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Old 10-24-2009, 03:42 PM
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The Full Effect of Ficus on Chameleons

I want to start a thread to discuss the ficus controversy. Many things about Ficus plants should be considered for the chameleons safety. Recently, I found that Ficus sap increases metabolism, which also leads to salivation. As known, ficus sap also irritates, and possibly blinds, chameleons. Does anyone want to add to this. We should discuss on whether Ficus should or shouldn't be in chameleon cages.

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Old 10-24-2009, 08:52 PM
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I found that Ficus sap increases metabolism, which also leads to salivation.
Can you please explain the above?
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Old 10-25-2009, 05:47 PM
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Recently, I found that Ficus sap increases metabolism, which also leads to salivation. As known, ficus sap also irritates, and possibly blinds, chameleons.

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Old 10-25-2009, 06:05 PM
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I dont know about the claims of increased metabolism when ingesting ficus is proven. But I used to use ficus yrs ago in my enclosures. I stopped using them and I havent had any eye issues since. That is enough proof for me not to use them any longer. I still use the long leafed ficus but not the variegated or ficus benjamina any longer.
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I'm with Texaspantherman... I used ficus bengimina years ago and expirienced eye issuses with several chams... Switched to ficus Ali and have not had eye problems since
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I have a ficus benjamina in pedros viv.
Hes fine.
But also I look for said sap but I cant find any.
Suggestions on how to find it??
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I have a ficus benjamina in pedros viv.
Hes fine.
But also I look for said sap but I cant find any.
Suggestions on how to find it??
I have been using ficus in my indoor cages for years and no problems. I use it with my baby's and sub adults.
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What kind of ficus though?

Benjamina?
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I have been using ficus in my indoor cages for years and no problems. I use it with my baby's and sub adults.
Same here. Inside, outside, for babies and adults of many species. They say if you trim them to let them dry for a day or two. Well, I have never done that and still have not had a problem.

For those who had eye issues years ago and not anymore. Was it diagnosed that the ficus indeed caused the issues? I am not trying to question what happened to you guys. I am only asking because there are lots of other things that can cause issues. If your problems were "back in the day" then could have been possible different supplements, different way of gutloading or some other nutritional issue caused the eye problems? I know from my first chameleon to know my overall husbandry has been tuned in much better all the way around. Also, were the same supplements available when you guys were having these problems?
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