is one case from a series of reports compiled as part
of an investigation into photo-kerato-conjunctivitis,
possibly occurring as a result of excessive low-wavelength
UVB radiation under certain brands of fluorescent
do not view this one case without reference to the
whole report of which it is a part.
History : MB2
(Italy) - Veiled Chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus)
examined by Michele Buono DVM (Turin, Italy)
juvenile Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus)
was brought to the veterinary clinic in June 2007 for an
eye problem. The chameleon was kept in a glass terrarium,
size 40cm by 80cm by 40cm, furnished with branches and a
plastic rock waterfall.
ZooMed Reptisun 10.0 Compact Lamp was positioned inside
the terrarium; branches were used as perches, which enabled
the animal to come very close to the lamp, closer than 15cm
owner reported that one week previously, another juvenile
Veiled Chameleon had died in the terrarium, after one month
of inappetance with its eyes closed.
clinical examination the only symptom seen was that the
chameleon would not open its eyes. The therapy suggested
was to remove the ZooMed Reptisun 10.0 Compact Lamp and
replace it with a linear fluorescent UVB tube, such as a
ZooMed Reptisun 5.0 tube.
7 days the owners reported that the chameleon had opened
its eyes and had begun to hunt and eat again.