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Too Big Cricket, Now He's Whistling "screaming"...

Discussion in 'Chameleons' started by nikkistorms, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. nikkistorms

    nikkistorms Elite Member

    I'm very careful to only give crickets that are no bigger than the space between the eyes. I gave my Leonidas 6 tiny crickets like I do everyday. Put greens in the bowel with them chopped smaller than the crickets. He ate 1 and looked like he as shaving a hard time swallowing it. Every minute or so he would "scream" which Bc he's so tiny himself comes out as a faint whistle. I took the bowl out for 30 minutes so he wouldn't eat anymore. Wanted to give him a chance to get that one down. Put the bowl back in and he just ate a second one. Did the same thing. Acts like its too big even tho I've watched him eat the same size crickets everytime he's fine.

    He's still doing the squealing "scream" whistle thing every couple minutes. Normally he only does that if he's scared. I'm not close enough to him for him to be doing that as a response to me. I know its significant to the crickets. He's acting as tho he's having a hard time swallowing.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. SSThorn

    SSThorn Elite Member

    Is there any chance there is one stuck in his mouth, to where you might be able to extract it with small tongs, or fingers?
    See if you can get him to drink some water, it might help to "wash it down".
     
  3. pandorasbox

    pandorasbox Elite Member

    Maybe a cricket leg broke off and he swallowed it funny. I would get him to drink, spray water on his nose.
     
  4. nikkistorms

    nikkistorms Elite Member

    I dripped water off a spoon onto his nose. He licked it. But then he did the whistle and the water came up thru his nostrils. I looked in his mouth when he whistled and I don't see anything. Should I remove his food til he stops?
     
  5. SSThorn

    SSThorn Elite Member

    I would remove the food, Does he whistle while normally breathing?
    Meaning, it isnt constricting his normal breathing process?
     
  6. nikkistorms

    nikkistorms Elite Member

    He's definintely acting like he's choking. He is still breathing and he's not changing colors, like he's not blue were you know any weird color but when he asked like he's choking the water comes back up out of his nose and drips down his mouth.
     
  7. SSThorn

    SSThorn Elite Member

    Dont give him too much water, for fear of drowning him.

    See if you can get to a vet, I dont exactly know what to do in that case. I would almost suggest trying to push the food down, but i dont know if that would work.
     
  8. nikkistorms

    nikkistorms Elite Member

    I don't see any food to remove. And he doesn't whistle constantly. Do we have the ability to post videos here? I felt his sides and underneath and I don't feel any blockages.
     
  9. nikkistorms

    nikkistorms Elite Member

    So let him eat another cricket to see if it will push whatever it is down? I'm not giving any more water.
     
  10. nikkistorms

    nikkistorms Elite Member

    What about a warm bath??
     
  11. SSThorn

    SSThorn Elite Member

    Upload to Youtube, and paste URL on here.

    Another cricket would be your call, if you cant feel blockages, Im not entirely sure he is choking. He could be coughing?
     
  12. nikkistorms

    nikkistorms Elite Member

    Could be coughing. In my opinion it seems like he's holding his breath for a few seconds, whistling, which is letting out the breath. He's walking around. All limbs are working. He's able to change his colors.
     
  13. pandorasbox

    pandorasbox Elite Member

    I would offer him greens and not more crickets to try and clear it down. I would bet it is a piece of cricket stuck. Just make sure you are letting him lick off the water for himself or dropping it on the front of his mouth and not down so he doesn't breath it in.
     
  14. SSThorn

    SSThorn Elite Member

    Hmm, If it where me, I would see if he is willing to eat another one. Generally, if there is something wrong, reptiles wont eat. We all know that. See if he will eat another one.
     
  15. SSThorn

    SSThorn Elite Member

    THIS^^^
     
  16. nikkistorms

    nikkistorms Elite Member

    I'm putting him under his lamp to warm up and see if that will help. He seems to be breathing more otter but it's a lil heavier than ive noticed.
     
  17. nikkistorms

    nikkistorms Elite Member

    Ok I'll do this.
     
  18. SSThorn

    SSThorn Elite Member



    Update when possible!
     
  19. nikkistorms

    nikkistorms Elite Member

    He doesn't normally eat green as much so it's gonna be hard to know if it is an indication of an issue. :( I'll be at work so my husbands going to keep an eye on him and is going to update me.
     
  20. nikkistorms

    nikkistorms Elite Member

    Update from my hubby: Leo ate another cricket.... hopefully that means he pushed whatever it was down...
     

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