I pruchased a a five month male chameleon last week. He ate once on the day that I received him, and he hasn't ate since

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Customer: I pruchased a a five month male jackson chameleon last week. He ate once on the day that I received him, and he hasn't ate since then. My question is this. is he getting used to his surroundings or is there something wrong with him?
Answered by Jav917 in 6 mins 11 years ago
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Can you tell me about the set up?

Diet? Veggies/Prey?

UVB light? Tupe tube or coil? Strength?

Are you using a mister or dripper?





His terrarium is 16x16x20 I have put fake vines and fake flowers for his surroundings. I'm feeding him crickets with calcium powder sprinkeled on them. Lighing is 1 zoo med UVB bulb 5.0 comact and one day light bulb blue 60 watt. I am misting him twice a day!






His terrarium is 16x16x20 with fake vines and flowers. LIght ing consists of one uvb 5.0 compact andone blue dayligh bulb 60 watts. The temp is usually 75 degrees, I m ist him twice a day and the feeding is prey is crickets with calcium powder for supplement.


He's staged in my bedroom, also where I keep my cockatiel.


Compact UVB bulbs have been found to cause some issues with the eyes. You can read about it here: compact UVB problems: http://www.uvguide.co.uk/phototherapyphosphor-info.htm


I would switch to a tube type UVB and go with a Reptisun 8.0 or 10.0. The UVB is very important and should run 12 hours a day. I suggest using a dripper as the Chameleon will not drink standing water, so a dripper will allow water to collect on leaves and branches that the Chameleon can drink from. The temps are very important as they will shut down if too cool. I would check the husbandry and if you find all is correct, then the next step would be a Herp Vet visit to rule out a parasite issue. With the change, the stress may have caused a parasite bloom.


I am going to give you a good Chameleon Care sheet to help go over the husbandry: http://www.jacksonschameleoncaresheet.com/ These Chameleons are very shy creatures and can stress easily, so having a check up and fecal done, may be wise since you just had gotten him. Housing him with your bird may also be stressful. I usually tell people to keep them in a low traffic quiet area where they do not get stressed. I would be happy to locate a Herp Vet for you with a State. Joan

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