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Can you tell me about the lighting? Do you have a UVB bulb, is it a linear tube or compact coil, strength and brand?
State to locate a Herp Vet if needed
Do you have a basking bulb? For light and warmth?
Temps in the basking area?
Misting twice a day is not enough for a chameleon they will not drink from standing water and easily dehydrate. An auto mister is very important for the chameleon. THe basking bulb should be a white light and should be about 85-95*F in the basking area. This is very important. The black stripes can indicate the Chameleon is too cool. The turn darker in the temps are too cool. As far as the falling it could be she is dehydrated, or it could be a bit of a calcium deficiency which is the onset of MBD, Metabolic Bone Disease: http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/reptilesgeneral/a/metabolicbd.htm
This can be a result of the previous owners care. Even the UVB bulb needs to be replaced every 6 months.
This is a care shee from Fl Chameleons. It is comprehensive and should help guide you with the continued care. http://flchams.com/veiled-chameleon-care-sheet/
If The Mister, extra calcium and a warmer basking area do not help, then a Herp Vet visit will be needed. If you need a Herp Vet please supply your location so I can get you a List of Herp Vets.
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That is the way it is supposed to be. UVB bulb put out minimal heat and are for the UVB rays which metabolize the Calcium in the food into Vit D3 in the body. The Chameleon needs a second light called a full spectrum Basking bulb which I suggest the one by Zoomed. This will put out a white light that supplies her a 75 watt is what you want. This will be the warm area at the top of the enclosure and will supply the temp of 85-95 at the warmest point. The ambiet temp should be 80*. The red bulb is only for night if it gets below 78*. You may want to get a digital thermometer or a temp gun to get accurate temps in the enclosure. If I have addressed your concerns, please take a moment to rate my service 5 stars.
Did you have further questions about this information? The care sheet I gave you is a good one to help. Also many chameleons will lat their eggs around the base of a potted plant, so you may want to consider tha vs just a plain lay box. It is late in the season for laying.
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