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RE: Another sick veiled

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Posted by: Carlton at Wed Dec 17 13:47:02 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Carlton ]  
   

We need more information. What is the humidity range in the cage (high and low)? How old is she and how long have you had her? What size is the cage? Screen? What brand of lighting and how long is the cage lit each day? Any heat or light at night? Night temps? Can she see any other pets from her cage? Are there live bushy plants in the cage?

Most often baby chams get dehyrated, start closing their eyes and obviously stop hunting and eating. Depending on where you live, winter heating dries out the room and the cage a lot more than you realize. You need to measure and keep track of the cage air humidity to know this. Misting her daily may not be enough as the cage can dry out quite quickly in dry air. Lots of bushy live plants help maintain humidity and provide surfaces for her to drink from.

The specific type of lighting is important. You may have a basking spot, but UV lighting is also necessary. Most UV bulbs do not emit much useful UV in the correct spectrum, and some of the heat/UV combination bulbs can cause eye damage as they are much too intense. A good safe option for a small cham is the ReptiSun 5.0. The bulb needs to be changed every 6-8 months also. Be sure to turn off ALL light sources at night. The cage temp needs to drop at least 10 degrees.

This may get you started on some answers.


   

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