what causes cham. tongue dysfunction?

Discussion in 'Health Clinic' started by salty dog, Dec 5, 2018 at 2:47 PM.

  1. salty dog

    salty dog Member

    Hello cham veterens, and experinced breeders or keepers, I would like to know how this happens??I never want my chams to have tongue problems. Thanks!!!!
  2. JacksJill

    JacksJill Chameleon Enthusiast

    There are several factors.
    One unexpected one is eye sight. If they can't triangulate properly it can affect their aim.
    MBD is another as the tongue is a muscle that depends on calcium to function properly.
    Injury is a common cause of problems. Sometimes it is temporary but can be permanent.
    Swelling or inflammation in the mouth or throat can affect the tongue as well. This can be from over supplementation.
    There are toxins that can affect muscle function and tongue.
    I'm sure there are more I've missed. Others will probably list them.
  3. salty dog

    salty dog Member

    I'm really trying to understand how or the cause of cham health problems, these health threads make a good reference for people like myself and for others. Thanks for the info!!!!!
  4. Matt Vanilla Gorilla

    Matt Vanilla Gorilla Chameleon Enthusiast

    Vitamin deficiency seems to play a big roll in all chameleon health problems! Gutloading the bugs that chameleons eat very well with variety (as if the bugs lived out in nature) and dusting them appropriately with vitamins and minerals is your best defense against most ailments!

    Chameleon tongues also needs exercise to stay healthy! I hand feed, cup feed and let my chameleons hunt for bugs that I let loose in the cage to make sure they get tongue exercise!
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  5. salty dog

    salty dog Member

    I could make another thread on this question, I've gotten multiple different answers researching, supplementing, with miner-all outdoor, every feeding between multi vitamin supplement? I rotate quite a few different feeders everyday, well rounded diet
  6. celeste_knitter

    celeste_knitter Avid Member

    Nutrition is huge is everything we do along with hydration & proper lighting. A good supplement schedule is essential as well but like @Matt Vanilla Gorilla said it starts with what you feed your insects as the foundation for everything.
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  7. ERKleRose

    ERKleRose Chameleon Enthusiast

    What’s the question? Minerall Indoor every feeding if kept indoors and Outdoor every feeding if kept outdoors. Either way, gutload all feeders you’ll feed off the night before with the wet version of Vitall only. If you do that, no other supplements are needed

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