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My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years with secial interest in reptiles and Reptile Rescue.
Can you tell me about the set up for Rango?
Mister or Dripper?
How old is Rango?
UVB bulb, strength, age of bulb, linear tube or compact coil, brand?
Do you a tank or screen enclosure?
What do you mean by fame lizard?
What type of chameleon is he?
The information I ask about the UVB is very important, if you can answer the questions about it.
Do you use supplements?
I am trying to identify what may be the cause of lack of appetite.
The lack of appetite and not eating is very dangerous for the Chameleon. Husbandry plays a big part in the chameleon's health and how it reacts. The Tank is not appropriate housing for a Chameleon and they can stress in a Tank, as well as get a respiratory infection. They need a screen enclosure that offers air flow and also heaight. Chameleons like to be as high as they can in the home. They do need a mister to keep them from dehydrating. As I mentioned the UVB is most imporatnt. It should be a linear tube and a Reptisun 5.0. The chameleon also needs a calcium supplement 5 days a week and a Vitamin two days a week. If the UVB is ineffective, it can cause lack of appetite. UVB needs to be changed every 6 months. They do loose potency and can be a major issue leading to Metabolic Bone Diseaase.
The loose stools are very dangerous and can further cause dehydration. This may be a parasite issue or an infection. In any case this will require a Herp Vet visit. I can locate some for you with a State. This is a link for a Chameleon care sheet: http://www.veiledchameleoncaresheet.com/
The bulbs you are telling me are not UVB bulbs. The are 5.0, 8.0 or 10.0. The UVB for a chameleon should be a 5.0 Reptisun UVB. Please read my answer.
How is your Chameleon doing? Have you seen the Herp Vet? Please let me know, since I have been very concerned since we spoke about this issue.