why is my chameleon staying in the bottom of his cage?

Discussion in 'Health Clinic' started by coreyflowers1, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. coreyflowers1

    coreyflowers1 New Member

    for the last three days my male ambilobe has been hanging out in the bottom of his cage.i put him back on his branch and he will stay there for a while but eventually he goes back down to the bottom.could anybody tell me why he may be doing this?any ideas would be much appreciated.
  2. camaleonte82

    camaleonte82 New Member

    it may be too hot for him

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  3. archristiana

    archristiana New Member


    could be to hot to roam in the cage which prob would be your best scenario or could be sick, hopefully a senior member will chime in but you are going to have to fill out the info sheet.
  4. coreyflowers1

    coreyflowers1 New Member

    staying in the bottom of his cage.not all the time but more than usual
  5. coreyflowers1

    coreyflowers1 New Member

    staying in the bottom of his cage.not all the time but more than usual
  6. camimom

    camimom New Member

    In regards to the form you filled out:

    You need to work on your gutloading. That store bought stuff really isn't that good.
    Find blogs from sandrachameleon about this. Fresh fruits and veggies should be fed to your bugs.

    Supplementing- You should be dusting with a calicum without d3 every feeding, a calcium with d3 twice a month, and a multivitamin twice a month.

    Are you using a UVB bulb?

    Those thermeters may not be accurate. Try getting a digital one and checking your temps.

    Is he going down to the bottom of the cage then going back up? If this is the case, hes probably just exploring.

    If hes hanging out at the bottom of the cage, and not exploring, his temperatues may be too hot. Get that digital thermeter and check it.
  7. coreyflowers1

    coreyflowers1 New Member

    i sure appreciate your help.iv had chameleons for a few years now and never had this problem.so im very greatful for you sharing your information
  8. camimom

    camimom New Member

    How old is your uvb bulb?

    They have to be replaced roughly every 6-9 months, as after this their UVB output decreases drastically.

    How long is he spending towards the bottom of his cage?

    can you post a photo of him and of his set up please?
  9. Elizadolots

    Elizadolots New Member

  10. jeremy32

    jeremy32 New Member

    I also had this same problem and when I did an online search I came across this post. After reading all the suggestions I figured out why my young female veiled chameleon was in the bottom corner of her cage. Turns out I left the cricket carrier just below the bottom corner of the cage and my chameleon could see it and was trying to get to the crickets. As soon as I moved the crickets out of sight she returned to her normal behavior. Not sure if you keep your live food near by but this could be the issue for you too.
  11. Liam Chameleon

    Liam Chameleon New Member

    your chameleon may be constipated or in need of a hot water bath to relax it
  12. kinyonga

    kinyonga Chameleon Enthusiast

    This thread is a year old.
    pgr7 likes this.

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