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I got a flap neck chameleon a few weeks ago. she has been doing very well until the last couple of days. she normally eats 10-12 crickets a day. Now in the last 1 and a 1/2 she only eating 1. she is a almost 2 yr old. should I be concern. she is walking around and looks fine. please advise. the gentlemen I got her from has her with males. could she be pregnant, or getting ready to shed her skin. just concerned cause a love reptiles and have not had this problem before.

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Dear Frank,

I'm sorry it's taken me so long to respond, i didn't get the notification email that there was a question pending. If she has been eating well and is still acting normal, I would presume she is getting ready to shed. They often go off their feed a bit prior to shedding. I would contact the previous owner or breeder to find out if she's been with a male if she doesn't shed and continues to not eat normally. As long as her temperature/humidity and light source are what they need to be, I wouldn't worry. Give her a few more days. If anything else out of the ordinary happens, or if she quits eating altogether, please let me know or contact your vet.

Jennifer

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I can answer questions about health, diet, behavior, housing requirements, common illnesses, and general husbandry of most reptiles. My answers are not a substitute for veterinary care. If I don't feel confident about answering your question, I can generally point you to someone who can answer it, or advise you to seek veterinary help.

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My father is a licensed veterinarian for 40+ years. He specialties include venomous American snakes, reptiles, rodents, primates, dogs, cats, goats, geese. I grew up assisting him and have always maintained rescued, injured, or unwanted reptiles. I'm familiar with snakes, most common lizards, turtles, terrapins and tortoises. I'm also familiar with Bearded Dragons and currently have several.

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