Veiled Cham misfiring when hand feeding...

Ashleyg

New Member
Hey Guys,

I noticed that when hand feeding my Veiled, i'll have a worm in the palm of my hand, but he keeps striking my fingertips, then i'll get closer and he'll connect to the center of my palm. When feeding from feeder dish, or hunting he is 100% accurate. This is a chameleon I found in my yard, so not sure its history with hand feeding.

Anyone ever witness something like this?

Thanks!
Ash
 

Serbianchameleon

Chameleon Enthusiast
Yeah, it’s all good if the chameleon is healthy, my veiled does that sometimes, I even tried just showing him my fingers and he would go for them. Just one thing.. he’s wild chameleon so you should check for parasites and you should check your husbandry here. I will post the form and you just fill it up and post it back in this thread okay? Post some pics of him and the entire closure please.
 

Serbianchameleon

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Ashleyg

New Member
Yeah, it’s all good if the chameleon is healthy, my veiled does that sometimes, I even tried just showing him my fingers and he would go for them. Just one thing.. he’s wild chameleon so you should check for parasites and you should check your husbandry here. I will post the form and you just fill it up and post it back in this thread okay? Post some pics of him and the entire closure please.
Ok good to know, others do that, must be instinctual... I don't believe he is a "wild" Chameleon, i'm in southern california, I believe he was a neighbors pet, or let loose. All other signs point to healthy
 

Beman

Chameleon Enthusiast
Make sure you have the correct supplementation and UVB lighting. Issues with hitting targets can be directly related to this. Try feeder on the fingers instead of the palm of your hand. He may be targeting the fingers because they move or it may be a health issue.
 

Ashleyg

New Member
About 3 weeks now, currently indoors, but trying to get together an outdoor also, i'm in southern california.
 

Ashleyg

New Member
Well when my hand isn't in the enclosure he hunts and feeds from feeder 100% accuracy. its something about my fingertips vs. palms when at a distance
 

BryanP

Established Member
I had a chameleon who did this....

What's your relative humidity in your house?

What's your insect choice?

What's your gut loading system?

Just be careful here... 4 months after I first noticed mine missing he started to go downhill fast and never recovered unfortunately.
 
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