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Rudis Chameleons (kind of long)

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Posted by: rappstar609 at Mon Jun 16 13:55:50 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by rappstar609 ]  
   

I have many reptiles but am new to the chameleon business. I bought a pair of Rudis Chameleons yesterday at the herp show. I have them housed in a 20hx18L all screened enclosure. I have a 60w UV lamp for light and heat; the hottest part is 82 degrees the coldest is 65. i am using eco earth for substrate and have a live fiscus plant along with many vines/ branches for them to hide/ climb on and I also have a dripper, and spray them down by hand about 3x a day. The male has not been as active as the female and is dark which to my understanding means he is not happy. he is rather lathargic compared to the female and i have even seen him with his eyes closed today, directly under the lamp. Although, when I fed them crickets (for the first time) He immediately came to life, brightened up and ate probably around 12 crickets to himself, which I thought was a lot. The female ate too, but not that much. As soon as he was done eating though his color changed back to dark and he became lathargic like he was before. What could be going wrong here? the female seems fine and is super active, but the male just does not look happy and I would like to make him happy sooner rather than later seeing that chameleons to give you too much leeway for that. When I bought them yesterday they both appeared bright and healthy, but the male does not seem that way any longer.


   

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