- Your Chameleon - Male, veiled in my care since mid-december. approximately 6 mo old
- Handling - rarely. once a week or so?
- Feeding - I feed 5-7 crickets in the mornings, dusted with calcium powder 6 days a week an multivitamin with D3 on Sundays. Crickets are gut loaded with flukers orange stuff and a green high calcium goo, the brand name i cant remember
- Supplements - Zoomed for the supplements and flukers for the gut loading.
- Watering - Misting system: 15 seconds every hour during the day and every 3 hours at night. I delay to every 3 hours if water starts to sit on the bottom of the cage.
- Fecal Description - white urate, normal brown fecal mater, nothing that looks interesting.
- History - historical symptoms of MDB, however last vet appt they did an xray and checked bone density and indicated that there was no loss of density, but he has a bent cask and his coloring was awful for a while there, about a 4 week span. It improved when the UVB light was changed.
- Cage Type - Screen
- Lighting - ZooMed bulbs in a dual bulb thingy. There is a day light and a UVB light which was just replaced in January. Those are on 8a-9p. There is a heat lamp also on top of the cage, no lights just ceramic heat that i turn on at night for him.
- Temperature - 70 in the top of the cage away from the basking spot, 80-87 in the basking spot depending on how cold it is that day.
- Humidity - 50-70% i use a little cheap dial thingy
- Plants - there is one live plant and a mess of plastic ones. the live one is a golden pathos.
- Placement - cage is in our bedroom, near a window, top floor. we moved him upstairs during the polar vortex as the downstairs was just way too cold.
- Location - Indiana USA.
My veiled chameleon seems to have been having struggles since the day I got him. He was fine for about 3 weeks, but then started showing MDB signs: bent cask, lack of color changing and his right eye was often closed or looked like it was "swallowing". It is not gooey or anything. But his appetite was never bad, his urine and fecal mater have always been normal. I made a vet appt in Dec. for him but they told me to change out his light first as that was a likely problem and they wouldnt be able to get me in for 4 days. I changed the bulb immediately (although it was only 3 weeks old) and saw pretty steady improvement. I canceled the vet appt and bought the misting system to help with the eye as the vet said it was likely dehydration.
This morning he's opening his mouth to breath AGAIN but no bubbles in the throat. So i made an appt with a different herp vet in a different office (i just really didnt trust that first one). I told them i had leftover antibiotics from the last infection (which was about a month ago) in my freezer and they said to go ahead and give a dose this morning to hold him over til tomorrow when they can see him.
My question: What is going on here?! Is there anything i should be asking the vet to look for? Is there any reason to think the weird eye could be related to the easy respiratory infections?