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RE: New senegal...new to chams all together

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Posted by: Carlton at Wed Oct 8 15:35:02 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Carlton ]  
   

There isn't much written about Senegals partly because they were a commonly imported less expensive species pet shops tended to get. They usually did very poorly as novice buyers tended to get them and the more colorful cbb veileds and panthers were more in demand. Their wild range is fairly variable so the climate info for any one particular individual is hard to determine. Chances are this cham was at best captive hatched from an imported gravid female, but there's no way to tell for sure. My one concern is the amount of heat your current lighting and the room temp create. All chams need AT LEAST a 10 degree temp drop at night, so if your room stays uniformly that warm 24/7 he won't do too well over time. Make sure there is no visible light on at night...chams have pretty sensitive full color vision. What are the temps right at the basking spot when lights are on? The bulb wattage won't predict the actual basking spot temp...chams can get burned fairly easily. Most incandescent bulbs don't create much useable UV (the ReptiGlo for example), and the mecury vapor heat/UV type spots can get too hot for them. With your warm room you may be better off with a regular house light bulb (you don't need a fancy basking light) and a ReptiSun 5.0 fluorescent light for UVB and A. You should use live bushy potted plants in the cage to help regulate humidity and provide cover. In an open mesh cage in a warm room he'll tend to dehydrate more easily. You can drape some plastic sheeting on back and/or sides of the cage to help maintain it also.

In case you hadn't found them yet, here are a couple of excellent cham websites:

ADCHAM.com
Chameleonnews.com


   

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