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May 09, 2005

A Trip to the Veterinarian

My veiled chameleon and my cockatiel both had their first trip to the veterinarian today.

A cockatiel and a veiled chameleon visit the veterinarian.

The cockatiel was, for the most part, just along for the ride - at least I thought so, anyway. I was really only going because I wanted an X-ray done of the chameleon. But the next thing I knew, I was watching a needle stick into the bird's jugular vein and about 1/2 tablespoon of blood being pulled through that needle into a syringe. So that bird has had a hard day! If I had lost that great of a percentage of my blood, I'd have lost consciousness and gone into convolutions and spasms (it's happened before). The poor bird took it well, though. I was also surprised at how good he was at sticking to my shoulder. I'm starting to think that I could take it outside and it wouldn't fly away (though I've no intention of trying).

The chameleon was transported within this Kritter Keeper.

The chameleon, however, had an even harder day. I did everything that I could think of to try to keep its stress level down as much as possible, but near-disaster happened. When the vet was attempting to remove the chameleon from its carrier, the chameleon grasped the top of the lid with both front feet and hung on. I reached over to help by getting his feet undone, and that's when the chameleon moved into "rapid flight" mode. The next thing we knew, we were hearing the sound of the chameleon's body smacking against the hard floor from about 4 feet in the air. Not good. But it doesn't seem any worse for the wear.

A cockatiel and a veiled chameleon visit the veterinarian.

You can see the eggs showing up in this X-ray (and no broken bones from a fall!). I expected that. In addition, I was hoping that he'd give a glowing report on how big and strong the chameleon's bones are. Well, it was nearly glowing, but not perfect. Do you see the chameleon's toes? Those should be a darker white ("lighter white"?) to be perfect, but the rest of her bones are looking pretty thick.

The veterinarian gave me some rather specious arguments about supplements and gut loading with Fluker Farm's cricket gut load and cricket quencher. He made a speech about the vitamins and minerals in those things not being "organic", and therefore not adequate. He said, "You can smear vitamins all over Wonder Bread and give it to your children, but they're not going to grow." Yeah, well, that's obvious, but that's a macro-nutrient thing, not a micronutrient thing. And the cricket gut load is not on Wonder Bread, it's inside of animals (crickets, mealworms, waxworms, etc.).

But that's not the main thing which was wrong with his argument. Instead, he was putting his attention on the antecedents (what the food is made of) rather than results (the empirically observed results of the food on the animals). Does he honestly think that Fluker Farms just adds a bunch of vitamins and minerals to some grain and then think, "Well, the nutrients are there, it must work!" That would be silly. When the food fails to nourish, the pets die. When pets die, people get discouraged and fail to buy more. Or if they do, they'd tend to try different feeding techniques and Fluker Farms would lose the business anyway. No, be reasonable here: a company is going to test its products and let its formula evolve to best suit the animal.

Nevertheless, I'm taking his advice on gut loading to heart. While I'm quite sure that the Fluker Farms cricket gut load is probably better for the chameleon than is most food that parents feed their kids, I think it could be made better by using fresh vegetables. The vet warned against using any kind of lettuce, or chard, or spinach. I asked about the spinach, and he responded by mentioning something in the spinach which binds the calcium (I think), so it wouldn't do any good. It sounds like he knows what he's talking about with the vegetable thing. He also said not to feed the crickets carrots. In short, he said to stick to three types of greens: collard greens, endive, and dandilion greens. I only know of one store that sells dandilion greens, and I'm not sure whether its year 'round, but at least the other two are readily available. And they're still going to get the commercial gut load occasionally, as well as the cricket quencher. Mostly, I intend to mimick closely these gut loading recipes from ChameleonNews.com.

A cockatiel and a veiled chameleon visit the veterinarian.

And, in case you're wondering, that's a giant piece of feces and uric acid, compliments of the chameleon about 1/2 hour before my appointment with the vet. The chameleon was really good to provide that sucker. I was so proud. (Vet reports no signs of parasitic infection.) Ya gotta have one of those when you head to the veterinarian!

Posted by Jeff at May 9, 2005 02:04 PM



My roommate has a male veiled chameleon (Toby), he's about 4-5 months old I think. His body is between 4 and 5 inches long, and Im worried he's in some trouble. Whenever he walks he shakes an awful lot and has trouble moving around sometimes, he's usually been very capable of movin around the tank (a 10 gallon). She feeds him a diet of mostly crickets that are powdered with a suppliment and fed Fluker's cricket quencher, and mealworms every few days, and I try to spray the plants in the tank 2-3 times a day with water cuz she's at work during the day. His veil or crown, I don't know the technical name for the thing on the top of his head has a slight curve in it too. I'm wondering what, if anything is wrong with him, and what we can do to make sure he stays with us.


Posted by: Ryan at May 10, 2005 03:00 PM

Hi Ryan,

Man, I hate to do this, but I'm going to become pessimistic right off of the bat. The chameleon is a goner. Your only chance is to get him to the veterinarian RIGHT AWAY (that's NOW - stop reading and GO) and get calcium treatments. Your chameleon has no bones left - that's the curve of the head casque, that's the problem with tremors.

Also, you mentioned that it's being kept in a "tank". That's a chameleon that is not being cared for properly (no chameleon should be in a tank), and a chameleon which is not being cared for properly is a dead chameleon (they are a delicate species). I apologize for sounding harsh, but someone else may be reading this in the future whom it will help before it's too late.

Honestly, though, there is nothing that you can do for your chameleon alone. A vet may help you save your chameleon, but I wouldn't count too much on that.

If you want to try for a second opinion, visit The Chameleon News - http://www.chameleonnews.com/ - and ask your question there (several email addresses available). I would be interested to find out if they say anything different from what I've said.

Good luck, and I'm sorry to have been a downer. :-(


Posted by: Jeff at May 10, 2005 03:16 PM

How do you take care of the claws on a veiled chameleon. Do i trim them or does he? Please help.

Posted by: Starla at May 16, 2005 08:54 AM

I've searched the Internet, including "The Chameleon Journals" discussion list, for an intstance of anyone else asking this question, and I've not been able to find one. Neither is it a topic I've ever seen written about books or on care sheets. The best I've been able to find is advice on keeping things away from a chameleon that it could catch its nails upon - and one entry about someone who would put sand covered bird perch covers in his chameleon's cage (with no mention of whether it worked or not).

My answer is this: You don't trim its claws and neither does he. Chameleons are climbers - they need their claws to climb and to hold on. Further, they should not be handled - attempting to trim a chameleon's claws would severely stress it, it seems to me.

Perhaps you can elaborate on why you're asking?

Posted by: Jeff at May 16, 2005 09:27 AM

Hi Jeff, my son has a 6/7 month old VChameleon. She is female, we are worried about her not having a mate and running the chance of when ready becoming egg bound. How old is typical for a female to lay eggs? Do you have a site or info that you can share with me regarding purchasing a male, and must I have one inorder to keep her healthy?? Thanks Jeff

Posted by: Lydia at May 16, 2005 10:48 PM

Hi Lydia,

First, I am surprised that she hasn't laid eggs yet. You'll notice that my female, something like 2-2.5 months old, is already growing eggs.

Next, I am nothing like convinced that being unmated leads to egg binding. In fact, The Chameleon News lists that as one of their myths on their "Myths" page (strangely, The Chameleon News has disappeared from the Internet today; perhaps they have changed servers and they allowed the DNS to propogate before uploading to the new server; I don't know - but I'm sure it'll be back soon). Here's the link to their Myths page: http://www.chameleonnews.com/myths.html

Here is the relevant portion from the myths page:

Myth #9: An unmated female does
not require a laying site. A related
myth is that an unmated female will
die from dystocia (egg binding)
and must, therefore, be mated as
soon as possible.

Fact: All oviparous females, whether
mated or unmated, require a place to
lay their eggs. Failure to provide an
acceptable site can result in egg
retention (dystocia) and death.
Whether the eggs have been
fertilized or not is irrelevant. The fact
that many people believe that an
unmated female does not require a
laying site almost certainly led to
the associated myth that an unmated
female will necessarily die from
dystocia. The truth is that as long as
they are provided with a proper
laying site, unmated females will do
just fine. It needs to be emphasized
that a *proper laying site* is one
that includes privacy. Constant
observation of a female during the
process of digging and laying can
also lead to dystocia. That being
said, the stresses associated with
reproduction mean that the novice
chameleon owner is well advised to
begin with a male.

My suggestion would be to visit The Chameleon Journals -http://lists.topica.com/lists/chameleon_journals/ - join their mailing list. Once you've joined, you can participate in the discussions (which are all too few, I'm afraid), and get the benefit of the experience of lots of chameleon owners. In fact, right now there is a discussion about this very subject. From that discussion comes this quote from kingsnake.com:

Veiled can reach sexual maturity
very early, some authors report as
early 3 1/2 months, but 6 months is
more average. Just because the
animal is sexually mature at this age
does not mean she must be bred. It
has been stated in the literature that
female veiled chameleons who are
not bred will die egg bound carrying
infertile eggs. This falsity has been
perpetuated in the captive care
literature. It is thought currently that
egg binding is not caused
specifically by infertile eggs,
although it is true that female veileds
with infertile eggs become egg
bound more than females carrying
viable eggs. This evidence is of
course, anecdotal only. Excessive
feeding and lack of calcium, and lack
of a suitable egg laying site are all
thought to contribute to eggbinding
in veiled chameleons. Adult female
veiled chameleons should not be fed
all they want, their diet should be
restricted to 20-30 insects per week,
babies up to the age of 4-5 months
can be fed 30-40 (small) insects per

Good luck, Lydia, and thanks for dropping by!

Posted by: Jeff at May 17, 2005 12:06 AM

Hey Jeff,

I have a 5-6 week old CB Veiled about 3"-4" long. I have it in a small 12" Depth x 18" Width x 20" Tall Screened Reptarium. I have a UVB Fixture and a 50 Watt Halogen basking lamp. I also have a drip system that gets filled 2-3 times a day with warm spring water. It is filled with lots of climbing areas and fake leafy vines. I have his basking area 3"-4" away from the light and ample areas to thermoregulate. I have a few questions for you.
1: The timed lighting system turned off the other night, and when it came on the next day (12 hour cycle) he gaped his mouth a lot and he positioned himself hanging down from his vine and shook as if he was trying to regurgitate something. I also noticed him bulging his right eye. He also leans to one side when he is resting on his perch or vine. There is no yellow in his stool indicating dehydration or newly formed wrinkles of any kind. Is there any problems that you foresee or am I being an overprotective Veiled keeper?! He also seems not to like misting at all!
2: What size should he be to move him to a new cage? I am building a cage that will be 24" depth x 24" width x 48" Tall
3: I was also wondering about lighting. I was thinking of using 2 of the 8 and a half inch Compact UVB Mystic Fluorescent bulbs and fixture available at www.bigappleherp.com and a Repti Halogen bulb and reflector dome for heat, light and UVA rays also available at www.bigappleherp.com. These will go on top of my larger cage that I build. Will this lighting be more than sufficient? And where can I find rock walls or large pieces to decorate my Reptarium once it is done?

Posted by: John at May 25, 2005 08:50 AM


See my response on this entry: http://www.veiled-chameleon.com/weblog/archives/000160.html

You may also want to read my entry on what to consider before buying a veiled chameleon: http://www.veiled-chameleon.com/weblog/archives/000131.html

Posted by: Jeff at May 25, 2005 10:51 AM

i just recently got a female veiled chameleon. She is almost done shedding but i noticed she has a thick piece of brownish dead skin haning from her foot. Ive been spraying her "house" with water 2x a day like i was told and it hasn't shown any sines of getting off f her foot. Should i continue to wait for it to come off itself or take a trip to the vet?

Posted by: molly at May 30, 2005 05:27 PM

I have a veiled chameleon that is about 18 months old. When I got "HIM" I had asked for a male. My first question is how noticeable is the spur on the hind legs of a male. It looks like he has some extra skin there but not a lot. The reason I ask is a couple of days ago I came home and he had dug about 8" into the soil of his ficus planter, I wrote it off as him being bored and feared that the hole may cave in on him so I pulled him out. The next day he dug another hole, I'm starting to think I may have a female. I've read that they will lay eggs without having been mated and having heard the story of the birds and the bees so I take that the eggs are sterile, is this true. Does anyone have a picture of the spur of male, and should I put a box of sand in the cage or will they lay eggs in the soil?

Another side question, if your chameleon gets several hours of out door sun light, should you cut back on dusting the crickets with calcium?

Please help!!
Thank you

Posted by: Mike at May 31, 2005 08:28 PM

Hi Mike,

There are photos of the spurs (and heels without spurs) on the care sheet page. From what I can tell, even on very juvenile little buggers, the spurs are easy to see. If you aren't sure, then you probably don't see them.

I'm amazed that your chameleon is digging in the soil. My first female wouldn't accept soil, and subsequently carried the eggs way too long - and it killed her (the suckers drained her dry of calcium). But maybe you should put sand in with her - it's better to be safe than sorry. Use playsand, not building sand, and make it damp enough that she can dig her tunnels.

With regard to calcium, I'll give you a couple of links:


Notice that kale is in the suggested gutload mix. My veterinarian said to use kale as well. But if you read the second link, from the green iguana society, you can see that there is a significant problem with kale. I'll be avoiding it from here on out.

Here's an egg laying page as well:


Posted by: Jeff at June 1, 2005 10:52 AM


Can you share more of the reasons why you're concerned about this bit of skin?

However, a trip to the veterinarian couldn't hurt. It'd probably be costly, by my hallucination is that not taking a chameleon in for an x-ray after the first couple of months of owning it could easily be even more costly. As you can tell from this post, I considered it important enough for me to do, and I'm still concerned. Chameleons are not hardy.

Posted by: Jeff at June 1, 2005 10:56 AM


I didn't notice before I posted the above, but you said 18 months old??? If it does lay eggs, I'd like to read about it. I would've guessed that her first eggs would've come 'round about a year ago.

How long have you had it?

Posted by: Jeff at June 1, 2005 11:35 AM


I have the chameleon since Feb 04.

Posted by: mike at June 2, 2005 06:16 PM

Hi, i have a veiled chameleon it well over 2 yrs old and its a female lately she has been sitting there with her mouth open (but not breathing heavily) i called the vet to find out what could that be because she has never done it before and of course all they say is to just bring her in the closest chameleon vet to me is about $200 just to walk her in the door so if theres anything you could think of to help that would be great !! thanx

Posted by: Suzanne Thomas at June 17, 2005 11:45 AM

Has she ever laid eggs?

"When the female displays gravid coloration remove her from the male's enclosure. Gravid displays include dark coloration, mouth gaping, and swaying in a threatening posture."

This is with reference to a Melleri chameleon:

"Exposure to higher temperatures will induce a heat stress response as indicated buy an overall lightening of coloration as well as possible gaping of the mouth. Precautions should be taken with any chameleons displaying this type of response and swift efforts made to lower the temperature of the chameleon."

This is with reference to a Jackson's Chameleon:

"The male is an opportunist and uses a head jerking display to continually check the females' state of sexual receptivity. An unreceptive female signals her lack of interest, turning dark, with gaping and rocking behavior."

Of any of those, I'd be concerned about the egg laying. Get sand or be surprised if she lives.

But I see people asking about gaping behavior frequently. And I see other chameleon owners answering that it's perfectly normal. When I see my chameleon gaping, it never occurs to me that anything might be wrong.

Posted by: Jeff at June 17, 2005 06:03 PM

Thanks Jeff I ended up taking her anyways to the vet last night just to be on the safe side and she has internal parasites the vet says its normal for them to get then but she was counting 28 per slide which would have killed her in a couple of weeks i had xrays done and she has no eggs which is odd because she still hasnt laid any yet thanx anyways for the info !!! Great Site!!!

Posted by: Suzanne Thomas at June 18, 2005 01:53 PM


What kind of parasites? Do you know?

Posted by: Jeff at June 18, 2005 02:15 PM

Hi Jeff, Great site!!! I have a 3 to 4 month old female Veiled Chameleon. When should I put a container of sand in her tank for egg laying, or should I do that now? Thanks!

Posted by: Linda at June 21, 2005 05:21 PM

Hi Jeff, I haven't been able to find any growth charts on veiled chameleons. I'm guessing ours is 3 to 4 months, but would like to know for sure how young she is. We bought her at Pet's Mart, and they aren't given the hatchling dates and have no clue how old she is. Her body is about 4 inches long (not including her tail), if that helps. Thanks, Linda

Posted by: Linda at June 24, 2005 03:47 PM

Hi Linda,

How long have you had her? I've had my current chameleon since March 23rd and I'm about to put a container of sand in the bottom. (Incidentally, she's about 4 inches long without the tail as well - she was much smaller when I got her). I've chosen a good size enclosure which has me questioning myself about why I don't just keep one in there all of the time. I wonder if, maybe, it'd be unsanitary.

At any rate, I'd guess that if she's hanging out near the bottom of the enclosure a lot, she's probably looking for nesting places (I read that in a book). My last chameleon did that.

Posted by: Jeff at June 25, 2005 06:06 AM

Hi Jeff,

My nephew surprised me with her on June 19, Father's Day.

So, how old is your chameleon now if she's about 4 inches long?

Do you know what size container to use and how much sand? Also, should it be damp?

My first veiled chameleon, Lillian, died on April 4, which I had for two years (she was 5 months old when I got her). My other nephew (their twins) had geckos, which when the novelty wore I stepped in to care for them, and found myself totally attached to lizards. I was totally confident in caring for Lillian and all was going well, and then suddenly I noticed she was closing her eyes a lot during the day and having trouble using her hind legs and tail. She also hadn't pooped in several days, so her belly was pretty big. I took her to the vet, he took an x-ray, and he said that there were no sign of eggs and that she did not have metabolic bone disease. He gave her an antibiotic shot and a calcium shot. This was on a Thursday, and by Monday, she seemed to be getting worse. I took her back, and this time he whisked her away to show her to the other vet, came back, and then whisked her away again to give her a shot of calcium. All this whisking about really stressed her, and when we got back home, she died an hour later. He never did diagnose what was wrong with her. He seemed knowledgeable, but I don't think the office cared for many Veiled Chameleons.

Thanks, for listening...I've been wanting to write you about losing Lillian to see if you or someone else might have experienced this. I was devastated, and wasn't sure if I could go through that again, so I held off getting another one. But my nephew knew how much I missed Lillian and got me another one. We've named her Jade. So far, so good.

Posted by: Linda at June 27, 2005 04:51 PM

I'm pretty sure that the growth rate of a chameleon varies considerably according to how much their fed. I am feeding the one that I have now considerably less that I fed her predecessor (I'm pretty sure, from reading, that her enormous clutch of eggs came about from eating a lot; both are very common with captive chameleons). Based upon how fast they seem to grow, though, I think mine was about a month old (or less) when I got her on March 23rd.

For a container of sand, I use one of those sort of tupperware types of drawers that are so popular now. It's about 15 long, 10 inches wide, and about 6 inches deep. Advice I've seen in the past is to have it at least 4 inches deep.

Wet or dry? Well, they *tunnel* in the sand, as opposed to just digging holes, so it needs to be wet enough that they can tunnel in there quite a ways without it collapsing on top of them. I've read to only use playsand, and *never* the type of sand that is used for building materials (such as cement). I do know of at least one person who makes a mixture of coconut substrate and sand for his chameleons.

I was pretty bummed out with my first experience with a veiled - it really bothered me when she died. I know how you feel about Lillian. Anyway, I try to make sure that my experience doesn't happen again by seeking out qualified information wherever I can find it. May I suggest that you search through the following two websites, and - even better - join the mailing list on the second link (it gets a reasonably small amount of mail, but very useful):

Chameleon Journals Mailing List

That last one is a very, very good place to ask questions. One person answers, another referrees that answer and gives another opinion. It's not formal, or anything, but it tends to be that way. Very worthwhile.

Posted by: Jeff at June 28, 2005 01:27 AM

Can a Veil Chameleon live with any other reptile?

anole, green tree frog, bearded dragon??????

Posted by: Jaime at July 8, 2005 12:44 PM

hi Jeff,
I have a veiled chameleon that is about 10-12 mos. old. I measured him today, he is 13 inches long from head to the end of his tail. He seems to have a hearty appetite, I feed him crickets (dusted in calcium and vitamins), mealworms, waxworms, superworms... and I also feed him dead prey: grasshoppers, silkworms, and snails (in the cans you get at a pet store). I have developed a trick for feeding him dead prey. I dip the refrigerated prey in calcium by holding it with tweezers, and then I hold him in my other hand and place my face close to his... causing him to open wide of course... Then I gently place the prey in his mouth, and he gobbles it down fast.
I water him by dripping warm water from the top of the screened in cage I have for him twice a day, and he seems to drink well. Just in case, once a week I place him on top my shower head and allow him to soak up the warm steam for hydration.
My question to you is this... My chameleon has missing spikes on his back ( about 4 or 5), that I believe were caused months ago because I sat him too close to the UV light...( I found out the hard way that anything closer than 10-12 inches is not good and can burn him).
Those spikes have not grown back fully yet.
Does this mean he never grow them back again? Im overprotective I know, but I want him to stay in top shape for breeding. Any hints?

Posted by: harry at August 5, 2005 12:10 PM

Hi. I have a female veiled chameleon that's about a year, or almost a year, old. She's recently become ill and went from, what i thought was a healthy chameleon, to hanging from her branch by her two front legs. Her back legs are very weak and she has stopped using them. I immediately took her to the vet but the only vet nearby i could get to examine her did not seem to know much about chameleons. He thought it seemed liked a calcium deficiency and told me to feed her worms. I did that and she's gotten worse. Now I can't get her to open her mouth for me to feed her. She has a uv lamp and i've always fed her dusted, gut-loaded insects. She doesn't have any of the symptoms of metabollic bone disease, except for the weakness in her limbs.I haven't seen her lay eggs since ive had her, and ive just recently been informed about females becoming egg-bound. Im beginning to wonder if this problem could be a combination of the two, since egg bound chameleons are prone to calcium deficiency. The nearest reptile specialist is hours away from me and very expensive. Can you give me any advice? Sorry for the LONG story but i'm desperate!

Posted by: jimiga at August 17, 2005 06:56 PM

Hiya...sorry to read about your troubles.

My advice to you, if you can't get to a qualified veterinarian, is to join the mailing list at http://lists.topica.com/lists/chameleon_journals/, then ask your question there. There are many qualified chameleon keepers and breeders there who can advise you.

Good luck!

Posted by: Jeff at August 17, 2005 07:27 PM

I have a male veiled chameleon approx 5-6 months old. I bought him a few months back and as of recently he tends to have his mouth open, i have gave it time thinking it might stop but he still does it. Its not to hot in there for him and he's got plenty of air circulation. Do you have any ideas why this could be? Also, i'v noticed my friends chameleon and other chameleons are always a lush green where mine is a darker kind of green/baige? any help would be great.

Posted by: shaun at August 18, 2005 06:07 AM

Hi Jeff, I just wanted to thank you for your information a while back. I haven't been able to check out your site since then. Also, Jade is doing very well. How is your chameleon, and what is her name? Thanks, again for the helpful info.

Posted by: Linda at August 18, 2005 05:54 PM

Hi Linda! I'm glad Jade is doing well! I don't have much occasion to use a name for my chameleon, so I haven't paid that much to it. In fact, I've not thought about it since I made my last effort to choose a name about 3 months ago. I came up with "Fido". My girlfriend tells me that I need to choose a different name, one "that has some dignity". I still like "Fido", though.

Posted by: Jeff at August 18, 2005 10:56 PM

Hi, I have a female veiled chameleon which I purchased July 18, 2005. The pet store did not inform me of her age and I plan to find that out asap. She is 8 1/4 inches. I spray her terrarium 2-3 times a day, but she has unfortunately not been eating for 2 days. I feed her a usual daily 6 crickets. It is unusual because the crickets crawl right on her and she does nothing. I wonder if perhaps I am feeding her too much or if she is sick. Before I take her to the vet I'd like to know if you believe anything suspicious of her behavior and if you can recommend a vet in Barrie, ON. Mine has NO idea what he is talking about ( he recently suggested I feed the crickets more greens for vitamins, and luckily I know that isn't a good idea ). Thank you so much, hope to hear a reply soon.

Posted by: Melissa at August 21, 2005 06:04 PM

I have a Female Veield chameleon, Her name is Starla. i have read and done so much research to keep my pet in the best shape possiable, And just recently i read that they lay eggs with out being mated. She is about 12 inches long from head to tip of tail I have had her since january. im wondering do i need to set up a spot to lay eggs. or is it too late because of the age i need to know have i failed my beauty and what i need to do immedatly. please write back i need to know it will ruin me if i lost her.

Posted by: Antonio Trejo at August 24, 2005 09:58 AM

Something is wrong wiht one of my veil was woundering if someone can help cant get to vet tell tomorrow email me i have picture he is get something around hes mouth

Posted by: Meagan at August 25, 2005 05:21 PM

Hi Jeff,
I have a 5 1/2 month old Veiled Chameleon Female. Thursday evening I noticed her digging the bark in her cage and then I noticed she has a Prolapsed Rectum. I didnt know what to do, at the time we were having a hurricane (yes we live in FL) and then Friday the vets has no electric. Finally I found one that was open and rushed her there. She was not looking good. The Dr said that she may be eggbound but the he checked her and he said she wasnt. He did say she has 2 large masses possibly swollen kidneys. Do you know the cause for that and the remedy? Anyway I picked her up Sat afternoon and she has been stitched for the prolapse and they told me she is dehydrated. They told me what I needed to do to make her better. Shes been home for 1 day and she went to her waterfall today and ate some crickets. She looked good at 8am this morning but then by 3pm she was digging and dark(stressed) and skinny looking. I had to go out and then I came home about 830pm and she was green and up on a branch again. Do you maybe have any idea whats going on with her? I love her and dont want to die. you know I love her if i can spend 138.00 to have her fixed.. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by: Gena at August 28, 2005 07:14 PM

I don't know how to help with such a thing. All I can suggest is that you visit The Chameleon Journals - http://lists.topica.com/lists/chameleon_journals/ - and join their mailing list and ask your question there. I'm sure you'll get more than a few qualified answers.

Posted by: Jeff at September 6, 2005 11:25 PM

I have kept a tub of playsand in my chameleon's pen since it was 3 months old - still no eggs and it's been months. My first chameleon laid eggs and died from metabolic bone disease (in part because of the eggs) earlier than that.

I think that the difference, from what I've gathered from other owners and breeders since, is that it depends upon temperature and how much females are fed. If you restrict their diets, they're less likely to lay eggs, and they're less likely to lay oversized clutches (as mine did). It would seem that overfeeding is the killer of females (well, really, it's just that they're egg factories, nothing more, so you just have to shut down production).

So it's anybody's guess whether your chameleon has egg problems or not. If you look up at the X-ray in this thread, you'll see plenty of eggs. they're still in there, and she's got opportunity to lay them. But she's not getting big like my last chameleon, and - incidentally - she's markedly better off in terms of bone structure, too (I've got better lights for her than I did for my previous chameleon, and I think I'm giving her much, much better food - in the form of crickets with much, much better gut load).

Posted by: Jeff at September 6, 2005 11:34 PM

Hi Jeff. My female veiled, her name was Bernie, has just passed away from metabolic bone disease, but unfortunately because of bone deterioration and not her eggs. I suspect it was because of the pet store I bought her at, since her fin was already half-bent and they were trying to get rid of her ASAP. I took the best possible care of her and spent tremendous amounts of money getting her tongue amputated and paying for exams at the vet. I was thinking of going back to the pet store and asking for my money back, but don't know if I can ever buy another chameleon because of Bernie's death. What helped you get over your chameleon's death?

Posted by: Mel at September 13, 2005 03:11 PM

hey I have a male veiled and jus perchased a female but the only problem is i am not sure how old the female is i plan on breeding them in the future i was wondering if there is anyway you can figure out the age of a veiled by there size or body characteristics

Posted by: matt ince at September 21, 2005 05:42 PM

I have a female veiled chameleon that I think is eggbound only I'm not sure becuase she did lay one egg. I put some sand in a reptarium for her with her heat lamp and uvb light and left her there for three days and she did nothing. Should I put her back with the sand or leave her be. She seems to be lathargic, skinny(I can see her ribs), she is dark all the time, drinks a little bit of water, and refuses to eat most of the time. She has been doing this for the last week and i don't know what to do? If you have any suggestions, please help.

She lives in tank that is 13in by 31 1/4 in. She has a leafy vine, a log, and a fountain for water. I mist at least twice a day, keep her uvb light on her for several hours and feed her crickets(which she seems to prefer over other insects) that are dusted in Herpacare cricket dust,and her tank is cleaned once a week.

I would be devestated if I lost her. I am hoping that she is just stressed and not eggbound. Should she see a vet?

Posted by: Sarah at October 7, 2005 12:23 AM

@Sarah: If I were you, I'd take her to the vet. Without proper diagnosis, there's no way to know the proper treatment.

@everyone else: Sorry, I've not been available to respond to old threads recently. However, I when I have a chance I'll post responses (which will be soon).

Posted by: Jeff at October 7, 2005 12:54 AM

Hi Jeff, When you get a chance, I was curious to know what type of supplements you use and how often you dust the crickets. Thanks, Linda.

Posted by: Linda at November 21, 2005 05:23 PM

Hiya Linda,

I use Rep Cal vitamin powder: http://www.veiled-chameleon.com/cgi-bin/newfront/link.cgi?af=pm&pd=repcalvitamins - and Rep Cal calcium: http://www.veiled-chameleon.com/cgi-bin/newfront/link.cgi?af=pm&pd=repcalcalcium

I rarely use them. The only time that I do use them is when I've not been able to gut load the crickets (i.e., when I've just brought them home from the store). I suspect that I use powder 2 or 3 times per month.

At present, my chameleon is near the point of laying her eggs for the first time, and she's developed a swelling under her chin. The most common reason given on other webpages that I've found for this swelling (edema) is over supplementation with vitamin A. Since I nearly never supplement, that's ruled out. However, the cricket's gut load (all natural, made by me, and not commercial) may be a bit high in vitamin A, but according to the veterinarian (visited last Friday), the swelling is probably not caused by vitamin A. Right now, the most likely culprit has to do with the state of her pregnancy (sort of like how human females get weird health problems during pregnancy).

I mention that only because I want to highlight a problem that comes up with over-supplementation (which seems to be much more common than under), and also to point out that my methods aren't giving exactly perfect results (so maybe my methods ought not be mirrored precisely). At any rate, you can read more about my chameleon's current problem here: http://www.veiled-chameleon.com/weblog/archives/000218.html

Now that I've visited the veterinarian and I've got pictures of her current x-rays, I'll be updating that topic (with a new entry). If you're interested, look for it in a day or two.

Posted by: Jeff at November 21, 2005 06:45 PM

Here's the update: http://www.veiled-chameleon.com/weblog/archives/000222.html

Posted by: Jeff at November 22, 2005 03:08 AM

Hey Jeff,

Thanks so much for the info. on supplements.

Wow, I just read your log on your Chameleon's neck swelling. It makes sense that the swelling is most likely caused by her pregnancy. I sure hope she lays her eggs soon without a hitch and the neck swelling will right itself. You're handling it very well--I would be freaking out.

BTW, that's a great picture of her. She looks very healthy otherwise. Now, don't you think after all of this that she is deserving of a name?

Actually, I was freaking out for the past few weeks because Jade hadn't pooped in two weeks. We recently moved, but she seemed to adjust to the new place quickly. So I was able to rule that out, so the other thing was that I had gotten her new supplements. I was using T-Rex Dust specifically for Chameleons, but I couldn't find it anywhere. So, I picked up this one:

T-Rex 2:1 Cal/Phos Reptile Supplement
2:1 Calcium Phosphorus is a powdered supplement with vitamins for herbivorous lizards, turtles and tortoises. T-Rex 2:1 provides both minerals and vitamins in one easy to use product. 2:1 is designed for use with herbivorous reptiles whose vegetable diets may lack phosphorus and calcium. Scientifically formulated to provide the proper 2:1 ratio of calcium to phosphorus required by these animals.

That's why I was asking you what dust you use because I think (no, I know) that I caked the crickets, not dusted. I think this might have affected her in a bad way. When I got home yesterday, she had finally pooped. It was not a pretty site. This morning she seemed to be more active, so I was very, very happy to see that.

I feed the crickets the following. Maybe I can cut back on the dusting? I usually dust them about three times a week.

- Fluker's® High Calcium Cricket Feed
Designed for gut-loading crickets to increase
their vitamin/mineral content prior to offering
them as prey.

- Green Leaf Lettuce

- A small amount of dried oatmeal

- A moistened sponge for water (cheap and easy
source for water)

- Sometimes, I throw a small amount of this, but
the crickets usually don't touch it:
Fluker's Orange Cube Complete Cricket Diet
This concentrated vitamin and mineral formula
is a primary food source for feeder insects.

Do you think this is sufficient?

I hope all goes well and your Chameleon (who needs a name after all of this :)) has a speedy recovery.

Take care and good luck.

Posted by: Linda at November 22, 2005 12:52 PM

Hi Linda,

The best I can do is to share with you what my veterinarian has shared with me. But first I'll just comment on the supplement dust from what I've learned reading on the Internet.

The type of dust you're describing uses pre-formed vitamin A. It is this type of vitamin A which is usually reported as the suspected cause of edema. The Rep-Cal Herptivite multivitamins and the Rep-Cal calcium come in separate jars because, among other reasons, it has beta carotene instead of vitamin A in the multivitamin powder. According to the label, if it were mixed with calcium, the calcium would damage the beta carotene. Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A in our bodies (and, presumably in a chameleon's body as well; that'd make sense, 'cause I'm not sure that pre-formed vitamin A exists in nature [I could be very wrong about that]). Also, such as in the case of my chameleon with her neck swelling, an owner may want to skip the vitamins all together and only give calcium. That sort of thing.

But that brings us to the gut load. I've noticed that the more experienced, and thus the more likely to be termed an "expert", a chameleon enthusiast is, the more likely they are to say that supplements need not be used at all if the chameleon is properly gut loaded, and that if you're not properly gut loading, then the supplements probably aren't going to help. According to my veterinarian, this is also the case. I've found on my scours of the Internet that over supplementation is more commonly reported to cause problems than under supplementing. That's why I only do it 2 or 3 times per month.

So next we get to a proper gut load. After my first appointment with my present chameleon (which was very young) to its veterinarian, I told him about my former chameleon. I also told him what I was feeding my crickets at that time - which turns out to be almost EXACTLY what you're feeding yours. I've only had one other chameleon, and my first died of severe metabolic bone disease. My best guess is that the problem was brought on by inadequate UVA/UVB lighting (my present chameleon's enclosure is thus flooded with it!). But the gut load was highlighted to me by my veterinarian.

He said that he constantly gets one extremely dedicated, extremely conscientious person with a sick lizard into his office right after another, each of which thinks that they're taking excellent care of their pets because they're reading labels on pet products and listening to pet store employees. And they do exactly like what I was doing. He said that commercial gut loads and supplements are virtually useless because they're not organically produced. He compared it to feeding a child Wonder Bread and multivitamins, pointing out that it just wouldn't work.

Now, you'd think that if he's right, then the makers of the gut loads would go out of business, right? Well, the thing is, the gut loads feed crickets, and crickets feed pets. Many pets rely heavily upon the gut load, whereas many other pets rely heavily upon the meat of the crickets. The easier and more hardy lizards would be doing well with the crickets without any gut load at all (I suspect that leopard geckos may be in this category, for example). But "advanced animals" (i.e., less hardy, ones that require more dedication and education from their owners), such as chameleons, aren't going to do well with that. Thus the commercial gut loads do well because of: A) they're okay for a lot of common pets, and B) they've got excellent marketing.

So he told me to put away the Fluker's gut loads and not feed them to my crickets. I've still got my jar, but I've not opened it in six months. (I've also read that corn, which is a significant part [to my recollection] of the Fluker's cricket feed is very difficult for chameleons to digest.) He also told me that the calcium in the "Cricket Quencher", made by Fluker's, was useless, but I still use it because it's simple and easy water for the crickets - and I don't know of any way that it'd hurt. I've been intending to buy sponges for plain water, though, like you.

He then told me what to use for a gut load. He said that the following was all that was necessary, that I'd never need anything else: kale, collard greens, endive, and dandelion greens. That's it, nothing else. He seemed to emphasize "nothing else", as if that was important. So, I questioned him about things that I'd been feeding the crickets, and things that I'd considered feeding them:

Lettuce? No - it's just crunchy water without any appreciable quantity of nutrients at all.

Carrots? No. I don't remember if I asked why.

Oranges? Apples? No, stay away from fruit, as it tends to be low in the kind of nutrients that chameleons need.

Potato? No.

Spinach? Absolutely not. Although it is high in calcium, it's full of "oxalates" which inhibit the absorption of calcium, and would prevent calcium from other sources being absorbed.

I asked about other things, but I can't remember right now off of the top of my head. But those "oxalates" intrigued me, so I searched the Internet for an explanation of them and I found this page: http://www.greenigsociety.org/foodchart.htm

It is from that chart that I chose my cricket food. I even eliminated kale from consideration (something the vet recommended) because of its moderately-high concentration of oxalates. I use dandelion greens, collard greens, watercress, and endive. And I'll tell you this: The crickets EAT EVERY LAST BIT OF IT. The crickets spent time in their dish when I gave them Fluker's, but they sure didn't eat it all, and they avoided certain ingredients in it as well. AND, Fluker's seems to be what they're fed at the pet store. This is important because, when I bring them home and dump them into my container with my home made gut load, they IMMEDIATELY pile on to my gut load and GORGE themselves. They just aren't all that impressed with the Fluker's. In addition, I also give them bee pollen and egg yolk, because of what I read on this link: http://www.adcham.com/html/husbandry/gutload.html

My current chameleon's bone structure is excellent, which is a relief to me after my last dying from metabolic bone disease at about the same age as is this one. So what's made the difference? The lighting? Or the gut load? Or both? Who knows. But I'm not going to argue with success at this point (except to cut down on vitamin A with the chameleon until that swollen neck goes away!).

Incidentally, I had the same experience with that Fluker's orange cube stuff - the crickets wouldn't touch it.

Posted by: Jeff at November 22, 2005 03:46 PM

Hi Jeff,

Thanks so much, for the much needed information.

That's it! I'm going to gut load the crickets using the greens you mentioned, watercress, and try to find the bee pollen and dried egg yolk.

The sponges work great. I picked up a package of I think about 10 from the dollar store and cut them into smaller pieces to fit in the cricket keeper. Usually, you have to moisten them every other day and replace them when you can no longer bear touching them.

BTW, how often do you change your UVB bulb? 6 - 8 months or so?

Those Chameleons are comical creatures, eh? Here's one for ya. I tried putting sand in a half log (the one's you buy at Pet's Mart) upside down, of course, and stapled cardboard to the sides of it. I thought this would be a great idea because of it being real tree bark, right out of nature. Well, when I put it in Jade's tank, she froze and wouldn't take her eyes off of it. This went on for hours. She was sitting up on her branch and was not moving, not even her eyes. I put my hand near her to see if she would move or walk away. Instead, she played opossum and fell off her branch to the bottom of the cage and laid there playing opossum. So, there went my great idea of using something natural for sand. As soon as I removed it from her tank, she was back to normal. I haven't tried anything since, but I must try something else...I'm getting worried that she might need it. I think I'll try introducing a small container and gradually increase the size and see how she handles that.

So, still no name...after everything that she's gone through and still is going through...

Posted by: Linda at November 22, 2005 06:18 PM

Linda, I'm glad Jade suffered no ill effects from her fall! I noticed you said you put the log thingy (cute idea!) in Jade's tank. Is she in a glass aquarium? If so, and if she is older than 3-4 months you should probably consider moving her to a suitable screen enclosure.
As for the UVB bulbs, it's recommended they be changed every 5-6 months.
Good luck with a laying box! Maybe try a large bucket with play sand or a fertilizer-free potting soil mixed with sand.

Posted by: Laura at November 29, 2005 07:52 PM

Hi Laura, Yes, me too! No, I have her in a mesh tank, so all set there. I thought it was a great idea to use something that was natural than plastic, but I think it was too big for her tank. I put in a much smaller plastic container, and amazingly enough, she didn't seem to mind this one one at all. I'm waiting to see some footprints in it, but she hasn't climbed on it yet.

Here's an update on over supplementing. I can say from my experience (may not apply to everyone that uses supplements) that over supplementing has adverse affects. As I had mentioned earlier, Jade was constipated for two weeks, which worried me greatly. All we have to go on for making sure that our chameleons are doing well is observing daily that they eat, drink, eliminate and are active. So, when she finally went, it was a considerable amount, but she appeared to be fine. The next day, she went again (again I was very relieved.) The third time, I noticed there was blood in her stool and some smeared on her branch. It was alarming to see the blood, but she again seemed to be doing fine (more relief.) So, I felt awful for causing her so much discomfort for at least three weeks when I thought more was better.

Posted by: Linda at December 6, 2005 06:13 PM

Hi i have a 8month female Vchameleon called spyro n am looking for some1 who lives by me with a male chameleon so i can mate her iv heard your not ment 2 keep males and females together so i think this will work out beter. i live on the wirral in england. Thank-you kate & spyro x

Posted by: Kate at December 26, 2005 12:03 PM

jus thought id show her off!!

Posted by: Kate at December 27, 2005 03:22 AM

Hiya Kate!

Have you tried www.photobucket.com? They allow free hosting of pictures on the Internet. :-)

Posted by: Jeff at December 27, 2005 08:44 AM

Thank-you jeff!! would jus like 2 say ur site has been a great help!!! love kate & spyro x

Posted by: Kate at December 27, 2005 11:41 AM

hi, we bough a veiled chameleon about a month ago and now it won't eat anymore and he's always digging at the bottom... but it's a male... what should we do?

Posted by: christina at December 27, 2005 04:41 PM

@Kate: Thanks. :-D

@Christina: Male digging is not an uncommon report, but I can't remember anything that's been said about it, other than to make sure that it is, in fact, a male, perhaps even treating it as if it's a female.

I suggest that you visit the following link, join the mailing list, and ask your question. In fact, you might find the answer by searching the archives. Good luck!


Posted by: Jeff at December 27, 2005 11:49 PM

So does any1 live by the wirral who has a male vChameleon jus my female is coming in2 season soon. Or is there a site i can join that deals wid dis? Also did u get my pic of Spyro? Kate & Spyro x

Posted by: Kate at December 28, 2005 12:36 PM

My brother-n-laws chameleon has something coming out of his rectum, that must have dried coming out, because he says its still there and has crusted to the outer skin. They have tried to make a vet appointment and the specialist can't see him until next Tuesday. Last night he said there was a little bit of blood coming out. Could he be constipated? He put him in a humid cage hoping that it would loosen it up, but it didn't seem to help. Do you have any idea what could be going on here? Thank you,

Posted by: Megan at December 29, 2005 06:10 PM

Enjoy your website,have a question, would like answer posted on your website. 1 1/2 year old given to us by a friend of a friend. We are having to hand feed him b/c his tongue is nothing more than a blob that hangs out of his mouth when he attempts to feed. He can catch a cricket but not enough to fill him up or to keep his weight at an ideal level.Is this a conginital abnormality or is this something that we should consult a vet about? He [yes, it is a he] is very friendly and doscil, we enjoy him very much but want him to be happy and healthy also, please reply. Thanks, skeetfrog4888@bellsouth.net

Posted by: Donna at December 29, 2005 06:37 PM

@Megan: I don't know what that would be, but I do know that a common remedy for constipation in lizards is to put them into a warm container of warm (not hot nor cold!) water, maybe a half-inch deep, to soak. I'm not sure how willing a chameleon would be to put up with that, however.

If it is constipation, it almost certainly comes from dehydration. This is a common problem with chameleons. Most chameleon owners also own a small tree which they put into their shower two-to-four times per week, then allow a very slow warm (not hot nor cold!) shower to shower the tree for 30-60 minutes. The chameleons love it, they get plenty to drink, and they get very very wet. That'd probably help with your chameleon's problem. I've never had a single instance of showering my chameleon in which it didn't deficate at least once.

Posted by: Jeff at December 29, 2005 06:48 PM

@Donna: If that were my chameleon, I'd be taking it to the vet in a hurry. It could be an infection, or something else which may cause further problems later.

That being said, sprained tongues are not uncommon with chameleons. Here's a link which you might find helpful:


Posted by: Jeff at December 29, 2005 06:53 PM

Hi, my name is Mary and a couple of days ago i bought a vieled chameleon and he is doing well, but he is somewhat a brown coloration, on top of his natural green. Is this a bad sign?

P.S, I have a cockatiel as well, and a chameleon. Nice Cockatiel.

Posted by: Mary at December 31, 2005 11:14 AM

Hi Jeff,

I'm definitely going to try the spa method for hydration especially now because I'm certain Jade has a problem with constipation. When I had Lillian, she used to drink out of her water fall and deficate any where from 4 to 5 times per week. Jade is going at a rate of every two weeks. I thought it was because I was dusting the crickets too heavily, but I see from your web log that it is most likely from dehydration. Do you know what the normal frequency is? Thanks!

P.S. Any name yet?

Posted by: Linda at January 4, 2006 10:58 AM

My chameleon dumps a huge load at least once per day.

I don't know what you mean by a "spa method", but if you're referring to soaking the chameleon in a bath, that's just a temporary fix which helps a chameleon go to the bathroom. It does nothing to actually hydrate the chameleon.

The big issue with dehydration is long term organ damage. A chameleon may look very healthy, and not dehydrated at all, but slowly and surely its organs are being damaged, until one day, the symptoms show up and it's too late. That's why I've finally taken the advice of most other successful chameleon keepers and have started putting my chameleon in a tree in the shower for at least a half-hour 3-4 times per week.

Posted by: Jeff at January 4, 2006 12:37 PM

By "spa method", I mean to put her in a tree in the shower. I've been misting her tank heavily and gently misting her, but I haven't seen her go after any water droplets on the leaves. That surely sounds like the best way to keep them hydrated. Thanks so much for the information.

BTW, are you using a Ficus tree in the shower?

Posted by: Linda at January 4, 2006 04:30 PM

Yes, I use a ficus tree. I put its pot in a kitchen garbage bag and then I pull the top of the bag as high up the trunk as I can, then I tie it very very tightly around the trunk in an effort to seal it and keep the water out.

You are keeping your chameleon in a *tank*? How tall is this tank? How long has your chameleon been in a tank?

Posted by: Jeff at January 4, 2006 04:36 PM

Good idea! I was wondering what to do about protecting the soil. Yes, she's in a mesh tank and has been since June 2005 when I got her. It's a horizontal tank, so not very tall.

When I had Lillian, I used to let her climb in my hanging Pothos that hung near a window throughout the year. In the summer, I let her get sunlight by letting her climb in the Sunflowers. We have since moved, and I had left all of my hanging plants and Ficus, so now I've lost that option of letting her be free of her tank and climb. I would really like to get a tall tank now. How tall is yours and approximate cost?

Posted by: Linda at January 4, 2006 04:54 PM

@Linda: Mine is a 29x29x60 reptarium. Various sizes and prices on reptariums can be seen here: http://www.veiled-chameleon.com/cgi-bin/newfront/link.cgi?af=pm&pd=reptarium Is this what you're using? Is it a horizontal model of one of those? They have horrible, horrible zippers. If they had good zippers, I'd be singing their praises to high heaven. But by skimping on the cost of a good zipper, they make the things almost undesirable. (You threw me with the term "tank", which I generally expect to mean something than can be used to hold water - thus it would be air and water tight.)

Tall is the big deal for chameleons. Mine spends most of its day near the top of the enclosure, then at night it climbs near the bottom. It gives a nice temperature gradient from the top to the bottom which the chameleon may use to regulate body temperature.

Posted by: Jeff at January 4, 2006 05:37 PM

Sorry, about the confusion in tanks. We had Geckos before and they were in an aquarium with sand, so I keep using "tank."

Fortunately, when I bought my first Veiled, the guy who helped me at Pet's Mart seemed very knowledgeable about the type of tank (mesh not glass) and all the accompanying setup gear. However, I'm not sure if the store carries bigger than what I have. I don't remember now what size I have. I'll have to measure it tonight.

Yes, it has the horrible zipper on top. I've had it for over 2 years now, and the zipper still works fine. Although, I have to cut off stray strings from time to time to keep the zipper from snagging.

I see the size that you have is not on the website. Did you order it online? Do you know if the tall reptariums are available only online, or can you buy them at Pet's Mart, Petco, etc.?

About the zipper...being your reptarium is 5 feet tall, where is the zipper located? Also, do you then use extension cords for the lighting above? I use a timer for the heat and UVB lights, which are plugged into a power saver. Or, the waterfall is plugged into the power saver. Don't remember which it is. It was a little tricky figuring out the safest way to plug everything in, so that's always a concern too.

Posted by: Linda at January 4, 2006 06:52 PM

Hello. I have a 3-4 year old female veiled. She has not gone to the bathroom for 2 weeks. A week ago, I did find a very miniscule amount of urate and feces, but it does not add up to the volume she is consuming. I suspect she is constipated, and I wanted to know how to treat this. I have made an attempt to mist her cage more for longer times each day. Someone suggested Pedialyte for dehydration, but how much should I give her? Any ideas? Her belly is big, and she has a white patch around her vent (as if its being stretched)


Posted by: Kittiekat at January 9, 2006 08:49 AM

Hi Kittiekat: The best I can offer is what I already said above: I do know that a common remedy for constipation in lizards is to put them into a container of warm (not hot nor cold!) water, maybe a half-inch deep, to soak.

If it is constipation, it almost certainly comes from dehydration. This is a common problem with chameleons. Most chameleon owners also own a small tree which they put into their shower two-to-four times per week, then allow a very slow warm (not hot nor cold!) shower to shower the tree for 30-60 minutes. The chameleons love it, they get plenty to drink, and they get very very wet. That'd probably help with your chameleon's problem. I've never had a single instance of showering my chameleon in which it didn't defecate at least once.

Posted by: Jeff at January 9, 2006 11:03 AM

Hey Jeff,

Thanks for the advice. I will try putting her in the shower and putting the shower head on mist. I just hope she dosent freak out cause she's never expereinced that before. I gave her some pedialyte at the advice of a veiled breeder, in conjunction with the shower mist, I hope everything will be ok! Thanks again!

Posted by: Kittiekat at January 9, 2006 09:06 PM

Dear Breeder,

I am in dire need of assistance. My Veiled Chameleon (Female) is certain to lay infertile eggs soon. I don't have the money to buy the tub which she needs to lay them in... I need to know what type of sand is best... What substitutes can I use for an egg site? She is 1 year 1 month and 3 weeks old. Please help...

Posted by: John at January 10, 2006 10:28 PM

Well, I'm not a breeder, but I have had some experience with this. My previous chameleon went straight to digging and laid her eggs right away when I gave her sand. The type of sand to use is the type of sand that people put into "sand boxes" for their kids to play in. At hardware stores, such as Home Depot, it's labeled "playsand". You DON'T want to use the kind of sand that is used by masons for mixing concrete.

I know other people who have mixed playsand 1/2 and 1/2 with coconut fiber ( http://www.veiled-chameleon.com/weblog/archives/000152.html ). That's what I've given to my current chameleon, but, with any luck, she'll never need it!

Posted by: Jeff at January 10, 2006 11:40 PM

Hi Jeff,

Because of all the helpful information that you've provided, Jade is getting a bigger home. I just ordered the 100 gallon reptarium online. I bought a 65 gallon (the largest they carry in the store) from Pet's Mart yesterday, but I returned it today and decided to go bigger. I also put her in the shower this morning, and she absolutely loved it. I can't thank you enough for all your research and much needed information to be able to provide the best possible environment for her health and well being. I also purchased the substrate to help in providing more humidity and the weed blocker to keep her from ingesting any of it. I've also increased the time I mist her tank and have seen an immediate improvement in her behavior.

I can't wait until her new, expansive home arrives, and I get it all set up. I'm having trouble at this time of the year finding a Ficus tree, though. All the Ficus plants I've found are the shrub type and are too large. I have one more Home Depot to try, though.

I've always forgotten to ask this question. Do you know how many hours to keep the lights on? I've read about 12 hours or less. Does that seem right?

Thanks, again.

P.S. I printed out your section on substrate and showed your setup to my nephew. He thought it rocked!

Posted by: Linda at January 11, 2006 04:57 PM

I went to Home Depot to get the floor tile, but they don't carry it. Do you know where I can get it or what else might be good to use to line the floor? BTW, is it made out of vinyl or carpet? Thanks!

Posted by: Linda at January 12, 2006 05:48 PM

@Linda: My thought is that the Multy-Tile is made of rubber. I have read a post (on another website) by someone else that it's made out of recycled vinyl. I've also read two posts on two other websites where people have said that they got it at Home Depot (I can't find it at their online store). Maybe if you printed out the photo of it and showed it to a few employees, one of them might have a light bulb come on in his or her head.

Also, if I type "interlocking modular tile" into a search engine, I get all kinds of other options (other brands). Quite a few of them wouldn't be suitable, because they don't have holes in them, but there's lots of brands that do have holes (which allow the substrate to dry underneath). Showing an employee the photos of what Multy-Tile is might give her an idea of a similar product that they do carry.

It's weird that it's so difficult to find...but it is.

Posted by: Jeff at January 12, 2006 11:10 PM

Jeff, Thanks, for the info.! I did bring the picture of the Multy-Tile on your website and showed it to a guy in the flooring dept. at Home Depot, but he said they don't carry anything like that. When I told him what I was going to use it for, he suggested I go to a pet shop in the area that also carries reptiles to see if they have something that can be used or suggest something that can be used. There are several other Home Depot's in the area that I can try too. Also, I still have had no luck finding a Ficus tree either. However, I did pick up a beautiful Marble Queen Pothos from Home Depot. I've been using that to put Jade on in the shower. I put the Pothos on a small plastic garbage can that is turned upside down out of the direct spray of the shower, so all the soil doesn't go down the drain. That seems to be working for now. If I can't find a Ficus tree, I'm going to try to find a medium size, inexpensive fake tree to use. This way, I don't have to worry about protecting the soil. Her new larger home should be arriving any day now. I can't wait to set it up and create more chameleon highways (saw that term on a link posted on your page) for her to climb about.

Hope all is well with your chameleon.

Posted by: Linda at January 13, 2006 02:08 PM

My male veiled chameleon is at the vet. When I went to feed it at lunch he was on the bottom of the cage "frozen". Not cold frozen but his muscles had locked up. Took him to the vet they are going to keep him overnight for observations but their first guess is vitamin defeciency. He has a 7% UV light. His crickets are gut loaded and I put Reptical Vitamin and Calcium supplement on them. My female, same conditions, seems perfectly fine, and she laid two clutches of eggs. I have noticed a decrease in appetite in the male for the past couple of weeks. Any body with ideas?

Posted by: Mike at January 18, 2006 02:40 PM

Hi Jeff
I have a veiled chameleon, not sure on age but at least a yr, who we got for free because it was a rescue mission. The people who had it before, there kids were playing with it like it was there toys. Ive had her now for 4 mnths and shes been fine, except for the odd digging around in the bottom of the cage. A couple of nights ago my wife came to me asking if i had seen her and what is happening to her. We asked around and found out she has a prolapsed rectum. We were told to use sugar water on it so it will go back in. It was twice the size of a grape, and is now the size of a grape. It was getting better, but now she is trying to deficate at the same time, and it is pushing it back out. I am constantly giving her water, and putting the sugar water on her rectum. Is there anything else you could suggest i do. I cant take her to the vet, there is only one who can do anything, and they are expensive, and i have no money to do anything. What can i do?

Posted by: Dwight at January 20, 2006 11:23 AM

@Dwight: I have no answer for you. I'm sorry.

@the others - I'm in a bit of a hurry and can't answer right away. I shall respond when I get free time.

Posted by: Jeff at January 20, 2006 04:22 PM

my chameleon has been acting strange the last week or 2 she has been coming on to the ground alot which she doesnt usually do and has got a really big stomach.i got her when she was young and since then she hasnt been with a male but then i read the comment on when you found out how your chameleon was pregnant now i think she is pregnant. how can i be sure?

Posted by: mark mc glinchey at February 7, 2006 10:18 AM

@mark: She is. They're born...er, hatched...pregnant. If she doesn't have a place to lay eggs, she's going to die.

Posted by: Jeff at February 7, 2006 02:49 PM

hi jeff
i have a 8 month old male veiled chameleon.Im leaving you this comment today because he has something hanging out of his rectum.I asked the guy at the pet store what it might be but all he could tell me was to watch it for a few days its been 3 days already.I really love my chameleon and dont want nothing to happen to him so i was wondering if you can tell me what mite be wrong. The thing hanging out his rectum isnt poop because its not yellow. Its about a half inch long and its red in color.Anything you mite know can help thanx alot jeff.

Posted by: CEASAR CARRERA at February 14, 2006 03:32 PM

Hi jeff,
My veiled chameleon is about a year and a half old, and lately I've been noticing that the end of his tongue is enlarged and he is having trouble catching his food with it. Does he have a tongue infection, and if so what do I do for him?
Thanks for your help,

Posted by: Andrea at February 17, 2006 03:29 PM

Hi Jeff
You seem to have tons of info about Veiled Chameleons.
My wife has a female about 1 year old that started to go to the bottom of her cage ,about 1 week ago, we placed a container with substate in it for her to lay eggs. She was going down there but now is very weak and stays down there on the bottom. we found a yellow pile on the bottom of the cage and a thick white film on her rectum about three days ago.
She didn't lay any eggs on and hasn't pooped in a couple days and doesn't seem to be eating.

I see posting about both eggbound and dehydrated and wonder if she is now dehydrated. We have a drip system that constintly drips H2O down some leaves in her cage and found her on top of the screen on the rubbermad container that catches the water.


Posted by: DScott at February 18, 2006 04:59 PM

Jeff also you mention about showers and we were told not to allow them to drink tap water and to let the water being used for her to sit for a couple days before use.


Posted by: DScott at February 18, 2006 05:10 PM

hey i'm having a very hard time setting up my chameleons tank i have have some ideas of wat it will look like but thenn on the other hand i'm lost so do u no any good website that would show me some tank setups or/ can u send me some pics?

Posted by: thomas at February 19, 2006 09:06 PM

hey i was just wondering if u were going to send me any pic or list out any websites. thanks in advanced


Posted by: thomas at February 20, 2006 07:34 PM

The best chameleon website I know is http://www.chameleonnews.com.

I, personally, have very few answers to give anyone about chameleons. I'm one of the disoriented many, not one of the enlightened few.

Posted by: Jeff at February 20, 2006 07:39 PM

Hi I have a female veiled chameleon and she has not eaten since February 11th and it is now the 21st. I have been trying to feed her but she will not eat. I phoned the pet store and they told me to give her electrolytes to keep her hydrated. I have been giving her Pedialyte with electrolytes for the past 5 or 6 days now and she will drink it and seems to like it, however she will not drink from her own waterfall so that is the only way she gets anything to drink. She seems constipated and will not poop. She stays higher up on her vines and hammock which is directly under her heat lamp. I phoned the vet and they also said just to keep her hydrated and that her tank might not be a good habitat. She is in a very big tank with a screen top and has all the other necessary stuff for lighting, etc. I feed her crickets and mealworms and sometimes butterworms. I asked the people at the pet store if that type of tank would be good enough and they said it would be but the vet seems to think differently. She is approx. 7-8 months old now and is about 6" long. I dont kow what else I should do and I dont know why she is this way, please help!!!

Posted by: Shawna at February 21, 2006 07:07 PM

Hi Shawna,

It's just amazing, really. Your post and the posts of so many others demonstrate a complete lack of having done homework on the pet BEFORE acquiring it. In short, OF COURSE the chameleon isn't drinking from its waterfall. Sometimes chameleons do drink from sources like bowls and waterfalls, but you can be sure that if they are drinking from those sources, then they are severely dehydrated. My advice: take the waterfall out of the cage. Why? Not because of its effect upon the chameleon, but because of its effect upon you; i.e., you'll stop thinking that you're actually providing your chameleon with water.

So how should you hydrate your chameleon? The answer to that question is on, oh, just about every website about chameleons on the Internet including this one (and I suspect that none of them say to use a waterfall).

ps: I don't mean to be picking on you. I'm just...amazed. Another example: keeping a chameleon in a *tank*. What the heck? You can hardly find an information site on chameleon husbandry that doesn't say to not use a tank. Yet, scrolling through the questions and comments on this weblog, I find over-and-over-and-over-and-over again "Is my TANK big enough?" "What kind of lighting should be in her TANK?" "How big should her TANK be?"

Anyway, I've got to go now. My dog has outgrown her tank and I need to go get her a new one. Also, can anyone tell me why my dog seems sick and unhappy? I water her with a spray bottle and give her plenty of spinach each and every day! Please help!!!

Posted by: Jeff at February 22, 2006 01:12 PM

Hiya everyone, looks like its getting a bit tense in here so thought i'd lightn things up and let you know how my babys doin. my chameleons name is spyro and shes nearly 1year bless! All is well with her and she makes me laugh with her habbits. her cage is in my bed room so when im at work she can chill but shes fasanated with the telly, when i have it on she comes right to the frount and watches it and when i turn it off she looks really gutted as she walks back amongst her ficus benjamina tree, which looks a bit bare in parts because she scoffs it, so the trees looking a bit sorry for its self. anyway i could go on forever about how great chameleons are but i gess you all know! keep loven ya funky rolly eyed buddys a! love kate & spyro x

Posted by: Kate at February 27, 2006 02:09 PM

Hi,I purchased my first chameleon a three months ago at a reptile show and although I had 2 female leopard geckos that I have owned for 4 years. This year I bought a male and a nother female to start breeding them. So I have a some knowledge with reptiles at least I thought so. My Cham was a baby only month old when I got him and he was doing great until a couple of weeks ago. I noticed that he was constantly pacing the cage and climbing up and down his branches as if he was looking for something and he could not find it. After observing him one night for a long time I decided to move him close to a window were he could get more brightness he already had 2 lamps with a Exo Terra sunglo 50W bulb in each one but he seemed more at ease when I put him by the window.

And I thought everything was good. Wrong He has started to swell around the neck and today I even saw some swelling around the eyes and he seems a bit lethargic lately. I have read all the postings. Of course I am the kind that will not do research unless I need to. My wife gets angry when I don't ask for directions until we have been lost for a long time.

Any way I have gathered a lot of information now and I know what to do. No powdered insects, gutload with the right stuff, a lot water available (which he already had)and have started to add some superworms to his diet. What I would like to know is if there is anything else that I can do to speed up his recover or to avoid him getting any worst. I was dusting his crickets twice a week for the three months that I have had him. And the crickets were being fed mostly multigrain bread, corn meal and some fruit.(which I have now changed to collared greens and bee pollen). Will the excess vitamins continue to affect him and make him worst, since I had him on this diet for so long or will they loose the effect as soon as I change his diet. In others words what can I expect, him to get to get worst before he gets better or will he just get better from here?

Posted by: Richard at February 28, 2006 06:31 PM

hi.i have a female veiled chameleon that i got about three months ago, so i think shes about 6 months old. she is about 5 inches long and is as fat as a cow. i dont think im over feeding her so she might have eggs, but i dont know. ive noticed letely ALL she does is sleep and now, i think it has become a problem. i think she might be sick because when she does open her eyes they are squinted. sometimes though, she snaps out of it and acts like she is just fine. i work at petsmart and got some "electolites" because i thought she might be dehydrated. i gave them to her orally today and then a tiny black secretion came out of her mouth. strange. Can you help me at all? im really really worried.

Posted by: Kabryn at March 3, 2006 08:27 PM

I dont no how to trim my iguana's nails do i use something special??

Posted by: justin at March 4, 2006 04:59 PM

JUSTIN--To Clip iguana's nails-First, make sure your iguana is as relaxed as you are going to get him/her to be. Having two people work on this task is helpful, but one can do it alone if need be. If you have a partner, one person should hold the lizard with both hands, one around the neck and front area, and the other in front of the hind legs. The other person, using a clean reptile (cat, rabbit, etc.) claw clipper (found in most pet stores) then clips off the sharp pointed TIP on the claw. BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO CUT INTO THE BLOOD VESSEL!!!! Using a bright light behind your iguana allows you to look through the nail and show you where the blood vessel starts. Don't cut all the way up to it, leave a little bit of room from where it becomes visible to where you cut. Cutting into the blood vessel will hurt your iguana and upset him, which could result in injury to the both of you. kate & spyro x

Posted by: Kate at March 7, 2006 02:10 PM

Please help
my male wont open his left eye. The only times he does is when his eye gets wet. What do i do about this

Posted by: Dan at March 13, 2006 04:49 PM

Eye problems can be early signs of sinus/respiratory infections or nutritional problems. Look for enopthalmia, which is usually an indication of dehydration/emaciation. Eyes problems can also be caused by the sap of a plant or cricket powder. what ever it is it can turn in to a serious infection so its best to go the vet or you could ring them and ask for advice there. good luck Kate & Spyro x

Posted by: Kate at March 14, 2006 03:19 PM

Hi jeff this is sam my female veild chameleon just died from laying her eggs. we were giving her a place to lay them giving her some calcium and mixing it with babby food. she was laying about four a day for about 1week then one morning we woke up and she was laying down so my mom got ready to take her to the vet when she was ready she was dead. what should we have done. sam

Posted by: sam at March 15, 2006 07:03 AM

hi jeff this is sam my mom wants to get a male but that means buying a bigger cage what should i do sam

Posted by: sam at March 15, 2006 07:06 AM

hi my mom told me i can get a female chameleon if i can get all the info i need to have a female chameleon so im looking for any info that is very helpfull thanks sam

Posted by: sam at March 15, 2006 03:22 PM

My Male Veiled Chameleon died last night. It was all of a sudden 2 days after I got these crickets for "free" from a stupid pet store.

Do you think it's possible that the crickets could have caused his death, like maybe they weren't sterilized properly or maybe they were carrying something? because he was bloated and in pain.

I don't know what to do. could you email me?

Posted by: Sara at March 20, 2006 12:48 PM

I think that the crickets having anything to do with the problem is highly unlikely.

Posted by: Jeff at March 20, 2006 04:48 PM


My Girlfriend bought a male chameleon named "Tex" about 6 months ago. He is most likely about 8 months old and getting huge. We have him in a 24 x 24 x 48 aluminum screened enclosure with a setup similar to yours.

I have read that you should not use a metal screen, but he does not seem to have any problems with his nails or anything.

I just read through this entire board and learned a lot of good stuff and things to watch out for.

The main thing that I was wondering is how much we should be feeding him. I think (but not sure) that we give him about a dozen half inch crickets, and a few meal and wax worms each day.

How much do you recommend?

Tex seems to be in awesome health, beautiful, and getting really big.

I was also wondering if maybee we should take him to the vet just for a check-up or just assume that he is in good health. I hear a lot about parasites and worms.

I'll post this on the journals also to see what they think.

Posted by: Bob at March 27, 2006 05:00 PM

Veiled chameleons, when young, should be fed as much as they will eat. As they get older they should be given a more stationary diet (large crickets, large mealworms or superworms, waxworms, earthworms etc.). It is important that you limit the amount of food you feed an adult chameleon. Allowing a chameleon to gorge itself, will result in a very obese and unhealthy chameleon. When they are young they will devour anywhere from 6 to 20 small cricket sized insects daily. When they grow up to adults, they will eat about 5-15 full grown medium to large sized insects. Kate & Spyro x

Posted by: Kate at March 29, 2006 12:39 PM

I was once advised that female veileds should be on an especially restricted diet to help to inhibit egg production.

Captive veiled chameleons tend to lay many more eggs than wild veileds, and I'd bet you a shiny new nickel that the reason why has to do with the over-availability of food for those in captivity.

Egg production is very very hard on females for a variety of reasons. I try to avoid it and do so by deliberately keeping my chameleon thin.

Posted by: Jeff at March 29, 2006 12:45 PM

Hi there
First I have to say that this site is very informative. My 2 year old chameleon Charlie hasn't gone to the bathroom in about 4 or 5 days. He is eating the normal amount and isn't acting strange in any way. Any suggestions before i fork out a rediculous amount at the vet?

Posted by: Jenn at April 2, 2006 05:59 PM

Charlie is probably very dehydrated, and that can be a major, major problem. Best you put it into the shower, make it hiss at you and dump water into its mouth, spray it a lot, etc.

It's amazing how much these little suckers drink.

Posted by: Jeff at April 2, 2006 07:46 PM

Thanks for the reply. Started to spray down cage and he started to drink right from the spray bottle and preceeded to do so for about an hour. Will do the shower thing too. Going to turn up the mister in his cage. Much appreciated.

Posted by: Jenn at April 3, 2006 09:43 PM

I have a 2 year old veiled female and I'm worried because she should be ready to lay her eggs once again! however this time she has a sack hanging from her butt! I care for my pet 100%, I mean her temperature is just right! I mist her regularly and she seems to be eating! Should I take her to a vet or not???

Posted by: Paul at April 12, 2006 08:22 AM

@Paul: Boy, I sure would! That's a common thing, but I don't know what it is, and I don't know if it's a killer or not.

Posted by: Jeff at April 12, 2006 11:54 AM

Well, I just got a v-chameleon on the 11th and I went up to my room after school and she looked really bad. She hasn't been eating since I got her. I've been feeding her crickets and mealworm everyday, but she's not touching it. She's about 3 months old. She's not even drinking either. I spray her cage about 2-3 times a day. I tried hand feeding her a cricket and she doesn't want it. What should I do?!

Posted by: Lauren at April 14, 2006 03:43 PM

Take her to the vet.

I suspect that she's dehydrated, too.

Posted by: Jeff at April 14, 2006 04:07 PM

I just wanted to update everyone about my chameleon which had a sack coming out of her rectum! the sack was actually the lining for her anus and her reproductive organs! The vets pushed the sack back in and sticked her up! Sadly she didn't make it! REST IN PEACE BUFFY!!!

Posted by: Paul at April 18, 2006 10:03 AM

Hi, I recently purchased a Veiled chameleon. I have always wanted one since i was little, just never got it. So anyway now that i have her i have a few issues.
First: i gotten into an argument with the store owner about living conditions? substrate or what to use... any suggestions... other than that listed, something clean something that can retain water.Today she was eating and she injested a little piece (i was so frustrated)But, the owner was so sure that it wouldn't hurt her!
second: what is the proper lighting for Veiled chameleons how hot should they really be?
third: Should u really use Real plants as long as they are not posionous or toxic?
Fourth: is it true that chameleons do not like glass repeteriums due to the simple fact that they can see themselves in the reflection.
fifth: upon reading another post i read something about a shake... she also resembles similiar traits while, other times she is fast!
Sixth: what do i do about rehydration? i'm scared that she isn't getting enough water i've tried ice on the top of a mesh cage... i mist regularly. And i tried to drip system with a cup but it didn't work really well? any ideas? her eyes seem a little sunken in today more than usual? however she eats like crazy we are talking like three to four crickets...
lots' of questions hopefully you can answer some of my questions thanks alot!


Posted by: Matt Nikkila at April 18, 2006 09:28 PM

I have a female veiled who has laid eggs 6 times now. I notice she is getting a little weaker each time. This last time I thought she was dead as her eyes were closed and she was still in her hole. I took her out and but her under the heat lamp and she started to open her eyes. I held her for a little then she laid an egg in my hand. Do you think if I had interupted her she would have continued to lay eggs when I put her back? She doesn't look as skinny as she usally does after laying eggs. Also she didn't lay as many. Could this be because she is getting older?And is there anything I can do to make her stronger for next time?
Thanks so much!

Posted by: Julie at April 19, 2006 05:22 PM

I'm thinking of buying a male anole for my female but i want to be ready if she gets pregnant.How can I tell if she's pregnant


Posted by: christie at April 23, 2006 09:52 AM

dear annonymous i am really scared about my jackson chameleon it looks pretty healthy, but is very skinny it has trouble eating and when i try to give it some food it doesnt want it it hasnt been eating for about a a week and a half and i dont know what to do some body please help me anyone i am in big trouble

Posted by: michael at April 24, 2006 07:10 PM

for my chameleon wat time should i change my temperaure? cause during the day its around 90 and when the light is off its around 70-75 but i'm not really when to turn it off ppl say at nigttime there temperatures should be lowered but i'm not sure when that should be? maybe around 10:30 and then i can turn them on around 7 am?

Posted by: dave at April 27, 2006 09:20 PM

Hello everyone
Lookin for a bit of help here, My female veiled is about 7 and a half months, she has yet to lay her eggs, she needs to lay em now, i've set up a sand box in polystirine, around a foot deep, i have the heat mat underneath the sand, and yet she still will not lay them, I'm gettin kinda worried, she isn't stressed and is generally very active and pleasant but in the last week she got pretty grumpy, She stopped eating around 2 or 3 days ago, maybe eating a cricket here or there but nothing like she normally eats, is there anything else i could do to help get her to lay them? I live in Ireland now so a lot of the supplements you talk about are very difficult to get over here, but any help would be greatly appreciated!

Posted by: Graham at April 30, 2006 04:11 AM

will the eggs hacht if they are not fertile and how do i breed crickets and also can to different chemilians mate

Posted by: brody at May 9, 2006 06:11 PM

Hi, I have a female veiled chameleon thats about 6 to 7 months old. When she was younger she ate and shed a lot and now i never see her eating and she hasn't gone to the bathroom probably in a good couple of week and doesn't seem to get around as easy as she use to. I feed her only crickets and put calcium on them and also feed the crickets carrets, she lives in a screened in cage with a waterfall and i mist the cage often. She phisically looks alright to me, but i feel like something is up. Her color seems to be good usually a light green, her eyes seem fine, so i dont know. I always have given her calcium so i really hope she doesnt have any problems with her bones. Thank you very much for your time.

Posted by: Tyler at May 9, 2006 09:56 PM

Have a male Veiled approx. 3-4 months old. In his own large cage 18x18x36". Noticed last night one of his eyes is closed and will not open. This morning the other eye is at half mast, almost closed. Is this possibly a simple eye infection to fix in the home or should I take him to the vet?

Posted by: Steve at May 13, 2006 08:55 AM

Hi Jeff, my chameleon is a 6 month old male and whenever i put a female in his cage he starts to sway on whatever hes on... so my question is; is he gonna fight the female or try to see if she is receptive and then decide to mate or not?

Posted by: nick at May 16, 2006 05:59 PM

hi jeff,

umm, i feel kinda stupid asking this question cause i'm pretty sure the answer is obvious, i read as much as i could before my eyes hurt so here goes.
I have a female chameleon ( which is recent news ) we were always told it was a male until a week ago when her legs started to twitch randomly, so we brought her to the pet store and they said she needed a uvb light & more calcium but not too worry she would be fine. And today, i found an egg in her aquarium..but only one. She doesn't seem to be doing very well. Weak and digging all the time, but we have no sand.
Anyways, can this egg actually hatch is my question. she has never been introduced to a male or anything..

Posted by: tina at May 22, 2006 11:00 PM

my anole is really sick. i ask my dad if we could bring it to a certain vet that does small lizards. he says there are no such thing. the problem with my anole is that this gigantic swelling area appeared on his head. he isn't as active as he used to be and the swelling area is so swollen that he can't open the eye by the swollen area. after my trip to my cabin for a couple days and i came back on checked on the anole, the swelling area had dry blood on it. two days later, which is now, my anole is weaker and hardly opens two eyes. the swelling area had more dried blood on it. my dad said there was dried blood on it because the swelling area popped. or something like that. he tried to eat some crickets, but he was too slow. i tried ripping off a few legs from the crickets so it would be easier for him to grab them. but he didn't go after the crickets. i tried holding up a struggling cricket to his face to see if he would eat it, (my other anoles could be hand-fed) but he wouldn't. i asked my dad again if we could somehow help him, but he said there was nothing to do. please...help me! he seems too young to die!

Posted by: Kasia at June 1, 2006 07:53 PM

well, ends up she laid all her eggs and she's fine now.

Posted by: tina at June 3, 2006 12:58 PM

Kasia i am sorry about your anole.To you this might sound funny but it might have been bitten by a cricket.My friend's chameleon was bitten by a cricket and the chameleon didnt end up so well.Im not real sure what you can do.:(

Posted by: Kevin at June 16, 2006 09:49 PM

Hi i am new with veil chameleons.I have done some studies but still dont know much about them.For properly housing a veil chameleon you need to have temperture to be 75-80 degrees and 70-75 at night but would it be ok to house 1 in tempertures of 78-84 during the day and 84-86 degrees at night?

Posted by: Kevin at June 17, 2006 09:48 PM

I have a veiled chameleon about 5 to 6 months old and it seems that he is havving a verry hard time,he seems to be verry week and doesnt move around much anymore but he seems like hes breathing healthey and his droppings dont look infected.


Posted by: John at June 20, 2006 02:53 PM

Hi Jeff.

I was wondering if you knew anything about bearded dragons?

Posted by: Joe at June 25, 2006 09:04 AM

i have a very young veiled and i have a driper and have ben sparaying and frreding him fruit flys i was gonna feed him the other day and i nodiced his eyes were closed and he has not opend them sence with out being able to see he cant eat of drink i know i dont have alot of hope to save him but i would like some tips thanks

Posted by: jason at June 26, 2006 10:23 PM

My Jackson Chameleons hand and mouth is swolen and I think he might be sick...his mouth now has scabs around it... What should I do...I think he might die if I don't do something quick!

Posted by: Worried... at June 27, 2006 10:45 PM


Posted by: IAN at June 28, 2006 02:21 PM

Hi! I need help. 3 of my chameleon's legs are beginning to look sort of abnormal and I am fearing the worst. I have the UV lights on him along with two heat lamps and I feed him plenty and give him his vitamins and calcium. He still seems to have a pretty good grip and bright coloring, but something is definitely wrong. I am short on money at the moment and am curious to know how much the trip to the vet is going to cost. I am very worried and completely expecting you to respond with metabolic bone disease but I just have to know for sure. :( Thanks.

Posted by: Beryl at June 28, 2006 06:52 PM

wow, oops I thought for a moment this was a insect care site... googled the wrong info huh?

Posted by: maisie at July 1, 2006 08:51 AM

in febuary 2006 i bought a female vieled chameleon. she was doing completely fine until around 25 june. she stopped feeding. i phoned a herpotologist and they said this is normal and will wear off in a few days. 2 days later she is still not eating and is weak, staying near ground and sleeping alot. she also stays in the same position alot.
on 02 july 2006 she died. if u could please e-mail me back on your opinio of what you think she died of as it might put my mind at ease.
thank you.
jamie hepburn brown

Posted by: jamie hepburn brown at July 2, 2006 09:56 AM

TO KASIA check out the website http://www.kingsnake.com/anolecare/25.htm
i think that has what you are looking for. please get back to me on this and ill do anything i can to help beacause my brother has an anole that he loves. my e-mail is khbswimm916@aim.com thanks

Posted by: katie brandt at July 4, 2006 04:49 PM

hi, PLEASE EMAIL ME IF U HAVE AN ANSWER TO MY PROBLEM OR HAVE GONE THOUGH IT YOURSELF!!!!! OK. This is my first anole (type of CHAMELEON) and i got it from my class at school. It was fine there and got fed and played with almost every day. I brought it home and have had it for about a month. The fist few weeks were fine. BUt i got kinda busy and forgot to feed her for a few days (not like 2 weeks just about a few days) and so my mom and i got some crikets and put them in her cage and i dont think she can find them because she wont eat. Shes skinny and she always was but not this skinny. Today (1/2 hour ago)i put her in the cricket cage and shes just sitting there. not going after anthing. WHATS WRONG??????? i think she may have been like the runt cuz she was smaller than all the other girl anoles in my class. My story is almost the same as Jamies. (July 2nd) My mom thinks it was always small and had something wrong with it. Jamie, was urs always small? maybe theres a diesease. shes been in the cricket cage for more than a half hour and hasnt eatten anything. IF ANY 1 HAS AN ANSWER PLEASE EMAIL ME AT biancaculberg@yahoo.com i love my anole nad want her to survive. ill NEVER forget to feed and anole angain.

Posted by: bianca at July 7, 2006 01:28 PM

IF u need a really good site on anoles i mean EVERYTHING about anoles try this....


good luck with all of ur anoles or lizards and i hope all ur problems get better. Just one question. my friend used to have an anole and she said it ran into the call of its cage and had a seshur.and died. (which really did happen)can an anole have a seshur and die or run into the wall and die? just wondering.

Posted by: bianca at July 7, 2006 01:45 PM

I have a jacksons chamealon and I have noticed that his toes have swelled up and are kind of discolored. It doesnt seem like he gets good grip on things. I cleaned his habitat and changed the soil if that might help.

Thank you, mark

Posted by: mark at July 8, 2006 11:39 AM

I have a veiled and she is about 2 1/2 years old and im worried. Her right eye has been sinking in and then pushing out at the other end.And her eye is like stuck in a half open half closed position and looks scabby. When my mom put water on it her eye worked again but about two days later it happened again. Im really scared.

Posted by: Angelica at July 8, 2006 04:11 PM

So I have a 2 month old, male baby Veiled Chameleon. His name is Data. About 5-7 days ago, he was thriving and really healthy and I noticed that he was growing pretty decently. He's a tiny little guy, only about 3 inches long, maybe 4. (That's including his tail.) But I noticed a few days ago, one of his eyes was pretty swollen and there looked like there was something in it. I also noticed that he has been less mobile and getting a little skinny. Then yesterday, I noticed the other eye was the same way and they're both about 3/4 of the way closed, and he has gotten really skinny and doesn't really move at all. Not to mention that he's extremely weak, and can barely pick his head up. His footing has also been pretty horrible and he seems to be falling quite a bit or maybe just clumsy. I called a few exotic vet clinics, but all they have said to do was bring him in and being a 16-year-old and close enough to jobless, and it's not really easy to pay for a vet bill. I also phoned his breeder, but he's out of town and his family said they'd leave a message for him. I've been trying and trying to feed him and he won't eat. When I put him in his tank, he pretty much just stays in the same spot. I mist him a few times a day. He has a ficus in there. He has a stick to climb on in there. I dust the crickets he gets with calcium I purchased at the reptile show that I got him at. (the calcium was from a veiled dealer). He's in a 10 gallon aquarium but he's getting upgraded in about 2 weeks. (I know I'll probably recieve hell for that, but that's what the breeder said to get for him until he's about 3 months old.) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE can someone, anyone out there help me? I've been looking online for days at anything it could be but I can't find anything. Help. Thank you soooooo much. If you have any other questions about him that could help with the diagnosis or cure, feel free to e-mail me, or just leave another comment. Thankssss.


Posted by: Kaleigh at July 8, 2006 05:36 PM

@Angelica: Sunken eyes are typically a sign of advanced dehydration. Read my message to Kaleigh as well.

@Kaleigh: When I started reading your question and got to the part about the eye problem, I said to myself, "I'll bet this chameleon is being kept in a tank." Of course, no chameleon should ever be in a tank, because they are climbers - they need to have 4-6 feet of room to climb up and down. But there's an additional reason that they should not be kept in a tank: chameleons in tanks tend to develop eye infections. In any event, chameleons kept in tanks tend not to last long. I know of one person who has had his veiled chameleon for 9 years, and another person who has had his for 6 years. But I'll bet that most chameleons in tanks won't even last a year, maybe not even 6 months. There's no real way to help such a situation. Chameleons are fragile species. If they're not cared for properly, they're gone.

Posted by: Jeff at July 8, 2006 07:03 PM

Thanks for the advice. I'm scraping some money together to get him to the vet this week. Hopefully they can save him. I also am getting a few bucks to get him a screen enclosure. That is, if he lasts that long. Thanks for responding though. It's really appreciated.

Posted by: Kaleigh at July 8, 2006 09:51 PM

He's gone. Thanks for everything. :(

Posted by: Kaleigh at July 9, 2006 05:35 PM

My chameleon is having issues. It's definitely NOT constipation though; since he poops regularily and it's very wet. But he has had something long, hard, off-white in his rectum. It's crusted at the top where it was hanging out the side of his bum (I say the side of his bum because it doesn't hang out the middle of his bum, but more of the side of the bum hole). I am REALLY concerned! I thought that warm water and gently pulling it out would be a good idea, but it bled a little bit! I am really worried!

The length of it was about an inch long. It wasn't really smooth, but maybe some tiny ridges along the length of it.

Please help!

Posted by: Rhonda at July 12, 2006 06:46 PM

I had a female veil chameleon, she had been doing wonderful...eating well, drinking well very happy little lady. This morning however, I found her dead on the bottom of her screened cage. I don't know what happened to her. Her tongue was extended out and extremely dry. I would like to try again, but I would like to make sure that I am proving proper care for this animal. I read that the veil chameleon can bit it's tongue and then be unable to retract it. Is this true? Thanks!

Posted by: Tanya at July 14, 2006 07:38 AM


I have seen many of the same questions regarding chameleons with their eyes stuck shut. I haven't seen very many solid answers of how to deal with it? I saw something about Vitamin A deficiency.. and something about dehydration? I am trying to figure out what to do before this thing dies or costs a fortune. Anybody that knows what they are talking about have any solid answers???

Posted by: Kimberly at July 19, 2006 07:34 PM

My jackson chameleon hurt his foot (his toe is bleeding and there is a small cut on his foot). Is there anything I can do for him? I'm just worried because a friend of mine said his chameleon died from a cut on his foot. Does anyone have any advice? Thanks!

Posted by: Annie at July 20, 2006 02:34 AM

i have a question about my cham.if she doesn't lay eggs will she die??must she ??

Posted by: ezgi at July 20, 2006 08:03 AM

I have a male veiled chameleon, Khuma, and I'm desperate for answers. he has a large bump on the left side if his nose, which was never there before and the entire left side of his face is swollen and his eye is squished in. I don't think he can can see very well...he's active and still eats but I can't get a vet. to look at him. They specialize in cats and dogs. I'm afraid this is the beginning stages of a type of tumor...If anyone has any answers or suggestions please email me at tl_tkd@hotmail.com

Posted by: Diana at July 23, 2006 10:14 AM

I found two baby anoles in a greenhouse in Newfoundland, where I live. One now seems to have a swolen eye with white around it. What could it be and how can I fix it? Please be quick! Email me @ timbit113@yahoo.ca.


Posted by: Melissa at July 23, 2006 03:23 PM

hey. i have a male and female veiled chameleon.(separated) he's almost a year old and shes between a half year and year old. i have a few questions.
~as far as mating goes, does she have to be pregnant to turn her gravid colos? i just wondered because she turned them right when he left, and i just thought it was awful fast for her to be pregnant. if not, what does it mean?
~also, the male's crest is curved. i've had him half a year, and he's been doing great. he's in a humid room with my other pets. he's in a large birdcage, decorations (leaves/vines), flourescent and heat lights, temperature is guaged fine from night to day, basking and non basking areas, and he gets fed crickets, mealworms, superworms(all dusted), and veggies. like i said, he acts fine and everything but his crest is slightly curved. it has been several months. and it moves a little when he chews to one side. what does it mean?

Posted by: ashley at August 2, 2006 09:38 AM

hey ryan man im so sorry but things like that happen i wish things it didnt but just start to move on

Posted by: Justine at August 7, 2006 11:15 AM

Hi, i have two green iguanas and my neighbor is giving away a bearded dragon. Can I put the bearded dragon in with the iguanas? The cage that the iguanas are in is 6 feet tall and 4 1/2 feet wide.If that makes a difference or not.
Thank you!

Posted by: Andrea at August 8, 2006 05:55 PM

hi, im so sorry!!! i didnt know that this was just for veiled chameleon. sorry again!!

Posted by: Andrea at August 8, 2006 05:57 PM


i have a female veiled chameleon who is 10-12 months old. she has never laid any eggs. i was just wondering if there is a problem or if she is fine and just isnt ready yet. i hope u can help me because i am worried for her health

Posted by: Charlie at August 9, 2006 01:25 PM

hey. i have a male and female veiled chameleon.(separated) he's almost a year old and shes between a half year and year old. i have a few questions.
~as far as mating goes, does she have to be pregnant to turn her gravid colos? i just wondered because she turned them right when he left, and i just thought it was awful fast for her to be pregnant. if not, what does it mean?
~also, the male's crest is curved. i've had him half a year, and he's been doing great. he's in a humid room with my other pets. he's in a large birdcage, decorations (leaves/vines), flourescent and heat lights, temperature is guaged fine from night to day, basking and non basking areas, and he gets fed crickets, mealworms, superworms(all dusted), and veggies. like i said, he acts fine and everything but his crest is slightly curved. it has been several months. and it moves a little when he chews to one side. what does it mean?

Posted by: Ashley at August 9, 2006 06:14 PM


I just recently purchased a male veiled chameleon
and I juts how a few questions about it.

-The first thing is about what he should be kept in. When I went to the pet store to get him the person working sold me a starter kit for him which was like all the trees the lights and the aquarium. From what I have read and been told by others they need to be in a terrarium so I went and asked the guy who sold him to me and he said that a terrarium is no good because it wont be able to hold the heat that he needs. So is it alright to keep him in the aquarium?

-Also I am wondering about the way he moves. Whenever he is walking up his log he almost hesitates before he makes each move. Is this normall behaviour?

-And one last thing. For the most part he is always on his tree toward the top of the aquarium
the only time he really comes down is when I put crickets in. Is this normall or should I be concerned.

Thank you and feed back would be gratefully appreciated.

Posted by: Will at August 10, 2006 02:51 PM

hey will......

your chameleon walk is normal,
and yes they do like being up the top or hidden until they need food,

chameleons are different to alot of lizards, the need alot of ventilation, so a mesh cage is best, NOT an aquarium NEVER, a heat lamp and uvb light up the top of the net cage and your cham will bask under them when it needs. but no glass cages, most people won't even put them in a metel mesh cage.

hope that helps

Posted by: martin at August 10, 2006 04:50 PM

I have a Bearded Dragon about 4 weeks old and he is having so behavior problems when i open the tank to take him out he hisses and occasionally bites me. is it tank size??? i keep him in a 55 gallon tank i think and he is the only lizard in there. What do i do????

Posted by: Brad Carrier at August 10, 2006 06:12 PM

Please help us
My 7 month old chameleon whom has never been sick or have had any problems with, has all of a sudden developed a bubble eye. Her left eye is now ten times as big as it should be!
What is happening? she is still acting normal, sometimes itching her ballon eye but i don't know how to help her.
Please if you know what i can do or treatments for her tell me. thanks

Posted by: cassie at August 14, 2006 01:56 PM

My lizard has done his..businuess just twice in two months!
He used to go once a day.
He also, several months ago, stopped eating anything but crickets and worms!!
He'll touch sallad once in a while, but that's it.
He's just turned 1 and still growing (becoming lazier and fatter since he isn't getting rid of it!) I'm afraid he's really sick. What do I do?

Posted by: mandy at August 15, 2006 09:49 AM


I have 2 anoles, 1 male(Wassyl), 1 female(Anna)that live a 15' by 8' plastic bin. It's placed under a fluoresent lightbulb, which I turn on/off every 6 hours. They have 2 artificial plants, a hollow log and a stone water bowl.I got them at the same time about 2 months ago. I know they are still young, but I don't know heir ages. They live on a diet of live crickets mostly. I tried mealworms but they are still too small to eat them. Anna is fine, active and looks to be healthy, but Wassyl looks sickly. He was shedding his skin when I got him, and was never afraid of being touched, which I thougt was kind of odd. He was never near as active as Anna, who runs around all over the place. Now he mostly sits there with his eyes shut and has gotten very skinny and hasn't seemed to be eating. I'd really appreciate any help.

Thanks, Anthony <

Posted by: Acemaster at August 15, 2006 09:47 PM

Sorry! I'm like Andrea. I didn't relize this wasn't for all lizards, but if you know anything about anoles, I'll check again anyway.

Posted by: Acemaster at August 15, 2006 09:52 PM

I have a Veiled chameleon and have noticed that she cannot use her front left leg and she has lost a lot of weight ewven though she is still eating and drinking. We took her to the vet who took an xray and were advised that she has a calcium deficiency and poor bone density. We have been advised to powder all her food and let her eat as much as she wants. We have to go back to the vet in one week. Can you offer any further advise.


Posted by: M Loudon at August 19, 2006 01:39 PM

This is to M Loudon

I actually went to the pet store the other day to get some speical drops for my chameleon since she is dehydrated, and in looking for some, i saw calcium drops. I asked about theses just to get more knowlegde and you can actually use the little dropper and give ur chameleon calcium straight, which will no doubt help. so give it a try, and yes i use the powder for my chameleon and if i do forget one day i do it the next. good luck

Posted by: cassie at August 20, 2006 07:18 AM

That's right. There's a product called "Gravid Aid" which helps to bring bone structure up quickly:


When I had a veiled chameleon that had MBD, its veterinarian gave me that.

My own personal opinion is that supplements, particularly powdered calcium, are a bad idea and lead to more problems than they solve (if they solve any at all). Instead, calcium should come from natural sources within the food:


I also suspect that a lack of calcium is NOT the cause of most metabolic bone disease. Instead, the problem is insufficient UVB lighting. I wouldn't be without one of these:


I just bought one yesterday. My previous one (which I paid $80 for in a pet store, rather than buying online [and for a smaller bulb at that!] - dumb move) just died after 17 months of use. My chameleon has exceptional bone structure. I don't think there's any exception for this kind of bulb. It provides the heat that they want for basking, and the UVA/UVB they naturally from sunlight when they bask.

Posted by: Jeff at August 20, 2006 09:51 AM

Good evening,
We have a veiled chameleon named technicolor that had been flourishing for the past 10 months. A few days ago we noticed it was becoming lathargic and now remains on the ground. I'm writing this at 4:30 in the morning because my son woke up and thought that technicolor had died. He is still alive but doesn't seem to be doing too well. Does anyone have any ideas?

Posted by: Mark Corum at August 24, 2006 05:39 AM

anyone that lives in oakville ontairo that wants to buy a veiled chameleon just email me..!
greeny my female vield chameleon is 10 months old and in good shape. i am also selling my tank with all its values inside. my price is suggested only $$$ 300 dollars for everthing!!

Posted by: thomas at August 27, 2006 04:59 PM

I recently won a green Iguana at a fair. About two days ago it began to develope a white fungus in several areas on its skin. I only got the Iguana last Sunday and I still have yet to find it a bigger cage. The fungus concerns me though and I want to know how seriohs this is. Can it be treated? Does it affect the Iguana's health? I am concerned about my Iguana and will be waiting for your advice. Thank you.

Posted by: Justin at August 31, 2006 09:53 AM

Hi :

We have a captive bred male veiled chameleon that is about 2 1/2 years old. He eats calcium and vitamin dusted crickets which are fed various fruits and vegetables. We use 150w heat lamp and 5.0 UVB light. His enclosure is 3 feet tall and two feet wide. Today we noticed that his anus has become distended - that's the best way I can explain it. As if it came out when we was excreting something. I examined him and couldn't find anything "stuck". It's bleeding a bit and has not retracted. Is this common? Can you help? I have called the pet store but the reptile manager is out until the morning. I assume she can refer me to a good vet, but I'd be grateful if you have any advice or experience with this.

Posted by: Gary at August 31, 2006 03:43 PM

ive had my chameleon since march 1st, 2006. he was only a couple months old when i got him and his tongue seems to be different. i dont see it a lot but it doesn't look normal. it seems like he can't get his food the first try and it's purple and lumpy. is it supposed to be that way or should i take him to the vet?

Posted by: Haylee at August 31, 2006 10:08 PM

hi im ryan

please help me

My chameleon is a veild and she is a femail her tale is turning dark almost black colour since 3 days ago and i called the vet to ask and they said i have to bring it in first but i cant afford $200 now please help me. Thx

Posted by: Ryan at September 13, 2006 02:40 PM

My veiled chameleon seems very healthy (eats and drinks regularly, gets good exercise and sleeps well) but I can see her ribs and it makes me feel that she is too skinny. Also, sometimes depending on the position she is in, the left side of her belly caves in a little. She did just lay unsterile eggs about a month ago, but that came as a suprise really since I personally thought she looked a little thin even before she layed eggs. I've read comments warning people not to overfeed their adult chameleons so I kind of want to leave it be. Have any suggestions? Thanks! -Shannon

Posted by: Shannon at September 15, 2006 10:11 PM

@Shannon: I am not qualified to answer such a question. I wonder about similar things myself. Mostly, though, I rely on the fact that "under nutrition" (meaning, underfed) promotes longevity in just about every animal, including humans. Also, a breeder once told me that females live longer if you keep them underfed (and, off the subject a bit, give them cooler temperatures in the winter). The idea being to try to keep them from laying eggs. In my limited experience, it works. My former chameleon, which I gave all it could eat, laid a whole lot of eggs within its first year. My current chameleon, whose diet has been restricted, just laid her first batch after 18 months.

@Everyone else: I wish I could help. I don't know the answers to your questions, particularly medical ones.

Posted by: Jeff at September 16, 2006 12:21 AM

Hi Jeff.
Srry to bother you but I clicked on the link that said "Bearded Dragon's face is turning white". And I have read the comments and some say this comment area is JUST for Veilded Chameleons. Why would you have this link there, if it was just for V.C.s'?

Posted by: Sheauntie at September 16, 2006 02:54 PM

hi jeff,
I have a question that my local pet's mart doesn't know the awnser to. My chameleon's left eye isn't opening with in the past couple of days. it soda looks like its open sometimes (but not all of the way) i tryed to just spray him with the spray bottle i bought, that was the Pet's smart advice, they also said that maybe drops will work? I'm not sure why his eye is doing this and i would love to know.
also, he (i think its a he) will not eat any other food besides crickets. i tryed meal worms and wax and he wont eat any vegtables, i also tryed those freez dryed crickets, and he won't eat them. I don't know if its just cuz they are'nt bouncing around or what, but all of the other people said that their chameleons were eating all of the things if you could please help me that would be great thanks!

Posted by: matt at September 20, 2006 07:33 PM

This realy isnt a comment but i wanna noe wat to feed my pregna cat and how its suppose to look wen its pregnat

Posted by: Bre at September 21, 2006 07:34 PM

My chameleon eye became swollen over night, what do you think I should do. If he poked it on something, would the swelling go down

Posted by: Brian at September 25, 2006 11:39 AM

I also have a Chameleon that is about 2 months old and It is having problems with its eye! It has it open sometimes but when he is just laying around he will only keep one eye open?! Is it possible that he just keeps it closed, Or is this a problem? What can i do and what could i have done to cause this?

Posted by: Matt at September 25, 2006 03:16 PM

hiya, i have a v chamelon,and i was wondering about caging. i have a 10 gallon tank for him. is that ok, if its not, what should i get and how much would it cost?

Posted by: bob at September 25, 2006 04:23 PM

srry i read though forum thing and found answer

Posted by: bob at September 25, 2006 04:30 PM

My baby Chameleon is puffing out his throat every once in a while. Maybe once an hour. I just purchsed my baby male Veiled Chameleon. Is there anything wrong with my new Chameleon?

Posted by: nicholas at October 1, 2006 08:46 PM

I really need some information on my Veiled Chameleon she layed some eggs and I can not tell if they are fertilized or not. If there are any distinctions between fertilized and non-fertilized eggs. What should I do with if they are? If I want to keep them? Please advise, Thank You..

Posted by: Selina Sanabria at October 3, 2006 03:53 PM

My chameleon cant open his eyes i dont know why. It can only sit on its top brtanch now and barely moves. it looks like its skwinting a bit but its eyes dopnt follow me anymore.

Posted by: daniel at October 9, 2006 03:45 AM

could anyone provide advice on chameleons tails? I have a five month old mail who recently shed but we think left skin on his tail which has unfortunately got infected and cut off circulation from around the bottom half of his tail. We cannot seem to find a vet in our region who is willing to amputate this section. It has now all dried up and gone wrinkly. Would it be safe for me to cut it off myself and if so would it be painful and would i need antibiotics? Please help asap

Posted by: Lois at October 11, 2006 08:02 AM

Hey Why do you all buy Female veiled chameleons? Sorry to be a downer but they are the hardest to look after and they are not half as good looking as male vieled chameleons. I myself have a male and female and from my past experience i wouldnt recommend a starter chameleon as a female because of the problems the females can have (mainly eggbound). Can i hear all your thoughts on the matter please?

Posted by: Adam at October 17, 2006 05:55 AM

If they are fertilised they will be a large grape shape, if they are unfertilised they will be wrinkled and have died by now. I would buy an incubator and put the eggs into the incubator asap. They usually lay between 30-40 eggs although my female laid 42 in the first laying all fertilised and 51 in the second all fertilised.

Posted by: Adam at October 17, 2006 05:58 AM

this is not a comment this is a question i have a cat and she is always happy when i pick her up she would be purring and today i picked her up and as i picked her up she makes this weird sound and i put her down and starts to hiss do you know what it means?

Posted by: amy at October 19, 2006 02:40 PM

I have a bearded Dragon that's being treated for MBD. She's about 9 months old. We've raised the floor in her tank to get her closer to her basking and sun lamps, and we're giving her calcium supplements with a syringe in her mouth twice a day. Her tremors have stopped, but she's still a bit lethargic. Is this normal and how long will it take for her to recover? Will she ever recover fully?


Posted by: Lia at November 12, 2006 12:31 PM

QUESTION: I just 'rescued' a Male Vieled Chamelion which is sposed to be about 8 month old. My First thoughts when I saw it was that it may Have MBD Due to a significant Bend in the Casque. There are no other signs of MBD such as fractures in the legs, Spinal Ridge or Soft Lowerjaw that I can see atm. Would there be another explanation to this bend? Do they not always have a nice tall Casque? I plan to treat it as such for now and hopefully itll Survive its whole lifespan, but what would your thoughts be?

Posted by: Nic at November 12, 2006 10:31 PM

i have a couple questions actually. first, i have a red eyed tree frog that i've had for a few years now. he's very social and loves people. I was wondering if he would be able to survive in the same terrarium as a veiled chameleon. I will be purchasing a veiled chameleon on the 5th of december and will be setting up an exo tera terrarium with running waterfall, real trees etc etc. can they live in the same enclosure? or should the be kept seperate?

Posted by: justin at November 17, 2006 02:36 PM

I have a female. I have had her almost a year with no sign of any eggs. She seems to be very happy, but with everything I have read it seems that something must be wrong. She lives in a 30 gallon tall tank with plenty to climb on. On the bottom of her terrarium are wood chips. I consistently spray her terrarium which she appears to enjoy. I feed her crickets, meal worms, and wax worms. When I do feed her I dust her food with a calcium supplement. She is about 4.5 inches long (with out her tail). Is she OK?!?!?

Posted by: Amanda at November 20, 2006 08:57 PM

He is just the coolest thing ever MC! I want one :) Funny but I thought he was bigger than 3 inches judging by the previous entries photos but I was mistaken. It's amazing to think that he will grow to about 4 times his current size!

Posted by: Chris Tacker at November 21, 2006 01:55 AM

I have had my veiled comeleon for about a year now and he has been doing great, but a few days ago he started to not been able to open his eye and it looks like it is sore. It that because of stress or dehidration??? Please tell me asap or I fear something might happen to my chameleon. Also he has been eating alot of crickets and for about a week now, hasn't gone potty. Is that normal or should be worried???


Posted by: Liz at November 25, 2006 10:44 AM

Hi i have a 1 year old female chameleonshe laid about 20 eggs about 2 months ago and she seemed fine but in the last couple of months 3 of her toes have fallen off. She still eats every day and is walking fine and i cant find any book to help.


Posted by: mark at November 28, 2006 01:40 PM

hey..i will be getting a male veiled chameleon thats about 3 months old soonand i was wonder what to look out for...i am bulidin a 4ft high x 3 ft wide x 2 ft long scrren tarrrarium with 1/8 alluminum screen..is there any thing i should pay really close attention to...i have a book and alot of papers i printed off the internet and here...another question..i was wondering, what kind of floor liner should i get...thanks alot

Posted by: mike at December 5, 2006 02:28 PM

Hi Jeff,
The names megan, and i have a year old female chameleon. She seemed pretty normal up till recently when i noticed the tip of her tail, is black.. ive looked at websites and all, and it doesnt seem to be getting better.
What should i do? and What is wrong with her?
she eats normally, and is active and everything. No wrinkles, her eyes are mouth are fine.

Posted by: Megan at December 10, 2006 06:52 PM

I thought that when I clicked on this link on your site that it would tell how much my chameleon would cost, guess not, this link should have been labeled my life story with pets. I'm just kidding, I really appreciate this site. I have owned a Jacksons Chameleon in the past and am looking for a good breeder to buy one for my son. I think that this year he is old enough and responsible enough and has earned it with his educational achievements. I live in Raleigh, NC if you know someone please help me out. Thanks, Kody and Christine

Posted by: Kody at December 16, 2006 03:41 PM

hey kody..try www.flchams.com or www.lllreptile.com...both great places for veiled chameleons

Posted by: mike at December 16, 2006 08:41 PM

my bearded dragon is rolling around and jumping off objects and going berserk i'm really scared,what du I doooo?

Posted by: matt at December 17, 2006 06:03 PM

my bearded dragon is rolling around and jumping off objects and going berserk i'm really scared,what du I doooo?

Posted by: matt at December 17, 2006 06:03 PM

hi i recently just got a baby veiled chameleon he is about 1 inch big. sometimes he closes his eyes for a long period of time and he is a turquis blue insteed of green he also take deep breaths sometimes please tell me if there is anything wrong with him

Posted by: Ian at December 18, 2006 04:07 PM

I have an veiled chameleon he is 18 months old, and I have just noticed that half of his tale has changed a lighter colour and he seems to have no feeling in it, its just hanging limp.
I wondered if you have ever heard of this before?

Thanks Sally

Posted by: Sally at December 19, 2006 02:59 PM

hi everybody,
i recently bought a baby veiled (not really sure of exact age but he is very young) through a breeder online (Kamerflage Kreations)
I have a basking light on top of the screen cage and a florescent light going up the side of the cage that the basking lamp is on both are set on 12 hr intervals. On the otherside of the 'roof' I have a black heat lamp that remains on 24/7.

On the bottom I have Beaked Moss which I soaked in warm water and rung out before laying to help with the humidity. I mist him about 3-4 times a day. He has only fake plants but lots of them, providing good hiding places and access to heat and his drip system.

I'm raising flightless fruitflies and regular fles but they haven't hatched yet so I am just feeding him baby crickets which i cover with several powdered vitamin substances (MINER-ALL from sticky tongue farms, CALCIUM W/ VIT.D3 from rep-cal and HERPTIVITE W. BETA CAROTENE also from rep-cal)

Is there anything else that anyone can recommend I get to ensure he remains happy??

Posted by: shane at December 21, 2006 02:40 PM

hi.. i just got a female veiled chameleon.. she is about 3 months old and she looks fine except tha her eyes are closed.. she walks and acts usual but i dont know if it is right that her eyes are like this..what should i do??

Posted by: lyricas at December 24, 2006 10:31 AM

there is a comment regarding a "gecko with n air bubble behind its front legs, but i can not find the blog entry, can anyone shed any light as my leo has the same.

Posted by: Pete and Norm at December 24, 2006 12:24 PM

My name is Alexa and im 12 years old.

I have a green anole lizard.
Its color changed to a dark green with a brown line going down to his tail. Also by its eyesit has a black spot. Im very worried because it wont move that much and it just stays there. It doesnt moved unless i hold him in the palm of my hand. It getting me very worried. Please write back

Posted by: alexa at December 26, 2006 03:29 PM

Hi there,

I have two chameleons, a male and female. They are in the same tank and have always been fine with this. Although when I got home yesterday I looked in the tank and saw that Mortimer was on Ebonys back and they were hanging off a branch. They were hissing at each other and so on. I wasn't to worried about this at the time as they didn't seem to be hurting each other, but I noticed that Mortimers right eye is constantly closed. I thought that maybe Ebony had scratched it or he may of banged it and have left it over night to see if it recovered, but it hasn't. Any idea on what I should do? Or what it might be. In general he doesn't seem to be in any distress or any different to usual.

Thank you

Posted by: SarahT at December 27, 2006 03:02 AM

Regarding my previous post: The only info on eyes i can find is to do with infections. I dont think this is the case as it is only the one eye and it has only been closed since their confrontation. His other eye is fine and as previously stated there is no change in him whatsoever. I checked to see if his eye was working in any way by running my finger in front of it and his eye would follow (still closed).

Thanks again

Posted by: SarahT at December 27, 2006 03:46 AM

Hey Jeff... my veiled chameleon is 6 years old and hes not looking too good...

First off one of his eyes swoll shut about 3 or 4 months ago. I took him to the reptile store and was given an anti bacterial ointment that seemed to be helping at first. However, the eye never opened back up competely.

THEN i noticed a little black line on the edge of his mouth. Which has now turned into full blown mouth rot.

I took him to the vet immediately. He was dewormed, given better drops for his eye, and given anti septic for his mouth.

I did everything the vet told me to do... but then the other eye got swollen shut! I took him back to the vet because not only is his mouth completely black but since he isn't able to see he wasn't eating.

The vet put food into his stomach with a tube, and told me to continue the anti septic and eye drops, and they had to give him some sort of shot.

But nothing is helping him :(

Is this the end? I know they are supposed to live 5-10 years.. but I always thought he'd make it to at least 10.

Should I have him put to sleep? I dont like to see him suffer!



Posted by: Christine at December 29, 2006 03:00 PM

Hey Jeff... my veiled chameleon is 6 years old and hes not looking too good...

First off one of his eyes swoll shut about 3 or 4 months ago. I took him to the reptile store and was given an anti bacterial ointment that seemed to be helping at first. However, the eye never opened back up competely.

THEN i noticed a little black line on the edge of his mouth. Which has now turned into full blown mouth rot.

I took him to the vet immediately. He was dewormed, given better drops for his eye, and given anti septic for his mouth.

I did everything the vet told me to do... but then the other eye got swollen shut! I took him back to the vet because not only is his mouth completely black but since he isn't able to see he wasn't eating.

The vet put food into his stomach with a tube, and told me to continue the anti septic and eye drops, and they had to give him some sort of shot.

But nothing is helping him :(

Is this the end? I know they are supposed to live 5-10 years.. but I always thought he'd make it to at least 10.

Should I have him put to sleep? I dont like to see him suffer!



Posted by: Christine at December 29, 2006 03:00 PM

hi my name is alice
i was wondering if u could help me now my dog will not eat and it starving his self to death how can i get him to eat please help me he don't have long to live thank alice can u please email me back at blondebs_alice@hotmail.co.uk thank

Posted by: alice at December 29, 2006 08:17 PM

My cockteil is sick she's not her normal self and she has started to throw up the things that she has eaten my other cockteil i left him out side and brought him in when it was dark when i took him in side and had a look at him in side he nearly had not feathers what do you think i can do to help my bird oh yea by the way there both sick.

Posted by: Zhiva at December 29, 2006 08:58 PM

What dhould i do if my cat has been limping?

Posted by: Blanca at December 30, 2006 05:04 PM

All your info I have read I think might be very helpful as far as inlightning me on my chameleon. I think I may have a good idea about my baby. I have had alot of reptiles in the past. But not a chameleon he is my buddy and I think I may be loosing him. He is 5 months old I've had him for 3 he is amazing I love the new experience but I think he is dehydrated. I uped his vit and calcium intake he hasn't ate in three days. I have to handle him for him to drink and him not eating scares me. I read about pedilite does that really help as well as the shower thing. Please let me know what I can do from home. I really can't afford a vet visit I am a single mom. And a Katrina evacuee this is me and my familys little brother PLEASE help me !!

Posted by: Jessie at December 31, 2006 01:22 PM

i am intersted in buying a cham. so i want to know what to feed it and how much is this all going to cost me

Posted by: tyler at December 31, 2006 09:47 PM

i would like to know what kind of stuff to put in the repterium. and also what does gut loaded crickets meen? PLEASE ANSWERE MY ? thanks

Posted by: tyler turner at December 31, 2006 09:49 PM

what are the best and least exspensive chameleons,repteriums,food,and vines and moss ect. thanks for taking time to read these

Posted by: tyler at December 31, 2006 09:51 PM

Hi, I have a house dog that is a Dachound, he isn't house trained yet and i was recently gone for a week so i had someone that lives with me take care of him while i was gone. He did was recently put outside where can could do all his buisness at instead of the cage. when i got home i found out that something was wrong with him. His body is very cold and he isn't eating anything that i give him. He has gotten so skinny but he ate yesterday and now hes not eating anything from what i hear he has been coughing up mucus. Im trying to warm him back up in a blanket and i set a heater next by his cage to help keep him warm and hes not moving very much hes having trouble breathin also but he still tries to wag his tell when he hear me. Any idea to treat his symptom? and he recently barked and i hope thats a sign of him getting better. i hope i don't wake up tomorrow and find out that hes gone :( plz help


Posted by: Tra at January 1, 2007 10:02 PM

OK, I don't mean to be a jerk, but if you can't afford basic vet visits, you can't afford the pet.

If you don't have suffecient regular income to afford suprises, make sure you have at LEAST 200 dollars tucked away for your cham.

They aren't cute little toys. If you just want to look at them, without the responsibility of caring for them, trust me, Petco will never kick you out. You can look for hours, for free.

I did, for years. It literally took me 10 years of "wanting one" before I commited to buying one. My little girl is only six months old now, so I'm not trying to set myself up as any chameleon expert, but this is a pet you've GOT to take seriously.

If you can't, don't buy it. If you travel a lot, work really long hours, have trouble remembering to do things, have extremely limited resources, aren't interested in reading and going to herp shows to talk to people, there are a LOT of other lizards that might be for you...but don't get a cham.

Posted by: Jesse at January 3, 2007 05:43 PM

hi jeff
i have a few month old veiled male and i recently left him with a friend while away for the xmas. since i've got im back hes not been acting normally. he kees going around the tank back and forth and is displaying more marked colouration than before. I keep him in a flexarium with waterfall that i have seen him drink from many times i feed him locusts and crickets powdered with calcium. do you have any idea if there is anything to worry about or whether this is normal behaviour?thanks for your time

Posted by: karan at January 4, 2007 03:15 PM

My name is Julie and I have a 4-5 year old male veiled cham. He has been very healthy and looking good. Bright colors, no sunken eyes, strong bones/physique. He usually eats every other to every third day and is sufficient in a carrot/mixed veggies, cricket, and mealworms for treats- diet. Includes multi-vit and calcium. Also uv and florescents daily. Plenty of moisture from fish tanks & misting. He looks just fine after examination but has not eatten since 12/12/06. I was able to get him to eat mealworms on 12/18/06 but nothing nutrient filled. I made a vet visit on 12/22/06 and go figure, he eats 4-5 crickets an hour before. So I cancel the appt. to save $ I don't have. He is a daddy's boy and "daddy" will be gone for just over a month. He seems to have an appetite and I saw him retract/retrieve tounge with ease therefore I thought everything was fine. Could this be stress from "daddy" not feeding as Blizz is used to? I don't know if I should crank the heat cause he likes the closed window? He is a freedom cham, not caged and I noticed he stays in the same spot for most of the day. Is he getting older and just on a more particular diet, not eatting as often? I don't know if this is serious or if he needs immediate attention. My cham. expert friend is not able to be reached and I am lost without his advice right now. The vet is out of town and they want my & whether he's sick or not. Sorry for gabbing but maybe you can help me. I'm worried but not yet scared. Anything you can tell me is better than nothing. Even a refference to a doc or familiararity would be wonderful! Thank you so much for your time and I hope you can get back to me before too long. I don't even kwow if this is an updated site but I hope so. Your pet friendy, Julie

Posted by: Julie at January 4, 2007 07:55 PM

Hey my name is nick and i have a bearded dragon i have had it for about a year and it is about 8 to 10 inches i have it in a 20 gallon long tank i needed to know a good regular diet and how can i tell if it is healthy , he eats regular and he doesnt walk weird or anything but he isnt very big.... any tips??

Posted by: Nick at January 6, 2007 07:58 PM

I dont know if you know much about bearded dragons but you seem to know alot about lizards.. i have a bearded dragon about a year old and i think he micht have a lack of calcium dosorder but usually after feeds he walks wierd. Almost like he is having trouble moving all four legs . the peices i feed him are not big at all i cut them quite small and he eats them easy but and he go to the bathroom fine there is no extending of the back legs just problems moving limbs. Am i right? is the a calcium disorder if so what is a good amount of calcium and vitamins to feed it

Posted by: Nick at January 6, 2007 08:54 PM

My boyfriend has a veiled chameleon (male). He lives in a large black reptile cage. We recently moved him to another room of our home and added vines with his ficus bush/tree. He has a basking light that he just sits under and then the other regular lights that he also needs. But before the move he was holding his mouth open and really not moving as usual, after the move he is still doing it. Is he sick??? Could the move make it worse??? I am just very worried about our Leon but I really do not know how to care for him when he is sick and there is no vet here that sees reptiles. Can you help us?? Thanks!

Posted by: Randi at January 7, 2007 02:23 PM

I have an 8 week V chameleon and im worried about him eating, when he walks his ribs are easily seen. I feed him about 20-25 crickets a day but some usually die. I dont know if he is eating them or theyre hiding and dieing. My question is, am i suppose to be able to see his ribs this much? And do you recommend a way to feed him...I heard a way to put the crickets in a container and put a stick across so he can sit at the top and eat what he wants...Let me know what you think

Posted by: kurtis at January 7, 2007 09:24 PM

I stumbled across this site while searching for something else. I just want to say that keeping these animals as pets is cruel, they deserve to live a natural life of freedom, not spend their days in a cage that, at best poorly attempts to mimic their natural enviroment. pick on someone your own size.

Posted by: Cristina at January 10, 2007 08:56 AM


Posted by: JOANNE at January 12, 2007 12:05 PM

I don't know if the woman's sexual organ question deals with chameleons or not and keeping them in cages (in some cases) is better than them being in the wild. As for the chameleon who has his/her mouth open regularly (from my experience) may be trying to obtain water or may be trying to regurgitate. It might be a wise idea to call your vet or a trusted and experienced reptile breeder or keeper. Please post other comments and keep in mind that this is not my site and let Jeff answer it. I am sure that he is much more experienced in reptiles.


Posted by: Taylor at January 14, 2007 05:25 PM


Posted by: amber pomeroy at January 15, 2007 08:57 PM

I have been very concerned for my chameleon the last few days. This problem is very hard to describe, so i noticed that he has a large sac like membrane coming out of his anus. he has been crawling around his cage trying to scrape whatever this thing is that is obviously bothering him off. I am sure that he is a male so I dont know what this could be. can you help.

Posted by: jake at January 16, 2007 03:15 PM

Hey Jeff,

I know you are the "Veiled Chameleon expert" but i was wondering if you new anything about Jackson Chameleons, and if it is a right pet for me. Although i am only 15 years old i alread own i am responsible and also take well care of an anole that i bought from my local pet store. I did my homework/reserch on chameleons and i relize the needs for them. But i need to know if you would have any doubts about a kid owning a pet that requires high maintness, and are chameleons really worth all that is put into them. I have an screen enviornment set up in me room with propore lighting and ficus + pothos plants already for the next pet reptile (the Jackson Chameleon)

Thanx, Will

Posted by: Will at January 16, 2007 07:21 PM

Erm... My brother has a yemen chameleon and we were told that it was a male. a few days ago he started 2 go black, went to the bottom of his cage, wont open his eyes, was very cold and wont eat. yesterday he now obviously a she laid 6 eggs, she still wont open her eyes, is very dark in colour and isnt eating or drinking. would this be because we didnt have the suitable conditions for her to lay her eggs as we didnt know she was female?
we have force fed her water and 'A' wax worm, she has always been healthy and we dont know if it is just the stress.
please help...

Posted by: Megan at January 17, 2007 10:10 AM

hi i've been reading ur awnsers to people and u know alot about chameleons can u help me my chameleon ziggy has a sort of like a dent on her tail it gose all round one spot of her tail and she can't curl up her tail all the way the preveous owner didnt take care of her and she also has a sort of like a burn on her back wat shall i do.

Posted by: matthew at January 17, 2007 11:13 AM

man my snake won't eat nothing its 3feet in a 100 gallon aqaum the temp is right and he has a hiding place can someone tell me what im doin wrrong

Posted by: iggy at January 23, 2007 12:04 PM

hey is a cemelon kool or not cause im thinkin about getin one and i dont want to blow my money cause their alot of money.

Posted by: iggy at January 23, 2007 12:17 PM

Hi: I'm a fourth grade teacher and have a house gecko in my classroom. I purchased the gecko in June and have discovered 2 white, round "eggs"? Is this possible? It is a single gecko and hasn't mated in the 7-8 mos. that I've had him (her). What do you think?

Posted by: Lori at January 23, 2007 02:57 PM

It's been more than four months since Jeff has responded to anybody's questions on this site. I don't think he is monitoring it anymore...

Posted by: Dann at January 24, 2007 03:42 PM


Snakes can go weeks, or months, at times without needing to eat. As long as he\she is getting water you shouldn't concern yourself too much. Keep trying, and make sure they prey item is not too large for the snake (it is sometimes tempting to put large prey items in, but snakes won't bother with prey items that could injure them). Record when your snake does eat, and you will eventually notice a pattern that will make it easier to schedule the purchase of prey itmes. Also...get lots of good books and read, read, read.

As for whether you should purchase a chameleon or not...my opinion is that you should master the art of caring for one animal at a time. Master the art of snake care first then think about adding other reptiles to your collection. Chameleons are delicate and need to be treated with care and knowledge.

Posted by: Dann at January 24, 2007 03:53 PM


This isn't unusual. Many reptiles lay will lay unfertile eggs if the right conditions present themselves. Also, some reptiles can mate once and store the sperm for years...I'm not certain if House Gecko's have this ability, but I know there a lot of great books on the subject.
Good Luck

Posted by: Dann at January 24, 2007 04:08 PM

I ususally don't respond to questions. Most questions are very elementary in that they are answered elsewhere on this site, and/or answered on dozens of other sites around the net. The fact that people have these types of questions at all indicates a lack of taking the time to educate themselves. The last thing that I want to do is to provide them with a quick and easy answer which will stop them from seeking answers elsewhere, because if they do keep seeking answers elsewhere they'll learn a lot of other important elementary stuff along the way.

Other questions I just don't have the answers to give.

Or both.

Questions I do answer are usually the ones that annoy me the most just due to their frequency, like "Is my ten gallon tank large enough"? Drives me batty.

Posted by: Jeff at January 24, 2007 06:04 PM

We bought a chameleon about 2 weeks ago for my boyfriend. He has had other reptiles and is very good at taking care of them. I was not a huge fan but grew very attatched to "frank", he was absolutely amazing. About a couple of days ago his eye started to swell and he stopped eating so I went back to the exotic pet store that we bought him from and they gave me drops and some nutritional supplements to force feed him with. I immediately went home and gave him his drops and fed him the supplement. No change had occurred when I got home that evening and his eye just couldn't possibly swell anymore, he was miserable. I cried everytime I looked at him. I kind of bonded with him and I really wanted to save him but unfortunately he died sometime last night. He curled up on one of the leaves of his plant. We found him at 3:30am and could not sleep since. I tried to look on the internet for anything relating to what may have caused this but didnt find much nor could I locate a herp vet. What a great little guy he was and he will be missed greatly. I have no idea how I got so attatched but I know I am very sad. If you have ever heard of this before would you please give me some insight.


Posted by: Shannon at January 25, 2007 06:31 AM

Eye infections are common in chameleons, especially those which are kept in glass tanks. (ou haven't mentioned what kind of enclosure Frank was kept in), but they also occur in chameleons kept in proper environments. Part of the misting experience for providing water is to wash chameleon's eyes. While misting them, you see the chameleon's eyes pop in and out as they're being cleaned.

Oh yeah, I'm not trying to be rude here, but I'd just like to say this for the record and so that anyone else who comes to the page will read it and get the message: "veterinarian" and "pet store" are not synonymous.

Posted by: Jeff at January 25, 2007 01:24 PM

I appreciate your response, frank was kept in an aquarium at the pet store and only for two days at our home then he was put in a proper screened terranium (I apologize if that isnt what it is called). We did all the research as far as things he could have in with him and how to care for him. We felt we were doing things right and he did well up until a couple of days ago when this eye infection started. I only took him to the pet store because I could not locate a vet that could care for him and was hoping that they could offer some suggestions until I located one. We were very good about misting him but I cant say for sure how much benefit it had for his eyes. I am just heart broken and wanted to put this out there. I am a little disappointed with the pet store for not being very educated on the animals they sell but again that is just my opinion. I personally will not be purchasing another chameleon for the simple fact that I feel responsible in some way and these creatures are beautiful and should not be allowed to fall into the hands of people who dont deal with them on a daily basis. I am sorry to frank that I couldnt save him and will miss his wonderful little face. Thanks again for listening.

Posted by: shannon at January 25, 2007 02:00 PM

I have two chameleons and I love them one is female and she was about 6 months when i got her she is huge. I bought a male before her and he is about 3-4 inches long from head to the start of the tail. The place I got my female at got a new batch. After 1.5 months thier new babys were bigger than my male. They were double almost tripple. Do males grow slower or can i do anything to boost his size to mate him. Right now if I put the male and the female together the male gets chased around the cage by the female and she tried to bite him. I keep them seperate. ANy advice

Posted by: mitch gushwa at January 27, 2007 05:50 PM

hi there,
i have a 3 and a half year old male veiled chameleon. he seemed to have lost two of his nails on his rear right foot, probably got the caught climbing on his cage. my question is whether it hurts him a lot/at all and if they will grow back? thanks.

Posted by: emily at January 28, 2007 10:12 AM


I just got a female veiled chameleon from pet smart about a week ago. She's been at pet smart for about 3-4 months, but i don't know the exact age.

I also purchased an 18"x18"x24" reptarium tank with front and top ventilation, which i think suffices due to it being front ventiated also.

I just woke up today and noticed her in her basking area which is normal, but then i saw her bend down and drink from some standing water. I don't think this a good sign, so i misted her right away (which she doesn't like by the way).

I am very concerned for her right now that it might be a sign of dehydration. But then again, i mist her habitat constantly and also have a fogger set up just to keep the humidity up above 50%. I also mist her every morning and every night.

What could this mean? Any insight would help.


Posted by: Nick at January 29, 2007 08:25 AM

Hello everyone.
I have 2 anoles, and one has two small white bubbles on each nostril. The bumps somewhat look like foam. The anole with this problem started out larger than the other anole, but now the healthy anole has passed the sick-looking one in size. Can anyone offer any explanation? If so, please e-mail me at LeBrennan64@aol.com -- Thanks a bunch!! :)

Posted by: Laura at February 1, 2007 07:53 PM

i have had my veiled chameleon for about a year. usualy he is very healthy and doesnt get streesed easily....comes out of its cage all the time(he doesnt really have a cage he has this hanging one that doesnt have walls...)anyways my question: i noticed the other day that his tongue was turning a dark brownish colour.......and im kind of scared......could you help???

Posted by: kristen at February 2, 2007 08:38 AM

what types of plants do chameleons eat in the wild, and how do they drink in the wild???

Posted by: Elena at February 2, 2007 05:25 PM

HELP! I think my veiled chameleon is dying. I have had him for 1 year, about 1 month ago one of his eyes would not open, I took him to the vet and he gave me drops for his eyes, the drops have not helped at all, now both of his eyes will not open. His color is still good, bright pretty green, but he is not eating and he is not moving around, he just sits with both eyes closed. Can someone please help me fast? Thanks!

Posted by: Sandy at February 3, 2007 03:24 PM

me and my husband have a 2 1/2 month old bearded dragon and he is not eating well. he is still active but he will not eat very good. usually he will eat at least two crickets a day but here the past two days he has not even ate one in one whole day. is that normal? is something wrong? he also has the runs. i can't think why he would have them for. we tried feeding him some mustard, cale, and collard greens. could that be why? one more thing...him being that young do we need to feed him his veggies and fruits or is it too early? we have tried to feed him zucinni and a couple of other veggies but he will not eat them. all he has tried is the greens. so what do we need to do?????

Posted by: Jr and Lauren at February 9, 2007 08:17 PM

i know this is mostly about cham. but i have a anole that is about 2 inches long. I got her in June. i gave her a wad of paper easter grass and she really likes it. She seems to have made a nest in there and she's eiether there or on her log. is that ok? plus she has water but i have never seen her drink out of it. I give her 1 or 2 crickets a day which is more than the pet store said. i feed the crickets Flukes orange cubes and they seem fine. Should i dust them or something? My dog bit her leg (my fault he was too close didn't think anything of it) and it bled and she dragged it around for a couple of days. i didn't have money for a vet (in 7th grade) and so i just put water in it and didn't touch or move her. What should i have done? Plus i don't know how to tell between male and female and i want to know. Sorry for it being so long but nobody else knows and i worry about her. one last question, can she eat any fruits or veggies? Thank you so much.

Posted by: Kelly at February 10, 2007 04:00 PM


I am 16yrs old so i dont know what to do about my Iguana who i know for a fact is sick. A couple of days ago, i started noticing that it was hard for her to poop. All that would come out would be blood and that white stuff. she has gotten skinnyer and her eyes have sunken in a bit. She is still very hyper though. I am very scared. Its been happening for about 5 days now. Please, please, please help me found out what is wrong with her and if there is any cures for this.

Thanks for the help.

Posted by: Miranda at February 11, 2007 04:36 PM

hello, ive just bought a male veiled chameleon and i was woundering how mutch should i feed him and how do i get him to drink ive had him for 4 days now and i havent seen him drink i spay the tank 3-4 times a day is there anything else i can do thanks jamie

Posted by: jamie brown at February 13, 2007 02:49 PM

Hey I know that this sight is mostly about chamealians but I have a bearded dragon that I just got for christmas and I was wondering whats wrong with him he stopped eating and he just sits there and not to mention hes turned almost completely black! please e-mail me letting me know whats wrong with him twistyything@hotmail.com

Posted by: Jessica at February 14, 2007 10:25 AM

Hey, great website.
My cham had a calcium deficiency so we had to hand feed him. he's ok now, but he relies on us to hand feed him every day and doesn,t catch his own food.
Is there any way i can get him back catching his own food?

Posted by: Josh at February 19, 2007 10:49 AM

how do you care
for sunken eye and can they have a full recovery

Posted by: mike at February 19, 2007 04:39 PM

Ok well first of all i have a chameleon and we are doing a big report on reptiles and of course i chose chameleons and when i was searching for different facts on google your sight came up like on every other link i clicked on it and from what i saw your sight doesn't have crap on chamelons except how to take care of your sick one which obviously didn't even give me 1 good fact on chameleons so why do you have a web site ? especially on google?

Posted by: sarah at February 20, 2007 05:54 PM

my chameaelon died today i want to know why

Posted by: skyler at February 24, 2007 06:36 AM

my chameaelon just dided today and i am only 10 pleas help me find out why she died

Posted by: skyler at February 24, 2007 06:46 AM

hi, i have a 2-year old iguana and her name is Hector/hectara.(named her before i new her sex.) but i looked at her one day becoause one of her nails was funny looking. it had a little piece of dirt stuck under the nail. when i tried to pull it off the entire nail came off and i put her in some water to stop the bleeding. what should i do. i can't find any help on the internet about this. and i have a green igauna about 2'7".

Posted by: Kelvin at February 24, 2007 10:05 AM

put some gause on it and aply presher

Posted by: skyler at February 24, 2007 02:45 PM

are all leopard gecko eggs perfectly smooth and round when first laid? plz help my gecko laid 2day!

Posted by: rhys at March 3, 2007 02:33 AM

i have an 18 month old female vield cameleon, and i think she might be egg bound. She usually enjoys the top of her 3.4ft / 2.5ft enclosure where it's warmer by the light, but lately she has been pacing the bottom of her cage none stop.

Should i take her to the vet to check?


Posted by: Kyle at March 11, 2007 12:52 PM

ugh... scratch that. I just checked her cage and there's about 8 eggs just layed on the bottom of the cage. I guess shes ok!

Posted by: Kyle at March 11, 2007 01:00 PM

No, she's very unlikely to be okay at all. If you don't have a sandbox in there for her to dig, she'll resist laying her eggs. You're likely to get 40-70 eggs out of her if she lays them all. If she doesn't, she will die.

See the care sheet.

Posted by: Jeff at March 11, 2007 02:52 PM

Hey. I have just recently bought a chamelion doing everything I can for it and such. But something is weird about IT I am calling it and It because I don't know what it is I think it should bbe a girl. But at night time when I had her night heat lamp on everytime she closed her eyes her whole body would like contract and her ribs would expand and her tail is tightening there is no vet open! So I need to know if anyone knows wha is going on the poor chamelion can't sleep!!!

Posted by: Stephanie at March 12, 2007 11:00 PM

During breeding my male grabbed a hold of the females spine with his front foot and it looks like he may have done some internal damage to her ribs.He is quite a bit bigger than her and very strong. She seems ok and is still very active and friendly. would you suggest getting that checked or is it just a common roughness they expierence during mating. and also I've read that fertalized females will turn black and yellow is that always true or just a majority thing.Thanks

Posted by: Ashlyn at March 13, 2007 08:09 AM

I need some help here. I really don't have the money for a vet, this is my daughters Veiled Chameleon, his name is Dog, he's almost a year old and seems to be sleeping alot. I'm here in Pgh. and I don't know if it's the weather or if he's looking for a female. What can I do?
Thank you

Posted by: Kim Wyb at March 14, 2007 11:39 AM

My dad's 2 year old iguana layed 17 eggs last night. But we arent sure if they will hatch or not becuase we never mated her before. Will they hatch or not and if they do what should my dad do?

Posted by: Sakiya at March 15, 2007 09:10 AM

Hi jeff

My female veiled cameleon has laid about 26 eggs now both in the sandbox i provided for her, and around her cage. I saw in the caresheet that your female laid about the same amount of eggs, so i'm assuming she got most or all of them out now. However, she seems a little weak, and is having some difficulties keeping her balance. I have been coating her food with calcuim and vitamin suppliments since i got her, so i dont think it's a calcium defficency.
Is she just tired from laying eggs, or do i need to be concerned?

Posted by: Kyle at March 16, 2007 02:53 PM

hi i have a teacup poodle weighs about 4-5 pounds and she has been throwing up i dont now what to do for her do u have any ideas please get bach 2 me asap

Posted by: tiffany at March 16, 2007 07:18 PM

hey i think that you should get a cage that has more room long ways because cameleons like to climb alot and also when they shake theyre trying to immatate a leaf swaying in the wind so they dont get ate

Posted by: daniel at March 17, 2007 02:06 PM

My two year neutered female out of the blue wasn't feeling well. She presented with a shivering like sensation when I was holding her. No diarrhea no vomiting. She had her tail between her legs. Please any insight? Thank you

Posted by: Bridget at March 19, 2007 06:20 AM

How do we know if the chameleon is pregnant?? What if the male and female do not like each other?? What do we do when the babies are born?? I need answers.

Posted by: Megan Clark at March 19, 2007 03:32 PM

Well, I'll say this much: if you have a female, she IS pregnant. They're born...erm...hatched...that way. Whether the eggs are fertile or not is another story. But treat her like she's pregnant, because she IS. Make sure she has a place to lay her eggs.

Posted by: Jeff at March 19, 2007 06:01 PM

My female baby chameleon is not doing very well and the people I got them from is not helping. I have sand in a tupperware container and she doesn't do anything. She has a couple bumps on her back stomach. The owners say it may be egg bound or an injury and they can't tell when they don't see her and I am not driving all the way to Nebraska. I called all the pet hospitals and emergency hospitals all over. They don't have a clue about chameleons. She is not eating. I feed her crickets and mealworms coated with cricket dust. She eats none. We have a 100 watt lamp durning the day and at night a 75 watt (we had 75 in morning too but we changed). She is about 2 months old. We spray her in the morning, and at 3:30 then at night. When she stands she falls right back over on her back and front legs. She is also opening up her eyes for like 3 seconds and then shuts them. She isn't doing very well and I may be afraid she is dying so please help very fast! E-Mail me at MeAtLeSs101@aol because I don't really read this website. Thanks! IsaBella

Posted by: IsaBella at March 24, 2007 04:34 PM

I woke up this morning and she didn't make it. :( I miss her a ton.

Posted by: IsaBella at March 25, 2007 07:00 AM

i am thinking of getting a chameleon but can they be kept with other species,as i already have some anoles can i put them together? please can u get back to me asap thank you

Posted by: zak at March 26, 2007 02:21 PM

Yes, the chameleon will find the anoles delicious.

Posted by: Jeff at March 26, 2007 07:22 PM

Hi I just recently purchased a chameleon, actually about 3 days ago and today in the morning when I was changing the water I noticed that there were 2 Egg look a likes in her water. It looks like a water shell with dirt in it. I'm not sure what this is and I'm worried. Can someone help?

Posted by: Vanessa at March 27, 2007 11:13 AM

i bought my chameleon about a week ago and i noticed one of his toes was darker than the rest of him, like a grey. then today i noticed it was black, so i said "what happened litle buddy" as i touched it, and it fell off! will he grow that toe back? i also noticed he has a grey spot on his tail, will his tail fall off?!

Posted by: Laura at March 27, 2007 08:34 PM

my jakson Carmeleons broken one of his claw ( part of a nail ) wii it grow back or will it die?

Posted by: chris at April 6, 2007 02:52 AM

i love this website

Posted by: jessica at April 7, 2007 03:59 PM

i want to now what thay eat

Posted by: jessica at April 7, 2007 04:00 PM

Can you put a gecko and a cameleon in the same tank?
plz tell me soon.thx

Posted by: kyle at April 8, 2007 08:12 AM

@Kyle: No, the chameleon should not be in a tank, whether there's a gecko in there, or not.

Posted by: Jeff at April 8, 2007 11:50 AM

i have a baby jackson and my little sister stepped on him. his middle horn used to have a hard shell but it is now soft and the hard shell is gone. what do i do?

i am also new to having a jackson and can you please tell me EXACTLY what i need to get him for him to have a good environment. he is now living in a glass cage with fake leaves, is this o.k?

Posted by: Jessica at April 9, 2007 02:12 AM

My senegal chameleon has clear slim on her eye and yellow dry patches formingon her skin. What should I do???

Posted by: CC at April 24, 2007 08:33 PM

My son and I are purchasing our v.cham. this week. He is at a private pet store, we have gone and visisted him a few times a week and handled him, he seems very friendly and docile. His legs seem strong, same with his tale. I'm giving him a 40 hexagon terr., with water fall and drip system. Lots of climbing things, real plants.
Soooooo Please help me make this a good transition for him....
How often should I dust the crickets?
Can I bring him in his tree shower the day he comes home, or do you think that'd be too much for him in one day?
His home is in front of a big bay window with sunlight.. is this anything wrong with that?
What wattage bulb or kind of bulb should I start with, I was going to go with a 75. ANd what times do I run the heat lamp.... I thought it was constant.
What signs do I need to look for regarding his optimal health before bringing him home?
And what is your opinion on always using anti bacterial soap before handling him?
I've read tons and read almost everyone of your posts.. I am so greatful for this site, I am sure you'll be hearing from us regularly.
THanks to one and all we appreciate any feedback and suggestions!

Michelle and Josh

Posted by: Michelle & Josh at April 24, 2007 10:11 PM

when I water my chameleon he doesn't move he just
opens his mouth and stays their! he was inching
the bottom of his mouth and his eyes started to pop
out! The littler won died because we put a plant that had furdalizer in it and we think it was like poison to it. And it could of also been the crickets
we gave it because we gave my snake some to and
she died!
oh and he was lifting his head up with his hand!
if that will help you solve this a little better.it looks like she is swallowing her tong! I am 10!

Posted by: kaylee at April 27, 2007 07:24 PM

Hi Jeff,

I have a couple of questions. My boyfriend and I purchased what we were told was a male Veiled Chameleon in mid to late 2005. Basically, we bought him/her when he/she was quite little, and expected to see the heel spurs grow as he/she got older. Well, none ever showed up, but there has been no sign of "pregnancy". So we are, needless to say, confused about our Chameleon's (whose name is Mark) gender.

My second question is this: today I noticed that Mark's left eye looked a little bit infected. Then this evening, the other one also started to look irritated. I have an appointment to take Mark to the vet tomorrow, but, what is it that generally causes irritation/infection of the eye, and is calci-sand safe to keep in the aquarium? We were thinking of getting some, but now with this eye thing....



Posted by: Kat at April 27, 2007 09:57 PM

Never Mind. Sorry Jeff, I read a bit further and noticed a comment from you about how you don't particularly enjoy answering questions.

Posted by: Kat at April 27, 2007 10:19 PM

srry man but u cant have a chameleon in a 10 gallon tank! they need something like 4 feet high! my chameleon has a tank 4 feet by 2 feet and some times i think its way to small for her! and the cricket powder is probibly the problem! it is bad for chameleons to have it, beleive it or not! ask ur vet!

Posted by: sarah at April 29, 2007 11:47 AM

why do chamioeleons close there eyes?

Posted by: jgo at May 2, 2007 11:38 PM

Hey everybody ... I recently purchased a 3yr old male Veiled Chameleon. He seems fairly healthy, eats well and is active. Unfortunately he only came with a 15 gal. tank which is WAY too small. I'm working on getting a larger enclosure but in the meantime I've been letting him out almost every day for some exercise. He also had a sore on his chin from rubbing it against the screen .. (apparently the people that previously had him didn't let him out enough) which I have treated several times with polysprorin and is almost completely healed. However it looks as if his crest is separating from his head. The skin there is very thin and there is even a small hole in the middle. I've treated this once with polysporin but wasn't sure if it will help. Apparently he was eating butterworms covered in vitamin dust. I've been feeding crickets, silk worms and tomato worms covered in the vitamin dust. Should I be concerned about this separation of the crest and is there anything I can do about it? Thanks!

Posted by: Dyesub Dave at May 5, 2007 02:47 PM

i just got a veil chameleon today and im trying to feed it crickets but it wont eat... what do i do?

Posted by: eddie at May 5, 2007 09:57 PM

Hey Jeff or Anybody!!!:

I have been scrolling thru this endless amount of QandA but i just need to know this:

I have a female veiled chameleon and she JUST
laid eggs. its not buried or anything and theres about 40 eggs. (she did not mate with a male)

1. Will the eggs hatch?
2. If so, how do I take care of them?
3. if not, what do I do with them?

Please answer this somebodyyyyy

Posted by: Gibs at May 6, 2007 11:57 PM


if the chameleon is not eating then it will die! the trick i do to make them eat is you have to get them mad. tap the side of their mouth so that it wants to bite you, then when it opens its mouth, shove the cricket/food in its mouth! it really works!!

Posted by: gibs at May 7, 2007 12:05 AM

The eggs will not hatch. It might be a good idea to put them into the refrigerator and then make an appointment with a veterinarian for her check-up soon, then let him see the eggs. They'll give a clue about how she's doing in terms of calcium, bone structure, correct lighting, etc. Eventually, they're going to rot. Perhaps the best place for that to occur is in the landfill.

40 eggs is not uncommon for a captive chameleon, but the more a female lays, and the more often she lays, the less life she has left. I suggest reducing her food to about 75% of what you've been giving her.

Posted by: Jeff at May 7, 2007 12:20 AM

i dont want to write personale info sorry my name is stuart and i am soon to get 3 chameleons from the midwest reptile 1 male and 2 females and i just wonted to know how easy is it to get your veiled chameleons to breed last time we had sum lay eggs we had no idea wat she was doing diging a hole and the eggs died also if i buy 2 males and 2 females do you think the males will kill each other since there is more than one and on a scale of 1 to 10 how easy is it to get chameleons to lay eggs

Posted by: stuart at May 7, 2007 02:44 PM


My question today is regarding my leopard gecko (Phibi). I have noted that every time she walks her legs shake. I am very worry for her. This is the first time this is happening to her. Her diet is crickets that are powdered with a supplement.

Thank you for your help


Posted by: Catalina at May 8, 2007 12:18 PM

I have a male veild chameleon that keeps rubbing his eyes on his climbing branches and stuff and they look a little swollen/baggy I don't see any discharge. Should I use some kind of ointment to treat it? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Posted by: Carson Pope at May 8, 2007 01:40 PM

how doyou take care of animals with diabetes

Posted by: ava montez at May 16, 2007 08:50 AM

Hi, i've a young geko almost 1 year old, and i've noticed that he's verry quiet, and that his front legs are verry week it seems like there are no bones just the skin and the fingers, could this be a calcium problem ?

Posted by: Ben at May 16, 2007 07:01 PM

hi ive had my baby chameleon for 3 weeks and i noticed he nevers goes to the basking area why???

Posted by: jason at May 19, 2007 09:34 AM

I have searched for several days on if there is anything I can do about my VC 's foot . Most all the search engines take me here. I took him out awhile ago and noticed that on one of his feet his nails are bent up and he has one nail missing. He must of fell or got stuck somehow. Do you think the nails will grow back ? He also has a small cut on his head but it seems to be healing fine. The silly boys thinks he is a monkey. I have plenty of
plants & such to catch his falls , but he scares be alot. Now with his toes messed up I'm really fustrated.
I read alot to not let chameleons climb upside down on the top of the cage, but he doesn't seem to want to listen to my requests.

Also,he seems fine but has decided to only eat waxworms for the last two weeks. I have no vets anywhere near me .I have read that they can get tried of certain foods and I fiqured he was tired of his crickets but wondered if you have experienced this.

thanks for any info.

Posted by: Michelle at May 21, 2007 10:31 PM

@Michelle: It's tough to guess. My first guess with ANY problem that anyone is EVER having is metabolic bone disease. The reason I think that is because most people neglect proper lighting. I only rule that out if the symptoms are completely inconsistent.

Falling is often a case of metabolic bone disease because it causes a weak grip. A cut on the head and broken bodyparts (including nails) could certainly come from falling.

Make sure that your chameleon is in a mesh cage, higher than it is wide, and that you're using more UVB than you'd ever guess might be necessary. I recommend that if you don't have one of these, that you get one: http://www.veiled-chameleon.com/cgi-bin/newfront/link.cgi?af=pm&pd=uvflood2

There's no substitute for an x-ray, though, for a diagnosis.

Posted by: Jeff at May 21, 2007 11:33 PM

Does anyone have any tips on how to tell if my female veiled is egg-bound? and also after I know exactly what I should do? Anything helps! Thanks!

Posted by: Mike at May 22, 2007 10:21 PM


I have a male, veiled chameleon about 6 months old. He's very healthy and everything is fine, EXCEPT a few weeks ago there appeared to be a bit of a chip out of his casque. There is now a bigger piece off, but it appears to be healing.

Should I be worried?


Posted by: Sarah at May 23, 2007 02:00 PM

hiya i am doing some work for animal nursing and i am woundering what restraining equipment is used to restrain a bearded dragon whilst having an x-ray, and also the correct handling technique.

Posted by: LJ at May 24, 2007 10:41 AM


i have a female veiled chameleon that i just brought home today
she is in a screened cage with a heat lamp, dripper system and a 16" black flow light.
she isnt eating at all, and today is the day se is normally fed, i realise this may just be because of the stress shes going through after being transfered. i believe that she is 5 months old - i will check on her age tomoro- and i read above about ( sorry i cant remember name) but a guy who was asking when a chameleon lays eggs. and i just feel like im not getting straight answers( looking on different sites)

it says i should prepare a 6" bed of sand for her to lay her eggs.
but my question is that even if she does have a place to lay her eggs, will she even lay them without a male? im worried she will hold her eggs.

Posted by: Collin =) at May 27, 2007 06:12 PM

I was just wondering what color a veiled chameleons tongue should be. I have tried looking through my books but cannot find anything on what color it should be. My chameleon's tongue has seemed to take on a bit of a purple color in some places and I am wondering if they are like veins or blood vessels. Could someone please let me know. Thanks

Posted by: Lee at May 27, 2007 07:11 PM

my bearded dragon has sploches of darker colour on his scales... i am not sure what it is she is a white and light brown lizard and the spots that are appearign on her are like orangeish .. if you could help me out i woould appreceate it tnx !

Posted by: casey bassett at June 4, 2007 06:38 PM

Hi, I am concerned about my veiled green guy. I think I have discovered the source of the problem but I am afraid it might be too late and he might need medical attention. What do you think? A few days ago, he had a chunk of poo hanging out of his but and he looked backed up. I called the pet store and we figured out he's been eating too many super worms and his digestive is messed up. So we have been feeding him butter worms in hopes of 'flushing' him out. It's been a few days now and it's still there. I tried soaking his bottom in luke warm water, he seemed to like it, but the hard poo wouldn't budge. I am worried he will get infected. Should I try feading him crickets and worms for a few more days or should I take him in to the vet pronto?
Your opinion would be greatly appreciated,

Posted by: Melissa at June 5, 2007 10:35 PM

my chameleon's tail is not looking so good. it looks like their is a skin eating bacteria on its tail. what should i do?

Posted by: Jessica at June 8, 2007 03:07 PM

We got a new veiled chameleon two days ago. I just noticed when it was climbing the enclosure yesterday that it is missing two claws on one of its front feet. It only seems to be a minor problem when climbing the screen. Will they grow back? Will this be a bigger problem in the future? Thanks in advance!!

Posted by: Ron at June 8, 2007 11:05 PM

Hey... Just had a question. I had a veiled chameleon and just today, I was looking at her and she fell over, gasping for breath, and died. I dont know what caused this, but the weird thing was that all my fish, which are in a tank next to hers, all died since yesterday. Do you think there is some sort of connection?? I dont know if I did anything wrong. I feed her supplements, she has a water dripper, proper lighting, a screened in cage, everything that she could really need. I dont know if maybe I was cleaning her tank wrong? I usually clean everything with hot water.

Anyway, This is my second chameleon and I dont seem to be having any luck. If you could give me any advice that would be great. Thanks.


Posted by: Sandra at June 9, 2007 02:17 PM


Best guess, someone poisoned them.

Posted by: Jeff at June 9, 2007 02:37 PM

Hello I have a question about my baby, i was checking up on him today and noticed that their is something really wrong with his tail it looks dried out at the tip and goes up just a little, he doesnt seem to mind it and not hissing or anything when we touched it, i just dont know, please if you have any information please contact me back asap. thank you.

Posted by: Amber at June 10, 2007 12:53 AM

um... my chameleon is 4 months old, i didn't have a uvb light on him until about 3 weeks ago and he is getting better. i think. he has weird looking legs, like he is bow legged or something. the reptile guy says to take him outside every day for 20 minutes and he should get better. will he?

Posted by: ashton at June 18, 2007 05:50 PM

I have two veiled Chameleons 1 is a boy and 1 is a girl and I was wondering when they will lay eggs and how many eggs will they lay.

plz send me via Email on my questions thanx. (chalupa_ramirez@yahoo.com

Posted by: Kyle at June 19, 2007 12:31 PM

HELP, My green Anole isn't moving his arms or legs and he has two large black spots behind his eyes, please, my mother doesn't want to take him to a vet because he was six dollars but please, I love him so much I don't want him to die.. Please I need some help.

Posted by: Allynd Dudnikov at June 20, 2007 10:21 AM

Hey! I have a female green iguana and over the lasy few weeks, she has developed some black spots on her head and is not eating as much as she used to. Im getting worried! Help..

Posted by: Vanessa at June 21, 2007 02:00 PM

hi i have a border collie and i noticed she was bleeding from the ass what do i do

Posted by: chelsea at June 25, 2007 11:24 PM

I am currently trying to incubate 2 separate clutches of eggs right now, the first clutch was of 41 eggs... Most of which has either dried up or has a lot of mold on them.. I tried to clean the mold off and keep things warm and humid...is there some info you could send me to possibly save the eggs... I don't want to make the same mistakes on the 2nd clutch of 51.... thanks in advance...

Posted by: Ren at June 28, 2007 08:10 AM

I have a female veiled chameleon, She is 2 1/2 to 3 months old, She stopped eating on her own about 3 weeks ago. I took her to the vet 2 weeks ago, the said she had an eye infection and gave me ointment to put on it.. She is still not eating. I asked the vet if there was a chance that she had eggs and that is what is stopping her from eating.. Even the vet had no idea about it.. (the vet is doing research. Sway (my chameleon) has another vet appointment today.. Do you know of anything that could help her?

Posted by: Whitney at June 28, 2007 12:01 PM

Hey my name's Dan and i just bought a baby female veiled chameleon just over a week ago. She has just had her first shed but i was worried when i found that as she started shedding on her left eye she wouldn't open it...that was a good 3 days ago now and she still hasn't opened her eye yet, leaving her unable to see to her left side meaning she is unable to see food that maybe to her left.

I have a feeling she isn't feeling that well as she isn't moving around as much as she should and is tending to just sit on the rocking side of her waterfall under her heat light. I have also noticed today that she has started wheezing every now and then.

Please this is my first chameleon and i'm hoping you can set me in the right direction for what course of action to take.

As i said before i am extremely worried

Tanks Dan

Posted by: Dan at July 1, 2007 12:22 PM

hi jeff

my chameleon's right eye is very swollen and he doesnt want to eat or drink. it is a female about 2 yrs old. please answer back a.s.a.p.

thanks, kyle

Posted by: kyle at July 2, 2007 08:03 AM

My 5month old veiled chameleon is eating well, hes doing fine, but i've been noticing a white substance around his nostrils. He usually shakes it off or something but it does go away every now and then. i was told it was like a cold and to raise the humidity which i did by spraying more water often.
Could you tell me what this is and how i can help him?

Posted by: Logan at July 2, 2007 07:47 PM

My Chameleon has grown a growth on his forehead between his eyes. It started as a small bump and has grown into a large lump. I am having trouble finding a vet in my area.

Do you have an idea of what it could be? Is it fatal?

Can it be drained?

I have nevere seen anything like it on a lizard, and have not found much on it.

Posted by: Zach at July 2, 2007 11:03 PM

My male v.chameleon is about a year and a half old and recently I've noticed he's been digging through his woodchip substrate and clawing at the plastic bottom. I've never seen him act this way so I was just wondering if you know what it means. He doesn't go all the way to the bottom of his cage usually.

Posted by: Haylee at July 5, 2007 05:23 PM

I left the tub of crickets next to his cage the last coupla days and I think he may have been digging for the crickets! Is this possible? At this point I believe it is, I went over to feed him and he gulped down a few.

Posted by: Haylee at July 5, 2007 05:32 PM

My 5month old veiled chameleon is eating well, hes doing fine, but i've been noticing a white substance around his nostrils. He usually shakes it off or something but it does go away every now and then. i was told it was like a cold and to raise the humidity which i did by spraying more water often.
Could you tell me what this is and how i can help him?

Posted by: Logan at July 9, 2007 05:48 PM

I have a Jackson and he is really wonderful. He spends most of his day light green and laying in his pool. I have a stone and he loves the bubbles. Lately I have noticied that he seems to sleep a lot. I pick him up and pet him and he is instantly asleep. I don't know how old he is, I have had him for about 4 months.

Can you tell me how long he should sleep? I also let him walk around the apt. is this ok?



Posted by: Diana at July 10, 2007 03:03 PM

I have a 6 month old veil chameleon and today when i got home from work he was laying in the ground lookin sick. he had his hands on his head as if he had a headache. I rushed to petco but the idiots couldnt help me. I went to the vet so it was close, i dunno what else to do .... he eats and has a bright color but i dunno if this is serious or not, my take is that it is but everyone else just says is not.im really worried because this hasnt happened before, what should i do??????

Posted by: Diego Lazarte at July 15, 2007 03:51 PM

Hey hows it going?
i have a female leopard gecko, I think she is pregant, If you have any ideas or tips to help me figure out if she is that would great.
thanks kyle

Posted by: Kyle at July 19, 2007 12:29 AM

I have 2 V.Chameleons, one male and one female. They have been mating, and now the female is digging a hole ready for laying her eggs. What do i need to do once she has layed them if they are fertile? Do i need to seperate them all? Where should i put them? Do i need to seperate the female from the male? And the female is still the black colour with green and yellow spots on her, when will she turn back to her usual colour?

Posted by: Cassie at July 21, 2007 04:52 AM

i just purchased a veiled chameleon jsut the other day less than a week ago. the first 2 days he was very active moving around. but now he seems like something is wrong. he always has his eyes closed, hasnt ate for 2 days, not really active.i was just wondering what could be a problem.
email me.
thank you.

Posted by: austin at July 22, 2007 06:45 PM

how do you get a female chameleon pregnant and once she is pregnant could you tell the steps to helping her lay the eggs successfully?

Posted by: Alonso Casas at July 24, 2007 02:38 PM

My adult male veiled has mouth rot. Mouth has puss/discharge on both sides of jaws. He's highly stressed when handled, should I take him to a vet anyway asap for antibiotics? How often should I clean out his mouth? Anything else I can do to help him recover?

Posted by: Jason W. at July 27, 2007 10:05 PM

Hi there,

I just got a male Veiled Chameleon on July 28th. He was bought from a breeder that I'm told has, literally, a house full of tanks with all kinds of lizards and snakes. He was at my boyfriends house for a week and was fed regularely with small crickets with a vitamin supplement in powder form covering them.
During the time my boyfriend had him (since the 22nd) he said that my chameleon ate about 23 crickets. I've been told that that is a good and healthy sign but I was wondering what you're opinion is and how many crickets he should be eating on average per week or day, which ever is healthier for him.
Also I'm slightly worried about my chameleon because when he walks he tends to accidently grab his head with his left arm. He seems like he's just very coordinated with it yet. I was thinking that it's because he's so young still. I've been keeping a close eye on it and he seems to have the most problems when he is stressed and moving fast. I don't know if I should be worried yet or if I should give him a little more time to grow.
You're opinion on my little issues would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


Posted by: Jess at August 2, 2007 09:29 PM

Our anole is weak, thin, doesn't eat much, and is not shedding. We give him water, small crickets coated with vitamins and calcium. Don't know what to do for him. Could you please advise? Jan

Posted by: Jan at August 14, 2007 12:30 PM

Hi, I got a male veiled chameleon a couple of weeks back which was about 2 months old (the pet shop said). He was quite good mostly and ate and drank well but last night I noticed that he was opening his mouth quite a bit for no reason. I thought he might just be swallowing his saliva like we do but according to my mum (she's a doctor) chameleons don't have salivary glands. He did this 4-5 times last night, each mouth gaping lasting about 30 seconds. Is this normal? Also he has fallen off his branches quite a bit so will he be alright. I am 12 years old by the way.

Posted by: Taimur at August 22, 2007 12:40 AM

hi Jeff....my male veiled chameleon is being very strange ....i moved him from downstairs to upstairs in my room,( witch doesnt have curtains cause we re-decorated and i need to find new 1's) and now he keeps hiding, and before we moved him he was hissing, and i was afraid to hold him, so we let him wonder around downstairs, and we thought that was helping,....he changed right when we moved him and i dont know whats rong, and when he hides he lets us pet him on that crest thing on his head, he would usually hiss, should we move him back down where its dark or is he sick?

Posted by: michelle at August 22, 2007 03:23 PM

My chameleon has developed this white material around and in his nostrals it resembles a styrofoam like substance, anyone know what it is?

Posted by: Landis at September 4, 2007 12:58 AM

Taimur , Your cham is thermo regulating, his temps may be too high, he is basking and he gets too hot, also after that his organs get hot as well so he gapes to cool down from the inside out...

Michelle, the crest thing on his head is his casque, and any cham that changes his enclosure and or scenery is subject to a little stress and just needs a few days to calm down and get used to his new surroundings..

Landis, the stuff coming out of his nose could be extra calcium expelled from his nasal passage due to ingesting too much calcium, ie. too much supplements and also it could be he is about to shed and just started there...

There is so much to learn about these guys you should all go over to www.chameleonforums.com they people are very helpfull and glad to help out...

Posted by: Ren at September 4, 2007 05:36 PM

Jeff, or anybody PLEASE HELP!:

My baby veiled chameleon has a problem with one of his eyes. It looks crystalized over, and I just noticed it tonight. It was fine just earlier today when I was looking at him. He started shedding a little over a week ago, I see him eat quite often and he seems strong and normal except for this new eye infection.

Is it deadly? What could this mean? Is it common and treatable? What should I do? PLEASE HELP.

Thank you, I'll check this site again asap and really appreciate any help :)


Posted by: Maria at September 10, 2007 07:31 PM

I have a 7-8 month female veiled chameleon she is gravid i think. She has big bumps by he legs and dot's at times. We have a 8in wide, 15in long and about 7in deep container filled with mulch and sand. For the past 5 days she hasn't been eating. Why hasn't she been eating? Is it just because she needs to lay eggs or is she sick. She has a free vent a nose. She's been moving around her cage and doesnt seem to be lethargic at all. Her tail is all curled right now. She's at the bottom branches of her cage alot. Please respond soon. Thanks

Posted by: Josh at September 12, 2007 09:16 PM

I just checked on her and I think she pooped, but it's a purpleish color and looks jelloy. She's alot skinnier and you can see her ribs. She looks hydrated but still isn't eating

Posted by: Josh at September 13, 2007 04:05 PM

Can Somebody Repond... Please.. I found her today she was on the floor of her cage. I tried to reach her to make sure she was okay and she crawled right back up her branch.. Was she digging? Please Somebody... Help Me

Posted by: Josh at September 14, 2007 06:33 PM

PLEASE someone!!!!!!!!!! SHE ISN'T EATING........

Posted by: Josh at September 15, 2007 01:36 PM

Hi,I have green anole lizard.She hasnt ate in about two weeks.She was given canned flies,but she didnt eat.I went to the pet stor and purchased crickets.Still she hasnt ate.She layed two eggs two days ago.The eggs looked like they collapsed,wrinkled almost.She still hasnt ate.I make sure to spray her tank.She laps on the water.She looks skinny,bony.She has a private spot in the tank.I am afraid she will die.What do I do?

Posted by: Yolaida at September 19, 2007 10:15 AM

Hi, I currently have a veiled chameleon and as far as i now he is a very health one. I have had it for a little over 7 months and he has been great. But recently he started getting a small black patch on the side of is body and a tiny one on is knee and along the back where all the little spine things are. When he sheds the dry skin seems to stay over those spot where it has turned black. I was just wondering if there is any thing wrong and if I should be worried

Posted by: Patrick at September 20, 2007 01:17 PM

I have a lizard,and she won't open one eye when I give her a bath.

Posted by: sofia at September 22, 2007 12:40 PM

Hi Jeff

Im thinking of getting a veiled chameleon, but i dont know much about them, can you tell me about them? Thanks

Posted by: Tom D at October 7, 2007 10:51 AM


I just got a baby chameleon maybe a week ago and I just noticed one of his eyes won't open :( I think water got in it. I don't know what to do. His little legs are a little shaky but im not sure if babys are supposed to be that way. Please help

Posted by: Shaholly at October 8, 2007 04:29 AM

Hey mr Chameleon man! lol anyways..I have a beautiful vield chameleon (female) and she is getting ready to lay her eggs. I have gone to PetSmart and talked to a few owners of cheleons who work there and knew quite a bit. They however told me NOT to put sand in her cgae for it can block her digestive system or something like that. They told me to use soil in her cage for her to lay her eggs. So I was wondering if you would suggest soil as well and if so would there be a certian type that would not harm her ect.

Posted by: Elyse at October 8, 2007 10:36 AM

Ps she has white crsuty stuff around and in her nose......Im not sure this is true would that mean shes being feed too much and has a calcium diffeciency or is it something else

Posted by: Elyse at October 8, 2007 10:41 AM

I have a young 5month old male veiled chameleon. i regularly dust his diet of crickets with calcium powder for chameleons. i have started to notice a little lump on his left eye socket, at the top of the socket. and occasionaly, i see him rubbing his eye. is this a major problem? apart from that, he seems really healthy. he still eats and drinks. and is quite lively. but the lump is very visible compared to the other socket! help!!

Posted by: Gareth Rex at October 18, 2007 12:03 PM

GO TO A VET!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously. It isn't that expensive. The one in my area is $30 a visit. If you think that's too much money, you shouldn't have any animal as a pet. They are alive - they get sick. And lizards and reptiles seem to get sick easily. Forums are great to find out about funny behaviors and chat about how great fluffy is, but if you aren't sure TAKE IT TO THE VET.

Oh yeah...


Posted by: amanda at October 19, 2007 03:33 AM

Hi, my cat is almost 2 years old and recently he is not opening his right eye. i see some pus coming out of it. When i try to open it i do not see that it is red . What do you think it is.

Posted by: Coll at October 21, 2007 01:10 PM

It is a message from God: "Please take this cat to a veterinarian."

Posted by: Jeff at October 21, 2007 03:37 PM

My male veiled chameleon has blood in his stool. Im wondering whats wrong and what should I do.

Posted by: kate at October 25, 2007 08:09 PM

I just bought a veiled chameleon and i am feeding it crickets dusted with calcium supplement and i am at school all day so i dont know if he ever goes down and eats them or not? any tips or suggestions

Posted by: nick at October 29, 2007 08:43 PM

Wow!!! thanks to every one who responds to these posts! ... From one who has had a sick chameleon and understands the stress related to the unknown and sometimes unavailable vet. resources..... as for the individual responsible for the condesending remarks and useless information given, even still, all to infrequently to be considred a "host"........
I do not understand why you waist your time! It seems to me you think a lizard lover should not embark on raising a chameleon if they have but a few questions. NO ONE is an expert until they try, fail, research, ask questions, get answers, and try agian.........................
mamma roots~

Posted by: roots mamma at October 30, 2007 05:00 PM

Hi Jeff,
My name is Ashley, I have just stumbled upon your website and have been sitting here for hours reading it. I have a male and female panther chameleon and a male veiled chameleon. I am a completely in love with all of them and am trying my best to learn as much about them as i can. Everything that I am reading about the veiled chams is, very if not completely, similar to the things i read about the panthers, do you agree that they are almost exactly alike to take care of. I was reading up because i became worried about my female when someone at a reptile show told me that should could end up dying if I didn't breed her. She is about a year and I do not know if she has ever laid eggs before and honestly I do not know if I am ready to breed....but I obviously don't wnat her to die. Should i just try the pot at the bottom of the cage for now?

Sorry this was so long! I am just amazed with your page, this is wonderful!

Posted by: Ashley at October 31, 2007 11:53 AM

So I just got a fischers a few days ago and he ate a few crickets and then I decided to give hime a mealworm with some calcium dust because I had just got it and I did the whole bake and shake method and then this morning when I woke up he had thrown up. It was the mealworms (3)...did I give him too many? and then a cricket. his poop has been a little runny but not bad at all. Now i just got him a few days ago so im not exactly sure what is going on can anyone help?

Posted by: Ashley at November 1, 2007 06:06 AM

Thats a fischers chameleon by the way

Posted by: Ashley at November 1, 2007 06:07 AM


I was reading this website and it said that chameleons can throw up from a food that just didn't agree with their stomach. It also said that this could dehydrate him so I would give him a shower for maybe half an hour on plant that he enjoy if you don't do that already. I know yous isn't a veiled like this website is talking about but I can't imagine that the care is much different.
If he eats again the next time you try to feed him I would write it off as an upset stomach. If anything else goes wrong or he doesn't start eating again I would try calling the vet and asking his opinion.
I have to ask....what is the shake and bake method? LOL

Posted by: Ashley S at November 1, 2007 01:41 PM

I also forgot to ask, did it throw up after the crickets too or just the mealworms? Mealworms are very difficult for chameleon to digest because of the hard shell. They should be fed to him sparingly and only as a treat maybe once a month or so. If you can get a hold of silk worms they love them and they happen to be one of the most nutritious foods for your cham.

Posted by: Ashley S at November 1, 2007 01:59 PM

Hi, i have 2 anoles a brown bahama male (spike, about 4-5inches) and i just resently got a new green anole i think female (chris, about 2-3inches) i have spikr in a 10 wide by 15 and i also have the anole starte kit i put chris in the starter kit and spike in the 10 gallon should i keep t like this or should i just put chris in the 10g plz help!

Posted by: vincent at November 4, 2007 01:24 PM

Hi, i have 2 anoles a brown bahama male (spike, about 4-5inches) and i just resently got a new green anole i think female (chris, about 2-3inches) i have spikr in a 10 wide by 15 and i also have the anole starte kit i put chris in the starter kit and spike in the 10 gallon should i keep t like this or should i just put chris in the 10g plz help!

Posted by: vincent at November 4, 2007 01:24 PM

I would put both of them in the 10 gallon tank. It may be a bit cramped but is adequate living space for them. Make sure that you do not have two males though, they will most likely fight. I would also say that if chris is indeed a female be ready for eggs because they will probably breed at some point.

Posted by: Ashley S at November 4, 2007 05:09 PM

Hi. I have a 6 month old female veiled chameleon. lately I've noticed a couple of shiny black spots on her jaw. I thought it was dirt so I tried to wipe it off with a Q-tip but no luck. Could it be scabs? She still eats well and is allways green and fat so I don't know what else it could be but there's also the fact that nothing in her cage should be able to cut her. Anyone?

Posted by: Amber at November 9, 2007 06:11 PM

i was wondering about my leopard gecko. She is female and i have had her for 6 years. Just recently she has a bubble forming underneath the skin behind the arm. Sometimes its there and somtimes its not. i dont know wats going on but i would really like to know as soon as possible.
please and thank you.

Posted by: mel at November 9, 2007 09:12 PM


I have a male veiled chameleon.
He is about 5-6 months old.

I have noticed recently that one of the spikes on his chin has disappeared and in its place is a black stump.
Does anyone know why this would happen?

I noticed another one today on one of the spikes on top of his tail, pretty much where his tail starts from the body.

I'm really worried, as I cannot think of any reason why it is happening.
He drinks plenty as I see him drinking everyday and he has calcium on his hoppers.

He has recently stopped eating as much, but I put that down to the fact that he is shedding at the moment, but he will still eat occasionally.

Any ideas? Much appreciated


Posted by: Helen at November 10, 2007 04:35 AM

please respond by email if you can. THANKS!!

ok guys I will try to describe EVERYthing as good as I can.

I have a 1 year old male Veiled Cham named Scooter. We have had him for his entire life. About a week ago we noticed that he was not eating as much as normal. About a day later we noticed his back legs and tail were limp. We imediately made an appointment for the vet that day and after taking Xrays he told us that he saw nothing wrong but felt that he may have something compacted in his stomach. After watching him for the past few days I notice this could be true because he has not pooped in atleast 4 days. The doc gave scooter a shot of calcium as well as some worm treatment. He also sent us home with a bottle of calcium to give scooter orally daily as we have been doing religiously. Today we noticed something that has scared us. Scooter's tale is being discoloured. Just behind his rectum his tail is turning extremely pale liek it is literally dieing.

He has not eaten on his own in several days and we have been force feeding him crickets and water because he wont do either on his own.

The cage set up:
2.5-3 ft tall mesh cage that he can climb around.
lots of vines to climb on.
75 watt heat lamp to keep warm.
1 gallon water drip running constantly with fresh water daily.
UVB light on 12 hours a day.
We also spray with warm water twice daily.

If I missed anything I need to add here to give more knowledge on area or anything please let me know. This is my Girlfriend's pet and she loves it dearly. Please let me know if you guys have any ideas on what to do or ideas on what could be causing this.


Posted by: Justin at November 10, 2007 07:15 PM

how do u no that your beaded dragon is having babys

Posted by: kiron at November 13, 2007 01:03 AM

My veiled chameleon is about 4 months old and hes 10 inches long but the problem is that on the back of his left spur is kinda black.We think he might of got a rope burn from a rope in side his cage.So what do you think it is?

Posted by: bobby at November 16, 2007 03:29 PM

My veiled chameleon is about 4 months old and hes 10 inches long but the problem is that on the back of his left spur is kinda black.We think he might of got a rope burn from a rope in side his cage.So what do you think it is?

Posted by: bobby at November 16, 2007 03:29 PM

Hi there,
I really need your help Jeff,
My Female Vieled chameleon seems really weak and sometimes fall of branches and I havnt seen her drink for a while..but shes still scoffing her face!
I was wondering what could be the problem and tell me how to help her?
Thanks A Lot please E-mail back to pollyfreyne@hotmail.com

Posted by: Polly at November 19, 2007 11:06 AM

We rescued a large healthy looking veiled male chameleon from a cat in our back yard (Florida)...
they are not native here, but he(Iggy)seemed to like living on our back porch...we don't know how old he is, but we have been feeding, watering, and warming him for 1 and 1/2 years. Awhile back, he got a bubble gum looking growth right next to his anal area....does not effect his feces, and he does not seem uncomfortable...otherwise healthy...recently we brought him inside in a bird cage and he started rubbing the growth on the wires and broke it...we are looking for a lizard vet, but wonder if it is paracites, or vitamin deficiency..we haven't given him a lot of vitamin powder but he does get sun, and have a varied diet on the porch of meal worms, giant worms, preloaded crickets, and plants and fruits...also lots of gechos and mini lizards...what does this condition sound like???

Posted by: Jan at December 5, 2007 07:00 PM

@Jan: I suppose it could be this...


...or this...


(Or, put another way, I don't know.)

Posted by: Jeff at December 5, 2007 07:04 PM

my friends bearded dragon is not moving and has a white film like cover on it's eyes but doesn't have th money for a vet whats wrong with it plz tell me i don't want it to die!!!

Posted by: angel at December 11, 2007 05:13 AM

My chameleon is 7 months old aand he isn't shedding properly along his spine.Now he seems to have this brownish-red stuff in this cut along his spine.Now I can see under the skin and the room on the other side.We have helped him shed most of the skin along his spine by lightly placing water on our fingers and smoothing it along his spine and a lot of his old skin has come off.What should we do about his spine.

Posted by: Rachel at December 11, 2007 02:43 PM


Posted by: jermel at December 29, 2007 05:06 PM

can chameleons produce fertile eggs without a male being with it ?

Posted by: amber at January 1, 2008 02:18 PM

I have a veiled chameleon,named Leon and I've had him for about a month and 3 weeks and I'm worried because he won't eat. This morning, I woke up gave him water and I came back an hour later and his eye is swollen...Now I'm thinking its because water might have gotten in his eye and thats why it's swollen, but his skin is kind of blackish by the eye, he threw up also. Now I'm freaking out and I don't know if I should go to the vet or not. Please help I don't want him to die Help!!!

Posted by: Malgor at January 5, 2008 06:44 PM

I have a chameleon that is roguhly 7- 8 mths, maybe a few weeks younger. She has yet to lay eggs. I read earleir that they need privacy, do you suggest i cover the top of her terarium??
I put a wax begonia plant in with her that has a large pot, much much bigger than she is and at least 8 inches deep. Is that good enough. Also Iw as wodering if it meant anything that she is usaaly a darker colour and has blueish dots on her msot of the time. The only time she lightens up is in the dark when no onhe is around to see her. Sorry for the long winded post, im just worried. Thank You, cheers!

Posted by: Mike at January 11, 2008 01:56 PM

My velid chemelon broke his leg what should we do with him? .

Posted by: ryan at January 29, 2008 09:58 AM

I got my chameleon bout four to five months ago and its been very active and healthy. Recently though a bump has formed between his eyes, closer to the left and his left eye is sunken and mostly closed now. He has also been rubbing his bump on things as though it is itchy and i dont think he can see out of his left eye. everything else seems to be fine, he is eating well and is pretty active but i don't know what to do

Posted by: Steven at January 30, 2008 12:46 PM

my green iguana just finished laying eggs she look very skinny but she is walking around the house like nothing happen being her happy self but will not eat anything just water is this normal?

Posted by: elizabeth at February 17, 2008 06:35 PM

This is for the person who was worried about there veiled chameleon who was shaking, having trouble getting around, and had a curve in his crest or veil. The curve is probably from pushing it against the glass of the tank. Tanks are appropriate for little baby chameleons but then they need to go to an aboreal wire cage. Rubbing against the glass deforms veils and the tank is just the wrong enviroment. I wonder if you interpret his hunting as shaking and having trouble. Hunting iguana do a little dance they move back and forth back and forth swaying like a leaf often with on or two feet up in the air. This is normal. I hope this is what you mean

Posted by: Cimmerian at February 20, 2008 12:34 PM

I think my female jackson chameleon has MBD, and I'm taking it to the vet in a couple days. I was just wondering if I could do anything before then. She's drinking alot, but not eating anything, and doesn't move around the cage too much. I gut load my crickets, and dust them everytime with a calcium/D3 powder. I have done alot of research on the disease, but most sites, say take it to a vet immediately, but is there anything I can do beforehand?

Posted by: Nicholas at March 1, 2008 10:36 AM

I have a male veiled chameleon, a little over 6-7 months old. I'm a bit curious now because he's hardly six inches long including the tail. I have him in a pretty decent sized screened cage, including a 100w heat lamp and a separate UV light. I feed crickets with calcium power daily, spray water 3 times a day. I hardly see him basking in the heat, and he eats very little. Its hard to even feed him 4 crickets a day.. if that! I see him staying stationary for long periods of time - sometimes over 12-16 hrs. Lately he has been making a squeaky noise, kind of sounds like hes sneezing or wheezing. I also try to get him to mist in the shower once a week to rehydrate.

And ideas or suggestions? The reptile store tells me he might just be the runt of the litter...but I feel something is wrong. Please help, thanks in advance.

Posted by: paul at March 10, 2008 08:15 PM

i was just wondering about how long it takes to lay eggs. Also, how often ? I know the first time is at about 6 months, but is it a yearly thing or what?
Thank you.

Posted by: Jessica at March 11, 2008 11:50 AM

Hi my name is Andrew and I have a pet chameleon named bodach. He is about 11 months old, and I just recently changed his cage to a bigger one. Right when I changed his cage he would not eat. This has been going on for 2 days now... Can Anybody Help Me Or Give Me Advice???!? I'm worried sick!!

Posted by: Andrew Riddle at March 11, 2008 05:49 PM

hey i have two chameleons and i was breeding them until my female became obsessed with the males tail. one day she got it when i wasnt looking and bit it hard enough it was bleeding.. now.. 2 months later his tail is half dead and the death is travelling up towards it body... its obviously some sort of infection. what would help.. why is it dying

Posted by: jason at March 14, 2008 03:08 PM

hey i have two chameleons and i was breeding them until my female became obsessed with the males tail. one day she got it when i wasnt looking and bit it hard enough it was bleeding.. now.. 2 months later his tail is half dead and the death is travelling up towards it body... its obviously some sort of infection. what would help.. why is it dying

Posted by: jason at March 14, 2008 03:08 PM

Hey, Erm, I was wondering if you could give me some advice, about to weeks ago i got a baby yemin chameleon i think she about 2 months old & she is about 2in long & yesterday i came home & one of her eyes was colsed so i took her out & bathed it then put her back in her viv & to my horror she seemed to be inflating it till it mearly purple then de-flating it again, so i called up a vet n made an apointment for today & then about an hour later her eyes was fine & open ! ! ! & this morning she was fine so i cancled the vet but this afternoon her eye is closed again, she shed her skin day befor yesterday so don't know if that could have caused it to get sor or not, please write back or e-mail wild_raven@hotmail.com asap :( Louise Cormode

Posted by: Louise at March 18, 2008 08:18 AM

my igunua (nirvana)had 9 eggs today and still coming i dont know if it was preg before i got it 4 months ago are the eggs alive?

Posted by: liz at April 5, 2008 02:21 PM

i jus got a baby lizard and he is not eating at all spinach.pellet food nothin....and i put the spinach in his cage and he started goin crazy running around jumping up tryin to get out he really needs help please

Posted by: shena mallett at April 6, 2008 11:44 AM

Is organic potting soil ok for the bottom of her tank when she is going to lay eggs??? (veil chameleon)

Posted by: Jenn at April 7, 2008 05:16 PM

I just got a veiled chameleon about 2 weeks ago and the for the past couple of days we have noticed he isnt opening his eyes fully and sometimes not at all. His skin is also looking like theres some kind of film or soemthing on the top of his head and back. Someone mentioned that maybe hes molting? Any ideas?

Posted by: Stephanie at April 10, 2008 11:48 AM

i Have got a male veiled chameleon and in the corner of his right eye there looks like there is a bubble in it. What am i doing wrong? He is just over a year old. Thanks

Posted by: n/a at April 11, 2008 02:19 PM

Hello,I have a !year old male veiled chameleon,I had him from almost the day 1,and he seems just find except for this bump which has developed on top of his head,between his right eye and nasal opening,and now another one is developing along side of it.They look like abcesses to me,but I'm not sure.I'm disabled and live pertty much up in the mountains,so going to a vet is not an easy thing to do.I was thinking of busting them myself,but don't know if that would do more harm than good.If someone has a suggestion,feel free to email me,thanks,Mike.

Posted by: Michael at April 21, 2008 02:52 PM

hi, well my chameleon has been acting very strangly for the past week, hes eyes keep going big he keeps trying to itch them, also he wont eat much, he used to hiss at us if we went to get him out of his tank but now he doesnt, he keeps going all weak and if we hold hhim he just lays down on our hand, i noticed with his eyes aswel when he closes them they arent closed properly and sometimes when they are open it looks like his eye isnt there, he was moving alot today though but i dont no what i should do and i dont want him to die, do you no the problem or could you give me any advice on what to do, thank you.

Posted by: Laura at April 23, 2008 12:58 PM

hey well i have a about a one year old panther male chameleon (Rizzo) and today i noticed that he is keeping one eye closed and he wasnt doing this earlier this morning. I cant see anything on or around the eye so Im not sure what is going on. Nothing else seems to be wrong. Rizzo is still very active, he ate right away, like always, and nothing else has been different or out of the ordinary. Is there anything i can do, or do i need to take him to a vet? thanks so much for your help.

Posted by: katie at April 24, 2008 09:42 PM

Just wondering if you have ever heard of a veiled chameleon getting seminal blockage during their breeding season... I believe my chameleon had it, and when i took him to the vet, the vet thought we would have to amputate his hemipene .. that cant be true can it? .. Also, the blockage did come off at the vet, but, the chameleon was bleeding alot from his vent.. He has had antibiotics now, what are the odds that he will live through this?

Posted by: Crystal at May 13, 2008 10:21 PM

As of right now i have no were else to turn so i was hoping maybe you could help me. I have A two year old veiled chameleon and up until now he has been very healthy. within the last couple of days i noticed a small amount of swelling on both eyes and i have no idea why. as far as husbandry and other stuff I have read more than six books on chameleons and get every issue of reptiles mag. I also have several other species of lizards & snakes that ive been taking care of and breeding reptiles for approx. ten years, so id like to think I no my stuff but Im a humble person and I know theres always more to learn and im far from a no it all. please help if you can.

Posted by: Tony at May 15, 2008 10:16 AM

I have a veil chameleon and he is not moving a lot right now is eyes are close and he cannot grip on to the branches i put him in the shower to see if he is dehydrated but still not a lot of responds what should i do i am very worried

Posted by: anniece rutherford at June 16, 2008 06:08 PM

how soon will i hear from you he is really sick

Posted by: anniece rutherford at June 16, 2008 06:09 PM

Hey, i recently purchased a veiled at a reptile expo about a week and a half ago. The Cham seemed perfectly healthy and still does, besides the fact that he hasnt eaten since ive had him . The day i brought him home he ate a couple crickets. He will drink water on occasion, he moves around his cage , basks for hours at a time , then will move somewhere else to cool off. He's about a year old and live in a 100 gal flexarium. I mist him 3 times a day for the humidity. He also has a UVB and a mercury vapor bulb.
Ive tried just throwing crickets in for him to hunt, ive put them in small containers for him to pick them out of, ive tried powdered and non-powdered crickets. He just doesnt seem interested in them at all.
Is he still just being acclimated ? or is there something else wrong... ?

Posted by: Trevor M at June 25, 2008 10:17 AM


I bought a chameleon at a reptile show about a week and half ago as well. he's very very young about 1 month now. i have been having alot of problems with him. he doesn't drink very much. i have one person hold him while i just sit there and spray all around him for a good 45 minutes and he still barely drinks.. his eyes do not open all the way. i have been puttting visine in them and they used to clear up but not so much now-a-days. and i assume that's why he's not really eating because he can't see. i think there is a little crud thats making him not see out of one of his eyes because when i got him it was completely fine. i dont know if i should take him to the vet or what. i dont know what to do about his eye.. so if anyone's got any suggestions please let me know..

Posted by: Brittany at June 25, 2008 12:22 PM

hi i have had a veild chamelion for about 3 monthsnow and hhe has been fine and all all until this week.... all os sudden he stopped using his legs as much then started rolling over not getting u falling of trees and just hanging( not like a cham but differ) pl HELP ME I HOPE HE WONT DIE!!!!!!!!!!!! HELP

Posted by: veild help at July 2, 2008 07:16 PM

i have a veild chamelion and for about 3 days now HE wont open his eyes



Posted by: paxton at July 6, 2008 11:15 PM

Ive had a veiled chameleon for a few months now. Recentl, an idiotic roommate misted the little guy and cage with tap
water and now one of his eyes is closed and two bumps/growths formed on the top of his head have formed. They must cause him a lot if pain because he hisses and recoils when anything barely touches it. I let it be for a few days to see if it would heal itself but alas, it hasn't. Ive looked a lot of places online but haven't found anything. I would LOVE to go
straight to the vet but money has been very tight recently, and I will if I dont find a decent answer online. Thanks for any input.

Posted by: Janan at July 8, 2008 03:43 PM

Ive had a veiled chameleon for a few months now. Recentl, an idiotic roommate misted the little guy and cage with tap
water and now one of his eyes is closed and two bumps/growths formed on the top of his head have formed. They must cause him a lot if pain because he hisses and recoils when anything barely touches it. I let it be for a few days to see if it would heal itself but alas, it hasn't. Ive looked a lot of places online but haven't found anything. I would LOVE to go
straight to the vet but money has been very tight recently, and I will if I dont find a decent answer online. Thanks for any input.

Posted by: Janan at July 8, 2008 03:43 PM

1) There is nothing wrong with misting with tap water.

2) Chameleons are prone to eye infections. To prevent eye infections, it is important to mist with tap water every day at least once. It is this misting that allows the chameleon to clean its eyes. You can watch the chameleon do it when it is being misted.

3) You need to take that chameleon to the vet.

Posted by: Jeff at July 8, 2008 07:29 PM


I have a male Jackson's chameleon about 4 months old. He is housed with one other cham, a female about the same age & size. This morning he was fine, and tonight I went to check on him and about the last 2 inches (almost half his tail) is solid black and looks like he cannot move it. Is this some type of injury, and will it take care of itself or should I take him to the vet? Thanks for your input.

Posted by: jenny at July 26, 2008 11:34 AM

I have 16month old Male Yemen (Veiled) Chameleon. Yesterday i noticed after giving him a shower with his favourite plant, his back legs are quite limp. The right is worse than the left, he tries not to put weight on it at all.
He basks on a branch under his lamp with the right leg dangling. He is normally a very active chameleon, he wanders my house and basks in the sun as a have plants in most windows. Now he looks very sad just laying there, i haven't seen him pass a stool in a few days either. Maybe thats a problem too?

Posted by: Alex at August 4, 2008 05:11 AM

hi jeff my name is mitchell,i have a juvenile female or male panther chameleon dont know yet.I think it may have mouth rot on the inside of the side of the mouth.its a yellow color.is it ok if i scrape it off with a q-tip.my cell is 786-253-7674.i rather you call me than email me thanks jeff.

Posted by: mitchell at August 20, 2008 06:53 PM


Posted by: Mary at October 23, 2008 08:32 AM

I have a female veiled chameleon. We believe she amazingly survived Metabolic Bone Disease. But, for the past day or two, one of her eyes is puffy on the bottom. I am not sure what to do. I think that i should mist more often. When she was 2-4 months old, she had accidentally pulled out her outside front claws. These grew back, but now they are curving around. THIS IS A VERY UNLUCKY CHAMELEON

Posted by: Ben at October 26, 2008 04:47 PM

i just recieved a baby female chameleon for my birthday. i've been planning for months and "doing my homework" trying to get ready for this baby to come home. i have her in a screen cage, with artifical plants, heat light and UV light, and mist her twice a day. i havent seen her eat yet, or drink. im slightly worried that the petshop that had her, didnt do a good job of taking care of her. shes about 7 weeks old, and im not sure what is the average size, and weight for that.
from what the petshop owner told me, shes eating gut loaded crickets, but when i try to feed her, i dont see her eat, or drink after i mist her, and im worried. please help!!!

Posted by: mangomegan89 at October 30, 2008 09:05 AM

My chameleon's toenail slightly came off and bled. What do I do? Do I pull the nail off or leave it?

Posted by: Kevin at November 7, 2008 08:54 PM

Hey Jeff.
I have about 1 and a half year old female Veiled Chameleon(Cindy). I bought her from an amateur reptile shop about a year ago, they didn't even knew if she is a female or male or what kind of chameleon is. She was kept in a very small terrarium(30x30x20 cm) with only a 10 watt spot lamp. My girlfriend doesn't liked reptiles so she didn't let me buy a Chameleon until that day when I asked her to come with me just for the last time to see the chameleon. After about 3 weeks we vent to the shop to see the chameleon, when she saw the conditions in that shop and that the chameleon has loosed very much of her weight in just 3 weeks, she said to me:" If we don't buy this pure little chameleon right now it will die. I knew that they don't know nothing about chameleons, I said: We would like to buy this 4 month old female Veiled(Calyptratus) Chameleon" just to know what they are selling. I got even angry when I heard that they gave kitchen flies to the poor chameleon 'couse they didn't know what to feed her. Anyways, at the and my girlfriend bought me that chameleon. I read very much about chameleons, typically I learned everything about chameleons but I didn't have the practice and the experience. Since than I built a 120x80x60 cm screen terrarium and physically she was doing well, but this year in march something goes very wrong and I don't have a clew what happened; -in a weekend (march) we vent to my girlfriends sister for 2 days. So I asked my sister(28years and a 2 years old boy) to give her on the other day some crickets and meal-worms and to shower her every day. After we came home from weekend I wanted to clean her cage's bottom and she gaped, hissed and turned black. After that moment she is more and more aggressive. When I open the front of her cage to feed her she is turning black and hide.She looks like she is depressed, She's not getting her eyes of my eyes until I close the cage, I can even touch her but she looks straight in my eyes, frightened. I the beginning I asked a friend who has a reptile shop but far from my city so we could speak only by phone and he said maybe my sisters boy scared her. I don't realize how because he was only 2 years old and nor my sister because I told her not to take Cindy out of her cage. After a while I asked sadly my friend if my Cindy is going to be again like she was before. He said whatever happened it is sad because veiled chameleons are very aggressive and he gave me 80-90% that Cindy is not going to get well. So I think the cruel reality is what my friend said :-( So Jeff now I turned to you if you can help me somehow. Now the problem is that she has eggs, It's visible and I think that the time has come to lay her (infertile)eggs. I prepared everything for that. I preferred the inside laying box of her cage, because I can't take her out anymore since than. I'm worried about her because I see that she is restless and as I know that means that she has to lay her eggs. The problem is that I didn't find anywhere on the net how much time takes after the female chameleon shows her willingness to mate till the laying time if she didn't mate. She shown these colors about a month ago. The other thing If you can tell me something about her aggressiveness and why is getting worse? If you need I can send you pictures or even some video files to see if there is something wrong with her enclosure. I feel like I can't do nothing more for my Cindy to be as she was before. Thank you very much and hope I'll get a feedback soon(maybe on e-mail)

Posted by: Jocky at November 8, 2008 08:34 AM

Hi, I have a Vieled Chameleon he is not very old and he seems to have a little curve at the top of his viel, I think it might have been from him hitting it on something but i saw your answer to someone elses question at the top of the page but that doesnt sound look like my chameleon. He is currently shedding and is eating healthy the only thing is the small 'curve' at the top of his viel. please respond

Posted by: Caleb at November 11, 2008 10:59 AM

My Jackson Chameleon seems to have a swollen foot. Over the past day or two I noticed it bleeding a little. Any suggestion as to helping it heal?? Can He handle neosporin??

Posted by: matt at November 11, 2008 01:34 PM

P.S. I just posted the comment above and thought i'd leave my email address in case anyone has some suggestions for me. thanks everyone!Mathewgoldstein@yahoo.com

Posted by: matt at November 11, 2008 01:38 PM

Question- I have a male veiled, probably about a year old, and the hardiest bugger I have ever found. He does have 2 oddities, possible problems.

1) He has a circle of skin on his left side, appro. half an inch in diameter, that is generally black or dark brown, while the rest of him changes colors normally.

2) He has this sort of white build-up that comes from his male parts, and turns into a long string from each as time goes on.

Keep in mind that he has been to the vet, tested negative for parasites, and treated anyways, and all of this is still going on. Ideas on what this all is or what I can do to help him? He is in great health otherwise, and unlike my other chameleon, frequently enjoys wandering around my house.

Posted by: Steph at November 18, 2008 05:10 PM

hi there i need help fast!
i have a veiled about 11months old, hes kept in a flexarium and is well looked after! about a week ago he started grabbing hes face and falling off branches! hes also given himself a kink in hes head i cant work out whats wrong!
hes not been a number 2 for a while either! iv kept him well hydrated but seems to be off hes food only taking a waxy now and then?
iv written on another forum and people say hes a gonner and not to waste money on a vet?!?
hopefully someone can help! many thanks

Posted by: simon ford at December 8, 2008 09:05 AM

my boy friend is wanting to get a chameleon and i was wondering if you could help me figure out what the floor of the cage

Posted by: Ananda at December 29, 2008 12:31 AM

Hi Jeff
Well allthough i've been referring to your website for about 4 years now, this is the first time i have posted anything. Now, before i start i want everyone who is reading this to know that i believe i am very, VERY lucky and Jeff here has great advice and links and should be taken very seriously. But im gonna have to shatter your world a bit-my Leeloo is about 12" tip to tail, 4 1/2 to 5 years old (pet store had no idea when she was hatched and she was close to full grown when i bought her), and has been living quite happily i might add in-duh duh duhhhhhhhh, a tank! yes i said it, a 36" tall fish aquarium. yes i know i should be shot. she is very fat now, semi constipated and quite lethargic, all in the last couple months. the only thing i think is happining is age, shes gettin old. she still eats and drinks so im not too worried and all the scares ive had, well im very surprised shes lived almost her whole life. one thing i want to share with your readers and one thing i read in one of your posts that kind of irked me was you said if a chameleon drinks from a standing water dish, they are definatly dehydrated. this is not true allthough drinking from a water dish is very very uncommen but i taught mine and you can do the same. when i got her home, i started with ice cubes melting all over the top of her tank (i bet that kills you!) and she would drink the drippings. after a while i got her a very shallow water rock and started putting fewer ice cubes on top, finally ending with them right over her dish. after a while she just started putting her face in the dish and drinkin away. now if you are going to do this cleaniness is key-clean the dish frequently and dont let mineral deposits or mold contaminate the water. i still put ice over the water dish so its not just standing water. i fear my Leeloo is not long for this world, but shes had a very nice, long life. i hope you see this cause i notice you havnt replied since july to this sight. anyways from me and Leeloo, happy holidays!

Posted by: Shane at December 30, 2008 08:27 PM

*meant to say ive had my chameleon for 4 years now and have been referring to your site for about 2 years. i should probably plead my case as well on aquariums-i dont think they should be automatically denied, i mean if you have a screen top (obviously) and a oscilating fan nearby, there is plenty of air exchange, and i think it hold the moisture in a bit better. that being said its probably a LOT more work for me to make sure she has a clean enviroment. every 2 months i change her substrate (coconut fibre) and clean the whole aquarium with blistering hot water and a metal scrub. and as i said a fan is needed for air exchange. the whole cleaning process takes bout a hour and a half, not bad just like owning fish. and as i said she is not doin the best but doesnt seem stressed too bad, colors are good and vibrant and she is lethargic but not weak, can still hold herself from a vine by 2 limbs and pull herself up. she is acctually a great family pet and loves a good nap on your fore arm lol! but readers know that chameleons are strange creatures and sometimes portray weird behaviour-one of my scares i thought she had edema but just went away. i found most problems were solved with humidity, keep em wet they love it! also on air quality as her whole enviroment goes, she has only dwelled in in 2 places, both radient heat-i believe this is kind of important because i used to clean furnaces for a living and you dont wanna know whats in there after only 2 years! most people dont clean them enough and as i suffer from dust allergy, im sure they do to a point i mean they come from trees in the jungle-not too much dust there. her diet is mainly crickets loaded with frickin flukers, but she loves the occasional steamed carrots and brocolli. im not sayin im an expert by any means but i must be doin something right for her to be healthy these 5 years. the store i got her from had her in a tiny ass aquarium with one shitty little heat lamp and as i said she was almost full grown. the guy who sold her to me didnt know if it was male or female, disgrace. i was lookin for a male but i felt sorry for her and bought her and she rewarded me with many years of being a loving pet (ya i know im crazy) if you buy a chameleon, keep em clean, moist and DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE!!! if anyone has any questions my email is papashanz@hotmail Peace.

p.s. damn you americans its 30 below in sask canada today!!! arrg so cold

Posted by: Shane at December 30, 2008 11:07 PM

Hi, Could Someone please help me!
I have a Male and Female chameleon and they are about 3-4 months. I have noticed they have been mating, and worried about what sort of soil and material i need to use for there nest?
Also when the eggs have hatched were should i and in what should i, keep them for them to hatch properly and so they will be ok?
Also what temputure should i keep them in for the chameleons and the babies there self?

Please Reply instantly...
Thank you

Posted by: Stephen at January 2, 2009 01:31 PM

Hi there, I have a camelion, and it's getting really old, and sudently i've tried giving him crickets and is trying to eat them but his mouth wont open. Does anyone know the cause of this?

Posted by: Marc at January 2, 2009 06:32 PM

I have recently purchased a female veiled,and i was wondering if anyone knows what the color ranges are for the females?I have owned a male before and know they have a wide range of colors,but have heard that the females only get different shdes of green.Does anybody know if this is true?

Posted by: Lena at January 4, 2009 10:55 PM

My name is chuck and I have a jax Cham that I got 2 weeks ago. Up until Thursday he was eating 5 med crickets a day. Friday morning he ate one and Saturday night he ate one but for the last two days he has not eaten at all. Is this normal? There are a few changes to his environment. 1. He went from a 1H x 3L x 1W foot cage to a 30H x 18L x 15W inch cage and he had a 4 hour car ride Friday morning (I moved). He is now turning brown often but the color is only some of the time. What's going on? Please help!!!

Posted by: Chuck at January 5, 2009 09:50 PM

i have i jackson who has not beening eating for 3~4 days..i'm really worried. i did everything but i could not find the exact reason. She is female...and can someone help me? please e mail me.

Posted by: frank at January 13, 2009 04:19 AM

hi, i don't have a lizard yet but i am getting one for my birthday!
What do you think i should feed it (treats or diets)
This is very important!!!
It is a matter of li9fe or death!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks Shamy! :]

Posted by: Shamy at January 17, 2009 03:26 PM

my green anole is dry and not moving,i've sprayed him and even thought about burying him, he lives with a 3 inch bahama anole,what should i do, thanks cool

Posted by: cool at January 20, 2009 06:33 PM

Hi Jeff,

I have two veil chameleons, a male and a female. When I got them, they were very tiny and kept them housed together until about a month ago, making them about 7 months old now. They're both very anti-social and will not allow my husband and I to pick them up. They turn black, puff up, and hiss. The male even goes so far as to strike at us with his mouth open. They've been very stand-offish with us since they were small and really never liked the idea of us messing with them. Is this normal? Should I try to brave it and make more attempts to pick them up? I hate the idea of them being stuck in their tererriums forever, but I also don't like the idea of getting bitten, or stressing them out. Any advice?

Posted by: Hanna at February 16, 2009 12:59 PM

Hey I've not got a veil chameleon yet, but I'm wondering if you know any places around central illinios where I'm able to buy one. I'm reading about what environment they need to be in what they eat, and how to take care of them and feel "at home".

Posted by: Zach at February 17, 2009 09:06 PM


I havent had much experience with my chameleon and i need to know my 2 cats have been sitting out side the tank and when I come home from school she's hurt in some way :( i need to know that if my cats sit by her tank will she die (i have already put a lock on the door)

Posted by: cody at February 25, 2009 09:47 AM

I have a male V chameleon, for about a year. He has trouble shedding sometimes and now the top of his veil is coming off, well almost off. So, what do I do? I am desperate.

Posted by: Kenzie at April 2, 2009 03:53 PM

cody, your cats are stressing the cameleon, you need to find a way to keep them away from the cage at all times or your cham will develope health issues.

Posted by: justin at April 10, 2009 02:56 PM

kenzie, get repti-mist moisturiser, has always worked on my chams

Posted by: justin at April 10, 2009 02:58 PM

My veiled chameleon, Trudy will be 1 around July this year.. I don't know how to make her a nest for her eggs... she doesn't look fat or anything. I don't think she's got eggs yet, but I am not sure. I want to build a nest for her.. can you please tell me how. THANK YOU :)

Posted by: Abel at April 12, 2009 09:49 AM

Hey. I have a Veiled Chameleon who is about a year old. His name is Cash and he's had no issues until now. A couple days ago I noticed the top of his Veil was dry...I wrote it off as he was just shedding. But then today I got a closer look and tip of his veil is discolored. It's yellow and grey and defiantly seems out of the ordinary for him. Is this something I should be concerned with? Or a sign of a problem that could potentially get worse? Thanks for any advice or help you have!

Posted by: Lacey at April 17, 2009 06:24 PM


I am freaking out...

I just got a cb baby veiled chameleon, he is about 4 inches long, I have him set up in all screen terarium and plants everywhere, water drip system and just a 60W UVB bulb....

1) what other light/bulb do I need??

2) his left eye has been closed on and off for a couple of days, it is not crusty or dry it is just closed. I tried moistening it and he then rubs his eye pretty hard on a leaf and then just sits there... I just don't know what to do?

I have only had him home for 3 days and this is hapening.

Thnak you for time and consideration.. please let me know ASAP

Posted by: Christine at May 6, 2009 04:50 PM

question how long so female veilds hold there eggs for before laying ? and how do i know if they are prego? what type of eithere soil or sand do i use cause i've heard that vamicurlight (i think that's how it's spelled lol) is best to use ...please help :)

Posted by: steve at May 19, 2009 10:55 AM

URGENT?? my chameleon has a problem his skin scales or mayne is coming off i can send pic if any one can help thanks adam

Posted by: adam f at June 3, 2009 04:51 AM

My Veiled chameleon has a big blue spot almost looking like ink
with his spikes falling off his back?
I cant tell whats wrong and I'm really nervous
I give him calcium supplements every other week yet he continues to have bad sheds and now this weird blue spot and spikes falling off!

Posted by: Jessica at June 18, 2009 07:19 AM

Hello, need some help,my veiled chameleon has developes small black scratch like markings all over her body.
Ithought it was left over crickets in her tank biting her, but since i started removing exess bugs, she ia still getting them, any one had this problem before.

Posted by: mita at July 2, 2009 04:21 AM

Hi, I own a male veiled chameleon, that is about 10.5" long. I purchased him at Petsmart about 2 months ago. As mentioned in an earlier review, Petsmart does not have the hatchling dates, and they don't have size charts, nor do they have any clue how old my veiled chameleon is. I would like some advice on how to estimate his age. Thanks for any help.

Posted by: Ann at July 30, 2009 10:59 PM

hey i was wondering if you knew anything about a veiled chameleon growing a hair our of the side of its eye, my chameleon is abotu 2 and a half years old and out of no where grew a hair out of the side of her eye, i tried gently pulling it out but it wouldnt come out, so i left it but im slightly concerned. should i cut it ? but i dont wanna have sciorss close to her eye! please tell me if i have any reason to be concerned! and also i was wondering what age they typically layt eggs at cause she hasnt layed her eggs yet so idk if thats normal

please relpy ! thanks melanie

Posted by: melanie at August 3, 2009 11:12 AM

Just noticed that my veil chams neck is swelling. Ive been doing a little research and it stated that it maybe excessive vitamin A. What can i do to cure this. Or is it also possible that my cham is pregnant?

Posted by: Ray at August 5, 2009 02:03 PM

my chameleon wont open his eyes... help please

Posted by: dylan at August 18, 2009 05:04 PM

ive had my chameleon for a year and a cuple of weeks but i have a questoin my chameleon wount open his eyes and there not swollen theyve been closed for a cuple of days do they do this when they shed and if they do how long till he can open them is there eny medicen that i can spray on his eyes im starting to worry thanks

Posted by: jess at August 20, 2009 12:03 PM

is it okay to feed your chameleion cat food if there not eating enything else

Posted by: jessica at August 26, 2009 03:56 PM

hi i really need help my chameleon is my baby
she is about 7 or 8 months old i believe
her name is zazu bell i love her alot
im 17 and dont have alot of money and need a price range for a vet and cant find one and no one can tell me...the last 2 days she's been what looks like sleeping alot and she use to hiss at me and be really snappy but these 2 days she's let me justreach in and grab her. she'll open her eyes but then just sit there and go back to sleep. i can tell something is wrong with her. she doesnt seem to be eating as much and i have no idea what im doing wrong. i make sure her temp and humidity is good i spray her cage like 4 times a day and she always has water in her cage. i feed her small crickets and sprinkle a little bit of calcium on them. i keep her cage clean. i need help. i cant find a vet and this is my last hope right now. i thought she might be dehydrated but idk if thats the problem and what i can do to make her better. can you please help me maybe find a reptile wet in wichita ks or at least give me some advice. money is hard for me i live on my own but i'll spend whatever to make her better. thank you for your time i hope you can help!!! i love zazu!!!

Posted by: Leigha Kauffman at September 3, 2009 09:47 PM

Hi i have a african veiled cham. and she is bout 6 months..She been very healthy the whole time i have had her..this morning i woke up and her eye is really swollen..i have never seen it like this...has anyone heard of this problem? i am not for sure on what to do. thanks

Posted by: Andrea at September 8, 2009 04:14 PM

I have a 4 month old female yemen and today she seemed really weak. She has fed but she is just not herself and she keeps hanging upside down from the branches. Does anyone have any suggestions on what may be wrong with her and what i should do?

Posted by: Levi at September 19, 2009 09:51 AM

@Leigha Kauffman

For starters, don't spray so much, once in the morning, and once around dinnertime is enough. Try to avoid misting before bed, as it cool down the temperature even more. Chameleons reach sexual maturity around 6-months, and females will begin to lay eggs around that time, with, or without a male present. Try placing a wide box of sand (or sand mixed with peat) at the bottom of the enclosure, if she is about to lay eggs, she'll go down and start digging, this is to hide them from you. Some more information would be welcome, such as how much she used to eat, and what she eats now, how much she's drinking, her looks, etc.

What you describes is an eye infection, It's not entirely uncommon in the wild, or inside captivity. Take her to a vet immediately.

It's pretty common for some chameleons to sleep upside down, although, from the rest of your post, it would be worthwhile to provide more information.

Posted by: Sudo at September 20, 2009 07:18 AM

i need some help i have a female veiled chameleon aprox 5 - 6 months old untill now she has been wonderful and friendly active and bright vibrant green but when i came home 2day she was very bark almost black in colour and seemed very slow and her back legs seemed uncontrolable and she wasnt holding her own weight i have monitered her for about an hour now and she slowly mannaged to climb to her usual sleeping area and has turned more green than before but still a lot darker thank usual any ideas what is wrong with her ????

Posted by: paul young at September 22, 2009 05:36 PM

i was just wondering if you no why my yeman comes straight to the front of his enclosure when he see's me like he wants to come out, but then when i let him come on to my hand he digs his claws in like he is panicing and moves backwards and stays really low. he is about a year old now and has done this for a few months now. thanks

Posted by: Ash at October 5, 2009 11:54 PM

something seems to be wrong with our chameleon. its been acting strang, letting her legs drag behind her, hanging oddly from vines, just strang. does anyone know whats wrong, it almost seems like a leg is broke or something?

Posted by: Daryl at October 21, 2009 05:31 PM

hey i have a veiled chameleon about 8-10 inches long had him for 6-7 month and today when we got up and went to feed him he had a large red ball hanging out of his bum we have no idea what it is and now its starting to bleed because he keeps draging on it. it went back inside him about twice all day any sugestiond on wht it could be

Posted by: skyler at November 18, 2009 07:25 PM

I am looking for a picture of bearded dragon mouth rot. I really try with Sepheria. I think she is going through her mini hybernation phase this winter or she is getting ready to shed.... But the very tip of he mouth is darker. about the size of a drop of water. I live in a very small town with no reptile vet for at least 100 miles. I don't know where she came from, we found her on a chain linked fence by the highway. She(i think, she) is about 18-20 inches long. Very beautiful, colorful most days. She has a VERY big appetite, a 60-gal terrium, good UVB/UVA lighting on a timer. She gets a bath 2-3 times a week and is very tame. Not aggressive, a bit moody but not aggressive. I just want to make sure she isn't getting mouth rot. I worry about that dark spot. Can you help??

Posted by: Katrina at November 26, 2009 01:30 AM

hello..i want to ask about camelion food..can you tell me?

Posted by: radz at November 27, 2009 11:50 PM

I have a senegal chameleon the pet store I bought it from couldn't tell me how old or what sex it is, from what I've read about patterns it is a female and about 6 inches long. She hasn't ate since I bought her at least have not seen her eat which was about a week ago. Now she is typically dark most the time and laying in the water fall or hanging upside down from her plants. She hardly moves which is not normal from the first few days with her. She also does this swaying dance at times and her skin is peeling off in tiny spots it looks almost silver but not loosening anymore. She rubs her face on the plants often too. I've tried to make her more comfortable by misting 2-3 times a day, giving her a basking light for a couple hours and the UVB light for the rest of the day. I have a tank heating pad also. The tank I have is a terrarium that is about 1.5ft by 2ft tall. Am I doing something wrong please help asap.

Posted by: Amy at December 13, 2009 08:00 PM

Hi, I need advice and fast! I recently purchased a female veiled at a reptile show in NY. They warned me that she "may be" gravid and I took her anyway. Well, the "may be" is the funny part because she actually layed an egg before we even left the show! I got her home right away and got her all set up, sand and all. Since then she lays about an egg every other day. Does this mean she's egg bound? My biggest concern is that I haven't seen her eat in a week! I've bred veiled before, but never had anything like this happen. Maybe she wasn't cared for too well before I bought her? Please help!

Posted by: Karen at December 16, 2009 12:36 PM

Hi I have had a veiled chameleon for about a year and a half... I noticed a tiny bump on the top of her head between her eyes a few months ago but didn't think much of it... Well now there is a full blown bubble right by her eye adjacent to the tiny bump on her nose. The big bubble is in her eyes socket and is stretching out the extra skin around the eye. When she goes to eat she misses more than half the time which has never happened before. The only vet in my area that works with reptiles is gone for a whole month. Is it safe to wait or should I travel 2 hr's to the next closest vet and have it looked at?

Posted by: Rachelle at December 16, 2009 02:27 PM

Hello - sorry in advance for any carrying on, but here goes. I have a male Fischer's Chameleon, he was about six to nine months old when I got him last April. He always did fine, I kept him in a 36 x 18 x 18 wire mesh, refilled the dripper, used Reptisafe, misted him a few times daily and his home to keep the humidity where it needed to be. He had his head lamp, and the uv, plenty of branches, high and low so he could warm up or cool down as he pleased. I did my research before I got him, but never came across aything like what we have been dealing with for the past month. First it was one eye, he would keep it closed, and it appeared as though discharge was keeping it from opening, asked the woman who sold him to us, was told to use eye drops and steam therapy. No change, after nearly a week I'm having to hand feed him as both eyes are closed and he will not hunt. I bring him to her, and leave him in her care. According to her he does fine and eyes are opened when she checks him. Whenever I go [I make my rounds at different times to check on progress] He never looks any better, and now it's progressively getting worse. Both eyes have remained closed, the discharge is still there [not runny of anything, looks like black sealant holding his lids together] One of the eyes is swollen at the lid openings, he still moves his eyes, just doesn't open them. What do you think would be the cause of this? I would like to have an idea before I bring him to the more than expensive reptile veterinarian. I doubt this is one of those 'fix at home' things, and I'm really worried, please help me any way you can.

Posted by: Jayda at January 14, 2010 05:03 AM

Please help I have had my veiled chameleon for about two years he's been sick lately an I just discovered something hanging from his anus its white an hard an it seems to bother him I don't know if o should pull it out or let him be

Posted by: kate at January 18, 2010 07:07 PM


I have a male panther chameleon around a year and 10 months old. He tends to deficate once every week which seems like a long time to me. the vet also said he should probably be going once every three days or so.Just wondering what are your thoughts on this?

Posted by: Anthony at February 3, 2010 01:25 AM

I have some 1 month old baby veiled chameleons i hatched but some of them have black discoloration like the skin is dead on some places of them one has a black line on his upper lip, one half of his front hand is black, tips on the tails ect. if you have any information PLEASE help me!

Posted by: Valerie at February 7, 2010 06:41 PM

Hello I have a vieled chameleon, he is about a year old. recently he has been very ill, I took him to the vet last week. He was not eating or drinking, and was very week along with a swollen anus. She checked him and notices inside his mouth is very pail.. and when she looked at the anus she gave it a little push and this long cream color "tissue" or some sort of blockage in there she pulled and it came out.. and swelling went down.. i took him home and is hand watering him three times a day.. and applying this cream she gave me to his anus, but tonight his anus was swollen again so i gave a little push and the same substance came out.. so i pulled and got it out.. im wondering what that is and how i can nurse him back to health? any suggestions on things i can do to help him feel better? thank you so much for your time.

Posted by: Nicki at February 22, 2010 01:04 AM

i have a female veiled chameleon she is one of the two pride and joys of my life... when i got her back at the end of august they told me that she was 4 5 months old.... it is now Februray and i was wondering about egg binding how can i tell at home before taking her to the vet and what kind of vet should i take her to....she is very happy and very friendly ... please help me...i would be crushed if i lost her

Posted by: Miranda at February 22, 2010 07:07 PM

hey I have a veiled chameleon about 2 years old now and yesterday I noticed that she is having some problems shedding. I'm not sure if they is anything wrong but if they is anything that can be done to help her could someone let me know.
Also does anyone know if it is bad if she has never laid any eggs?

Posted by: Heather at February 27, 2010 08:41 AM

Hi I have a panther chameleon full grown about 1 1/2 years of age living in a 24 x 24 x 48 inch Aluminum Screen Cage. His right eye has been going shut on a regular basis. I asked around on the web they said it might be he is dehydrated but I have a misting system that runs for 2-3 minutes every hour during the day. he only eats crickets I've tried dusting them in D3 calcium and non d3 calcium and I haven't noticed it starting to improve yet. I feed the crickets a mix of Juice vegetable/fruit remains
and dried food I buy at the store along with cricket drink

Posted by: Josh at March 2, 2010 01:33 PM

My female jackson chamelion is pegnant and I'm pretty sure she's ready to give birth. She stopped eating and moves around a lot more. I've got a mesh cage with lots vines and newspaper as the bottom. Do I need to get her a bowl of sand or something for her to drop the eggs or will she find a spot? Please email me ASAP I know she's ready and I don't want her to die from not birthing. Any help us much appreciated.

Posted by: josh at March 3, 2010 01:03 PM

Hey, my male chameleon has somthing comming out of his poop hole and it looks like a piece of flesh...when i fed him he did not properly digest his crickets. i also found dark green/black stuff comming out of his mouth... he looks dehydrated but he drinks alot of water and i mist him 2-3 times daily... his eyes are also shutting ... what can i do?

Posted by: Brian at March 31, 2010 02:55 PM

I have a question concerning a Veiled chameleon I recently came into ownership of.

The problem is I'm fairly sure he was very poorly taken care of by his previous owner, when I got him he seems extremely thin for his 6-7 inch length, and his waste was always liquid, never well formed like I've read to be the healthy norm for them.

To top it off though; One of his nails on his front right limb is missing, the nail bed seems infection free and is a healthy looking white and green. (matching his underbelly and color.)But the nail next to the missing one seems effected also. The base of the nail is black and ridged. It doesn't look to be solidly connected to his toe any longer, and as a result I believe the nail will probably fall off within the coming days.

My question is, Is this simply a result of his preexisting injury to his nails? Or could this be caused by some sort of infection spreading on his limb?

In case you're curious about his other problems I've managed to get him on a regular feeding schedule of about 3 to 5 fresh mealworms a day and his waste seems to be much less "runny" than before. I'm hoping to be able to help this chameleon recover fully.

Posted by: Michael at March 31, 2010 05:32 PM

I have a veiled chameleon who is pretty young. I'd give him a month max... Anyways he has started walking around with his eyes closed. Is this normal?
Thanks, Pamela

Posted by: Pamela at April 15, 2010 06:35 AM

Hi,my bearded dragon has this brownish stuff in it's eye.Is there a way to get rid of it?

Posted by: Mia Aragon at May 28, 2010 11:42 PM

Hi Jeff,
My 1.5 yr veiled chameleon seems to have some odd swelling in the corner of his eyes. It is on the inside corner of them, where his cornea would be. Any ideas?

Posted by: John at June 13, 2010 10:18 AM

I'm pretty sure my chameleon passed away a little bit ago:( She laid about four eggs and was weak for a few days not eating possibly drinking. I put some water in her mmouth and food the other day and she ate it. Then she turned a pale green and kept her eyes closed all the time. I'm pretty sure she's gone. She has a mouth open with the bulb of her toungue out a little and her eyes are closed and her eyelids are black:'( I just took her out to feed and water her she wouldn't eat but opened her mouth and I driped water in there then I put her in some warm water just a little incase she had more eggs in her because her belly is still big and she reacted opened her eyes and mouth then closed it and started moving around. Then after that the whole time her eyes were closed. I held her and told her I loved her and sprayed some water in her mouth. Then I put her in her cage because she felt really cold and she kept her eyes closed, but opened her mouth twice then kept her mouth open and has been like that for an hour. She's ice cold, but I still have all her lights on:( I love her so much she's a person; she has such a personallity. The sad thing is she went through all this egg laying for no reason because they're not fertile:( Her name is Lilly. Usually we call her Lil, Lil monster, or mama

Posted by: Jammie at July 1, 2010 09:12 PM

how big do female veiled chameleon get ?????? cause idk<<<<<I DONT KNOW ?????????????????????

Posted by: malena garcia at July 8, 2010 06:36 AM

my chameleon died today and i would like to know what happens to their body when they die . cause i put it in a box to bury and im scared that it is still alive cause it still looks colourful and it as not gone stiff please help so i can do the right thing michelle.

Posted by: michelle at July 18, 2010 03:55 PM

I have a 6 month old chameleon hes in healthy shape but i noticed he broke a total of 5-6 of his nails :( he has troubles staying on net cage and falls a lot. do the nails grow back? in how long if so? thank you for your help

Posted by: Albert at August 7, 2010 12:53 PM

My Chameleon, Grover, has been hiding at the bottom of his cage lately and also his nostrils seem to be scabbing over, not shedding. Also, I've noticed while being on the other side of the room, not even bothering him, he'll just huff and hiss at absolutely nothing? He's usually only an ass when I try to remove him from his cage.

Posted by: cameron at August 11, 2010 08:23 PM

Hi Jeff!
I've read a lot of these posts, and none of them are similar to what I'm looking for. I recently got a veiled chameleon, male, and about 8 weeks old. (Bune is his name). We've made lots of progress since I've gotten him. He's growing more friendly to me. Walks right up to me when I talk to him. But I'm currently concerned about his health. For about.. say the last 3-4 days, he's been sticking to brown or grey and tan colors. Buy at night he crawls up to his sleeping spot and turns a lime green. He acts healthy, climbs all over his wire-screened terrarium, drinks water, LOVES his calcium powder. He isn't shaky or anything when he crawls. But he's been staying these dark colors for a few days now. He hasn't toileted yesterday, or today. He's tried going, (obvious motions he normally takes) but can't seem to pass anything. Today, I caught him scratching at his eyes, so I think he's going to shed soon. But I want to make sure. Being a new reptile owner, my knowledge is limited to the many forums I've read before I adopted, and since I've had. A couple days ago, I've caught him eating the dirt out of the pot of his baby ficus, and was concerned about stool impaction, so I placed riverbed rock over the dirt. He was NOT happy about this. He charged at me during this action. But he's been fine for the most part, I just wanted some insight to whether or not they should be passing stool daily (He has done so since I brought him home), and if maybe these are symptoms of possible sickness I am not aware of?

Posted by: Ashley at September 5, 2010 05:04 PM

I have a question about gutload. I read which greens you use but am wondering if there is a way to make like a "chow" (for lack of better word) and freeze it in say.. Ice cube trays? I have 2 chems but it seems if I buy all the veggies they may go to waste before I can feed them all to the crickets. Also, can I gut load the crickets and then freeze them as well in a ziplock and then feed from cups? One on my Chems will seek and catch food, one has to be hand fed :( Thank you for any advice you may have on freezing.

Posted by: sarah at November 3, 2010 11:17 AM

do chamillion lay eggs

Posted by: christian at January 6, 2011 01:30 PM

what do you feed your chamillion

Posted by: christian at January 6, 2011 01:34 PM

hello Jeff,

I have a male veiled chameleon that is about 6-8 months old. I purchased him from a friend of a friend who clearly wasn't taking care of him very well, so being an reptile/animal enthusiast I offered to take him. When i got him he was skinny and seemed to be malnourished. In the two and a half months I've had him, he has gained weight, and now looks to be at his proper weight for his age, however, some of his dorsal spikes are beginning to turn a dark purpleish, black color as well as a little bit of his skin around the affected spikes. Are they decaying away? Should i be worried? i have been searching the net for answers but have been unsuccessful in finding any answers. Please help me! I'll be devastated if I loose him!

Posted by: Gordon at February 1, 2011 09:42 AM


my veiled chameleon is very sick and he wont eat so because of that he is extreamly skinny. i think it has an eye infection cause he wont open his eyes that often and I mean RARELY and when he does there black!!!???. he is a male and it about 1 year old..i think. he also has a swollen anus or tail but its near his anus.
I have a zoo meds labratory uv light for him and my oother female. the female eats and is fine but has latly been sitting on a stick near the bottom of the cage.

Posted by: Joey Ferguson at February 12, 2011 05:36 PM

my name is cassy and I recently got a flapneck chameleon, I'm not sure if it's a boy or girl and I'm not sure how to tell, also I've had it for about 4 days and it hasn't pooped yet..should I be concerned? and what can I do?

Posted by: cassy harris at March 14, 2011 06:44 PM

hi there i am very concerned about my chameleon he has been with his eyes shut for a few days now and today he is very lethargic i am touching him and he is not really registering what could this be heeelllp!!!

Posted by: jason at June 30, 2011 12:51 PM

I have a 6-8 month old female veiled chameleon that has had issues several times with her tongue, given this is my 1st veiled I'm still in the hit or miss stage but I am a reptile expert at a leading pet store. I've treated the tongue problem (hyper-extension)a few time by placing her in a dark moist environment for a day or 2 & she usually got function back. this last time her tongue retracted but she still would flop it out & retrieve it right away, well I noticed she had not use her tongue in about a week (still eating freeze-dried bugs) but I found a black piece of what I thought was fecal matter but with a closer look realized it was her tongue! she seems healthy & eats & drinks normally but I don't know if a chameleon can live without its tongue or if it will grow back. if anyone has had this issue or has any info on this please reply... I am taking her to the vet asap

Posted by: Ryan at November 28, 2011 11:35 PM

I have a baby veiled chameleon and her eye keeps twitching and doing this weird blink, squishy thing, do you know what that means? Plus the top of her head is a lightish white color.

Posted by: Elizabeth at December 28, 2011 11:32 PM

hi jef
my chamlelon is a male yemon. he is 6 mosth old and he is eating good and plenty calcium. his going verry bright colours enjoys climbing the curtins i am a bit worried time to time he has
1 eye open and the other 1 closed what does this
sing tell me and what do i do can u help

Posted by: emily at January 3, 2012 06:49 AM

Hey my son found what we think is an anole lizard in our pool, thinking it was dead. I pulled it up and then it started moving, so I tapped on its back. Then, water starting coming out its nose and mouth I did this for a few minutes until the lizard was breathing. Now it has very sensitive skin and it wrinkles whenever i touch it. I know this means dehydration, so i tried to feed it water, but it wont move its arms or legs. I looked up what to feed it but how will it eat if it cant move? Plus, it also has black spots behind its head showing it is severely ill. I think its is a male because it has a red chest pallet that it is blowing up. Is there anything I can do to help this lizard survive?

Posted by: Robert Sullivan at January 7, 2012 11:15 AM

Hey Jeff,
Okay so I believe I have a female veiled and I've had her since late November. She was around 4-5 months old when I got her. She has shed twice, grown quite a bit, but there is no sign of egg laying I think she has dug around before, but it wasn't a hole or anything, just the edges around the cage. I have shredded coconut at the bottom (that's what the pet guys told me to get) should I change it to sand? She is sleeping right now, and she looks a little puffed out a bit, but she doesn't always look like that. She's also growing another nail on each side and scratching her feet a lot, and I don't know why. Please please help!!

Posted by: Jonna at January 24, 2012 05:00 AM

Hi my boyfriend and I have a male veiled chameleon, he is less than a year old. About 2 weeks ago he wasn't opening his right eye, and the toward the bottom of it it seemed to be bulging a little. We live in a smaller city so we only have one veterinary clinic that will even look at chameleons. Anyway, the part that was bulging a little was soft. We have been giving him antibiotics orally, and antibiotic eye drops, along with anti-inflammatory eye drops, and we have been doing saline rinses. Like I said this all started about 2 weeks ago and he hasn't showed any signs of improvement. The vet admits that she doesn't have extensive knowledge on chameleons and is out of ideas. Please help :-/

Posted by: Lacey at February 28, 2012 07:50 PM


I took my veiled chameleon outside in the sun today and he started turning a bright neon green color and kept his mouth open for a while. I then noticed his hind legs were just kind of dragging behind him in the grass so i picked him up and took him back inside and he still wouldn't use back legs to grip on my hand?

Posted by: Jay at June 22, 2012 03:24 PM

hey i have a vchameleon got the lights open cage and every thing but he has started to get some yellowing on his spikes under his head? is this something to be worried about

Posted by: austin at October 20, 2012 09:37 AM

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