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RE: one eye closed regular care questions

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Posted by: Carlton at Tue Feb 17 12:22:21 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Carlton ]  
   

This is the same cham with the dying tail tissue? If so, you have some serious problems. Closing an eye could be a symptom that your cham is fighting a systemic illness or a nutritional problem. The most common reason chams close an eye is dehydration, but it can be a sign of general stress and illness too. If he's been digging in the cage bottom he's trying to get out, needs a bigger space, or is stressed by the solid sided cage. Chams just don't understand why they can't get past the barrier, or he can see his reflection (an intruder) constantly. Eating the grass isn't a problem in itself, but if there are fertilizers or pesticides in the soil they are not a good thing for him to be eating. What do you gutload and dust with? How often? How do you offer water? Does the cage humidity fluctuate higer and lower at all? How do you measure it? The stick on humidity gauges sold at most pet shops are not accurate so it may be much different than you think. There may be bacteria or molds in the soil causing problems too. This setup is obviously not working well for your cham and he needs a vet and a change in caging I suspect. It could help to read the more recent care articles about veileds on the chameleonnews.com website. Might give you some ideas. But, you will need a vet's help to deal with the dying tail problem for sure.


   

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