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  • A healthy chameleon should be active in its environment and standing up rather than lying on its perch.
  • The chameleon should be able to move about the cage with good balance without falling or stumbling.
  • The eyes should be full, open at all times and actively looking all around.
  • The arm and leg bones should all be straight, toes should all be intact and the chameleon should have a strong grip.
  • The chameleon’s skin should have vibrant coloration all over the body and all the spines on the back should be present.
  • Patches of shedding skin should be normal if present.
  • The tail should be able to grasp branches and curl up smoothly.

Signs of an Unhealthy Chameleon:

  • A chameleon that sleeps during the day.
  • It has sunken or swollen eyes.
  • If it is lying on the bottom of the cage.
  • Legs that are bent, curved, appear to have multiple joints or have swellings at the joints.
  • Wrinkly, crusty or dry skin, bumps, cuts or bruises, or patches of abnormal colored skin.
  • Blood at the mouth, swollen jaw, or jaw that doesn't align properly.
  • A tail that cannot curl or is black at the end.
  • If your chameleon is falling off branches, having a weak grip, stumbling or appearing very clumsy.

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