tongue

5555cham

New Member
My senegal chameleon will not retract his tongue and i am really getting worryed. does anybody know what is wrong?
 

Brad

Administrator
Staff member
You need to take your chameleon to the vet immediately. How far extended is the tongue? Does it lookdried out? For how long has this occurred? Try and keep the tongue moist with lukewarm water.
 

911cameleon

New Member
health

Sorry i am 5555cham i had to change my password because something was wrong with the login thing. My chameleons tongue looks all the way out. i have been misting it evey few minutes. it happened while i was feeding him last night.
 

Brad

Administrator
Staff member
I have never experienced this myself, but I do know you should see a vet asap. You might want to look at some 24 hour emergency pet hospitals. If your chameleon's tongue is damaged to where it can not heal, the vet will want to amputate.

Here is an article about a similar situation at adcham: tongue problem
 

911cameleon

New Member
chameleon

I read on that tongue problem attachment that it swallowed its tongue could this happen to mine or could it fall off.
 

Brad

Administrator
Staff member
I don't know. What are you seeing? Are you going to take him to a vet? I will be in live chat for another hour if you have any questions.
 

Chamgirl

New Member
I agree with Brad it is a medical emergency. I have not experienced this with any of mine but I have read it is serious and as Brad states, you should keep it moist and protect it from further damage.
 

911cameleon

New Member
vet

We took him to the vet and there was nothing they could do about it he said it wouldnt get the right nutrition that it needed.We had to put him down.
 

Heika

New Member
What an incredible shame. I am sorry you lost him, and I am sorry for your vet's ignorance. Many people have been in similar situations and were able to successfully hand feed their cham. I wish he would have encouraged you to at least try.

Heika
 

911cameleon

New Member
vet

I did ask him about trying and i would if thats what it ment to keep him.but he keep saying he would'nt be a healthy chameleon because he didint have his tongue.
 

Heika

New Member
From what I have read, it is not overly common, but it isn't unheard of. I am far from an expert, and haven't seen it yet. One of the big contributors to it is a lack of proper supplements and/or lighting. The cham develops deficiencies and it affects the tongue. It can also occur from damage when the cham shoots its tongue and wraps it around something, or bites it, etc. I am sorry your vet didn't see it as an option. Maybe there was more going on with the cham that led to his or her reasoning.

Heika
 

Lori

New Member
Try placing a wet cloth or napkin at the bottom of your chams enclosure and then place her on it. Until you get to the vet.
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
Sorry for the loss of your chameleon.

If your vet said that there was nothing that could be done, he was either not a good chameleon vet or he had other reasons for advising that the chameleon be put down, IMHO.

When a tongue won't go back in the proper place over the hyoid bone spike in the throat of a chameleon it can be amputated so that just enough of it is left to cover the hyoid bone. There isn't much choice if the muscle won't pull the tongue back in.

This means that the chameleon can't (of course) extend its tongue to catch an insect...so at first the chameleon will need to be hand fed. The ones that I have had experience with all learned to eat like other lizards that don't have the long tongue. Once they figured this out, they could live a normal life.

However, consideration needs to be given concerning why the tongue couldn't be retracted and hung out in the first place. It can happen once in a while by accident. (eg: the tongue got tangled on a branch so the tongue was injured.) It can also happen due to health issues....which (obviously) need to be corrected to bring the chameleon back into good health.

Again...sorry for your loss.
 
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