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 #2234922


Chelle333
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 Found a chuck....please help!

5 days ago I found a chuck, about 14 inches long. He was alert, but on a busy street so I decided I would try and give him a home. Took him to a pet store to confirm what he is. Bought a 4 foot tank, sand, basking lights and so on. But now 5 days later he still hasn’t eaten. I’ve tried romaine, mustard greens, dandelions, hibiscus, cantolpe, kiwi, grass, cactus, bird food, crickets, and some iguana food I bought that looks like mushed up berries. Still no luck. I’m not sure if he was someone’s pet or if he was wild. Could I be killing him if he was wild and put him into captivity? Could it be because he is shedding? I know they get their water from their food source.....so that means he hasn’t ate or drank in 5 days. Please if anyone has advice let me know. He is tame....just lays on my chest when I hold him. Help!



08/29/11  03:23pm

 #2234938


Whatsupchuck
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  Message To: Chelle333   In reference to Message Id: 2234922


 Found a chuck....please help!

Hi,
Does he seem injured at all? I know that they typically do not eat as much when they are shedding. You may want to try some berries (whole or just slightly cut). Also maybe some shredded carrots. My chuck seems to really like those. He doesnt eat much in the way of animal protein/crickets, but a mixed baby greens mix is what he likes most. Sounds like you are doing the best you can. good luck. hopefully other chuck owners w/ more experience can help out as well..



08/29/11  06:21pm

 #2235037


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  Message To: Whatsupchuck   In reference to Message Id: 2234938


 Found a chuck....please help!

any luck? Has he/she started to eat yet? can you post a pic?



08/30/11  02:01pm

 #2235177


Chelle333
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  Message To: Whatsupchuck   In reference to Message Id: 2235037


 Found a chuck....please help!



Here he is. Still no luck. Gettin real worried.



08/31/11  02:28pm

 #2235186


Chelle333
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  Message To: Whatsupchuck   In reference to Message Id: 2235037


 Found a chuck....please help!

Nope. No luck yet. Gettin real worried. Here’s a pic



08/31/11  03:31pm

 #2235327


Whatsupchuck
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  Message To: Chelle333   In reference to Message Id: 2235186


 Found a chuck....please help!

The only other thing I can think of is to force feed him some mashed up greens. You may want to send an email to lovemychucks. She is a pretty solid knowledge source for chucks and helped me out when I first got mine.



09/01/11  01:56pm

 #2235445


Chelle333
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  Message To: Whatsupchuck   In reference to Message Id: 2235327


 Found a chuck....please help!

How in the world do I force feed him? I tried a dropper with some water in it. Couldn’t get the lol guy to open his mouth



09/02/11  01:32pm

 #2235542


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  Message To: Chelle333   In reference to Message Id: 2235445


 Found a chuck....please help!

Hey,
I copied your original message and posted at another chuck forum to see if anyone had some advice. Here is the link.


http://forums.kingsnake.com/view.php?id=1941819,1941819



09/03/11  12:29pm

 #2235543


Cphill58
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  Message To: Chelle333   In reference to Message Id: 2235445


 Found a chuck....please help!

With the help of another or all by yourself...use a rubber spatula to open the jaws....start at the back , or hinge of the jaw and work your way towards the chin ...as you begin to separate the lips you can start to gain a foothold and see an opening.

Once you have the needed space turn the spatula 1/4 turn to open the mouth further. Place a small veggie item in the oral cavity so that it will chew ...do not force anything down it’s throat.This process is actually called assisted feeding.

You are on the right track with the diet...however since you are in Calif. ....depending on what part? It probably is a pet...In the wild Chucks are found in the Palm Springs area and 29 Palms and the southern deserts. San Berdo and Riverside counties....you get the idea


It’s possible if it was a pet it may have been raised on an insect diet...you wouldn’t hurt it by offering an insect once or twice just to see..??



09/03/11  12:37pm

 #2235820


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  Message To: Cphill58   In reference to Message Id: 2235543


 Found a chuck....please help!

Hi,
This was posted on the other forum I sent your comment out to..

Fourteen inches is a full grown Chuckwalla. If you are keeping it at 89-95 degrees in the basking end of the cage, with a rock to hide under, that should be good. Your food choices are good, especially the dandelions--their favorite. Not sure why he doesn’t feed. Can you post a picture? Is this lizard emaciated?
Have you tried setting it outside on a table in the direct sun to see if it will move around? Maybe it is injured? Does it walk? Need ore info!


http://forums.kingsnake.com/forum.php?catid=45



09/06/11  10:31am

 #2235832


Chelle333
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  Message To: Cphill58   In reference to Message Id: 2235543


 Found a chuck....please help!

I live in the Palm Springs area. That’s why I’m worried that maybe I should just release him.



09/06/11  01:46pm

 #2235833


Chelle333
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  Message To: Whatsupchuck   In reference to Message Id: 2235820


 Found a chuck....please help!

Hey thanks for your help wuc. Whenever we take him outside he opens his mouth and starts freakin out. Sorta like his is trying to bite us but he never does. Another reason why I think he might be wild. But fortunatley since he opens his mouth, its been an easy way to force feed him.



09/06/11  01:51pm

 #2235837


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  Message To: Chelle333   In reference to Message Id: 2235833


 Found a chuck....please help!

You are very welcome. Fingers are crossed that he comes out of it ok. What kind of chuck is it? A red back?



09/06/11  02:37pm

 #2235854


Chelle333
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  Message To: Whatsupchuck   In reference to Message Id: 2235837


 Found a chuck....please help!

I have no clue. He’s got a dark body with a lighter tail.



09/06/11  05:59pm

 #2235861


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  Message To: Chelle333   In reference to Message Id: 2235854


 Found a chuck....please help!



Does he look like this? This is my chuck, Picollo.



09/06/11  06:26pm

 #2235867


Chelle333
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  Message To: Whatsupchuck   In reference to Message Id: 2235861


 Found a chuck....please help!

Ya he looks just like that. A lot skinnier but same color. His name is chuck.....go figure.



09/06/11  07:23pm

 #2235962


Chelle333
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  Message To: Whatsupchuck   In reference to Message Id: 2235861


 Found a chuck....please help!

Today I noticed he has mites. Freakin great. Any advice?



09/07/11  12:53pm

 #2235977


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  Message To: Chelle333   In reference to Message Id: 2235962


 Found a chuck....please help!

I’ve heard of people using a qtip and olive oil to swab them off and change out the substrate in case they are in the sand.



09/07/11  04:06pm

 #2236099


Cphill58
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  Message To: Whatsupchuck   In reference to Message Id: 2235977


 Found a chuck....please help!

This is what I did.....for snakes....use more caution on the lizards...do not get in the eyes/mouth.
Iodine...diluted with water until a strong sun tea color is a great soaking method...drown the mites and soothes the bites.
I went directly to my horse and tack /feed store and got everything for about 60.00. I now have enough to last years, in case of another episode.

reptile mites

Also you can order online ...Provent- A- Mite. May take a week to get.
Provent A Mite
Other on line E tail stores have it ...shop around



09/08/11  10:57am

 #2236718


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  Message To: Cphill58   In reference to Message Id: 2236099


 Found a chuck....please help!

How goes the battle? How is chuck doing?



09/12/11  05:03pm

 #2236720


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  Message To: Chelle333   In reference to Message Id: 2234922


 Found a chuck....please help!

I need to put some advise here.
even though you may love your chuckwalla keeping a wild one is not the best idea
Five years ago I caught a wild chuckwalla and I loved it. But even today she refuses to let me touch her.
a wild animal will always be wild at heart and I know that with the knowledge I have know if i had the same choice of bringing her home I never would have.
the best thing for a wild animal is to remain wild. I know that some lizards would rather die then be stuck in a cage.
for the best I think an wild adult lizard should stay in the wild. they won’t ever get used to being stuck in a small habitat and be reduced to some one’s pet. I know I wouldn’t.



09/12/11  05:33pm

 #2242340


Chelle333
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  Message To: Trahana   In reference to Message Id: 2236720


 Found a chuck....please help!

I understand that now. But he eats well now. He started with only green cabbage and we gradually started mixing in other various veggies. The mites seemed to clear up and he is much more active. So I must ask....if you are so against having a wild chuck, then why have you had yours for 5 years?



10/29/11  02:41pm


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