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Anole All Of A Sudden Can Barely Walk -help

Discussion in 'Anoles' started by braidenis, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. braidenis

    braidenis Member

    He was left yesterday after struggling to eat a cricket that was too large. Today he was discovered to be barely able to walk. He just keeps trying to drink water. He seems delirious.
     

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  2. Qwerty3159

    Qwerty3159 Elite Member

    That doesn't look good at all.
    You should be feeding insects that are about the size of the width between the eyes. Did he choke? Could you provide some details and pictures of how you keep the anole, and do you provide UVB lighting?
     
  3. braidenis

    braidenis Member

    There is UV light. He has adequate heating, humidity and substrate and has been doing well but he is a juvenile with 2 adult anoles so the cricket was meant for one of the larger anoles but he accidently went for it and he seemed to be struggling with eating it. @sonnyboiWr13a had to leave before she saw him eat it but there is no sign of it so he must have gotten it down somehow. That is honestly all we know we just found him like this.
     
  4. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    Hi, what are the temps (ambient and basking surface) plus the humidity range and how are you measuring them, also, can you put a few photos up of the whole enclosure?
     
  5. braidenis

    braidenis Member

    @Qwerty3159 @murrindindi

    Here is the picture. The ambient temperature usually 80+ according to a tank thermometer but it was pretty cold when we found him though so we have all the heat stuff on now in case that was it. We don't have anything to measure the humidity yet but the tank is misted often
     

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  6. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    I would say that the conditions do not support the animal, if the gauge is analogue it`s probably inaccurate and you have no way of measuring the humidity, both are critically important.
    Does the (fishtank?) have a screen top?
    Can you take a photo of the front and top of the tank and say what type and wattage the heat bulb/s are plus the type of UVB you`re using?
     
  7. braidenis

    braidenis Member

    The gauge is digital it has a probe you lower into the tank with a digital readout, the tank has a mesh top for heat lamps which we have 2 of and we are still accumulating more supplies to house them better for instance a humidity gauge
     
  8. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    It`s good the gauge is digital but you need a Temp-gun to accurately measure the basking surface temp, you also need to cover the whole top as completely as possible to stabilise both temps and humidity, kitchen foil will work temporarily.
    I don`t believe the internal layout is suitable either (much too sparce) they are also semi arborial (more branches to climb). I think the reptile carpet is quite awful, a particulate substrate would be more suitable (chemical free soil/similar) even if only a few inches deep it would help with the humidity range.
    What wattage are the heat bulbs and you haven`t said what type of UVB you`re using?
    I`m not criticising you for the sake of it, only trying to offer some suggesting that will help the lizard! ;)
     
  9. murrindindi

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  10. braidenis

    braidenis Member

    Yes thank you. We had a branch for a little bit but we had to get rid of it so we'll try and get another one as soon as possible and a humidity reader too. Thanks for the link to the heat gun as well and for the advice on the substrate. They are 60 watt uva/uvb bulbs specifically for reptiles that need it. He seems to be doing a little better already. Thank you
     
  11. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    If it`s a compact UVB bulb they are not very effective because they only produce a small amount of UVB and over a very small area, much better are the linear flourescent tubes, although I`m not sure you will find one small enough to fit because they only need to be around 2/3rds the enclosure length (what size is the tank)? These animals require adequate UVB to remain in good health.
     
  12. braidenis

    braidenis Member

    It's a 13 gallon ish. We do possibly have a larger one they could be moved to. Are the fluorescent ones easy to find at a regular pet store?
     
  13. Qwerty3159

    Qwerty3159 Elite Member

    Yes pet stores should carry them, ideally you want a Reptisun T5 GO 5.0 bulb if you're in America.
     
  14. TamJam

    TamJam Elite Member

    Aside from the temperatures and humidity concerns which are vitally important, of course - you seem to be housing him with other larger/adult lizards? And they compete for the food?
     
  15. braidenis

    braidenis Member

    We make sure they each get fed individually.
     
  16. TamJam

    TamJam Elite Member

    How are they all doing now?
     

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