Why is my chameleon screen climbing?


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My 7 month old male panther chameleon has been screen climbing all day! I know it's not abnormal for them to do this but he is screen climbing all day. He is on the screen ceiling right now and he goes up there when he wakes up and he's up there when he goes to bed. Once his lights turn off he walks on to a branch for the night.


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My i have a pic of his cage. And i have a tree that he climbs on


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Flick boy

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Hi there could be a number of reasons. You have had your husbandry reviewed yes ? Looks like good plant cover do you have a full picture of your enclosure


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Like @Gingero, you can always add more branches to your enclosure.

However, I have found that in my experience, my cham gets very active and starts to screen climb when something is incorrect--primarily lighting. How far away is your uvb from the basking branch. What is your basking spot temperature. If uvb is too low, he will climb up to get more uvb--and likewise if the temperature is too low. Chameleons really shouldn't be moving around a whole lot if you have successfully created paradise.


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Try filling out this form. It will help us better understand your situation so we can give you the best advice. Add as much detail as you can. Providing pictures of the cage might help us catch something that you may be missing. I'm sure you have everything down, but it never hurts to check (y)

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?
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  • 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?

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