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cause of chameleon death? please help.

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Posted by: zoeyc at Thu Aug 12 21:16:59 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by zoeyc ]  
   

Hello,

My boyfriend bought a baby female veiled chameleon about a month ago. We live in Florida and had kept her outside in a 1'x1'x2' mesh tank with a hibiscus plant inside of it. The temperature has been around 90 during the day and maybe 80 at night. I normally put an ice cube at the top of her cage to have a drip a couple times throughout the day as well as misting the contained area maybe five times each day. She had been eating fine on small crickets up until about a week ago. She quit eating much and also quit using her tongue. She'd creep up to ones that were injured and bite them. We always fed her in a small feeding container. It's actually maybe a 6"x6"x5" breeding box my mom won at F.I.R.E. in a raffle. We dusted the crickets in calcium powder before putting them in. Once she quit eating those much we tried to feed her collard greens, spinach and such. No luck. Tried mealworms....but low and behold, didn't work either and we found her at the bottom of her cage dead this morning.

Short of going to the vet once this started happening, we have no idea what we could've done. If any of you have any idea of what could've went wrong, please let us know. We do love chameleons and were quite devastated when our baby Aurora passed away.

I'm wondering if it was being outside or maybe if it was that we had to handle her to move her to the feeding container. I know that that can stress them out, but she actually seemed to really like having my boyfriend hold her. She was always bright green and looking around. She'd even fall asleep on his finger after she ate. Maybe that's not a good sign and I'm just completely ignorant despite my constant internet surfing about them.

But please. If you have any thoughts, we'd really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance.



(I was wondering if it was possibly me being around all the time as well. She didn't seem to like me very much. Always turned completely black and slid to the other side of his finger when he was near me and would play possum if put on any part of me)


   

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