what made my chameleon pass


New Member
i joined to ask what to do for my sick chameleon, but sadly she passed away later that day. i still hope i can find out what happened to her. the week before she passed she has been getting really light, almost to the point she was white. she was only a year or two old. she couldn’t eat for herself that week and i would try to hand feed her. sometimes she wouldn’t even eat if i tried. she didn’t open her eyes that week, but sometimes she would have moments where she would open her mouth really wide and her eyes would open, but she would go right back to closing them. she couldn’t walk or climb right. she was very weak. she couldn’t even walk to get water. before that week though, she was very strong and gentle. I personally think a few of the crickets i got from the store were sick and it made her very sick. when she died her body was pale with yellow spots on her. normally her body was a dark or normal green. the temperature was correct in the cage, given a normal amount of crickets a day, handled once a week at least, water in her cage everyday. i hope you guys can help me figure out what happened to her. thank you!


Chameleon Enthusiast
Welcome on here, I’m so sorry that happened! Do you have any pics of her or her cage? If you want, you can fill out our husbandry form for us to check to make sure everything was 100% accurate, as well


Chameleon Enthusiast
Hi there welcome to the forum. I am so sorry for your loss. So do you really want to have a better idea of what happened? I only ask this because sometimes people that come here with these questions do not take our feedback all that well.

If you do than please post pics of the entire cage she was in including the lighting on top. That is a good place to start.


Chameleon Queen
So very sorry for your loss. They grab out hearts and it's hard to see them go.

Please answer the questions as specifically as you can and provide some recent photos like everyone is saying, and we can see if we can give you a likely cause of her death...
Here is some recommended information to include when asking for help in the health clinic forum. By providing this information you will receive more accurate and beneficial responses. It might not be necessary to answer all these questions, but the more you provide the better. Please remember that even the most knowledgeable person can only guess at what your problem may be. Only an experienced reptile veterinarian who can directly examine your animal can give a true diagnosis of your chameleon's health.

Chameleon Info:
Your Chameleon - The species, sex, and age of your chameleon. How long has it been in your care?
Handling - How often do you handle your chameleon?
Feeding - What are you feeding your cham? What amount? What is the schedule? How are you gut-loading your feeders?
Supplements - What brand and type of calcium and vitamin products are you dusting your feeders with and what is the schedule?
Watering - What kind of watering technique do you use? How often and how long to you mist? Do you see your chameleon drinking?
Fecal Description - Briefly note colors and consistency from recent droppings. Has this chameleon ever been tested for parasites?
History - Any previous information about your cham that might be useful to others when trying to help you.

Cage Info:
Cage Type - Describe your cage (Glass, Screen, Combo?) What are the dimensions?
Lighting - What brand, model, and types of lighting are you using? What is your daily lighting schedule?
Temperature - What temp range have you created (cage floor to basking spot)? Lowest overnight temp? How do you measure these temps?
Humidity - What are your humidity levels? How are you creating and maintaining these levels? What do you use to measure humidity?
Plants - Are you using live plants? If so, what kind?
Placement - Where is your cage located? Is it near any fans, air vents, or high traffic areas? At what height is the top of the cage relative to your room floor?
Location - Where are you geographically located?

Current Problem - The current problem you are concerned about.


Please Note:
The more details you provide the better and more accurate help you will receive.
Photos can be very helpful.
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