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Posted by lizardman on April 29, 2003 at 08:50:55:
In Reply to: NEED HELP! HEALTH PROBLEMS OF C:CALYPTRATUS! posted by toomas on April 28, 2003 at 12:57:38:
:This calyptratus is 6 months old. His last food was young mice (not pinky, was with small hairs and eyes was not open).
:From laminated material. Measures 50 cm, 50 cm and 1 metre.
:Landscape: "Reptile sand", where are some some alive flowers and branches.
:Daytime temperature is 27C. At nighttime 23-24C.
:Food: usually crickets, small mices, sometimes mealworms.
:Minerals: Reptomineral H, this chameleon get it with water to mouth but don't like it.
:Owner take his chameleon from cage, windows of the room are at this time closed.
:Chameleon stopped eat in April 16. After that owner visited vets and did clyster to chameleon, becouse chameleo did'nt made droppings. They thought that this problem from the hairs of mice. After clyster came droppings. They started to do force feeding to this chameleon. But chameleons mouth rustles when animal open his mouth. But food came out and was'nt digested in mucus. They try to offer yolk in pipette and after it they thought that condition of this animal is little bit better, becouse last cricket which fed (forsefeeding) was digested.
:But today morning chameleon was passive and of course is rather meagre. They try to fed apples, bananas but chameleon not love this food.
:Passiveness be expressed in that chameleon not express oposition, when owner thake his chameleon from cage to hand. Before was chameleo against it. Today chameleon sat on the hand and closed eyes (before he never did'nt that). But today chameleon drank lots of water from syringe. They give every day water to chameleon.
:Colors on the chameleon body are like before. His tail is roll like usually, in sleeping time too.
:This chameleon drink some days lots of water. He never not drank so much.
I'm not completely clear about the symptoms, but it sounds like the chameleon may be dehydrated. Also, I would suggest that a fecal test be done to detect if there are parasites involved with this problem. You may want to put the chameleon in a warm shower for 20-30 minutes for at least 3-4 days & provide a dripping source of water &/or spray the caging/plants with clean water as they only drink droplets of dew on plants in the wild.