Chameleon's eyes are sunken in
Chameleon’s eyes are sunken in
Meaning: Sunken eyes are symptoms of a state of high stress. This can be emotional or physical stress.
- Chameleon is stressed and in battle mode
- Chameleon is stressed due to sickness
- Chameleon is stressed due to physical exhaustion
- Chameleon is dehydrated
The solution is highly dependent on the reason for the sunken eyes. As sunken eyes are often simply the reflection of the chameleon’s mental state or physical condition, that condition must be determined and the chameleon relieved for the eyes to go back to normal. In all of these cases, sunken eyes are not the only symptom of the condition. So determining the problem uses these other clues.
There are genetic differences that determine how far out the eye goes from the skull. If your chameleon is in top health and still does not have bulbous eyes then it may be just genetics and nothing to worry about.
Listen to a podcast about sunken eyes
On this short podcast episode I talk about sunken eyes and what they mean! Just hit the play button as you look at the pictures.
Here is an example of a healthy eye. The turret is full and extends out from the head. The eye is alert and scanning the surroundings.
A dehydrated chameleon will often show sunken eyes.
This chameleon has a respiratory infection and is feeling very sick. The sunken eyes are part of the advanced stage of this infection
This chameleon is victim to a fungal infection which can be seen on its skin. The eyes are sunken in due to sickness.
This female panther chameleon is in distress due to dystocia – egg binding.
Sunken eyes can also be a result of physical exhaustion such as this female panther chameleon who has just finished laying eggs.
This Parson’s Chameleon is suffering from a fast moving infection and the sunken eyes are part of the emaciated state of the body.
This male panther chameleon felt threatened and pulled his eyes in.