT! :(

Willywoa

New Member
We ran out of food today and between school and work I wasn’t able to go pick up any crickets. Is there any alternative I can use for the night? He’s all bright green/grey. I read on another thread that brighter colors means he isn’t pleased. Please help, I just want him to live the best life... I got him to come of his house but he just lied down flat on the back of my hand, which he’s never done before. While it was super cute cause he fell asleep, it also worried me cause it’s not what I’m used to him doing. He’s usually very active and he just want to climb up my arms and onto my shoulder to hang out. He just seems so lethargic, I dunno what to do.
 

Brodybreaux25

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Jevin

Chameleon Enthusiast
Uhh, im going to be monitoring this thread. Chams dont "relax and lay down" they get a deathgrip on cloths/stick and go to sleep, and it takes a pry bar to get them off.

But yea skipping a few meals is fine, Ive raise some "once a week" ers when they were adults just fine.

Sorta related, but when a cham passes naturally from old age, do they literally just seem to sit in one spot and then fall off their perch or is that odd? When my first cham passed she was basking one second, fell the next and within 30 seconds of that happening, took her last breath in my hands. Always wondered if that's what happens when they passed naturally, but wasn't able to find any info.
 

nightanole

Chameleon Enthusiast
Sorta related, but when a cham passes naturally from old age, do they literally just seem to sit in one spot and then fall off their perch or is that odd? When my first cham passed she was basking one second, fell the next and within 30 seconds of that happening, took her last breath in my hands. Always wondered if that's what happens when they passed naturally, but wasn't able to find any info.


Yup. You will find plenty of heart breaking stories of the owner knowning it was time, and taking them out for sun so they could pass in their hands. They will literally try to chameleon till the last second. A few weeks before food intake will drastically go down, as will the normal patrols around the cage. Then "the week of" they will just stay within a 1 foot area and not eat or anything. They will just hand tight in 1 position for 24-48, and at that point they can not chameleon any longer, and just drop.

Its very similar to the "bearded dragon wind down".
 
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