Urinary system

chamlove

New Member
I've been browsing the web, and can't seem to find anything on it. Do chameleons have urinary bladders? I know most reptiles don't, are chams one of them? I don't think they do see they produce urate, but I would like to know for sure.

If not, how exactly does their urinary system work?
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
Chameleons have a cloaca...its the end of the gastrointestinal tract but is also where the urinary and reproductive tracts empty. to the best of my knowledge, urine/urates and feces collect in different parts of the cloaca and eggs also pass through it.

According to this they also have a bladder....
http://books.google.ca/books?id=V1sgAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA377&lpg=PA377&dq=chameleons+AND+bladder&source=bl&ots=FW-I1QNWK_&sig=y9ddnrxW-FIRFUmeCf3sfZ1pupA&hl=en&ei=8XEITdHtL4uXnweMoJTnDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q&f=false
 
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chamlove

New Member
Yea I read that as well, but all the anatomy pictures I looked at none show a urinary bladder.

Thanks for the info though.

Anyone else have any other ideas?
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
So what do you need? Pictures or information or both? Are you studying urinary systems? What grade level?
 

chamlove

New Member
Actually I would just like information, a picture would be nice, but not necessary. I'm actually a college student studying Veterinary Technology and preparing to sit for my boards to be an RVT. It's mainly small animal medicine, felines and canines, and I'd personally like to branch over to reptiles later down the road. We're going to be covering reptiles and large animals next semester, but I asked the teacher if I can jump ahead and do a reptile disease right now instead of a small animal disease.
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
I'm envious now! I'd love to be taking vet courses...but its not going to happen soon.

I don't know how much time I'll have to search right now with it being so close to Christmas...but if I find anything, I'll post it of course!
 
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