Ribs look kind of broken.

Discussion in 'Health Clinic' started by WacklieCacklie, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. WacklieCacklie

    WacklieCacklie New Member

    IMG_20180211_181416836_BURST000_COVER_TOP.jpg IMG_20180211_181121709.jpg IMG_20180211_181416836_BURST000_COVER_TOP.jpg So I work at petsmart and we got a female veiled chameleon in a couple days ago. She's acting normal but her ribs look a tad broken. When she breathes in or stretched her body they bend inwards. Does this look normal? I've heard of females becoming gravid but have never seen it since I've got a male. Can someone help me out here? I'm a bit worried about her :/

    (Also sorry if the pics don't upload right I've never done it before)
  2. jannb

    jannb Chameleon Enthusiast

    Poor baby. That is not normal. I’d get a vet to check her out and make sure she has an X-ray.
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  3. WacklieCacklie

    WacklieCacklie New Member

    Oh no :( I'm not sure if I'll be able to take her to get x-rayed since she's owned by the store. And the in-store vet doesn't deal with reptiles. Is there anything else I could do for her? My boss said if it's something that'll affect her we'd adopt her out. I'm guessing this fits that criteria.
  4. jannb

    jannb Chameleon Enthusiast

    I believe that she needs a vet. I would adopt her to someone that can get her to a vet. I know a couple of good rescues for chameleons if you need one. They would get her the medical treatment that she needs.
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  5. CamrynTheCham22

    CamrynTheCham22 Avid Member

    I am so sorry about that. Hopefully a vet can get it checked out. I wonder how something like that happens . . ?
  6. WacklieCacklie

    WacklieCacklie New Member

    Thanks but I know of a couple places that would be good for her. Plus I'm not sure if the rescues you know of would be in my area :)
  7. WacklieCacklie

    WacklieCacklie New Member

    Yeah it's only on one side so maybe she had some sort of fall? She isn't scared of people so hopefully it wasn't from anyone grabbing her. I feel so bad for her though it looks like it was painful.
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  8. Carlton

    Carlton Chameleon Enthusiast

    Hard to say. If she has some MBD going on because of poor care her ribs could be quite fragile or even deformed. She looks quite thin and depleted. BTW, their ribs are not completely bony, more a combination of cartilage and bone. There is a natural flexible "bend" in the ribcage (the ribs are normally shaped in a horizontal "V"). The fractures could have already healed so you are seeing the callus instead of the normal shapes.
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