Originally Posted by Calypso85
I have a four month old female Veiled Chameleon, and she is very active, she has a wonderful appetite, and resides in a full screen enclosed cage/terrarium. Her temp is steady at 90 degrees F and her humidity is also stable. In all aspects in terms of health and energy she seems to be doing very well. My only question deals with a physical aspect of her body.
I've noticed just in the last couple weeks that her casque is slightly curved at the top. The casque is by no means flexible or weak. It just appears as if it has grown into a slight curve. Is this a cause for worry or for me to seek medical attention?
Due to the fact that she is so healthy and active, I did not want to assume or jump the gun on this. I also plan on calling my local exotic vet to inquire about this as well.
Any knowledge would be appreciated.
First, some veiled chams have slightly crooked casques even though they are healthy. But, it can also be a symptom of calcium deficiency during a time of rapid growth. What are you gutloading with and how often are you dusting with calcium, calcium with D3, and herp vitamins. What kind of lighting are you using? These can affect calcium metabolism and bone growth.
Questions about your temps and humidity. Is the temp 90 day and night? It's too hot, and chams need a 10-15 degree temp drop at night. No lights on at night...even heat, unless your room gets down below 50. What is the humidity level? It should not be high all the time nor low all the time.