Well our little girl is gravid! It’s very difficult for me to believe. I’m not sure when she will lay, but any advice on a lay bin is welcome and appreciated.
hey thanks. @bethanyjackson09 hope this helps! he’s really knowledgeable when it comes to chamsTypically they do not become gravid until they are 9 month or older. You will see a color pattern change. Which is actually called receptive not gravid. These colors most commonly have blue dots as they go gravid which may or may not show because it is most commonly a pattern they display for a male to tell them to back off these dots can become more black.
So your phases are actually receptive this is when they are open to mating and follicles are ready for fertilization to gravid where they are not open to mating and are getting to a point of being ready to lay.
As far as what they actually look like here is a good post showing the differences https://www.chameleonforums.com/thr...-why-is-she-dark-in-color.175009/post-1564754
Females need proper husbandry to ensure a seamless lay. Otherwise they can become eggbound and then die.
Watching your cham and learning her behaviors and patterns is really important. Getting a weight with a gram scale will also indicate her weight without eggs and her weight with eggs. This is another way to tell especially if husbandry is correct because they should not produce as many eggs with the proper temps and food intake. So to our eyes it is not going to stand out like a chameleon that has been over fed and had too high of temps that you can see the actual eggs in her.
Providing a permanent lay bin is extremely important then your female can choose when she is ready and have access to it while also being used to this item in their enclosure.