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Posted by lizardman on March 18, 2003 at 06:43:29:
In Reply to: Veiled - Bad Balance? posted by aajay on March 17, 2003 at 13:20:53:
:I've had my juvenile Veiled Chameleon for a little over a month now. He's adjusted quite well to his environment, and isn't very friendly yet. From day one I noticed his balance was a little weak. It's seems to have gotten worse. Today he feel from the top of his tree to the bottom of the cage! A 38G reptarium. He got right back up and is climbing fine, but I'm wondering if this is a sign of illness? Should I make a vet appointment? Thanks.
The symptoms sound like NSHP aka metabolic bone disease. I would suggest to make sure that there is adequate UVb lighting & supplement with Calcium. Calcium w/ D3-for artificial lighting or regular Calcium if sunlight is provided for most of the daylight hours. To prevent fractures due to falling, you should keep your branches at a lower level within the habitat; however, chameleons can climb the sides of screening. I would suggest to put sphagnum/spanish moss on the bottom of the cage-temporarily-until the cham. is healthy. If there is no improvement within 5-7 days, you should have a vet check this out. You may want to see a vet first.