I had had an Ambilobe panther that i bough at 5 months and put a incredible amout of time and devotion into him...
when he reached one year he had successfuly bred, shortly after i went to tke him outside and he shot his tongue out, and it got stuck to my shirt. his tongue ripped out that day....he died one month later.
My neighbor at that time was a real jerk too and refused to reimburse me for the chameleon or the damage to my enclosure.
A few short weeks ago I was so excited to move my guy to his new larger home. I spent a long time setting it up, decorating, readjusting temperatures etc.
When it came time for the move I was coaxing him to get on my hand and he decided he'd prefer to go chameleon sky-diving without a parachute rather than climb on me. He wound up falling about 5 feet onto hard ceramic tile.
I thought he was a goner for sure. He just lay there looking at me as I was borderline in tears. After I scooped him up and tried to get him to go into his new cage he was just frozen paralyzed. Eventually he did move into his new digs.
Luckily he survived unscathed. Moral of the story is - whenever handling your cham - try and keep the cage as low to the ground as possible AND setup a small crash zone of blankets in case your guy decided to make a jump for it.