Sick Chameleon

Hello, I need help with my Yemen Chameleon that is 1,5 year old and today morning I noticed that he was sleeping on the bottom of the enclosure. Since morning he is still at the bottom and he is lying on the ground. He has pretty much normal colour. He has closed eyes. He took the water I gave him. He didnt eat last few days. I give him water every hour. He had 100W basking bulb. But we changed it back to 60W. 5F702642-1D3E-4B40-8A9C-FC37B208DAA1.jpeg


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He needs a vet asap.

You can have your husbandry checked for issues by filling this out:

Chameleon Info:

• Your Chameleon
- The species, sex, and age of your chameleon. How long has it been in your care?

• Handling - How often do you handle your chameleon?

• Feeding - What are you feeding your cham? What amount? What is the schedule? How are you gut-loading your feeders?

• Supplements - What brand and type of calcium and vitamin products are you dusting your feeders with and what is the schedule?

• Watering - What kind of watering technique do you use? How often and how long to you mist? Do you see your chameleon drinking?

• Fecal Description - Briefly note colors and consistency from recent droppings. Has this chameleon ever been tested for parasites?

• History - Any previous information about your cham that might be useful to others when trying to help you.

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• Cage Type
- Describe your cage (Glass, Screen, Combo?) What are the dimensions?

• Lighting - What brand, model, and types of lighting are you using? What is your daily lighting schedule?

• Temperature - What temp range have you created (cage floor to basking spot)? Lowest overnight temp? How do you measure these temps?

• Humidity - What are your humidity levels? How are you creating and maintaining these levels? What do you use to measure humidity?

• Plants - Are you using live plants? If so, what kind?

• Placement - Where is your cage located? Is it near any fans, air vents, or high traffic areas? At what height is the top of the cage relative to your room floor?

• Location - Where are you geographically located?

Current Problem - The current problem you are concerned about.


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All we can do is review your husbandry and see if there’s a problem. If you don’t get him to a vet today, I doubt he’ll survive long enough for husbandry to matter.
He is doing better now. We gave him a lot of water. It seems that he was dehydrated because 100W bulb was too much. I’ll keep an eye on him.


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JMO: If these are his normal colors, then he is in some sort of stress.. I would follow Forum members advice even if it is a "well check" to the Vet. 60 to 100 bucks is worth the life of your buddy. Plus, he depends on you to make the right decision. Peace!
So do you just not want to fill out the form??? Because he does not just look dehydrated... What type of UVB lighting are you using?
Im using 5.0 UVB. I got him 1,5 year ago and never had same problem. He started to act weird few days ago. He has a lot of peace so I think its ok there.


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Im using 5.0 UVB. I got him 1,5 year ago and never had same problem. He started to act weird few days ago. He has a lot of peace so I think its ok there.
When you say 5.0 are you meaning the screw in uvb bulb? If so this is incorrect... This chameleon looks bad... You are taking it as all is well now. This then becomes a situation where the cham will further decline until it dies.

Posting pictures of the entire enclosure including the lighting on top, more of the chameleon, and filling out the form is the best way for others here to help you and to ensure your providing what the chameleon needs so that the worst does not happen.
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