Chameleon Assessment Page

Owner Name:


Chameleon Species:

Chameleon’s Name:






Chameleon Info:

  1. The Species:
  2. Sex:
  3. Age/Date of Birth:
  4. How long has it been in your care?
  5. Wild Caught or Captive Bred?
  6. How much does it weigh?
  7. How long is it? Head to base of tail (no tail included)



  1. How often do you handle your chameleon?





  1. What bugs do you feed your chameleon?



  1. How many bugs per feeding?
  2. What is your bug schedule?



  1. What are you gut loading your feeders with?




  1. What brand of calcium NO D3 do you use? How often per week?


  1. What brand of calcium WITH D3 do you use? How often per week?



  1. What brand of Multivitamins do you use? How often per week?


  1. What OTHER Supplements do you use? How often?






  1. What kind of watering technique do you use?
  2. How often and how long do you mist?
  3. Do you see your chameleon drinking?
  4. Do you see your chameleon guzzling water each time, like he/her has been without water for days, although he had water earlier that day?






Fecal Description:

  1. Note colors and consistency from recent fecal?


  1. Has the chameleon ever been treated for parasites?
  2. Any previous information about your chameleon that might be useful to help?



Cage Information:


Cage Type:

  1. Describe your cage (glass, screen, combo?/brand)



  1. What are the dimensions of the cage?



  1. What brand of lighting do you use for UVB?
  2. Tube or bulb for UVB? Size?
  3. How often do you replace UVB bulb?
  4. Do you use a Solar Meter to meter UVB output?
  5. Do you use a Heat Bulb for Basking?
  6. What size bulb and brand do you use?
  7. How warm does it get in the basking zone? Can you hold you hand under it for several minutes without feeling too hot/burning?
  8. Do you use a temperature gun?



  1. What temperature range have you created?


  1. What is the temp of the floor of cage
  2. What is the temp of the middle of the cage?
  3. What is the hottest point of the cage on the top/basking area?



  1. What are your Humidity Levels?
  2. How are you creating and maintaining these levels?





  1. Are you using LIVE plants or fake?
  2. If real, What kind?



  1. Do you know if the Live plants are SAFE?



  1. Where is the cage located?



  1. Is it near fans, air vents, or high traffic areas?
  2. At what height is the top of the cage relative to your room floor?






  1. Current Problem?






  1. When did this problem start?
  2. What signs did you notice?




  1. What do you think happened?



Vet Visit 7.11.14

Who went to the vet today:

1. Murphy

2. #4 – Raspberry

3. Baby Bop

4. Darwin

5. Edwardo

6. Picassa


Individual Details…


1. Murphy( Male Melleri Chameleon) – 447grams today

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* Still eating on own.

* Minor health Issues, but still need addressing sooner than later.

*Gram Stain : 

1. wax plate – Rare g+, very Rare g-

           *Meds: Gentamician Sulfate Ointment

2. Inside Mouth – Normal Flora

           *Meds: None at this time

1. Left Eye- still shuts occasionally (every other day)

* vet – corneal tissue “dry”

* Medication: Flurbiprofen – daily(see if difference) vs. 1x per 2 weeks


2. Increased Saliva (past few days)

* no bacteria, so just observe

* Medication: None at this time.


3. Wax Plate Removal (today)

* vet – Superficial Irritation in corner of mouth

* Medication: Gentamicin Sulfate Ointment/daily


Wax Plate Comparison


2. # 4 Raspberry (Female Melleri Chameleon) – 145grams today

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* Still eating on own.

* Giving Carnivore Care 1cc-daily to help Boost Immune System

* Wobbly when walking

* Seems semi – weak

* Semi Urgent health Issues, need to figure out something quickly

*Gram Stain : 

1. Mouth – Mild Mixed g+/g-

           *Meds: Zosyn Injection

1. KNOTS (noticed since last visit)

* vet – not MBD

*Took Sample from Right Hip – DIF Quick = Lymphocytes, Hetrophils and Bacteria/g+ & g- cocci

* Medication: Amikacin Gel (injected into elbow and hip)



DIF Quick


Sample from #4 Right Hip


Hip Fluid to be Stained

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DIF Quick – Lymphocytes, Hetrophil, Bacteria G+/G- cocci


Amikacin Gel Injection

* Left Front Elbow & Right Hip (1 injection lasts 7-10 days)


Injection of Amikacin Gel into Elbow


3. Baby Bop (Female Melleri Chameleon) – 199grams

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* Still eating on own, hard time hand feeding, tongue isn’t as “sticky”.

* Semi Concerned, mouth infections can be deadly if not treated ASAP.

* Red Tongue (noticed 7.7.14) – given Oral Cipro-same day, til vet visit. (7.11.14)

* Same Reddening – like Darwin’s Tongue. Compare.

* Swabbed mouth for Culture and Gram Stain 7.7.14 (did before starting meds)

*Gram Stain : 

1. Inside Mouth- Mild g+, Moderate small g- Rods

* g- rods more than Darwin, but similar.

           *Meds: Zosyn – injections (7)

1. Red Tongue

* vet – swelling, and thinks this happened from bugs

* Medication: stop Cipro ( doesn’t seem to be working)

Start Zosyn (7 injections)


Tongue Comparison 



4. Darwin (Male Veiled Chameleon) – 157grams

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* Still eating on own.

* Red Tongue/Mouth Bacteria

* Has been addressed…. but..

1. want to change medicine (don’t feel it’s working)

2.  “in person” compare Baby Bop to his mouth.

*Gram Stain : 

1. Mouth – Mild g+, Mild Small g- Rods

           *Meds: Zosyn (7 injections)

1. Red Tongue

* vet – should have been better after 36 days on Cipro, so take off and START Zosyn

* Medication: Zosyn

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Darwin Tongue


5. Edwardo (Male Nosey Be Panther Chameleon) – 245grams

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* Handfed only, eats superworms, silkworms and hornworms. 1cc of Carnivore care daily

* Still having trouble gripping things

* Re-checking FIlarial worms/medicine

*Gram Stain : 

1. Mouth – Mild  to Moderate Mixed g+, g-

           *Meds: Zosyn (7 injections)

1. Quick Blood Smear/ Re-evaluate Filarial Worms

* vet – less worms, slowly progressing, thought they would have all been gone by this treatment.

* Medication: Ivermectin #6 treatment

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Pulling Blood for a Quick Blood Smear, to see the difference in Filarial Worms, a few weeks after his last Ivermectin Treatment


Less worms than before, but still there

2. Grip Issues Still

* Mental effort to grip. He walks more, but falls easier than before. Why?

* Nervous System Problems?

* X-Ray – to be done soon. The machine was broke when I went before the visit, but now waiting to be fixed, then we will address his situation after. 


Photos from video captured of Edwardo trying to climb and falling super easy

3. Sensitive when you touch his tail (more so in the middle)

* Just noticed 2 weeks or less. When you touch his tail, he sometimes “jolts” up and “jerks”. Seems like it is painful. Why?

* X-ray – to check, then reassess. 

6. Picassa- (Female Veiled Chameleon) – 226grams

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* Still eating on own.

* Watching her for a friend for the Summer

* Just wanting to make sure she is well. I have NEVER had a veiled that weighed this much with eggs.

* Still has 30 days til digging, if she lays in 90 days


* Rule out Follicular Statitis

*Gram Stain : 

1. Mouth – Normal

           *Meds: None


* vet – she is doing well, and should have no problems.

* Medication: none


Profile view with eggs