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RE: Panther Chameleon

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Posted by: Carlton at Mon Nov 24 11:50:51 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Carlton ]  
   

He is most likely "making up for lost time" in terms of hydration. If he wasn't properly hydrated at the shop, he's still regaining his water/electrolyte balance. Constantly drinking from leaves, dripper, every time you mist is a sign that he's still quite thirsty and needs even more moisture. When a cham is fully hydrated they won't necessarily drink every time you mist. 50% humidity is still a bit low for a panther. The cage may be drying out faster than you realize after you spray. Especially in winter when we are using heating. If you have a room humidifier you could run it in cycles on a lamp timer during the day to help keep the cage humidity a little higher in the morning and late afternoon when it would naturally be higher in the wild. The wheezing you hear may be caused by dry deposits in his nostrils. As long as he's active, moving in and out of the basking heat, normal coloration, its probably not a URI. Chams with URI tend to crouch dark and quiet under their heat spot and breathe with their mouth open, gulping over and over, and sleep during the day with their nose tipped straight up. He's very new to your home and probably won't eat much until he feels secure. As long as he's drinking, basking, and moving around he's not starving. When chams feel insecure and the cage is too low to the ground they try to get out and climb higher. He's not necessarily being friendly, he just wants to get out of the cage to someplace he feels would be safer. Try putting the cage up higher so he is looking down on you.


   

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