Young chameleon set to spend a year in rehab

Pascal is a young flapneck chameleon with MDB.

Over the weekend a young flapneck chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis) was brought into the rehabilitation centre at Dangerous Creatures in the uShaka Village Walk by a member of the public.
Chameleons don’t normally thrive in human care, and this little chap was no exception as he developed metabolic bone disease (MDB). 

MDB is a disorder of bone strength usually caused by deficiencies of certain minerals and vitamins. This chameleon developed MDB through being fed an incorrect diet. Although he is able to walk about and eat normally, his bone structure is weak and slightly malformed. It is estimated that his convalescence period will last approximately one year.

uShaka Sea World volunteer stationed at Dangerous Creatures, Kate-Lynne Allan, is seen here with a recovering Pascal.

Senior Herpetologist Carl Schloms, is confident that with the correct diet, veterinary care and enough sunshine he will make a full recovery. “Unfortunately populations of these precious chameleons have diminished in recent years, primarily due to habitat destruction. My team and I will do everything we can to care for young Pascal until he is strong enough to be released," said Carl. 
Pascal seemed to be a fitting name as he resembled the animated chameleon in the movie Tangled.

“He has been put on a diet of crickets and mealworms and spends his days in an outside aviary which we spray with a fine mist”.
If all goes well over the next couple of months, Carl will start planning Pascal’s release into a nature reserve somewhere in the Hillcrest area where he was originally found.

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