Sickly veiled chameleon

Hi guys!

I was just approved for this forum and I am so thankful. Long story short, I brought home my first chameleon yesterday that I got off of a herpetology page on Facebook. It was an amazing deal and I just couldn't pass it up. I've owned other reptiles before but have always wanted a chameleon so I jumped at the chance. This is what I know about him:

"4 months old"
male
Partially mesh enclosure (I plan to upgrade ASAP and have ordered a different enclosure)

Here's the problem... He is sick, extremely sick. When I showed up to the lady's house I was surprised to see him on her shirt (he is very small). I have no idea how long he'd been out of his enclosure but she had cleaned it out for me and put all her supplies inside. He was SO cold so I immediately turned the heat on in my car for the ride home. I quickly noticed he can't stand up or grip things very well. After some research I've concluded he has some pretty severe MBD. He also will not eat or drink for me (crickets or meal worms both in calcium powder or vegetables and yes I have a dripper and have his enclosure set up as I've watched a lot of videos and done my research).

Question: What can I possibly do for him?/ Is there any hope? I'll post some pics of him but I believe he's in pretty bad shape. I'm glad I took him yesterday because the people who had him had no idea what they were doing.
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Brodybreaux25

Chameleon Enthusiast
Only a vet can help this one, she’s going to be a coin flip. Your top priority is getting her to a vet TODAY! Once you’ve done that we can discuss liquid calcium and doing a husbandry review. Once your done with the vet:
Please fill out the “how to ask for help” form and post your answers back here. Quality pictures will help us help you.

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.

Cage Info:
◦ 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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Please Note:
1 The more details you provide the better and more accurate help you will receive.
2 Photos can be very helpful.
 

Brodybreaux25

Chameleon Enthusiast
Massive file dump ahead!
 

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Only a vet can help this one, she’s going to be a coin flip. Your top priority is getting her to a vet TODAY! Once you’ve done that we can discuss liquid calcium and doing a husbandry review. Once your done with the vet:
Please fill out the “how to ask for help” form and post your answers back here. Quality pictures will help us help you.

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.

Cage Info:
◦ 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.

--------------

Please Note:
1 The more details you provide the better and more accurate help you will receive.
2 Photos can be very helpful.

Thank you SO SO SO much for all of the information. I will do my best to keep this little one kickin!
 
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