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May 25, 2005

A Chameleon's Environment

The following response occurred on another entry. I prefer to answer it here, as that entry is getting rather long:

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?

Going through the questions one bit at a time:

First: On asking me questions. I recently read that there's a "saying" in the chamelon world that, "most keepers can keep a chameleon alive for 2 years because that how long it can take to kill one through poor husbandry." Well, I've only had one other chameleon, and that one lasted less than 1 year. While I do have a chameleon, I am by no means an expert. If you really have a concerning question, while I wouldn't discourage you from asking me (and anyone else who might have a clue), I would also encourage you to join this chameleon forum and ask your question there. There are amateurs and experts there who will answer your question, and who will referee one another's answers. (And don't be afraid of your mailbox filling up - it's actually an unfortunately slow list.)

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.

About the lamps: Did you know that you can buy UVA/UVB basking lamps? (One brand. Another brand.) I consider having bought one of those to be one of my best investments so far. What the chameleon really needs is that UVB, especially, for Vitamin D3 synthesis, so it doesn't really do much good for it to be basking under an ordinary heat lamp, does it? Next, the florescent lamps, while they are purchased for their UVA/UVB, don't produce the heat that makes a chameleon want to bask under it, right? I will never buy another regular flood again. I do, however, have a 48" fluorescent light, and have recently added a UVA/UVB fluorescent coil lamp (to help illuminate the depths of my 6' Reptarium), I don't think I'd go back to relying upon them exclusively. I attribute the better bone structure in my current chameleon compared to my previous chameleon primarily to the UVA/UVB basking lamp (which, unlike the other fluorescent lamps mentioned here, actually get warm enough to encourage basking).

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!

My chameleon can't stand misting. Many chameleon owners report the same thing, especially if they mist with room temperature water. It's often recommended that hot water be used, always testing first by spraying your own hand to find out how far away you need to mist from in order for the air to adequately cool the water before it hits the chameleon. I've also seen advice not to mist chameleons which are stressed by it - and I rarely mist mine. The Chameleon Journals has a "scare page" about the water needs of a chameleon, and I keep that in mind, but since I make it rain in the chameleon's cage 3 times per day, 1 minute per session, I don't worry too much about it. Still, given that scare page, I do mist occasionally, hoping to circumvent any eye problems (especially) which may come from the lack of a wet enough environment.

I've seen that kind of gaping behavior, also. Maybe it doesn't mean anything, maybe it does. In the case of my current chameleon, it usually means that its skin is starting to itch and it's about to shed. If your chameleon wasn't so young, I'd wonder about its skeletal structure. If I were you, I'd start filling my mind with everything there is to know about metabolic bone disease in chameleons. If anything kills your chameleon, it'll probably be that. (And it wouldn't hurt to get an x-ray done of your chameleon at the age of around 4 months so that you can see how you're doing.)

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.

My advice is to move it to the new enclosure as soon as you can. Chameleons don't like to have their environments altered, and the longer you keep it where it is, the more accustomed it'll become to its current set-up. But more than that, ask yourself why you should restrict it to such a small space? I'll bet you can't find any answers which benefit the chameleon, but instead the answers you find will serve your own convenience. (And what's neat about your question and your set-up is that you seem to really care and to be willing to apply the diligence necessary to properly keep your pet!)

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?

Like I said earlier about lighting, I no longer like the idea of providing any kind of basking (i.e., heat) lamps which don't also supply UVA/UVB. However, I also include fluorescent UVA/UVB lighting to supplement the UVA/UVB basking lamp that I use, and also to help illuminate the cage. Maybe I'm paranoid about the skeletal structure of my chameleon, but maybe not. Metabolic bone disease seems to be the primary killer of chameleons and I prefer not to take chances. I also wonder about 50 watts being enough. I used to actually use 250 watts, but now I use only 100 watts and I wonder about it being enough. Given the small size of your enclosure, I can understand the 50 watt limitation, however. Also, with regard to the UVA/UVB lamps that I've been recommending, your enclosure is way too small for them, as their UVA/UVB properties require certain minimum distances from your pet.

With regard to the rock wall, I can't say that I share your enthusiasm for it. The chameleon isn't going to want to have anything to do with it, and it seems to me that if it's provided, then food may hide within its cracks, and the chameleon may attempt to crawl on the wall in order to get to the food. Chamemeleon feet aren't exactly designed for that purpose, so that would concern me. As for other decorations, I suppose you can find them in any pet store. But the chameleon mostly just wants plants and vines to crawl upon, and plants are pretty darned decorative, aren't they?

Posted by Jeff at May 25, 2005 09:37 AM

Comments

Regarding misting the chameleon. What I do with mine is to use warm to hot water in a sprayer. I first mist the cage so that he sees what I'm doing. Then I adjust the nozzle on the sprayer to Stream instead of mist. And I gently spray a stream directly on the side of my chameleon's mouth towards the corner. I got in the habit of doing this routine every time I misted the cage in the mornings. Now - after 2 months - he will come up to the front of the cage when he sees me misting the enclosure, so that I can spray him. He'll turn his head up and close his eyes and open and close his mouth to let the water in. Once he closes his eyes and starts drinking - I'd go ahead and spray his whole body. He cleans his eyes during this also. Try it with your cham - I'm sure it will work after a little while.

Tin

Posted by: Tin at May 26, 2005 03:04 AM


Cool. Sounds like fun. I may try and track down a VCham'. Not that I want one; I'm just curious to see what they're like IRL.

Posted by: kenny at May 26, 2005 08:22 AM


Tin,

That's...interesting. It makes me wonder if my watering method (which is 3 one minute sessions of "rain" per day) is adequate. I may cut out one of those sessions and try your misting example out daily for a week, as it sounds like your chameleon is doing exactly what a chameleon ought to be doing (see the "scare page" link above).

Posted by: Jeff at May 26, 2005 03:15 PM


You should try it as a routine in the morning. And then let the dripper take care of things for the rest of the day.

Remember to always let him see you misting the enclosure first - before you turn the spray to him. Don't just suddenly start spraying him.

And it may take a few squirts before he'll turn his head up, close his eyes, and start lapping at the water.

After a couple weeks - he'll expect it every morning.

Let me know how it works out. I hope it works out - plus I'm sure your cham is getting enough water. I've seen pics of a dehydrated cham and it's not pretty.

Posted by: Tin at May 27, 2005 12:57 AM


My chameleon just runs and hides. I'm not sure that chasing it with the sprayer is a good idea.

Posted by: Jeff at May 28, 2005 03:37 PM


i JUST SAW YOUR PAGE ABOUT FEMALE VEILEDS LAYING EGGS 2-3 TIMES A YEAR.... IVE HAD MINE FOR ABOUT 4 YEARS, THE PREVIOUS OWNER HAD HER ABOUT 2 YEARS AND IVE NEVER SEEN ONE EGG!!! THIS IS THE FIRST IVE HEARD OF THIS. I WONDER NOW IF SOMETHING COULD BE WRONG, SHES NEVER SEEN A VET... DONT EVEN KNOW IF THERE ONE AROUND HERE THAT SEES REPTILES

Posted by: KELI at June 12, 2005 02:17 AM


Someone else shared a similar situation with me a couple of weeks ago. My only first hand experience with the egg laying was with my previous chameleon which died. The rest of what enters my mind on the issue comes from other owners, books, and care sheets.

It seems to me that you're in the best possible situation...no eggs!

I'm waiting for someone, somewhere, to explain the mystery of this. My own suspicion is that it has something to do with feeding. With my previous chameleon, I gave it all of the food that it could eat. I've since been told that restricting food for females (and allowing them cool temperatures in the winter) reduces their frequency of egg laying to a minimum. However, the keeper who shared that with me didn't mention any females never laying at all.

Posted by: Jeff at June 12, 2005 03:05 PM


Well there were eggs, lots of them, and $800 later they were taken out, but shes home now. Soo sad. Very calcium deficient. But the Doc told me I must be taking very good care of her if shes lived this long with all the eggs in her and no broken bones either!!

I took pics of the eggs... http://www.sendpix.com/albums/05061522/td0dojogsk/

Posted by: KELI at June 15, 2005 11:42 PM


Amazing...you didn't mention anything about her having problems. What made you want to take her to the vet?

What's more amazing is that you'd spend that $800 to take care of her. You should be proud of yourself - few people would do such a thing.

Did your vet give you any kind of drops to give to her to help to build up her bone structure? If not, may I suggest that you call your veterinarian and ask for some? Barring that, you might try this:

http://www.cricketfood.com/default.php/cPath/51?

I also wonder how your lighting is in its cage. My hallucination is that my previous chameleon's problem with its skeletal structure was due 100% to an environment that was deficient in UVB lighting. I, personally, will never let that happen again, and my current cage is absolutely flooded with it. Scroll up to the main entry for this page for some of my lighting alternatives. The basking lamps with UVA/UVB, far moreso than the fluorescent type, seem appropriate to me, since the chameleon seeks them out for their warmth.

Posted by: Jeff at June 16, 2005 12:14 AM


Well I actually had got online trying to find out what was wrong with her, she seemed really weak, tired, she was always falling. Everytime i turned around she was on the bottom of her cage laying on her head and couldnt get up, it was breaking my heart. Then I saw your page about them getting egg bound and realized she had years of eggs in her- she was just plain too heavy and drained of calciun to hold her self up.

Ya i about shit myself when the vet told me how much it was going to be. luckily my mom helped me. But yes they gave me liquid calcium to give her. They also gave me a prescription of banana flavored antibiotics and pain meds.

As far as the lighting I have a 7% uvb florecent and a red spot heat lamp. but the previous owner only had an aquarium bulb in there, i found that out when i took it in to get a replacment. Must be the reason she is so small

Oh and the coolest part is the vet took digital pics of her surgery!!! It was trippy! He's supposed to e-mail the pics so ill have them up as soon as i get them

Posted by: KELI at June 16, 2005 10:40 AM


I have an 8 mo. old veiled female that has never layed eggs. I read on this website that it is imperative to have some sand at the bottom of the cage. What kind of sand can I use? I found some calcium based sand at the reptile store but wasn't sure so I didn't buy it. She is suffering from the same condition as described by Keli (weak, won't eat). HELP!
Thanks

Posted by: Theri W. at June 28, 2005 05:02 PM


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 purchased the playsand that I use at Home Depot. It's the stuff that is used to fill up kids' sandboxes.

My advice, though Theri, is to immediately get her to the veterinarian to check for metabolic bone disease. That's probably the most common killer of these guys in captivity, and what you're describing goes right along with it. This is not small thing - get the sand, then get to a veterinarian who has experience with lizards at least, and chameleons hopefully.

Posted by: Jeff at June 28, 2005 07:54 PM


What role does an elecrolyte solution play in a cham that won't eat? I was told by a local reptile shop that 'Pedialyte" would help hydrate the chameleon. She's drinking it when I offer it to her via dropper, at least 1 tsp. at a time.
Thanks

Posted by: Theri W. at June 29, 2005 01:15 PM


@Theri: I don't know the answer to that question, but you might find help here:

http://www.icomm.ca/dragon/hydrate.htm#amount

Posted by: Jeff at June 29, 2005 01:43 PM


Jeff,
Thank you for your help.

Posted by: Theri W. at June 29, 2005 02:35 PM


Hi, first off I love this site and alot of your veiws on our "wonderful" government. What I was wondering is the size of the cage you keep your young chameleon in. I ordered the 30x30x72 cage you recommended and got it for $89 including shipping. The breeder im getting the veiled from says to keep him in a much smaller cage untill he is almost full grown, just curious what you think about that.
Thank you

Ken

Posted by: ken at July 20, 2005 06:41 AM


Hiya Ken!

I've never heard of anything like that before, and without reasons behind it I have no way to judge it on its own merits. But it seems to me that you can always compare it to what happens to them in the wild. They're born...er, hatched...into the largest cage imaginable (Earth) and they seem to do okay. Any cage you put them in is going to be smaller than that. I like the idea of making the cage as large as possible.

Posted by: Jeff at July 20, 2005 11:00 AM


Thanks Jeff,

Kinda what I was thinking, seems to make alot of sense.

Posted by: ken at July 20, 2005 05:37 PM


My 1 1/2 year old chameleon just laid eggs the other day, I saw her burrowing in the soil, and I dug her out because I was fearful that she would bury herself alive and had never seen this behavior in her before. The next day, I noticed eggs, 12 of them, in various spots in the bottom of her cage. How many and how often are chameleons supposed to lay eggs? This was the first time she'd laid eggs! We just thought RuKu was a chubby chameleon. Hadn't read anything about non fertilized egg laying.

Posted by: Amy at July 26, 2005 02:32 PM


Hello,

I noticed that you have a photo of yourself holding your chameleon posted on your website. My grandson and I have a veiled male that we would like to get used to occasionally being held. Before we purchased our veiled we read that chameleons in general do not like to be held, but then read on one site that you have to get them used to it at a young age in order to be successful. We have tried to slowly put our hand under Dexter to see if he will voluntarily walk onto it, but he generally just turns away and climbs in the opposite direction. A couple of times we were met with hissing, and once with a rather high pitched, squeaking sound. We don't press the issue and remove our hand right away, but we have to admit that we are disappointed that he isn't more "used to us" by now. Any thoughts or suggestions? Also, another poster on your site mentioned that yellow stool indicates dehydration. I haven't read this anywhere else, with the exception of your website.
But, a couple of times in the last few weeks I have noticed a thin, yellow substance on the furniture in our cham's cage. I cleaned it up, but didn't make the connection that it signaled something serious. Dexter appears healthy and active otherwise. What do you advise? Thanks in advance for your help.

Debbie

Posted by: Debbie Hamme at August 8, 2005 10:49 PM


i'm getting my first veiled in about a half hour (i believe it's full grown by what i've heard, haven't seen it yet). i took the time to learn about care and environment this weekend, as i was into snakes as a child and know what kind of attention reptiles require. so far i have a 24 by 18 inch, round mesh hanging reptarium, fake vines and shrubbery, stress ease electrolyte solution, a reflector lamp w/ a 100w UVA bulb that keeps the top of the reptarium around 94 degrees, and we have pothos growing all around the house that i can take clippings from. tomorrow i plan on purchasing some crickets w/ gutload and calcium supliment from the pet store, and fresh collard greens. tonight i will check out the link above for the UVA/UVB lamp.
my main Q right now is...until i recieve the new lamp, should i hang the reptarium out on the porch while i'm at work? i'm in Florida and the high temp outside is around 98-100, add a couple degrees w/ the heat index and humidity around noon time. i thought this may be better for now, since it's close to direct sunlight, not in it, but close. i'm guessing uvb rays bounce around like beachballs down here in FL, so i'm thinking the shade of the porch won't hinder it's ability to reach the cham, and will be better than leaving him under the UVA reflector all day. but i'm still concerned w/ overheating/ thermoregulation. he's lived on a porch up until now, so maybe i'm just being paranoid. from what i hear, he's pretty healthy...eats when fed (which i don't believe is often enough[once a week]), climbs all over the mesh in his current terrarium, and loves to hiss. i'll check him out visually when he gets here and let you know. I also have more Qs, but i'll leave them for later.
peace ~j

Posted by: js at August 16, 2005 06:37 PM


ok, i now have a seamingly healthy, adult (about 8-9" long with tail stretched)female veiled. mouth looked clean while she was trying to bight me during the big switch. limbs look strait. staying brown and hiding from me. seemed to be suprised at the first misting, but she almost seemed to be enjoying it. she climbed strait up the side of the mesh to about 5 inches from the lamp. the owner had it under no lamps, indoor/outdoors for 6 months. he also brought crickets with powdered supliment, meal worms, and a potted pothos.
i plan on keeping her in tomorrow, she seems pretty stressed, and i leave before the sun comes up...don't wanna freak her out too much in sleep mode, i already have to add crickets and mist before i leave. tomorrow she'll have tons of new goodies that she probably hasn't seen in awhile, if ever, including a powersun uv bulb.

Posted by: js at August 16, 2005 09:01 PM


I recently ( three days ago) purchased a 2 month old veiled chameleon the first night he ate two crickets. since then (yesterday and today) he hasn't eaten a thing and is looking very very thin. I have been misting the cage two times a day he has a Uva /uvb 75 watt basking light and is moving constantly around the trees and branches in his cage.Any suggestions?

Posted by: C at September 5, 2005 07:08 AM


It doesn't sound (yet) like anything to worry about to me. One thing to consider, though, is that veileds - well, chameleons in general - are a delicate species which has issues with stress. They shouldn't be handled unless absolutely necessary, and many owners position cages in such a way as to limit the chameleon's ability to see people from its cage.

If you're already leaving the chameleon alone and it's not eating, all I can think of is trying smaller crickets.

Posted by: Jeff at September 6, 2005 10:58 PM


What is the proper bedding for chameleons? I am using ReptiBark right now but it seems as though he could eat the bark when feeding on crickets. Is this so? If he does eat it what are the repurcussions? What is the best bedding to use?

Posted by: Todd Winsor at September 7, 2005 02:33 PM


How old is a female before she needs to lay eggs? I don't want to have her getting egg bound. Should I put he sand right in the bottom of the Flexarium?

Posted by: Todd Winsor at September 7, 2005 03:03 PM


hi.. i just came across this site and read up ona couple things.. i just bought a chameleon about a week ago now.. and i noticed hes not eating..hes always at the top of the aquarium and just stays there most of the time.. i put some crickets in the aquarium.. but he doesnt seem to be fast enough to catch them... the only thing hes eaten is some flies i threw in there a little while back.. but the crickets just seem to be dying before he even gets to them. another thing is i read up on if he poops yellow it means hes dehydrated.. is this true.. because i have been misting his inclosure everyday .. but it is a fresh air screened type aquarium and im worried that the water is evaporating before he gets any.. cause again he doesnt move around much... im just wondering if theres n e thing else i can do because in the hanging enclosure theres nowhere to hook up a drip system. .. so i was just wondering if hes gonna be fine. and hes just fussy because hes still young and mebbe stressed out from the move? ive been trying to read up as much as i can about chameleons.. but i dont seem to know alot yet.. can n e one help?

Posted by: carly at September 13, 2005 12:10 PM


Hi i have an 8 month old cham female. It has not touched a single thing to eat in a week i have crickets in and loctous it will not even look at them it is starting to get weak and i am worried. It is falling off the branches it keeps digging the sand and trying to escape from the tank. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Posted by: Lee at September 13, 2005 02:53 PM


She's likely trying to lay her eggs. Hopefully she's got enough moist sand (and privacy) to feel comfortable laying them.

Posted by: Jeff at September 15, 2005 09:38 AM


I would buy the larger one. The small one is awfully small for a chameleon.

Posted by: Jeff at September 17, 2005 01:03 AM


any on have any advice for me i am going to get a sun burst veiled and need any care info would be
helpful

Posted by: ricky at September 18, 2005 10:00 AM


i have heard to use a uvb light
the long one or the small
one 5.0 10.0

Posted by: ricky922890 at September 18, 2005 11:27 AM


Alrighty, I'm misting my chameleon for 3-5 mins and use a fogger while I'm out... Misting alone creates a swamp at the bottom of the cage w/o a substrate, with the fogger I created a lagoon! how do you mop up the floor...PS i hate reptariums those zippers suck expecially when you have to reach in from the top! >.<

Posted by: phil at September 19, 2005 07:11 PM


My female Starla I bought in February of '05 so shes almost 1 year about 7-8 months, shes about 12 inches from tip of tail to nose. i just recently in august made the nesting sight out of peat moss and put it in her cage but it doesn't look like shes been checking it out or anything and She hasn't layed eggs yet . I'm worried if its too late. please answer back.


Posted by: antonio at September 19, 2005 11:09 PM


Does anyone know of any breeders because i have been trying to get a veiled chameleon but i live in Canada and no one will ship it out were i live

Posted by: Justin at September 20, 2005 09:06 PM


My female Starla I bought in February of '05 so shes almost 1 year about 7-8 months, shes about 12 inches from tip of tail to nose. i just recently in august made the nesting sight out of peat moss and put it in her cage but it doesn't look like shes been checking it out or anything and She hasn't layed eggs yet . I'm worried if its too late. please answer back.


Posted by: Antonio at September 22, 2005 09:27 AM


My female Starla I bought in February of '05 so shes almost 1 year about 7-8 months, shes about 12 inches from tip of tail to nose. i just recently in august made the nesting sight out of peat moss and put it in her cage but it doesn't look like shes been checking it out or anything and She hasn't layed eggs yet . I'm worried if its too late. please answer back.


Posted by: Antonio at September 22, 2005 09:27 AM


I have 2 chameleons, 1 of which I thought was male as that was what i was told when I bought them as babies 6months ago. He started to become really ill about a week ago so I took him to the vet wed. I found out that he is actually a she, and probabily wants to lay eggs. She had a scan and the eggs were visable. I went back to day as things hadn't picked up, and the vet gave her an injection to help her lay .
I was wondering if anyone could tell me if they have had this done, and does it work? And also the signs of her going into labour so I can keep an eye on her as she has become extremely klingy.
If this doesn't work she will have to have a hysterectomy. :(

Posted by: Sarah at September 23, 2005 03:21 PM


I have a chameleon that is about 1 year old,,we noticed that he is having his tongue hanging out of his mouth and he was sitting at the bottom of the cage with his head on the ground, his tongue was extended out of his mouth about an inch ,,my daughter is very upset and we dont know what is wrong with him,,can anyone help us

Posted by: linda at September 24, 2005 07:29 PM


we have a chameleon that is about one year old and his tongue is hanging out of his mouth about 2 inches and we dont know what is wrong with him,,he is eating fine and we are misting him, he hates it but it helps with his tongue keeping it moist,,what is wrong with him?

Posted by: karmen at October 2, 2005 06:40 PM


I am going to be buying a 4-5 month old male veiled tomorrow. I am wondering if i have a good setup to start. I have a 20gallon fish tank with a mesh top & sides, lots of places to climb with lots of fake plants. I have a 75watt heating lamp & my fluorescent lamp is an 18in UV, UVB and UVA. The tmeperature is around upper 80's. I plan on making a 24"x24"x36" enclosure. When should I move him into his new home? Also how long/much should I mist the enclosure for? How many crickets will he eat for now? What are good foods for the crickets, butterworms and waxworms and what minerals & vitamins should i dust them with?
Thanks
Derek

Posted by: Derek at October 4, 2005 12:07 AM


I just have a question that you may be able to answer... Lately i have noticed that my Vieled cham hasn't been eating as many crickets as ususal. I just cleaned his tank 2 days ago and i have been giving him crickets but he hasn't eaten any of them. Last night he ate some lettus that i gave him, but he hasn't touched his crickets and now i am getting worried. Do you have any suggestions?

Posted by: tanya at October 7, 2005 04:58 PM


I am seriously thinking about getting a veiled chameleon for a pet. I have always loved reptiles, especially lizards. I have never previously owned a chameleon, but I have owned many snakes. I was wondering if any one has any advice for me, like whether or not I should even get one, or advice on the habitat that it would be living in.
Thanks, Starra

Posted by: Starra at November 20, 2005 09:15 AM


Hi Starra,

Please see "Before Buying a Veiled Chameleon" located here: http://www.veiled-chameleon.com/weblog/archives/000131.html

Posted by: Jeff at November 21, 2005 07:13 PM


i have bought a cameleon the other day. it seems to be doing okay. it hisses when i spray it or try to touch it:( are they very friendly? Also, will it turn pink if i put it on my girlfriends pink shirT?

Posted by: jeff miro at December 27, 2005 06:08 PM


Hi Jeff

Chameleons are a "look, but don't touch" kind of animal. In fact, they should be viewed from a distance, as closeness stresses them just as does touching them. This kind of stress is a killer of chameleons.

Chameleons do not change color to blend in with their environments. They get credited with doing that, but the truth is that they're very bad at it. There are other animals which are much, much better at changing color to suit their environments.

Chameleons change color primarily, it seems, as communication. They give warning colors, they have colors which indicate that they're about to lay eggs, they even have death colors. But they won't change color to match their surroundings.

Be sure to spray it with warm water. As much as you dislike being showered with cool water, they dislike it all the more because they're cold blooded and, unlike you, get all of their heat from the environment rather than generating it themselves.

Posted by: Jeff at December 27, 2005 11:43 PM


I have a Veiled Chameleon that will run around its cage with its eyes shut,She falls of the branches and looks like she is going to hurt herself. she will do this for like a half hour and then just quit and open her eyes and walk back up to the top. Why do you think she does this?

Posted by: Brittney at December 31, 2005 10:15 PM


This is for Justin (the Canadian Guy)...I know you asked a few mths. ago but I just read it now... Green Earth Exotics is located in Windsor, Ont. They have lots of awesome creatures and some beautiful Chameleons....thats where I got mine....their phone # is (519) 739-0022. You should check 'em out. I'm going to be getting my 2nd Veiled there on Friday, a male to mate with my female so hopefully in a few months I'll have some babies to sell.

Posted by: Caitlin at January 11, 2006 11:20 AM


would a 51/2 gallon tank and for how long??

Posted by: brent at February 1, 2006 04:49 PM


Chameleons should not be kept in tanks.

Posted by: Jeff at February 1, 2006 04:55 PM


I have only had my Veiled Chameleon (Miss Slash) for a few weeks and she is already doing strange things.

She loves to eat the moss bedding that I have put in her home, I was wondering if this is ok for her to do? I don't wan't her to get sick.

I was also wondering what kind of Vegetation I can feed her, if she will eat it?

Posted by: Carrie at February 16, 2006 09:11 PM


My veiled Chemeleon is 1 year and 8 months old and he has been eating compost from the plants in m flexarium for about a year now,is this ok for him to do or should i remove the plant up to now he seems fine,also i have a 65 gallon flexarium in my room and i have just enough room for a 100 gallon one which is 48 inchs long,30 inch wide and 16.5 inch in depth is this ok for the rest of his chammey life?

Posted by: Jay at February 26, 2006 06:44 PM


I recentley purchased a veild cham and have had him for about 3 weeks. His appetite has not been an issue...he eats up to 10 crix a day. This past week i noticed that i wasnt openning his right eye... i took him to the vet and was given an eye cream and my cham recieved a shot incase he was developing an infection. now he keeps both eyes closed and just lays around....i keep his humidity at about 50% and temp at 84. he has a repti 5.0 and basking light with a waterfall for extra cirrculation. IS HE DEHYDRATING?? i keep a bone aid calcium sand substrate in the bottom. i just dont understand why he has been keeping eyes shut so much lately....i appreciate any help

Posted by: Dustin at March 10, 2006 03:06 PM


How do you keep the humidity at 50% without the humidity of your house being at 50% (or is it?). You're not keeping it in a tank, are you?

As for the eye problem, they're very common in chameleons. Part of the reason for misting chameleons and giving them regular showers (like the way you take a shower) is because their eyes are cleaned by the water.

"By far, hydration is the most important consideration regarding the husbandry concerns of captive chameleons. Unfortunately, hydration is also where we most often fall short in chameleon care. In the wild chameleons take advantage of rainy periods by positioning themselves in such a way as to bathe the mucous membranes of their mouth and nares with the essential droplets. Blepharisms (continuous eye movements and blinking) distribute water to the eyes to cleanse and moisten the corneal epithelium. This ceremony often lasts for hours."
--Kenneth Lopez, D.V.M.

Posted by: Jeff at March 10, 2006 05:26 PM


Hi there Jeff!!

Just wanted to let you know.. your website is very helpful. I first saw a veiled chameleon in a pet store, and obsessed over these little creatures for quite sometime before my husband broke down and bought me one.

I love my baby so much... I try to take good care of her.. all thanks to your "care sheet", and a direct line to the pet store where we bought her from. The one thing I don't like about all of this is her terrarium - I plan on getting her a big one soon. Right now, she has one of those standard sized ones... I feel sorry for the poor thing.

Anyways.. the kids and I want to thank you. I got my son to read over your care sheet as well.. he's eight. He now knows how sensitive they are, and how much time is to be put in to look after our Sophie!! (that's her name)

Thanks Jeff!

Posted by: Melissa at March 14, 2006 03:41 PM


I just got a chameleon a week ago he rubed his eye on the side of the glass tank and now does not open the one eye anymore, is there anything I can do for it.

Posted by: Mandy at March 21, 2006 10:00 PM


My Chameleon that I had just bought he doesn't open one of his eyes ever! What should I do or should I just not worry about it?

Posted by: Kayla at April 10, 2006 01:47 PM


@Mandy: First, and foremost, your chameleon should not be in a glass tank. If you decide to keep it there, I suspect that you won't be having a chameleon much longer.

@Kayla and Mandy: Chameleons are prone to eye infections. They require lots of rain to wash out their eyes. Chameleon's need to be showered daily and for extended periods of time with either a spray bottle or by actually putting them into the shower:

http://www.veiled-chameleon.com/weblog/archives/000232.html

Posted by: Jeff at April 10, 2006 01:57 PM


I have a beautiful male cameleon for a year now.He is fairly large.But I've noticed that his front leg got swollen all of a sudden.And now one of his back legs as well.from the same side.He uses it every once in a while.But I don't know what could be causing this.We think we have the proper lighting for him.And he is in a large cage?At first we thought something bit him.But know we noticed that it like a problem that he has.He still eats the same.But his color is not as pretty as before.He looks darker now.

Posted by: jenny at April 14, 2006 11:33 AM


My young veiled chameleon, 4 months or so all of a sudden can't climb or eat. I gave her some supplements in water with a syringe, maybe she's calcium deficient. You guys are the experts, so please let me know what to do. She was eating 3 crickets at a time and drinking everyday.
Thanks,
Roy

Posted by: Roy at April 20, 2006 07:39 PM


I bought a veiled chameleon for my mom recently and I got it from the same pet store where I bought my rats. I asked the guy at the store how to care for him and he gave me basic instructions. I asked him how old the one was and he said he thought 2 YEARS. I didn't know that was old for a chameleon so I bought it and took it home. He has been just fine but the last few days I look at him and he is sitting with his mouth open. I read that it could be from the bone disease you discussed and I feel I should have him x-rayed but if he really is as old as the guy says, should I even bother with it or is there nothing I can really do?

Posted by: Stevie at April 22, 2006 08:19 PM


does anybody no why my chameleon doenst want to eat

Posted by: michael at April 25, 2006 07:55 PM


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Posted by: michael at April 25, 2006 07:57 PM


Sitting on porch having coffee. Watched and took pictures of little liz on a big leaf about 2 feet from me. Too cool. Well I turned to read and as I turned back-HARK-an egg, right on the big leaf and he? she? leaving. Oh my. So here I am asking you for advice. Is there a baby in there and can I secure to birth?? What a thrill that would be. I hope to hear from you. Will not touch. Jeannie

Posted by: jeannie chapman at May 2, 2006 11:43 AM


can chameleons have strawberry plants in their cage and eat them also?
are mini palms trees okay to have in cage?

Posted by: linda at May 27, 2006 10:38 PM


My chameleon has been fine for a long time and suddenly i noticed he hadn't been moving from the floor for a while with his eyes closed and mouth gaping every now and then, when i went to pick him up to make sure he was alright he didnt resist at all and it was almost like a was picking up a stick...he hasnt eaten in a long time and possible not had anything to drink....I am extremely worried about him and have been trying to everything i can to help him..has this ever happened to anyone else??

Posted by: neesha at June 13, 2006 10:08 PM


It could be anything. Perhaps SHE is looking for some moist sand to lay her eggs.

Posted by: Jeff at June 13, 2006 10:41 PM


i wish that was it, but i am certain he is male...and things are looking extremely dire..i think he is dying but i have no idea why, and i dont think there are any vets that specialize in chameleons around here

Posted by: neesha at June 14, 2006 07:54 AM


Jeff,
I have a breeding pair of Jackson's chameleons and when I bought them 3 months ago I noticed my male had a growth on his side. It's gotten much bigger now and he seems to be deteriating fast. He moves around just fine but he keeps his eyes closed and they are sunken in. The growth to me looks like a calcium build up or something. What are your thoughts?
Angel

Posted by: Angel at June 20, 2006 09:34 PM


my chameleon goes to the bottom of the cage alot now and hasnt been eating as much as before it is roughly 4 months and its growth isnt noticeable. but the part that i worry the most is that he seems to stuggle walking on the branches does anyone have any opinions on this?

Posted by: pat at June 20, 2006 10:33 PM


Sunken eyes are typically an advanced sign of severe dehydration.

Posted by: Jeff at June 20, 2006 10:34 PM


@Pat: Advanced metabolic bone disease.

Posted by: Jeff at June 20, 2006 11:12 PM


jeff: so i guess its a lost case, right?

Posted by: pat at June 21, 2006 12:24 PM


Not necessarily. You should see a veterinarian for a complete diagnosis.

Posted by: Jeff at June 21, 2006 12:42 PM


@jeff: well yo thanks for the help n everything but i think its too late he seems like he'll barely make it through the night man. its sad

Posted by: pat at June 21, 2006 09:30 PM


Just to let you know I lost my male jackson last night! Poor guy! Thanks anyways.

Posted by: Angel at June 30, 2006 09:49 AM


chameleons are nice and everything but i deffinetely dont recommend them to anybody they require an enormous amount of maintenance and special conditions. with all the acommodations i gave mine i still had to burry it a couple of days ago. deffinetely dont recommend it if ur not going to take 100% amount of care and give him EVERYTHING he needs

Posted by: patrick at July 7, 2006 09:30 PM


Hey your site is sweet, quick question, my male veiled wont keep his left eye open, he can open it and when i bug him he opens it, but most of the day it is closed, did he get poked in the eye by a branch or something, or maybe get something in it? husbandry is as good as it gets, all lighting, food, vitamis, h20, space and minimal stress are in full effect, my female is fine.
I dunno it is probably nothing but I just wanted top get your advice, thanks
Wes

Posted by: wes hogg at July 9, 2006 11:54 AM


hi thanks for all the info... my chamelon is almost 6 months she very big and was very happy moving around all the time. now her tales black and one leg is ver black. she doesn't move much she stay at the bottom of the tank and keep opening her mouth and letting this clear mucus* come out. she also not eating. i don't no what to do or why her body is turing so black. please help me and my little daughter love her so much.thanks

Posted by: erica at July 11, 2006 09:39 AM


When should i start holding my baby chameleon?

Posted by: Af at July 12, 2006 03:33 PM


I have a carpet chameleon. Im pretty sure it's a boy. Everytime I go back to the reptile store I bought it from they tell me something different. These are the questions I have.
1. How many crickets should I feed it in a day or week.
2. Should I leave a heat lamp on all day and night and or switch bulbs at night to the night one.
3. How often do you mist the cage? I read warm water??
4. Should you change its diet and give it worms?? The guy at the store suggested these white squishy worms that died almost instantly.
5. Can I get another chameleon to put in with him?
6. I was told to take the chameleon out and let him walk on your arm and what not, to play with him. So he wont be mean when he gets bigger. Yes or No??
7. Should I have a seperate drinking thing for him at the bottom of the cage?
8. What type of cage? And where do I put the cage in my house?

I know that is a lot of questions but I still have more and I think that is all I am going to bother you with for now!

Please Help!! Thank You!!!

Posted by: Ironkitty at July 12, 2006 03:36 PM


@Af: When should you start holding your chameleon? Answer: Absolutely never should you hold your chameleon. Granted, sometimes its unavoidable. But try to make the unavoidable times as few as possible.

@Ironkitty: I don't know anything about carpet chameleons. Please join the Chameleon Journals mailing list and ask your question there. You will receive plenty of responses, I'm sure: http://lists.topica.com/lists/chameleon_journals .

Posted by: Jeff at July 12, 2006 03:52 PM


Sry, but how do you tell whate gender a baby veiled chameleon is?

Posted by: aF at July 12, 2006 04:01 PM


OK sry but i still got ?s umm.. wen shuold i put more food in for my chameleon to eat?

Posted by: af at July 12, 2006 04:24 PM


hi all just found thhis site and was reading through it. is it normal for a veiled cham to have yellow in his stool or is this a sign of dehydration????

Posted by: max at July 15, 2006 05:43 AM


My 1.5 year old veiled moved with me from CA to NY about 3 months ago and he doesn't seem to be acclimating very well. For the past 2 weeks he has barely been moving and now he has his eyes closed and doesn't seem to be eating. What can I do to nurse him back to health? It's been very hot and humid here and I'm concerned that he has become dehydrated.

Thank you,

Eric

Posted by: Eric Wayne at July 15, 2006 11:44 AM


Yes I have a few questions... I am very new to this but have studied taking care of jackson chameleons.... I just wanted to make sure that he is in a ideal enviroment... If I have him in my own room can music being played to loud or even the tv put him understress... Is there any tips on taking care of these animals... I just recently put in 2 pothos live plants in his mesh terrariam and he is starting to get some really beautiful lime green shades of color I want more exotic color what can I do??? And any other tips would be great... O And A fogger for him is it neccesary? I mist his cage more than twice a day just any time i have the chance i spray with a hand spray of water... is it ok to spray him?

Posted by: Cody Bass at July 23, 2006 10:53 PM


Okay I'll admit it I'm a bit over-protective of my chameleon but yesterday I went to feed it medium sized crickets and I noticed they were all gone, I'm too young to drive but the pet store down the street was closed, He's only had 1 medium cricket since yesterday and the store doesnt open until like 11:00 am today and it's 8:00 right now. He usually eats 5 Crickets a day. Will he be alright? How long can a 4 month old chameleon go without eating? I'm really worried.

Posted by: Vince at July 24, 2006 09:00 AM


Hey i just got baby male veiled chameleon, 2 days ago (aug6), and i bought the whole kit for him with the crickets and their food and vitamin powder stuff. i put crickets in and spary him 2x a day. but i dont think he's eating. i cleaned out the cage and i found 13 crickets just chilling. so he must have eaten 3+. what can i do to get him to eat? also he moves around with his eyes closed and when he opens his eyes its only thr right one. what can i do to fix these problems of mine?
-vannessa.

Posted by: vannessa at August 8, 2006 04:43 PM


Hey

I just had a few more questions if anyone can help me out.

-First what tempeture should the water be that i am using to spray the cage and him with? How often should i spray him and the cage? and do i have to spray him along with the cage or just the cage?

-And also today i noticed that he was sitting on his log and one of his eyes seemed to be almost pooping right out of his socket, does this happen or should I be worried.

-And finally i now have him in a more ventilated area but there is more horizontal room then verticall room will this be alright for him?

Posted by: will at August 12, 2006 07:05 PM


Please Help
My chameleon has all of a sudden developed some kind of tumor... i am not sure, its on the left eye, and her eye is now ten times biggen than what it should be. I don't know how it happend, it has never been sick once, and it does not act any different. shes 7 months old, and i don't know what is happening to her. please if anyone knows what is happening or treatments .. tell me thanks

Posted by: cassie at August 14, 2006 01:48 PM


I own a 7 month old veiled chameleon female. However, since purchasing her last week I noticed a red lump coming out from under her tail. Upon contacting the vet I was told she suffered from an inverted rectum. She is now at the vet awaiting surgery and has only been given a 50% chance of survival. Has anyone else had this problem? Any information would be great!

Posted by: Kamilah at August 15, 2006 08:42 PM


My veiled chameleon has been staying on the floor of his cage for the past two days or so...usually he has pretty typical bahavior, moving around his cage and eating regularly. I noticed that he was having issues with his head shedding last week which made him open his mouth really wide like he was going nuts--I think to stretch out his skin to lose the shedding skin??? The recent shedding has been the only thing going on with him recently, so I have no idea why he's spending so much time on the floor--I dont know if he is eating, it's hard to tell today. What may this abnormal floor behavior be related to???? Thanks.

Posted by: Lauren at August 24, 2006 09:51 AM


I just wanted to leave you a quick Thanks, Jeff, for all of the info given here. You've helped me determine where a local petstore went wrong with their young cham, and if they dare get another I'm now armed with an arsenal of info to make sure they get this one right. Thank you.

Posted by: Jess at August 31, 2006 10:13 AM


Hi Q.im looking for a tank ,im looking at the exo terra flexerium and its going in my room i was just wondering if it will make all my room damp/moist threw the humidity ? if so is there anythink i can do to stop it or do u recoment something else ??? thx
danny

Posted by: Danny at September 10, 2006 03:10 PM


I have had my chameleon for about a month now and he's two months old. I was reading one of tip websites for making sure you're not killing you're chameleon and it said that it's stool should be a yellow colour and that if it is not it could be a sign of dehydration. His stool is completely white. I spray his cage 2-3 times a day but i have never seen him drink water. i'm a little worried, what should i do?

Posted by: Rachael at September 10, 2006 03:10 PM


@Rachel: You might try showering your chameleon: http://www.veiled-chameleon.com/weblog/archives/000232.html

Mostly, though, I think that it is best to find a way to ensure that there is always water available for your chameleon, rather than making it wait for someone to come and water it. I use a showering type of set-up inside the chameleon's reptarium. One of those lawn fertilizing gizmos is filled with water, pumped up with air, and then a lawn hose sprinkler timer mechanism sets the water to go off 3 times per day for 1 minute apiece. Now that's still making the chameleon wait for the shower, BUT I've discovered that little drops of water form at the end of the sprayer between showers and the chameleon licks them off at his liesure.

Ideally, a dripper of some kind would be used, but I've found them to be a pain.

One method that some people have had a lot of success with is to *supplement* the daily spraying with a gravity type of waterer, the kind with a tube that hamsters and mice use.

Good luck.

ps: I'm pretty sure that *I* have never said anything here about yellow stool indicating anything. I can find plenty of pages where other people have brought it up, but I don't think that I've ever given it a second of thought until now.

Posted by: Jeff at September 10, 2006 03:22 PM


i have a vielied chamaleon that is about 6 or 7 months old..she just layed some eggs last night but i don't have a proper laying spot for her..she layed them so is she ok...n should i get a proper laying site for her in the near future? and does the chamaleon need a water supply in the tank?

Posted by: Betsi shipton at September 18, 2006 08:12 AM


hey i just aquired a 4-5 month old male vailed chamealeon, now seems that he was not being taken care of from previous owner, they kept him in a smale kritter cage eating only what the owner could catch (house flys) no proper light, anyways on the friday i got him i fed him about 5-8 crickets and he was very energetic, i took him home put him in a 20 gallon tank with proper light and vines and sticks and things, he has propert temp and humidity, now saterday he was fine but did not eat anything, i figured it was stress, but on sunday i woke up and he was laying on the floor sprawled out looked terribal, so i went and bought him mealworms and some veggies but he will not touch anything.he has lost weight i beleave he has the bone disease but not sure, i put him on the branches by the heat in hopes of the uv helping him still no luck he just sleeps doesn't eat stays same colour no energy, i constantly mist him to get him hydrated but he just looks horribal, heres the kicker at 4-5 months old with his tail stretch out he is only 4 inches at the most, any info will be helpful.. thank you

Posted by: chris at September 25, 2006 01:19 PM


I have a 3 year old veiled chameleon and i'm noticing two big bumps on his face above his eyes in the middle of the forehead not sure what it could be any suggestion before i take him to the vet that i can do at home.

Posted by: kane at September 26, 2006 07:24 PM


Hi, I was just wondering if you could help me out here. I was ding some research on chameleons for a project I am doing for school, and I couldnt find anything on this particular section. So I was wondering if you could tell me, are there any rules and regulations on certin types of material put in a chameleons cage. For example, do the toys have to be made out of plastic only or somthing else.

Thanks in advance.

Posted by: Phil at October 1, 2006 02:53 PM


Hello all. I just got my first chameleon (although i've raised reptiles all my life). He's 6 months old, CB, very healthy, good previous owner, although his veil isnt perfectly straight (i was told it was genetics, is that true or BS?). Anyway, I have him free range on a big plant in my room (its a money tree, not a ficus or pothos, but its non toxic and gives lots of room to move around) and my biggest concern is dehydration. I'm getting a little pond with waterfall setup soon but i think its still pretty dry in here (i cant make it "rain"). The "scare page" on hydration link is expired. Does someone have that info I'd like to see it. Thanks!

Posted by: TinTin at October 6, 2006 12:22 PM


Ok i just tried the whole "spray-jet him in the side of the mouth" and he hated it hahahaha. Well i expected that but i'll get him used to it hopefully. Another thing i've started doing is having him in the bathroom when i shower in the mornings. I water here gets really hot, so i turn it on and close the windows/door to the bathroom to make it warm and steamy, then take him in with a branch to chill on the sink, then i have my morning shower. Pretty unconventional, but i thought it might help with shedding/hydration issues. Any thoughts? Is 10-15 mins of steam per day good for him? bad? ineffective?

Posted by: TinTin at October 6, 2006 12:31 PM


Ive just brought a baby female Veiled Chameleon i know Chameleons are shy cretures and whenever i try to get her out she hisses and turns a dark green colour, but when shes out she turns back to bright green and starts to walk.
Am i stressing her out to much? is it best to carry on this process of getting her out accasional so she gets used to it?,
Or is it not a question on weither she'd get used to it or not? Also i have a 60W basking Spotlamp is this suitable for a baby Chameleon?

Thanks Alot

Posted by: Tyler at October 10, 2006 01:27 AM


so i have a female chameleon and she is sick, i am like freakin out cuz she is super dehydrated and although she trys to eat her tounge wont come out all the way or she miss' her crickets and worms. i took her to the vet and they are as useless as a tit on a bore. it cost me over 200 bucks for her to hum and ha over "ohhh maybe metobolic, maybe egg bound maybe impacted..."
now i am looking at her and it looks like her freakin arm is broken, her left front arm looks as if it has 2 elbos! but she can grip and moove it although she was havin trouble gettin it to go where she wanted it(on the branch) please if you know anything, you are like my last hope and from all of the stuff i have read on this site you know mmore then any of the vets i have gone to, hell one place told me to put her in a glass tank when we first got her...please any guess'?!
thank you so much for you time!

Posted by: corafeine at October 12, 2006 11:40 PM


Hello, if anyone can help me with my 2 month old veiled chameleon that I have just purchase it would be very helpful. I just notice last night that all she does is sleep. I picked her up and she would move a couple of steps and closes her eyes. Then later on when I put her back in her cage she had her eyes open and mouth wide open as if she was hissing but wouldn't close it. Also notice some clear substance coming from her mouth. Just wanted to know is this nature or is it a sign that she is sick. Thank in advance for any helpful hints.

Posted by: karen at October 25, 2006 08:29 AM


im about to get a veiled chameleon.I was wondering what kind of plant i should get?

Posted by: zac at November 9, 2006 03:01 PM


HI all!
Can you tell me where may i buy this creature in EUROPE? and what needs to feed its? :)

Posted by: Jim Logan at November 15, 2006 08:47 AM


hey, i have my baby boy(Stan) in an aquarium, why is it so bad? its about a foot tall and i have a 75 watt on him, is it to hot? if so why does he go nder thelight all the time?

Posted by: sara at November 17, 2006 08:53 PM


Aquariums lead to respiratory problems and eye problems in chameleons. They are deadly.

Posted by: Jeff at November 18, 2006 02:29 PM


Hi, any help for a really sick chameleon.... Drags just came back from the vet after having her eggs and uterus removed (she refused to lay) and even after trying hormones she still wouln't lay. She survived the operation and has lasted 4 days so far but thin and still dehydrated. We have been hand feeding her a special mush with calcium, isotonic liquid and she seems to be less skeletal but I am still worried about her hydration, today she won't even open her mouth and is very sleepy, have tried misting, steam in the room and have seen her at her fountain but still sunken eyes, any other suggestions of how to urgently hydrate her without too much stress?

Posted by: Dragoon at November 20, 2006 08:14 AM


Hi i just got my chameleon about two days ago. The first and second day he was eating like a champ. I never see him drink water at all i try everything i mist the cage twice or more a day, I have a dripper, I put ice cubes on the top, I gave it some what of a shower, he just does not drink. I see him rubbing his right eye on vines and now i see it sink in a little. Is he dehydrated? How can i get her ot drink??

Posted by: Corey at December 3, 2006 08:28 AM


why does my veiled chameleon not climb very well and sticks its tongue out all the time

Posted by: V-D GIRL at December 6, 2006 11:33 AM


Hi i a veiled chameleon and hes a month old hes really small and ive noticed him eat maybe one-2 fruit flies a day and he seems too like hanging around the moss more than climbing. Is it normal that he only eats such a small amount for such a young cham. Im starting to get worried, especially cuz he has a brother same age twice his size. Help!

Posted by: Charliegirl at December 12, 2006 03:56 AM


Looking for some help - got a 9 month old veiled chameleon and she just won't open her eyes. She has been healthy and I have what I thought are all the right things for her environment. What can I do. She is also shedding around her face. Anyone with some help.
Thanks

Posted by: Frankie C at December 21, 2006 04:22 PM


hey i have had a chameleon for 1 year and i was wondering if u can add something to the tank (like something he can climb in?) cuz i don't like the idea of his life stuck in the same cage.

Posted by: Brooke at December 21, 2006 08:42 PM


hey i have had a chameleon for 1 year and i was wondering if u can add something to the tank (like something he can climb in?) cuz i don't like the idea of his life stuck in the same cage.
could u email me back at wildhorses_08@hotmail.com? thx.

Posted by: Brooke at December 21, 2006 08:43 PM


Jeff, we have a veiled chameleon that is about 4 months old.. he was perfectly fine until the other day we realized that he wasn't moving much and doesn't seem to climb his trees anymore.. it really looks like he may be getting metabolic bone disease... there are no vets that take reptile anywhere around here and we don't know what to do... PLEASE HELP!!

Posted by: Randi at December 22, 2006 01:35 PM


hey jeff what is the age that the chameleons starts to change colours other than green black

Posted by: barry at December 26, 2006 01:53 PM


and aslo does anyone no when they usally lay there first batch of eggs and what they look like i would really apperiate the info

Posted by: barry at December 26, 2006 01:57 PM


i recently purchased a chameleon and lately he's been acting funny, he's not climbing around as much as usual and his legs look funny, almost bending in a way that doesn't look normal, i'm just wondering if anyone knows what the problem may be, it'd be much appreciated, thanks

Posted by: Mike at December 27, 2006 09:44 AM


to be specific his back left leg is bent between his knee and his body and his back right leg is bent between his knee and his foot, and both front legs are starting to bow out from the elbow down
still waiting for feedback

Posted by: mike at December 28, 2006 05:02 AM


why cant i post on chameleon forums?

Posted by: barry at December 28, 2006 02:29 PM


i registered so whats the deal

Posted by: barry at December 28, 2006 02:30 PM


my male panther chamleon left eye is a little weak and i dont know why..he eats alot and i have a auto mistter in an 6 foot cage..please help

Posted by: len at January 14, 2007 04:28 PM


also is it ok to have moss in the cage because sometimes when he goes after cirkets he also eats the moss.....and do chamleons eat any veggies if so what kind????

Posted by: LEN at January 14, 2007 04:36 PM


hi. we have the cutest little chameleon named verdi. we love him all to pieces. he's like a little old man, but green!

the problem? the other day we let him out of his enclosure and put him in one of the houseplants (which he loves), but a few hours later, he is nowhere to be found! i'm going crazy. i've gone over every inch of our house with a flashlight (baseboards, corners, every plant and tree in the house, on top of and behind all book shelves and furniture), but i cannot find him anywhere! any advice on where he's likely to be hiding out or trying to get to? my biggest worry is that he'll get too cold or dehydrated before we can find him.

please help!

Posted by: shirelle at February 3, 2007 10:39 PM


I am considering buying a chameleon as I think they are class! I already have a ball python and im well used to looking after animals. I was wondering what is the best type of chameleon to start off with? Just as corn snakes are the best snakes for people to start off with because they are easy to look after. My brother breeds snakes and has had many different lizards like leopard geckos etc. Could you help me out? Shaz from Northern Ireland

Posted by: Sharon Calvert at February 6, 2007 06:55 AM


Any tips for caring for a veiled chameleon? Or where to get one? Any tips would be useful!

Posted by: Cindy at February 17, 2007 03:33 PM


I have a 3 to 3 1/2 month old chameleon, I have had her for about 2 months, i just found out about the UVB lighting that is necessary for them to to grow adequate bones and get the calcium they need, the place i bought her from failed to tell me this. I was wondering if i take her to the vet and get her a calcium shot....would this more than likely heal her and insure that she will live? I feel so bad...she can still flick her tounge but she has the weak grip, and just looks really weak, i noticed the symptoms about a month ago but just thought that she stopped pump faking and the swagger in her step b/c she was used to me and wasn't trying to hide anymore!? Please someone give me some advice....She is my baby and I don't want her to die!

Posted by: Mallorie at February 18, 2007 08:01 PM


ive got a 1 year old chameleon called lol.
i had another but he died of metabolic bone desise all his bones were mangled, he couldn't climb.a few days before he died he started to fall off all his branches. so if anyone has any worries about the legs and arms of your chameleon it might have bone desiese, so get some calcium for ur chameleon. put it on the locusts and on the greesn.
Dan

Posted by: dan at March 10, 2007 09:05 AM


My baby jack chameleon is weak, doesnt want to eat, and dosnt want to move. What should I do?

Posted by: Janet at March 14, 2007 06:28 AM


I just bought a veiled chameleon two weeks ago and it's about 2 and a half months old, named Ollie. Anyway....Ollie always rubs his eyes really hard on braches. Sometimes it looks like it's so painful and I feel bad. Could this be an infection or what?? Please help!

Posted by: Kristina at March 23, 2007 08:03 AM


This comment is for Cindy (Feb. 17/2007).....Contact Reptilia! They're very helpful and knowledgeable. I just bought my veiled chameleon from them. I don't know what area you're in, so just look them up.

Posted by: Kristina at March 23, 2007 09:21 AM


Hi.my chameleon might be pregnant how do i know if it is really pregnant?

P.S
Sorry about the last message.Iwas really stressed out. :D so,thanks. megan signing out!

lol!!

Posted by: Megan Clark at March 26, 2007 12:24 PM


HI we have a girl jackson and we think shes dieing how would we know?

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Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless some body applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines and laws but unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.

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Posted by: MR ROMAN ANTOM at April 7, 2007 09:37 PM


There were a couple of comments about why you should wait to move the chameleon to a bigger cage. My friend uses a breeder that said you are supposed to wait because if the cage is too big then they may have trouble finding their food. They put theirs in a small cage just in case that was correct and then later read in one of their books that it really is the best thing to do for them. Once they are grown the, the bigger, the better.

Posted by: Flori at April 10, 2007 05:18 PM


hey..i just bought a senegal female chameleon and i have a few questions....i love her soo much that i am getting one for my birthday..what is the best one to get??? and also...if i strted holding my chameleon when she is really young...then will she mind being held later on???thank you sooo much please answer..i love your site

Posted by: jake at April 13, 2007 02:26 PM


Good Morning,

I have a 2 month old Veiled Chameleon and for some reason he has a white fuzzy growth in or around in nose. Do you know what this is and is there any way to cure it??

Please let me know.

Thank you,

Natasha

Posted by: Natasha at April 20, 2007 12:31 PM


the white stuff around the nose is A) salt build up from perspiration or B) a build up of excess vitamin and mineral supplements.. chameleon secrete both of these from their nostrils and they are not much cause for alarm.. just wipe it away with a very damp qtip.. and perhaps cut back on the supplements and check his/her basking temps :) for a two month old veiled basking temps should only be around 80 degrees

Posted by: Cherron at May 4, 2007 06:59 AM


my chameleon is a boy named Duckie and he gets kindof angry if anybody gets near him, except me. he likes to crawl on my arm every now and then,too, but if sombody else tries to touch him he gapes at them. is this normal?

Posted by: me at May 15, 2007 07:41 PM


my chameleon shed about a week ago, but he stoped eating before he shed. i dont know if he went on a hunger strike or if its normal to stop eating before they shed. can you tell me?

Posted by: ashton at May 17, 2007 07:38 PM


Hi ive had my chameleon about a month now and for the past few days she's not opened her eyes i know she can because she does it now and again but she's just not the same, she's very lazy can hardly hold her head up it's like she's stoned or something. She's 6 months old and is a flap neck.
any help on what to do would be very grateful

Posted by: jordon at June 9, 2007 07:30 AM


hi i have had my chameleon for about 2 years now, I have had to take her to the vet b4 when her one eyeball swelled up due to a blocked nasal/eye passage and we gave her multi vitamin supplement and she has been fine since but she also has a bump in between her eyes. it was there when we were at the vet and he said that the multi-vitamin should take care of it but its still there , and now my one friend is convinced its getting bigger. I think all i can do is continue with the multi vitamin again , does anyone else have ne suggestions or info it would be sooo greatly appreciated even if just for piece of mind ThAnKs!!!!!

Posted by: dani at June 12, 2007 10:07 AM


what if u have to take your veiled cham with u on a train do you think it will last from 7am till 1pm?and will it eat other stuff besides live insects?how long will it last with out food and water?and how many times a day do you feed and water it?

Posted by: patrick at July 1, 2007 11:16 AM


Have just got my first pair of chameleons 2 weeks ago they are great. I have a young male and female about 2 months old. Watching them feed is amazing not noticed them drink yet. I mist every morning, afternoon, and evening there are silk plants also a weeping fig (ficus) which i was told would be more than acceptable for them. They are in a 70 gal tank with a 40w repti glo 10.0 UVB bulb and a 60w heat lamp and heat mat. I have read a lot of info on them regarding there food, water, temperature and living conditions. My male hides all the time but the female is out and about most of the day. What kind of tips can you give me to help me keep them nice and healthy. Have noticed today Mildred (female) is sitting in the basking area with her mouth open is this normal as i can't find any reference to this behaviour in any of care sheets/ web sites.

Posted by: stephen at July 6, 2007 12:04 PM


Tip 1: Get them out of that tank and into a proper mesh enclosure.

Posted by: Jeff at July 6, 2007 12:47 PM


The tank does have large mesh top is the ok?

Posted by: stephen at July 6, 2007 02:36 PM


I had a female veiled chameleon about two years ago and she died from eggbound. (We did not know that female chameleons lay eggs even if they are not fertile. She laid some eggs and we thought she was done, but was still retaining some of the eggs, by the time I had her booked to see the vet it was too late and she died the night before I was going to take her). I am looking into getting another veiled chameleon, hopefully a male, and am wondering if there is any common problems that relate to the males, such as eggbound for females. I want to make sure that I know every possible problem for male chameleons before I purchase one so that I can be prepared if something happens. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Janice

Posted by: Janice Ratke at July 13, 2007 02:44 PM


I have a Jackson Cham and I live here in Hawaii. I have him out on the patio. The pet store guy told me that since we have such warm weather here that I don't need to get a heat lamp for him(temps here are usually 75-85 or so during the day). Do I? If I do, should I get a lower wattage bulb or something? Also, what do you use to gut load your crickets? I bought some cricket food but I want to make sure I'm feeding the best stuff to him. Also, I bought a can of mealworms at the pet store and they were dead. I'm not sure where I should get these worms at. Thanks, Angela

Posted by: Angela at July 22, 2007 03:16 AM


Also, my chameleon is black or dark brown a lot. Is this bad...or is he just trying to blend with the vines and black cage? Thanks

Posted by: Angela at July 23, 2007 04:27 AM


Hi, My Name is Sam and I bought a chameleon about a month ago. I had a doctors appointment in the morning at 10am when I got back home around 12:30pm my chameleon(Izzy) was resting his head on a leave and has trouble gripping things and trembles when he walks. therefore I did some research on the internet to find that it could be a bone diesease. Does n e body know n e thing about this? If so plz contact me asap at my e-mail adress (sims_316@hotmail.com) I love Izzy very much and he seems to be in a lot of pain. I made a vet appointment but the only one around here that will look at a chameleon is 40 mins away and costs 78$ to just visit, and they will only be able to see Izzy next thurday. IN NEED OF HELP TILL I CAN GET TO THE VET!!! SOMEBODY PLZ HELP IZZY!!! ;(

Posted by: Sam at July 26, 2007 10:30 PM


How big should an enchlosure be to make an adult chameleon happy, all the reptariums on the market are only 60 by 45 by 45 cm (24" by 18" by 24") is there a place i can get bigger?

Posted by: shayne at July 28, 2007 05:35 PM


Sam im not sure if this can help izzy but have you been dusting your crickets and feeders with vitamin d3 powder, if you didn't do that then thats probably the reason izzy got this disease, make sure to feen him a calcium and vitamin d3 diet until you can get him to the vet

Posted by: shayne at July 28, 2007 05:40 PM


Hello im considering getting a jackson's chameleon, but all the web sites never say how many insects to feed it and when they do they use terms as babies and Juveniles, if anyone know when they are considered babies, juvies, and adults or how many feeders to feed them at these ages please e-mail me back.

Posted by: shayne at July 30, 2007 02:24 PM


just incase nobody knows click on my name on the site and ull be able to send the e-mail like that

Posted by: shayne at July 30, 2007 02:36 PM


Help! I just got a baby veiled a few hours ago and he was fine on the ride home but now his eyes are shut and hes not moving, although he is alive. What should I do? Is he just stressed?

Posted by: alex at August 1, 2007 02:50 PM


Ok so i have had a veiled cham for about 3 months, and for the first two and half months he was doing fine, but we moved his cage into a larger room with windows. And now he is like scared of me, he barely eats and barely drinks. But to keep him hydrated we put him in a tub with water about up to the top of his feet, and we give him something to grab on to. but what should i do, im worried hes about to die or something. plz plz help

Posted by: Coop at August 2, 2007 09:18 PM


Ok so i have had a veiled cham for about 3 months, and for the first two and half months he was doing fine, but we moved his cage into a larger room with windows. And now he is like scared of me, he barely eats and barely drinks. But to keep him hydrated we put him in a tub with water about up to the top of his feet, and we give him something to grab on to. but what should i do, im worried hes about to die or something. plz plz help

Posted by: Coop at August 3, 2007 11:34 AM


Wow. It seems to me that the chameleon is obviously very stressed, initially from the move, but I'll bet that putting it into a tub of water puts it way over the top. Try to imagine that you're killing your chameleon just a little bit each and every time you do anything that it doesn't like, because the reality is: that's true. Chameleons die from stress very frequently. Don't handle the chameleon if you don't have to, don't put your chameleon into situations that the chameleon wouldn't be happy finding itself in while in the wild.

You might want to try this: http://www.veiled-chameleon.com/weblog/archives/000232.html . Notice that this is not the same as putting it into a tub of water. Being rained on while hanging from its branches and vines is a regular part of being in the wild, but in the wild being caught on the ground in a puddle of water probably means drowning.

As for food, chances are that it gapes and hisses at you when you approach it. That's a great time to use the plastic part of a syringe to squirt some A.D. cat/dog food into its mouth (obtainable from a veterinarian; it's designed to be of optimal nutrition for cats and dogs, and my vet recommends it for chameleons, too). That's a normal part of caring for a sick chameleon (the wet cat/dog food, mixed in about 1/2 part with hot water, easily enters the syringe, and helps with hydration too).

Posted by: Jeff at August 3, 2007 12:17 PM


Ok so i moved him back into my room which is usually pretty dark except for his cage. And now hes moving around even more than before, so im confused if hes tryin to escape or if he feels better, and he seems to be eating and drinking now. But the tub of water is pretty much like a trash can. But ya, ill stop doing that i just need to find a plant that is tall enough to put in the shower. But twio more questions how do you transport your chameleon onto a plant in the shower and how warm or cold should the shower be?

Posted by: Coop at August 3, 2007 04:36 PM


And hes moving around the bottom alot now, its seems like hes hunting but he doesn't want to eat. I havent seen him eat any crickets today but we put 5 in and there are only 2 left so im almost positive hes eating. But before the move he usually ate almost 8-10 crickets a day.

Posted by: Coop at August 3, 2007 04:44 PM


Hi, I work at a pet store. I'm the reptile person. We try really hard to take the best care of all animals, especially reptiles. :) We got a a cb veiled chameleon in a few days ago and I've seen her chewing and drinking. However her front right arm is possably broken. It bows and she goes down a little farther on it then the other front leg. She is about 3- 4 inches and other then that is really healthy and active. She gets calcium supplements every other day. What is the likely hood she will be okay and heal? Also should I increase calcium? I'm misting the cage twice a day and she has a dripper. Any help or advise would be great.

Kim

Posted by: Kim at August 7, 2007 09:37 PM


i have a 5 month old veiled chameleon and he is eating about a dozen crickets a day...and in the evening he is down around at the bottom of his cage looking for more food. I am wondering if he should be eating this many a day or is it ok ?

Posted by: Lea at August 9, 2007 07:28 AM


I also wondered if you could tell me if he should be eating everyday or should he be fed every other day yet???? Haven't been able to find enough info on the feeding of veiled chameleons

Thanks Lea

Posted by: Lea at August 9, 2007 07:30 AM


Ok ever since i moved him back into my room he has been doing much better, and i made him a bigger cage, its 4 ft tall. But now he wants out of his cage all the time. every time we open the door he walks toward the open door and climbs out either on me or the outside of the cage (this happens in both cages). So what should i do should i let him out every once in a while, or as u said handling ur chameleon is like killing him.

Posted by: Coop at August 9, 2007 12:01 PM


So I saved a veiled Chameleon from my friend that left it to die and she was malnourished and had broken fingers and her back on top is burned black. She's gained weight beautifully and I've had her almost a year, she's an adult. Last night she was fine but this morning when I woke up her left eye is black and the skin is crusty and when she moves her eye the skin pulls and its soft wet skin tissue underneath. Should she go to the vet or should I just wait for it to heal itself. How did she get it, I'm assuming she fell, it seems like the only logic explanation?

Posted by: Suzanne at August 11, 2007 06:25 AM


Hi. I bought a 2 month old veiled chameleon a couple of weeks ago. The reptile shop said to just put 4-5 crickets in the cage and the chameleon should catch them but they always manage to escape. Could someone please recommend an easy way to feed him, specially as my school is starting soon and nobody will be home to give him lunch. Bearing in mind that i'm only 12 years old, please help!

Posted by: Taimur at August 16, 2007 02:13 AM


Hi, I have been researching a couple of things. I see a lot of questions here, but not many answers. I hope someone can help me.

I got a veiled chameleon about 2 weeks ago after previously raising a Savannah Monitor for 11 years, a Uromastyx for 9, and other lizards. I figured it was time to give a chameleon a try, I know they are a little more difficult to raise but I've always wanted one and I figured I was ready. I believe mine is a female, and it's about 6 to 8 months old. It came to me a little bit skinny, but after 2 weeks of tons of crickets, she seems to have fattened up and grew about a 1/2 inch to an inch in the 2 weeks I've had her.

However, just yesterday she got very sluggish, didn't want to move much, and won't open one of her eyes. The eye won't move, even if I gently touch it.

Up until yesterday if I came near her cage she went and hid, and if I picked her up she liked to move around a lot. Yesterday I picked her up and she didn't move a bit and did not want to get off of my hand, and this is very different behavior than what I previously saw. And again, the eye....

What's going on and what do I do? I've been extensively misting her tank at least twice a day and she drinks everytime I do, and as I said she has a large amount of crickets to eat. The eye thing is bugging me, and I don't understand how she could haver gotten so sluggish out of nowhere.

Any advice?

Posted by: Vince at August 21, 2007 08:40 AM


Please help my boyfriend and i have got our first cham (geeba)and have had him about 6 weeks we noticed some bumps on his side and thought he may have broke some ribs as he fell in his tank we took him to the vet and they dont think its anything to worry about also he never drinks although we mist 4 times a day and have a drip cup we got some hydrolife from the reptile shop is it ok to use this recently aswell he seems to sit with his mouth open and looks like he yawns focefully please can you give me advice i dont want him to suffer also you say not t house them in tanks we have ours in a exo terra viv glass with mesh top is this ok we find i a bit hard to keep the bottom dry but when it starts to get to wet we cleen the whole thing out any ideas how to stop it getting to wet though please help us we cant get anyone else to please email me back please

Posted by: Sophie at August 22, 2007 06:11 AM


hi im curious on when my veiled chameleon sleeps it buzzes is this normal i love him to bits and so does my bf . its the 2nd one weve had as the first one its eye stayed shut and just dangled its arms either side of a branch so we had it replaced as it died within 12 hours of buying it im just wondering why it buzzes. pleasse help me

anna

Posted by: anna findlay at August 30, 2007 08:28 AM


hi my 6 month old male camelion is just laying around on the floor of his mesh cage he has no iontrest in eating or drinking and no longer comes to greet me when i start to mist his tank. any suggestions of what might be the problem would be great and do you know of any vets that could see him here in devon?

Posted by: laura ellett at September 14, 2007 04:20 AM


hi. ive been doing research on the web trying to find a lizzard type reptile for my 6 year old daughter. she loves lizzards. does anyone have any advice on either cameleons or other types of lizzards i can get for her that does not entale lots of precise care and that she can handle on a regular basis? i myself own an albino corn snake, and she is easy to care for and very friendly. any advice would be great!
thanks!

Posted by: Maggie at September 25, 2007 09:09 AM


Hi there! I am in need of some good knowledge. I have two baby chameleons who are doing just fine. About three weeks ago, I was given a adult chameleon who is at least a year old. (Owner no longer wanted.) She told me it was a male. I get the chameleon home and here it is a female. A very fat female. So, I move chameleons around and introduce the larger female into a cage that would be accomodating for her plus a container of sand so she can unload eggs if necessary. Anyway, I haven't noticed any digging or egg dropping. What I have noticed (in the last 5 days) is she has developed, on the back a pale yellow crust running up the backbone of this animal on both sides. At first, I thought it was beginning to shed. Does anyone have any idea what this could be? I have searched books and the web and cannot find out what is causing this. Next step is to find a reptilian doctor if anyone knows a good one I would appreciate the info. Thanks for any good advice!

Posted by: Diana at September 26, 2007 09:53 AM


Maggie,
In my opinion cameleons are not a good starter lizard. Especially for a child. If you have read all about them and are going to be there to help with the care then thats fine, but I don't suggest your daughter starts with a chameleon on her own. I am 30 years old and I didn't even start out with a chameleon.lol My first lizard was a green anole. I wanted to run right out and buy a chameleon, but also knew I should start out with a lizard that isn't such a hard keeper, and see how it goes, so thats what I did. Then I studied and read lots of info on chameleons BOTH sexes before finally buying my first baby (male) from a breeder. If you do go ahead and buy one you should buy a male as they are easier to care for (no egg laying). I would however try a different lizard like an anole or a iguana to start with to see how it goes first. :)

Posted by: Michelle at September 27, 2007 04:12 PM


OK now I have a question.. Does anyone have a chameleon that is too friendly? I cannot even open the cage door without Cammo (my chameleon)dang near leaping to climb up on my arm. Hes almost 5mos old. He likes to be out of his cage ALL the time. I used to leave the cage door open and he would climb up on the top of the door and sit (of course trying to grab me everytime I walked by), but now he has figured out he can get down from the cage and crawl accross the floor to find me. lol So now I keep the door on his cage closed to keep him in and he flips out in there. Hes always hanging from the mesh on the front door and pacing waiting for me to open it to feed and mist so he can get to me. I think this poor guy needs a female friend.lol Anyone else have an over friendly chameleon or is it just me? I worry about this because he seems so anxious and depressed when hes in his cage.. just hanging from the mesh on the door waiting for it to open again. :(

Posted by: Michelle at September 27, 2007 04:30 PM


Ok, thanks Michelle for your response. I will definately take your opinion into consideration. I will probley start off with an anole or the like. Then, when she gets older, like in her teens, she can get something else. Again, thanks!

Posted by: Maggie at September 29, 2007 07:27 AM


I have had two veileds (male & female) for a year and a half...well, actually one is surving, the femae was lost after laying her first clutch of 43 eggs........just never regained strength.Had 400 in vet care for her to that point, had to let her go. Point being, I have learned A LOT quickly as they are very challenging to keep. I fel like I have an adequate regimen: feed crickets(gutloaded and powdered, phoenix worms, meal and super worms)have drippers with pothos adequate10.0 uv checke by my locals and replaced routinely, mist twice daily, monitor heat and humidity. My new baby girl 4 months had become lethargic and is having white liquid stool. I have the coconut shell substrate in her cage which I never used before(the reptile place uses and recommends it) Any help with thewhite liquid stool? blockage from the subsrate? Help I can't get her seentil monday...I have used the rabbit pellet substrate previously with success...opinion on the coconut shell stuff?

Posted by: cheryl s at September 29, 2007 04:42 PM


Everyone will tell you something different about what they think you should and shouldn't use for bedding. I personally don't use any kind of bark, sand, or otherwise for bedding. I use outdoor carpet at the bottom of my chams cage. I realize with females its a little different, but even if I had a female I would still use outdoor carpet and keep 4 to 6in damp sand in an adequate container for her at a corner of the cage to lay her eggs. Outdoor carpet is very easy to clean, doesn't cause any possible breathing/skin problems, and its not messy. I clean it by using a spray bottle of half rubbing alcohol and half water, spray it down good, rinse very well, and then just put the carpet back in his cage. As far as the stool problem I have no advice about that. I haven't had any kind of problems with my male. Good luck, and I hope your chameleon feels better really soon. :)

Posted by: Michelle at October 1, 2007 01:27 PM


I found something else for you about substrate from a vets site care sheet for chameleons>>> Despite what you may have read, DO NOT USE LOOSE SUBSTRATE. Chameleons have an adhesive tongue, using a loose substrate makes it possible for the animal to pick up bits of substrate while trying to capture food. If the Chameleon ingests loose substrates {such as bark or mulch} it can get lodged in its digestive tract an WILL KILL YOUR CHAMELEON. For a safe an attractive substrate, use repti-carpet.<<<same as outdoor carpet, and at Lowes or Home Depot its way cheaper then buying the name "repti-carpet" because the name and a fancy package is all you are paying for. :)

Posted by: Michelle at October 1, 2007 01:59 PM


hi,
wondering if any of you guys could help, few weeks back i bought 3 baby veileds, 1 largish male (relatively large anyways) 1 medium female, and a small female, they all have UV bulbs (im in rainy old england we dont actually get sunlight here at all) the cages were misted several times a day, and food was always available, the little girly seems the most active, tho eats the least, the male is a pig and always clears his food bowl, the middle of the three would eat most of what was offered, seemed perfectly fine yesterday, but was found this morning dead :'( can anybody suggest anything?

Posted by: Chris at November 20, 2007 05:59 AM


i need help!
i have a male veiled chameleon and there seems to be a problem. i mist it abot 4 times a day and feed it twice a day. it was doing fine untill it molted last week. now it never opens its right eye. only when its startled and that hardly ever happens. he is only about 3-4 months old and me and my family are concerned. he is also very lathargic
PLEASE help!
thanks

Posted by: kyle at November 28, 2007 06:41 PM


What's up dude? I recently puchased two Veileds as a mating pair. The lady I bought them off of had a grip of reptiles including other chameleons and seemed to know her shit. She told me to purchase a Bengamina Ficus to put in the cage for foliage and sustence. Have you heard of this to be legit? Of course she informed me of the procedure to rid the plant of pesticides which will hurt my little sweethearts. What do you think?

Posted by: Robert at December 11, 2007 01:00 AM


My boyfriend and I purchased a chameleon we named Lechuza back in September. Everything had seemed fine until we noticed a bump almost directly between her adorable little eyes. She eats everyday, we mist her several times a day, we give her calcium, spray her with a multi vitamin, and we have lighting for her. She doesn't have mites. Is there anything we should be doing that we aren't and does anyone know what the bump could possibly be??? We don't want her to be sick and us be unaware. Please we would appreciate any advice anyone could give us.

Posted by: Erica at December 19, 2007 11:44 AM


i really want this one female veiled chameleon (i can never spell it...) where i work and at first it liked to climb on my and sit on my hand , but now i dnot know why it suddenly gets stressed when anyone goes near its tank, but it will take crickets from my fingers. her tank isnt big enough for here and space is limited i dont know if that could be causing her stress

or maby if i could get a baby veiled chamilion tahts been bred in captivity and let it get used to my handling cause i really want a chameleon and its the only reptile my mom will let my have

or i try to convince her to get a bearded dragon...tough

Posted by: elyse at December 30, 2007 03:10 PM


My veiled chameleon started rubbing his right eye against a branch and it popped out by a good third and has removed large and mis-shapen since then. At times it is better but this AM is had grown so that it forced his eye shut. He started rubbing it again and I let some water drip and his pupil came 'back'. Any ideas what I can do?? I can't really afford a proper vet's bills at the moment.

Yours, JC

Posted by: JC Brown at January 13, 2008 10:32 AM


Everyone says that chameleons don't drink from standing water....I got mine as a 2 month old baby and I've had him for about 2-3 weeks. After the first week or so I went to the petstore to get him some more vines etc and the chameleon they had there had a little stone water dish so I figured I'd pick one up just in case, and if anything the crickets would like it. As soon as I put it in his cage he bolted down to it and submerged his face and half of his body and started GULPING the water for like 2 minutes straight. I've seen him do this on more that one occasion and so I'm really worried that his environment isn't humid enough or hes not getting enough moisture. I haven't been misting but I water the plant that is growing in there and I have a dripper system. I'm a bit worried because he doesn't seem to move around a lot, even when I tried to pick him up (he didn't do anything! not even freak out...) and most alarmingly he won't open his eyes. If anyone has any suggestions, tips, advice, help etc I would really appreciate it because I don't want him to die!!! Thanks

Posted by: Lisa M at January 15, 2008 12:07 PM


To the person inquiring about the benjamina ficus:
there are three types of ficus. The benjamina one has the best foilage of the three. Yes, there IS a procedure to bathe the pesticides off the leaves, but if keep in mind also as to what soil was used! A lot of local commercial places use this pearl stuff in the soil-can't remember the exact name but its purpose is to help keep moisure in the plant's soil-not safe!Please keep the soil in mind also.Lots of people think pesticides or anything harmful is just in the leaves, but check out the soil too-make sure its organic and no funny stuff was put in the soil to preserve the plant.

Posted by: jennifer at January 16, 2008 06:06 PM


My family got a veiled chameleon for christmas.We have never had one before so we are not sure what he is doing is normal.He used to eat about 3-5 crickets per day.But lately he has only been drinking and hasn't eaten for the past 3 days or so.We are thinking that he just can't find them since we just put in a hibiscus plant. He sits at the very top of the plant all day, and on occasion he will close his eyes, and he looks like he's sleeping. He also often attempts to climb the screen top of his enclosure. Should we see a vet about this? Would this be a result of us putting in the new plant? Should we take it out?

Posted by: Becca at January 31, 2008 04:15 PM


To Lisa M:
I would suggest misting the enclosure.I have never had this expireince before but i know that almost evey care sheet i have read says that people should mist enclosure.This just might stop your chameleon from drinking like that.You can keep the dripper system.

Posted by: Esther at January 31, 2008 05:06 PM


We have just recently bought a chamelion and he has been doing just fine intill i had came home from school today. He was sitting at the top and rubbing his eye against the branch. At first I though it was just a lack of water so I sprayed his cage and orniments. It seemed to work at first he finally had opened his eyes and was drinking the water but then he started to loose his bablance and now his eyes are closed again What is going on with him.

Posted by: Kyle at February 13, 2008 03:20 PM


We have just recently bought a chamelion and he has been doing just fine intill i had came home from school today. He was sitting at the top and rubbing his eye against the branch. At first I though it was just a lack of water so I sprayed his cage and orniments. It seemed to work at first he finally had opened his eyes and was drinking the water but then he started to loose his bablance and now his eyes are closed again What is going on with him.

Posted by: Kyle at February 13, 2008 03:20 PM


We have just recently bought a chamelion and he has been doing just fine intill i had came home from school today. He was sitting at the top and rubbing his eye against the branch. At first I though it was just a lack of water so I sprayed his cage and orniments. It seemed to work at first he finally had opened his eyes and was drinking the water but then he started to loose his bablance and now his eyes are closed again What is going on with him.

Posted by: Kyle at February 13, 2008 03:20 PM


Hi Jeff, hopefully you can help me out... my chameleon is around 21 weeks old and is normally pretty happy, moving around nice bright green colours, sometimes browns and yellows. recvently i have noticed her right eye is not right, she closes it a lot, and keeps the otehr one open, and also it looks like maybe she has something in her eyte that she is trying to 'roll ' it out wth her eyeball- its hard to explain but i can see her eyeballmoving under her closed lid and then this lump emerges out the socket like her eyeball is bulging out! its really quite scary and im very worried. i give her crickets with calcium powder on and gut load them too, she is sprayed every day at least twice...has a heat lamp but no uv light yet.. i will be getting one as soon as possible after reading your earlier posts..

thanks, beth

Posted by: beth at February 24, 2008 02:50 PM


hey can enyone help me ive just got a baby chemeloen my mates mum found it in her garden but it dident eat enything she got scared it wa going to die and that she would be afraid to feed it if it got older so she gave it to me it still hasent aet enything ive been feeding it tiny peices of apple and sweet haert lettuce but it just sits and deos nothing all day it called joarge im not sure how old it is but its abought ass big as my thump

Posted by: jack norman at March 6, 2008 07:03 AM


Hey, uhm i have a male vieled chameleon. He use to eat crickets and worms but lately the only thing i can get him to eat are horned worms. Hes not even a year yet. When he shed before his whole body would shed but now only parts of his body shed. I was wondering if ts something im doing wrong or is it just him being weird?

Posted by: meghan at March 11, 2008 10:49 AM


I got a baby chameleon 2 days ago , the shop says its 11 weeks old ( but seems realy small..about and inch long).
it hasnt eaten any insectsand i havent noticed it eating any vegetation or vegetables eaither. i dont no what to do or whats wrong with her. does anyone have any sugestions?

Posted by: jordan s at March 11, 2008 11:33 AM


HELP
ive also just got a new baby chameleon and it wont eat. help. it will lick the water drops from the side of the encloser and thats it.its tiny and looks so week. how do it get it to eat something. ive tryed wax worms, meal worms and tiny criket things . also grated carrot. im so worried

Posted by: tasha at March 11, 2008 11:44 AM


I have a jackson chameleon and I want to put a ficus plant in his turarium but it is to big and I have also heard good and bad things about ficusis...how would I go about putting the plant in the cage?

Posted by: Danielle at March 29, 2008 01:56 PM


I have a veiled chameleon named Steve who is very sick. He had a surgery a couple months ago to remove one of his hemipenes. I did not catch the prolapsed hemipenes in time to treat it. The tissue had begun to die. I had to phone my vets and tell them exactly what was wrong and the surgery that was required. They had no idea what to do and had to look it up. When they looked it up, they preformed the surgery. (A very easy surgery, I could have done it if I had the anesthetic) They gave me sub q fluids and an antibiotic to administer while at home and he seemed to heal fine , he seemed back to his old grouchy Steve self. But within a month he has been on the floor of his cage. He rarely drinks, basks, or does anything. It really concerns me, does anyone know what to do about Steve. The vets he have no experience in herpetology. Any help would be appreciated.

Posted by: Savannah at April 4, 2008 08:17 AM


im getting a new chameleon and i dont know what environment would suit it the best. can someone please send me a picture of their chameleon in their cages to me by email. my email is
Chapmann-Tsui@hotmail.com plese help me!!!

Posted by: chapmann at April 26, 2008 04:13 AM


We have just got a new yemen chameleon he is 4 and a half months old, and it is a lime green colour, he is eating normally but we have never seen it drink off the leaves even though we spray them often, it doesn't seem to be changing colour at all yet either, is this normal?

can anyone give us some advice or tips about keeping them?

Posted by: Dana and Chris at April 26, 2008 01:39 PM


this is a great site, a little reading here could save a lot of cham's lives. it amazes me how little many "herp." vets realy know about chams. we have had several and have lost 2 females,one in surgery,one ?,one from old age n eye infection.we now have a two year old male and a sub adult recently given us by a petshop to see if we could save him...he has lost his tongue and we are hand feeding with minimal success. any helpful info appreciated.

Posted by: rocky at May 12, 2008 03:10 PM


hey guys i am on my second veiled chameleon. they are literally the best pet in the world, arent they. any have any good ideas to try with him? by the way i think my chameloeon is mentally challanged, when i first got him he was wobbly when walking and inorder for him to eat, even now, i have to crush the head of the crickets and use tweezers to feed it to him.

Posted by: Arthur at May 15, 2008 07:23 PM


Hello to everyone,
First and foremost i wanna say this is a very helpful site. i have a 3 month old veilede chameleon, just found out yesterday that she has Metabolic bone disease. she use to be in a very large paxiglass cage but considering she fell off a brasch she had a broken leg so we out her in a small tank with some leaves. i have a towel on the bottom of the tank is this bad? what do i put on the bottom of the tank? she does have a uva florescent bulb and a 60watt heat bulb at knight. My concern is since the tank is small is that bulb too strong for her, im afraid it will fry her.
Please help me i dont want her to die shes in bad shape.
God bless and thank you!

Posted by: Joell at May 23, 2008 10:28 AM


Hello to everyone,
First and foremost i wanna say this is a very helpful site. i have a 3 month old veilede chameleon, just found out yesterday that she has Metabolic bone disease. she use to be in a very large paxiglass cage but considering she fell off a brasch she had a broken leg so we out her in a small tank with some leaves. i have a towel on the bottom of the tank is this bad? what do i put on the bottom of the tank? she does have a uva florescent bulb and a 60watt heat bulb at knight. My concern is since the tank is small is that bulb too strong for her, im afraid it will fry her.
Please help me i dont want her to die shes in bad shape.
God bless and thank you!

Posted by: Joell at May 23, 2008 10:28 AM


Hey its me again, anyone got any ideas for my chameleon? it hasnt eat in awhile and i am a bit worried. it just looks at the food and strugges to keep it in its mouth. and it seems to prefere wax worms over crickets!

Posted by: Arthur at June 18, 2008 02:36 PM


i know this is prolly very odd but can anyone tell me (bc im tired of arguing with my cusin) is a marajuanna plant toxic to a chameleon?

Posted by: kriztin at July 15, 2008 04:54 PM


how often r u supposed to clean teh cage? AND do chameleons poop a lot?

Posted by: mickey at August 2, 2008 01:45 PM


Our female vieled cameleon recently laid eggs and once we put her back in her cage noticed that she appeared to be unable to grip with her right foot and now lets her right front leg dangle when hanging. She is eating ok but looks small and skin wrinkled after swelling out with her eggs.
We don't have any reptile vets close and would appreciate any thoughts as to what might be wrong with her foot/leg.

Posted by: KJ at August 8, 2008 08:42 PM


What is the best bedding for a chameleon?? i am using bark the now and ite messey to clean up. i have tryed paper roll which he starts eating, would be rocks okay for the bottom of the tank??
Write back
Thanks
Lisa

Posted by: lisa jane at August 21, 2008 03:35 AM


Hello.
:) The natural photo of the new arrival, taken by Emma Tallulah's dad,
Bye.

Posted by: Allothilm at October 10, 2008 02:33 AM


wow no one has ansered any questions for a while, anyone still reading thies? i read a few things that i might be help on but i only heard rumors im not a vet. kyle, the eye thing, its been a while since you posted but maybe its possible you got calcium dust in her eye?> i heard its BAD for there eyes so watch the dust, and joell, plexy tanks? glass tanks? not a good idea, they need fresh air thats why they make mesh tanks, use that instead or you might fry the cameleon or not alow her enuff air,
lisa, i wouldnt recomend rocks, bbark is what i use, it may be messy, but if the camelion get a little ill or falls by chance rocks might hurt or cause something to break? just doesnt sound like a good idea to me,
kj, after egg laying they are calcium deprived read up you need to treat her VEry well after that, change her light every 6 months and dust her crickets, ask a vet or experienced pet store owner what calcium is best for you pet.
also Ya they poop alot, clean your cage every week maybe 2 if you pic the poo's out and want to save bark ?
just make sure it Smalle fresh.
they only have Fresh air in yemen, up high in the mountians it doesnt stink like Dirty apartments, and they dont have to huff recycled air from a glass inclosure with no airflow.

ive only owned 2 one died after 4 years (had m.b.d. bad when we adopted her from the petstore) and the other is 5 and still alive no bumps apears perfect altho she has seem'd week last 2 weeks,always sleeping or eyes always closed. she is 6 and a half years old maybe its her time maybe she has a bug that will pass im not sure,whut i do know is that my camelions have never seem'd 100 percent when our crickets we buy and keep 100 at a time dont cherp ...sounds od but i think their might be something there, and i thikn its got to do with how their handled before i get them. maybe its climant?food? maybe their not healthy any ideas?

if you own one of thies make sure you have the money and time to do it rite, theirs no way to truely simulate there natural enviroment because they breath thin air from 1200 feet up a mountian and eat a varity of Clean insects (never any pest-o-cides) and probly get eatin before they become to terably ill anyways , and i dont think the pot plant is toxic to her EXCEPT it probly was fertilised and then it will be toxic. DOnt be a stoner idiot just give her organic or fake plants. (and change fake plants once a year atleast.

gd luck, hope i helped a little.

ps arthur, take urs to the vet, thats not sounding good, sounds like you need to renurish him wably and week are bad signs. im sure you'll read up on that or take to a vet,
bye all, again im not a vet and know nothing really but ill try to check back in to see if any more questions.


Posted by: billy at October 20, 2008 09:07 PM


Hey jeff. I was wondering about which species of of chameleon is easier to care for when someone is just starting at this rollarcoaster of many twists and turns

Posted by: Random man at October 20, 2008 09:36 PM


Oh i was also wondering how long does it take for you to update this thing and im not being offensive in any way im just wondering.

Posted by: Random man at October 20, 2008 09:39 PM


my velied chameleon was doing ok for about two weeks now he wont open one of his eyes its a little sunken in i dont no wat to do .... wats rong why wont he open his left eye

Posted by: albert at November 6, 2008 05:16 PM


Hi, I've a young male Veiled Cham and his Right eye is closed most of the time. He only opens it every few hours. He has a water fountain in his enclosure and I mist it multiple times a day and him.Can anyone help? I've only had him for a week and i'm worried! Thanks Trasi x

Posted by: Trasi at November 8, 2008 08:31 AM


The major cause of eye problems is the dusting of calcium powder supplements onto crickets etc..this gets into the Chameleons eyes and causes real irratations, so be very cautious with the amount you are dusting, also whether your Chameleon likes it or not you should mist him/her with hot (not boiling) water (but not tap water, use a filter jug), this will allow the Chameleon to wash it's eyes out...every day.

Posted by: Angie at November 9, 2008 11:23 AM


Never leave your Chameleon in total 'blackout' darkness at night..if it does move about it can either fall or swallow something it shouldn't,.. use a 'night glo' moonlight bulb, (they're only 25 watts so won't overheat your enclosure). Turn off ceramic heat lamps at night, as Chameleons need to be cooler to sleep (70-75) and for it's metobolic system to work, (keep any heat lamps way out of reach as he/she can climb too close and burn an eye),

Posted by: Angie at November 9, 2008 11:31 AM


anyone got any ideas for my chameleon? it hasnt eat in awhile and i am a bit worried. it just looks at the food and strugges to keep it in its mouth. and it seems to prefere wax worms over crickets!
Posted by: Arthur at June 18, 2008 02:36 PM

Chameleon's favourite food is waxworms, above all else, to the point of refusing other foods (a bit like a child would eat sweets all day and refuse vegetables if it could). Feed Chameleons waxworms as a treat only, by hand, that way the Chameleon will associate your hand with a pleasant thing and not a threat, even coming to greet your hand at the door.

Posted by: Angie at November 10, 2008 02:03 AM


i got my first chameleon 3 days ago hes 2 yrs old, but he wont eat anything do u no why this might be?

Posted by: lucy at November 18, 2008 10:52 AM


please some 1 help!!! i dnt no whats he matta with him ive neva had a chomealeon b4

Posted by: lucy at November 19, 2008 06:34 AM


Hey, i hav a veiled chameleon and i use to feed it crikets, and then because the crickets always drowned in my basking area, i changed it food source to meal worms and recently i heard that too much meal worms is bad for his system because the worm's head is quick hard to digest in his system. Therefore, i went back to feeding it crickets and his tongue has horrible acuracy now. i don't know if its his accuracy because of long time not having had crickets or theres something wrong with his eyes? ??

Posted by: Wzin at December 7, 2008 10:05 PM


i have a 4 month old chameleon that is in a tank with larger female they werew both bought at same time, but he is much smaller, recently his left eye closed and over the past few days the other one has closed as well what should i do? afraid it's gonna die. thanks shellie

Posted by: shellie at December 8, 2008 09:50 PM


Hello, I am stuck in a situation where my chameleon is out of crickets. I have been snowed in and the pet store has been closed for almost a week. How long can a chameleon go without eating any crickets? I ran out a little over a day ago and I am getting a bit scared for my little chameleonair...

Posted by: Gregory at December 25, 2008 12:56 PM


My Wife and I resently purchaced a veiled chamelon, and we were wondering how often is he supposed to shed?
Thanks,
Timothy

Posted by: Timothy at March 5, 2009 03:15 PM


hi, i just recently bought a baby veiled cham, she's gorgeous and seems very happy feeding etc, i mist the tank 3 times a day and at 1st she run in opposite diretion and went straight to top of tank. now she sits and takes it all in, i spray slow and short so as not to scare her, she comes onto my hand and seems very happy a beautiful bright greem colour. my question is i have a terrra tank, with a i think he said a 35?? bulb in and i have placed a heat mat in the bottom. is this hot enough for her?? she seems happy but i really am worried that she may not get enough heat from this, i'm scared of turning the bulb off at night incase she gets cold too. as i did this once and when i woke up i checked on her and she was at the very top of the tank, am i worrying over nothing, could anyone please advise me??? thank you.,

Posted by: sharon at April 23, 2009 11:42 AM


how can i know my veileds sex???

Posted by: abzee at September 2, 2009 08:06 PM


plz help i just bought it and i know nothing about it not it sex or its age and he is realy slow ....

Posted by: abzee at September 2, 2009 08:21 PM


hi,
i have both a female and a male veiled. Actualy looking to get rid of the female for free as long as it is to a good home, and she is from a premium bloodline that was made for breeding. Anyway, the main way to determine the sex of a veiled is to look at the back feet. On the back of the back feet of the males there is a small stub almost like tiny toe and there is not one on the females. Also the male will be colorful while the female is a solid green. Unless stressed she will have some browns and maybe a few other dark yellows and oranges. The casque on the top of the head of a male is much larger than the female. Males reaching up to an inch and a half i beleive. No matter the age just dont feed crikets larger than the diameter of there mouths.

Posted by: Hunter at October 1, 2009 12:34 AM


I am looking to get rid of a female vieled cham that is around 5 or 6 months old. She is so beautiful! The reason is because i thought she was going to be much younger when i got her and i was housing her with a female and they began to fight. So i have her in a temporary ten gallon tank which i know is not good for her eventually. If i cannot find a good home for her i will be forced to get a good cage because i love animals to much to let anything happen, but id really like for someone to have. i will give her away for free like i said though it must be a good home and big cage with a lot of the right uva and uvb lighting. And in a screened cage too for enough air flow. If i have to ship her i will but you will have to pay for the shipping. But if someone responds and wants her i will give you my contact info and get in touch with you. i just really want to find her a great home because two of them in two different cages is too much! please someone make a good home for her! thanks!

Posted by: Hunter at October 1, 2009 12:41 AM


sharon,
take the heat mat out now! They will burn on the bottom of their feet and stomach and is why the only bask under lamps and do not require heat lamps like other lizards. Use bulbs with the most uvb you can find and put as many bulbs as you can around a screen cage. they need a lot of air flow! also give a basking area. they only need twelve hours of light so turn them off at night! They come the misty mountains in Yemen and are used to cool nights all the way down to sixty some nights. But if it does get that cold you can buy a moon light bulb that acts as the moon and adds some heat. but you def, need to fix all of that. seeing how that was in April hopefully you found out for yourself. Let me know if you see this and what happened with your cham!

Posted by: Hunter at October 1, 2009 12:47 AM


i meant heat rocks above in the second sentence...

Posted by: Hunter at October 3, 2009 12:27 AM


what health issues can chameleons pose for humans

Posted by: evan at October 27, 2009 06:38 AM


hi i just got a baby veiled chameleon he is about 3 months old i wanted to know when they start to get there color other then shades of green?

Posted by: Zach at February 2, 2010 04:52 PM


i have had my chameleon for a lil over a yr now...she hasnt had many medical problems other than a collapst uterous and she had surgery a few months ago for a prollapst rectum...other than that shes healthy, eats great, drinks alot, sheds alot....but the past few days she has been going all the way down to the bottom of her cage behind a ponthos plant and hasnt ate but 1 or 2 crickets in a few days....what could be wrong??? looks like another trip to the vet or am i over reacting...i take her everytime i think something is wrong and he tells me shes fine...so im trying not to take her out of her habitat unless its really necessary cause it stresses her going bye bye

Posted by: carrie at March 4, 2010 08:28 PM


I am getting a jackson chameleon and I have just a regular 5.0 uva/uvb coil bulb. I placed a thermometer under the bulb and it read 87 degrees so it is definatly enough heat but I wanted to know if it was healthy for the chameleon if I only use the uvb bulb and not a basking light.

Posted by: brad at April 3, 2010 04:56 PM


I also have a veiled chameleon, names Mikko. when i first started to mist his cage, he opened his mouth out toward me, was he scared? trying to defend himself? I dont know, im still new to talking care of him. i had him since March 6th 2010....any tips maybe?

Posted by: Jasmine at April 17, 2010 02:53 PM


I have a 6 month old female veiled and lately she has been lazy. she still climbs and moves around a little bit but recently she usually is just sitting on a branch with her eyes closed. I know this is not good. She hasnt been eating as much either. I have been turning my UVB light off because sometimes it seems to help her and she will open her eyes and start moving around, but other times it doesnt seem do help at all. I have been misting her a lot to make sure she isnt dehydrated. I dont know what else to do. Can someone please help?

Posted by: cody at May 22, 2010 06:53 PM


okay im doing a project at school on a veild chamleon n i need someone to descripe a veild chamelon in telling as i was actully looking at it... hurry..n describe there enviroment as if i was there

Posted by: tatyana allen at May 27, 2010 07:17 PM


We lost our fully grown chameleon in the garden today. We are gutted. We lost concentration and he could be anywhere. Does anyone know if they are likely to stay in one locality?

Posted by: Robin at June 21, 2010 03:13 PM


hiya,
just come across my chameleon this morn and there are egg like things on the floor. however her previous owner said that she had a hysterectomony as she fell once and damaged herself. just wondering why she is producing eggs if she has had a hyst ????
anyone got any ideas?

Posted by: corinne at June 29, 2010 03:14 AM


hey,
my dad is going to buy me a veild cam and i was wondering on what it eats.i think purple play sand was a good idea becouse cams live in tropical area.

Posted by: brandan at July 4, 2010 07:59 AM


Ok, my chameleon just died and it had an infection between its eyes and my vet had no idea what it was. I need to find out if my other chameleon could catch it. note; the other chameleon is female, the late one is male and they lived together for several months. The answer is very important to me

Posted by: jake at July 21, 2010 08:59 AM


What do i do when my baby chameleonwonlt eat!??!?!?!?!?!?

Posted by: Melanie at November 16, 2010 05:12 PM


Hello Jeff,
I've been reading through all your articles here and I am learning a lot. I am considering purchasing a Chameleon. This weblog is very educational and I definitely don't want to have a situation where my pet is at all hurt because of my lack of knowledge, I am grateful you explained the females laying eggs situations, it seems a very common problem encountered. Thanks a fan.
Jaymie

Posted by: Jaymie Treolle at February 15, 2011 12:19 AM


i am doing a project on chameleons and i need alot of information about chameleons so i can past my project can you give me some tips about chameleons and i like the way chameleons ghange colors thats very pretty and that is one of my facts all ready chameleons are my best clorfully animals

Posted by: jasmine at December 7, 2011 05:03 PM


I have a 8-9 month old veil chameleon i got him not to long ago at a young age 1-2 months old the people at petsmart sayed they got him a weekago and he fell quiet often. I purchased him and brung him home and contunualy watched him.ive read that they hate being wathed and held but it seems like shorty (my veil chameleon) is the opposite. One time i was walking by his cage and most of you would probly not belive this but he jumped onto the screen door (going to me ) i held him scince he was very young and never had a problem then one day he lost a claw on his front foot then a little bit later that month he lost another on the other front foot (on the side with two claws not three) im getting very scared is this normal? Please repond!!

Posted by: lacey at January 3, 2012 11:35 AM


Please coment on my question!!!! Do chameleons lose there claws?? If so is it normal???? As asked in coment above.

Posted by: lacey at January 3, 2012 09:49 PM


Hi, i have a male 6month old Yemens/veiled chameleon, i've had him for just under 2 months now and he's been fine, he has a decent sized enclosure 30 degree heat everyday.
but up until a few days ago, i started feeding him bigger locusts (4th shed) and morio worms, to which he ate about 10 in a few days, i came home last night and found one of the droppings that he had done didn't look at all like the small hazelnut coloured ones, it was about as big as his head and had all of the larger locusts and large meal worms that i had been feeding him in, but they were undigested barely touched just all squished together
i'm just looking for an answer because he seems fine now but that must of hurt him i don;t want anything internally to be damaged, and i'm wondering why he didn't digest it could it be parasitic worm? he's had healthy stools since. i can send a picture of the stool which i was worried about if you would like.
thank you

Posted by: Alexander at July 30, 2012 08:08 AM


Hello! I have a female that had gone thru tough time till she get to me. She is still very shy and I am still struggling to make her eat from the viviactor (she only accepts live food). But my biggest problem is that she has, on different locations (under mouth, on a foot,right ribs, spine and tail) the hardened and abnormal growth of the skin. She already sheded twice, but this areas got larger. There are no parasites or burns. Please help! Thank you.

Posted by: mirela at August 19, 2012 11:46 PM


I just got my chameleon and he is amazing. I have one question if anyone can answer it! My chameleon hasn't been able to see the past couple days and isn't eating because of it. And he keeps rubbing his eyes. He has stuff in his eyes and it don't look like it is caused from shedding but I am unsure! Any ideas would be helpful. Thanks.

Posted by: Tabitha at February 23, 2013 07:59 AM


My camaleon is shedding but he looks very week his eyes look sinked and he wont open them. This morning he was hanging from the top of his cage holding on only with is hands and feet hanging with down.what is wrong with him what can i do?

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