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Angela Landis - 2007-01-26
PLEASE READ THIS IF YOU ARE NEW TO OWNING A JACKSON CHAMELEON and have not put in hours of research on how to care for these awesome creatures. We bought Kammey, our Jackson Chameleon, for Chritmas for our 12 yr old son, 2006. We did not do a lot of research on their care and what we needed. We bought the glass aquarium, crickets, some vines and such to climb on as well as a misting bottle. We went home,set it up and watched. It was so cool and we immediately fell in love with her. Things went great for the first 3 weeks and we reminded our son 2x everyday to feed and mist her. He said she was doing fine and still eating, etc.

I walked in there a couple of days ago to check her out and she was cowering in a corner unable walk. She was so weak and her eyes were sunken down in her head and closed. She looked like she could die any second. It was a horrible sight. I went to the computer and started researching her symptoms-dehydration is what it was. (Common problem for those not experienced in their care) I began to mist her a lot. She refused to drink. I called an exotic pet doctor and she told me to pick her up and and try to mist water on the side of her mouth. She said even if she doesn't open her mouth she will get some hydration through capillary action.

I placed Kammey in my hand and began to mist. The water became pooled in my hand and she began to drink and drink. When she closed her mouth and appeared to be done I placed her on a high branch and began to spray her. She stuck her head up and opened her mouth. I preceded to mist and drop water into her mouth from the top of the cage. When my son came home from school he took over the task of waiting for her to open her mouth and then watering her. This went on for a period of 3-4 hours if not longer.

Within a few hours of her starting to drink I began to notice her eyes beginning to open and were also looking protuding again-still not healthy but somewhat better. I made an appointment with the exotic pet doctor for the following day. (We ended up not needing to take Kammey to the doctor after changing the things that were wrong with her environment) Read on...

That night I did hours of research to find out what was going wrong. I found out that glass aquariums are not very suitable for these creatures and that they need a fresh air flow. They also get tired of the same food source(crickets)and may also eat certain kinds of fruits and vegetables. They need a continuous dripping but not saturating water source. Humidity levels need to remain at a certain percentage and the cage needs to have a temp in the 80's on one side and in the 70's on the other. The night time temp needs to drop about 10 degrees from the daytime AND they hate other animals, children and anything else that looks like a predator around their cage.

The next day Kammey was in a 30"x30"x18" fresh air habitat that cost $79.00 compared to the $250 glass aquarium and stand. we began misting her 3x/day instead of 2. We purchased a special bulb for a heating source at night but would not heat up as much as her daytime bulbs.

Needless to say, please do some research into owning this type of pet. They are a lot of work to maintain and they stress out very very easily-which can cause hunger strikes and death. I found many many informative articles on Jackson Chameleons on the internet and they have helped out tremendously. The pay off is rewarding.

Kammey is doing great now. She loves her new environment, drinks, eats and climbs around. What a horrible site it was that day I found her in such poor health. I am very glad I had the tools to find the knowledge to help save her life.

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Alisha - 2012-12-22
I am wanting to build a full terrarium for my Pink Toe with live plants, for a real habitat feeling. That will be approx. 5-6 feet tall and about 5 feet wide. I am wondering what all plants can I put with the Pink toe? Any good suggestions?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-22
    Spider will love that!!  There are many plants that will work; boxwood, pilea, swedish ivy, lipstick plant, nerve plant and the list can go on!   Hope that helps.
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Curtis Sowers - 2013-01-13
My t hasn't been able to climb glass for about 2 weeks. He just slides down it. Is that normal

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-13
    Some seem uncomfortable to climb glass almost acting if they are scared to fall.  Would almost be like us trying to walk on air.   Also if the glass is damp they would have trouble grabbing on without sliding.  If you see them unable to climb wood or other objects then there may be an issue.
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gemma - 2013-01-13
My rosehair is 2 and been in an icu for 4 days now and doesnt' seem to be getting better. What am I doing wrong? Please help.

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Moira - 2012-08-07
Anyone know why there would be a long (about 4 inch) discharge of clear and white mucus in the cage. I'm the summer 'foster Mum' for a greek called Spartacus who lives at the school where I work. I've got a call into the VoAg teacher but just concerned. Spartacus also bumps all the way around his indoor cage. It's his way off yelling to go out into the garden. Pretty upsetting on bad weather days.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-07
    Could it be a case of diahrhea - might have eaten something or got into something it shouldn't have.  Could have possibly regurgitated also.  Again - possibly ate something that did not agree with him. 
  • Moira - 2012-08-08
    Thanks. I think it was an upset tummy. He didn't munch on the grass at all yesterday and only ate about half his dinner. He's out today and he is eating the clove. I'll feed him light for a day or two. I'm watching spartacus and a box turtle named Clyde. What fun they both are. It's been an interesting summer. Thanks again. Moira
  • Stu - 2013-01-13
    Obviously this is an ancient post, but I'm replying in case it's useful for anyone else. The clear and white discharge is perfectly normal - it's actually urea - same as the white stuff in bird droppings. The time to worry is when it comes out gritty or nearly solid: that would indicate dehydration (not enough water).
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Shane - 2011-05-20
HELP I've had my female Greek tortoise to Cornell and they don't know why her head won't come out. We're giving her antibiotics but will soon have to put in a feeding tube at Cornell. Has anyone else heard of this happening? I've had her about 5 or 6 years

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-20
    I don't know and I really couldn't find anything so hopefully someone who has had this problem will answer your question. I did find one site and it talks primarily about hibernation. I don't know if it can help but I thought I'd pass it on. Cornell is usually very good.
    http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/safer.html
  • aboud - 2011-10-28
    Your tortoise is hibernateding maybe. I am not really sure. I have a male greek tortoise so I know what I am saying and I reasearched
  • chrystal - 2013-01-12
    It is possible some of his bedding could be stuck in his shell and wedged? Has he been to the vet? Can you get him x-rayed or something ?
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Noel Pierce - 2012-02-15
Is it normal for a (male) greek tortoise to walking along the side of his tank thumping on the side with his shell everyday? Normally I can feed him and he'll go back to sleep but I'm worried that he might be lonely is why he's doing it. He's been doing this since I got him. I've had him for a good five or so years now and that's about how old he is too. So is this normal? If not what can I do? I don't want him to be upset or anything.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-15
    I honestly don't know if it is normal or not but if he has been doing it for 5 years - sure wouldn't worry about it. Another way to look at it is, he thumps on the side of the tank and you feed him. Maybe he has you trained.
  • MARION PARKER - 2012-05-01
    My tortoise did that so, I put a piece of ply board inside the front of the tank so he couldn't see out and he never did it anymore. But I put it down to that he wanted to go out into the garden.
  • Cindy Moreen - 2012-05-28
    Best not to use an aquarium, rather construct a large wood box lined with paper and cypress mulch. As stated above, your turtle can see out and wants out. Construct a nice outdoor garden for him/her too!
  • chrystal - 2013-01-12
    They do not understand glass. They can hurt their faces by doing this. Something you can do is cut a 1 or 2 inch strip of cardboard and tape it around the edges of the tank so he can see there is a barrier there.
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Sharon A - 2013-01-12
We have 2 red eared sliders, one is approx 18 yrs, and the other about 5 yrs. We have always kept them in seperate tanks because we were always told two males could not be kept together. We have since put them together, and bought a 55 gallon tank for them, and it has been three days and they are very aggressive towards each other, biting at each others shells, faces...... why is this, and should we go back to seperate tanks?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-12
    Well first, if they have always lived alone, they are probably used to having their own territory. Introducing them into a new environment they aren't used to as well as having another tankmate is probably very stressful. It sounds like they aren't getting along very well and I would definitely separate them - If they are tearing each others shells up and causing wounds they could get infected and then sick. You could try again at a later time if you want. Generally, if two baby turtles are bought together and kept together there are often no problems unless a female is present. Two males would still need to be kept an eye on as they grow up however, to make sure they will continue to get along fine.
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obadiah russell - 2013-01-06
does anyone know of any good websites that give information on softshell turtles? i have no clue what kind i have and would like to know as much as i can. i saved this turtle from an owner who didnt care much for it. my email is obierussell@yahoo.com thankyou

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Kayley - 2012-05-01
I just bought my Greek Tortoise, when I placed him in his cage he went to his hide and dove into his shell how can i get him out?

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  • molster - 2013-01-05
    Oh this is probably just because of his moving around and it is totally normal.
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