Stressed chameleon.


New Member
Hi, I’m fairly new to the Cham raising game, I got my Cham who is roughly 10 months from a friend who was moving. He is a constant brown color, doesn’t seem to want to drink water. He has a big appetite, but seems to wonder his cage a lot and had recently tried to escape. He also has his mouth open a lot. Thought?


Chameleon Enthusiast
Welcome to the forum! Since you are new there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. If you could fill out the help form below it will paint a better picture of what could be going on.
Can you please send pics of your chameleon and the enclosure. The brown color can be a normal thing with a picture we can tell you for sure. Some chameleons don’t drink in front of you and how often are you misting? Do you have a dripper running? Cage wandering can be normal at this age and for a male but if he is trying to escape he may need a bigger enclosure. Standard size for adult males are 2x2x4. Having his mouth open can be a number of things as well. Lighting, temp, possible respiratory infection...if you copy and paste then fill out the questions below it would be greatly appreciated! :)

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?

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