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Posted by zach_whitman on February 13, 2003 at 14:59:48:
In Reply to: My female veiled chameleon ate some fish tank gravel. bad? posted by SLACkra on February 12, 2003 at 21:36:26:
Ingestion of foreign material happens all the time in the wild. Usually it is not a problem because the particals pass throught hte digestive tract easily. Impaction is when these peices get stuck and cause death from constipation or swelling/ infection.
With how small the pebbles were and how large the chameleon is, i would say that you don't have much to worry about. I have seen chameleons eat much worse things then that and be fine. I would remove the gravel and not let her feed on substrates that she can ingest. Putting food in a smooth sided container in the cage works well.
Keep an eye on her color, eyes, eating/drinking habits for the next few days. If anything looks wrong then a trip to the vet is a must. Impaction is almost certainly fatal if not treated surgically.