Tongue-Chameleon

Gomez89

New Member
Hi Everyone, I need help please. So its been a couple of days I noticed my chameleon didn't want to eat but i've been checking on him. So yesterday I was trying to feed him a cricket and he didn't want it. So then I offered him a wax worm and he seen it and as soon as he tried taking his tongue, I got scared the worse happened. His whole tongue came out I mean his whole tongue was hanging out his mouth and he moving and struggling to suck it back in. It took him like 1 minute and finally he was able to put it inside of him. None of his tongue was lift out. Please can someone help me or tell me what should I do. This has never happened he has been eating good and he's very healthy. I appreciate any advice.
 

GrayMadder

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cruz.m

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Hi Everyone, I need help please. So its been a couple of days I noticed my chameleon didn't want to eat but i've been checking on him. So yesterday I was trying to feed him a cricket and he didn't want it. So then I offered him a wax worm and he seen it and as soon as he tried taking his tongue, I got scared the worse happened. His whole tongue came out I mean his whole tongue was hanging out his mouth and he moving and struggling to suck it back in. It took him like 1 minute and finally he was able to put it inside of him. None of his tongue was lift out. Please can someone help me or tell me what should I do. This has never happened he has been eating good and he's very healthy. I appreciate any advice.
How did you feed him? If you were tong feeding I suggest you don’t do it again and use your fingers instead. Tong feeding can be very dangerous if not done right, it can cause many issues with your chams tongue and it’s unsafe. (Not sure if this is what you did but just a psa) I also agree that you need to take him to an experienced chameleon vet 🙂 fill out the form as well and provide pictures of him, his enclosure, supplements, lights, etc if you can it’s much more helpful.
 
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CasqueAbove

Chameleon Enthusiast
It can happen where their tongue gets over extended, or sometimes if the miss and repeatedly shoot.
As long as he got it back in on his own it is a good sign. Keep an eye on him, but he should be OK. I say this because he got the tongue back in on his own, which suggests no major damage.

For feeding I use a bowl. I hold it so I can get it at an appropriate distance. The bowl prevents the tongue from getting caught on something.
 

Gomez89

New Member
It can happen where their tongue gets over extended, or sometimes if the miss and repeatedly shoot.
As long as he got it back in on his own it is a good sign. Keep an eye on him, but he should be OK. I say this because he got the tongue back in on his own, which suggests no major damage.

For feeding I use a bowl. I hold it so I can get it at an appropriate distance. The bowl prevents the tongue from getting caught on something.
Ty. Like literly i cried he's my baby. Is there possible way you can send me a picture of the bowl you use?
 

Gomez89

New Member
Take him to an experienced chameleon vet, and immediately if it happens again, too (if they’re not open or something, take him to a 24 hr exotic animal hospital!
Thank you. After he was able to put his tongue inside he started drinking lots of fluids(water).
 

Gomez89

New Member
How did you feed him? If you were tong feeding I suggest you don’t do it again and use your fingers instead. Tong feeding can be very dangerous if not done right, it can cause many issues with your chams tongue and it’s unsafe. (Not sure if this is what you did but just a psa) I also agree that you need to take him to an experienced chameleon vet 🙂 fill out the form as well and provide pictures of him, his enclosure, supplements, lights, etc if you can it’s much more helpful.
Thank you. I appreciate it. I never knew about this page and its so awesome.
 

Mendez

Avid Member
I'd definitely wait closer to a week before feeding him again. That sounds pretty serious if it took a minute or so to pull the tongue back in. I won't repeat what has been said above but think of this situation as a pulled leg muscle in a human. They are no longer going to be running up stairs or testing their abilities; instead, they will be resting and taking it easy. And when this human needs to go up the stairs, they take it really slow as to allow for recovery and not reinjury.

When cup feeding him next, hold the bowl fairly close to him so he doesn't reinjure himself. He will need time to heal. A deli cup is fine:
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or
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The second one can be bought at petco in the bird section. It's the same one that Neptune the Chameleon uses. I prefer a deli cup. I sanded down the sides so he wouldn't be tempted to shoot the container. But if you hold the cup while he eats, this shouldn't be a problem.
 

cruz.m

Avid Member
I'm cheap this is what View attachment 291401I use. Just deep enough crickets cant jump out.

Also I have had both problems with my Chams. It is scary
I started out with one of the containers my dubias came in. I cleaned it out and the holes on the cup (not the lid) I put wire and tied it to the cage screen 😂
Also won’t the tape come off it isn’t recommend to use in the enclosure I thought?
Edit: what’s the duct tape for?
 

Beman

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kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
Sorry if the following scares you but I think it needs to be said.

Be aware that if the tongue hangs out and your chameleon can not pull it back in, it needs to be kept moist and you need to prevent him from chomping down on his tongue. He won't be able to eat if it hangs out either.

A tongue can hang out because it is injured, infected, over-extended, weak due to MBD or some other issue.

When the tongue is weak, they can also swallow it.

It's a definite emergency if it won't retract and may have to be amputated.
 
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