I went on vacation for 8 days , but left my veiled chameleon with my neighbor , I told him how many times to feed her and what to feed her When I returned he tells me he hasn't fed her in 5 days !I put crickets in her enclosure and she seems to be sleeping/eyes closed most of the day she still moves but I'm worried she might be dying.I try touching her and she moves and changes color pattern to a dark green and some green color spots . Can you please give me some advice?
Pet's Gender: Female
Pet's Age: <1
Name of Animal: Rangette
I checked her lighting the temperature the humidity
She has crickets in her habitat
Did they run the UVB light while you were gone?
What are the temps?
Does she have a mister in her enclosure?
Please supply a State to locate a Herp Vet.
Yes they did
I am going to supply you with some first aid, but would like to have a State to locate a Herp Vet for you. Joan
The temperature is 86.8Yes I mist her 3 times a dayHumidity 55State of local vet NYC
Rangette will need to see a Herp Vet, but we can try some first aid until you can get her in. Please roomve any loose crickets since they can bite her and cause infections and abscesses. Next I would like to give her a warm 10 min soak in a 50/50 warm water and plain Pedialyte soak. This will hydrate her and also relax her. You only need the soak where it covers the vent area. If she seems too stressed, then we will have to skip this. I suspect that she may not have been misted enough while you were gone and is dehydrated.
Our next step will be to mix some chicken baby food stage 1 with calcium powder and gently drop on her snout and try and get her to lick it off. This is supplemental feeding until we can get her to eat on her own. YOU can feed in small increments throughout the day.
Please put her in a high area that is low traffic, as chameleons can get stressed very easily and thi should help. I do suggest a auto mister because the chameleons do dehydrate easily because they do not drink from standing water. An auto mister will help with this. The UVB light should be run 12-14 hours a day aslong with a basking light. The UVB light needs to be changed every 6 months.
This is a link for Herp Vets in NYC: http://www.anapsid.org/vets/newyork.html There are several on the list, and you can see who you can get her into and I would try asap.
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