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    Panther Chameleon Problem

    Hi all, I have had my Chams for about 2 weeks now, when we got them I was told the female was just a fatty, I'm not begining to think that is the case, her belly is almost bloated feeling, she poos regularly, and eats well, I thought maybe she was getting ready to lay eggs so provided her with a box in the bottom of her enclosure.
    18x18x36 screen cage, hummidity level is 60% basking spot is 90*, uvb lamp is brand new last week-Reptisun 5.0 fluorescent bulb. Pothos,rubber tree and dracenea tree. There is also jungle vines throughout her enclosure.She eats crickets mainly, mealworms couple times a week, wax worms once a week. food is gutloaded 24 hours in advance and dusted with vitamins and d3 supplements 2-3 times a week. I have noticed that the end of her tail isn't right, is crooked, so now I'm thinking MBD.
    When my friend was over last night(she runs a reptile rescue) I asked her to take a look,she palpatated her belly and couldn't feel any eggs, she also noticed that she crawls almost on her elbows, which I haven't noticed because I only see her climbing her branches and such, not out on my arm as she was lastnight.
    I am calling the herp vet Monday for an appointment.
    I have tried warms soaks just in case she needs to do a big poo (with careful observation so she wouldnt drown)
    Any other ideas? I tried to post her pics, but it wouldn't load, will try to put them in my album






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    Re: Panther Chameleon Problem

    The vet visit will provide more info than anyone on this site.
    She might have just been crawling on her elbows while on the arm of your friend because the arm is so much bigger than a branch that they usually sit on. In My chams enclosure, all climbing surfaces are no thicker than about half an inch in diameter. I don't think they are built to walk good on wide surfaces.
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    Re: Panther Chameleon Problem

    Thank you Og, I didn't think of that ! I tried posting pictures, but my camera took too big of ones to post, and I have no clue on how to shrink them down to size, I will play around with it tomorrow, see if I can set the camera differently or something.
    I can't wait to get her to the vet, am terribly worried about her, such a sweet little girl, when I say good morning to her, she turns my way and cocks her head to the side, as if she knows my voice,(or is awaiting food and water LOL) too cute, my daughter gets mad because she doesn't respond to her in any way LOL

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    Re: Panther Chameleon Problem

    With my camera, I have a button that says "Menu".
    I press it, And one of the items says "Size". I go to it and press again and I have choices of, 640x480, 1600x1200, 2560x1920, and 3072x2304.

    640x480 always works for me. The bigger resolutions work if you crop the pics in windows to just what you need. The 3072x2304 is good if you want to get a picture of the eye or something else very small and then you have to crop it way down to just that.
    You may also have to make a copy of each pic and remove the info that comes along with it.
    You can do that by clicking on the pic, then right click the picture and then click "Properties". There should be a line at the bottom that says, "remove all possible properties". This removes junk info about things like what type of camera it is, Etc.. this info increases the size of your pic files.
    I had a difficult time posting pics when I first started. If you need any clarification, let me know.
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    Re: Panther Chameleon Problem

    Welcome to the world of chams, I wouldn't put too much worry in to the tail the tips always seem abit strange mattering on how their bending them at the moment. I would also always have a egg laying site in the females cage think large bucket with a few branches filled with cactus type soil. It's normal for most chams to walk a bit flat when being handled so I wouldn't worry about MBD unless your seeing bent bones or a soft jaw. You may want to look into a UV lamp that pushes more UV over the whole cage. Most newer MV bulbs can get good UV levels at more than 12" That you'll never get with a tube.
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    Re: Panther Chameleon Problem

    And for posting your pictures, just upload them to Image hosting, free photo sharing & video sharing at Photobucket and then copy and paste the image tag (IMG) into your post. It will automatically resize them.
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    Re: Panther Chameleon Problem

    Pictures by missabrat - Photobucket

    oK see if works LOL
    Thank you all so much for your help.
    I already had a nesting bin set for her, just in case she was gravid and am looking at Mega-ray uv bulbs for both Chameleons.
    Will be on the phone to the vet as soon as they open in the morning.
    Is it ok to refridgerate or freeze fecal samples?

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    Re: Panther Chameleon Problem

    I can transfer my pics directly to this site from my pc without using a third party in the directions that I gave you. But, whatever is easiest for you, go with it.
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    Re: Panther Chameleon Problem

    You can refridgerate the samples but don't freeze them.
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    Re: Panther Chameleon Problem

    ok will do...note to kids attatched LOL do not eat hehehe they are walking trash cans.
    Vet appt. Friday morning Yeahhh!

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