Sleeping during the day

tatted_beauty6

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My Juvenile veiled chameleon appears to be sleeping during the day time, this just started about Wednesday afternoon around 5-5:30ish, I don’t turn his daylight and UBV light off until 8pm. His basking light is set at 85 during day hours and 68 at night. I’ve one had him a little over a week and I got him from a pet store. I feed him crickets most days and treat him with wax worms. He has Artificial and live plants in his enclosure. I keep his enclosure around 60% humidity. He has a daylight and ubv 10.0, and I keep a night bulb on night to ensure he stay warm.I Have caught him eating the hibiscus plant today on top of a wax worm. The pet store said only to feed him every other day but in doing more research I see she was wrong and the amount and how often. His behavior has seem to be getting better today and I’m going to buy plant for the enclosure. I’m still learning the kinks with this guy. So please help!
 

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Beman

Chameleon Enthusiast
My Juvenile veiled chameleon appears to be sleeping during the day time, this just started about Wednesday afternoon around 5-5:30ish, I don’t turn his daylight and UBV light off until 8pm. His basking light is set at 85 during day hours and 68 at night. I’ve one had him a little over a week and I got him from a pet store. I feed him crickets most days and treat him with wax worms. He has Artificial and live plants in his enclosure. I keep his enclosure around 60% humidity. He has a daylight and ubv 10.0, and I keep a night bulb on night to ensure he stay warm.I Have caught him eating the hibiscus plant today on top of a wax worm. The pet store said only to feed him every other day but in doing more research I see she was wrong and the amount and how often. His behavior has seem to be getting better today and I’m going to buy plant for the enclosure. I’m still learning the kinks with this guy. So please help!
You will want to fill this form out in detail. Major issue I see is the type of UVB you are using is not recommended for chameleons. This alone can cause issues also no lights at all at night. This messes up their ability to sleep. 12 hours lights on 12 hours total darkness.

Here is some recommended information to include when asking for help in the health clinic forum. By providing this information you will receive more accurate and beneficial responses. It might not be necessary to answer all these questions, but the more you provide the better. Please remember that even the most knowledgeable person can only guess at what your problem may be. Only an experienced reptile veterinarian who can directly examine your animal can give a true diagnosis of your chameleon's health.


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.
 

ERKleRose

Chameleon Enthusiast
Welcome on here! Filling out this form would be great! It’ll help us check to make sure your husbandry is perfect! Filling it out in as much detail as possible is best, too. Just from the photos though, you need to take out the waterfall ASAP, change out the fake plants with live veiled-tested ones (and make sure your life ones are veiled-tested, too), and replace the moss vines with safe ones, along with filling out the enclosure more and getting a T5 High Output linear light fixture and UVB bulb (either Arcadia 6% or Zoo Med ReptiSun 5.0 linear UVB bulb)

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.
 

ERKleRose

Chameleon Enthusiast
Here’s some great links to read over to get started, too, along with some care images!
 

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kinyonga

Chameleon Queen
You said..."My Juvenile veiled chameleon appears to be sleeping during the day time, this just started about Wednesday afternoon around 5-5:30ish, I don’t turn his daylight and UBV light off until 8pm. His basking light is set at 85 during day hours and 68 at night"...there should be no light on at night. You need the long linear Reptisun 5.0 or the Arcadia 6% tube light for UVB. No need for heat at night unless your temperatures drop to the low 50'sF.
85 is a little warm for the basking temp. A couple of degrees lower would be better. The lights being on at night could be why he isn't sleeping during the day, if it's not letting him sleep properly at night.

You said..."I’ve one had him a little over a week and I got him from a pet store. I feed him crickets most days and treat him with wax worms"...you can also feed small roaches, BSFL, small silkworms and once in a while a small superworm.

You said..."He has Artificial and live plants in his enclosure"...best to have all nontoxic real well washed, both sides of the leaves plants in the cage...which you are likely already aware of? Fake ones can cause inmpaction if ingested.
 
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