Thank you for waiting. It is very likely that your chameleon has developed Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD) as a result of insufficient calcium. Common symptoms in chameleons include loss of grip strength and problems using the tongue.Without calcium, UVB lights don't do any good. Also, a lizard needs to be exposed to the UVB for 12 to 14 hours per day in order to metabolize calcium. The UVB light you now have is a good one, but if he isn't actually exposed to it, that doesn't matter. We often see MBD develop in free range lizards. Natural sunlight is also great, but a few hours here and there isn't adequate.
I'll give you a first aid measure to take right away.Buy some Pedialyte (yes, the kind for human infants). Prepare a shallow bath consisting of 1/2 water and 1/2 Pedialyte. Add a big scoop of calcium powder and mix it in. Soak your chameleon for about 20 to 30 minutes twice a day. Reptiles can absorb the electrolytes, nutrients, and fluids through their skin and vents (where droppings pass out), so make the water deep enough to cover the vent. Be sure to supervise closely. I would also make sure he is in an area where the UVB light reaches him.
With most reptiles, we can reverse MBD with proper calcium and UVB exposure, but chameleons are among the most fragile of lizards, and can quickly deteriorate. For that reason, when ever they develop any health concerns, it's best to schedule a vet appointment. This site has a directory that will help you find a reptile vet:
If you have more concerns, just let me know. I hope your chameleon will be fine.
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