About to shed or skin issue?

Discussion in 'Health Clinic' started by Robyn.lux, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. Robyn.lux

    Robyn.lux Member

    Hey guys,
    See attached photos, is he about to shed or is it anything else that could be wrong with his skin?
    It seems to come and go? Which is what's confusing me.
    He is due a shed. He's still eating like a champ and is very active, although he's spent more time that usual toward the bottom of his tank today.

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  2. timw1

    timw1 Avid Member

    Is he normally that dark?
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  3. Chameleomom

    Chameleomom Avid Member

    That looks like one stressed chameleon
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  4. Robyn.lux

    Robyn.lux Member

    He hasn't been this dark in a long ass time. He does go dark when he's basking but not like this.
    I am a little worried. Unless he is about to shed. He got real stressed last time too.
  5. Robyn.lux

    Robyn.lux Member

    In fairness, the camera and lighting haven't helped. He was dark, can't deny but not as dark as the photos make him look. It's the weird looking patches that I am wondering about.
  6. Brodybreaux25

    Brodybreaux25 Chameleon Enthusiast

    Something is off here.
    Please fill out the “how to ask for help” form and post your answers back here. Quality pictures will help us help you.

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  7. Robyn.lux

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  8. Robyn.lux

    Robyn.lux Member

    Chameleon Info:

    ◦ Your Chameleon - Masoala panther chameleon, 6 months old, had him around 6 weeks.

    ◦ Handling - next to never, unless he willingly crawls onto me.

    ◦ Feeding - Guloaded feeders; Dubia and locusts (he refuses crickets) cup feed dubia and free feed locusts. Gut loaded with a superload (brand escapes me I'm currently out), dandelion leaves, fruit veggies etc.
    Calci worms.
    He gets fed everyday at 9.30 anything left gets removed before lights out.
    5 locusts, 5 dubia and 5 calci worms.

    ◦ Supplements - Exo terra, calcium w/o d3 every day. With d3 every other week. Vitamin without d3 every other week when it's not d3.

    ◦ Watering - I hand mist, twice daily, morning for around 2 minutes and evening for a minute. Dripper all morning. He is shy so I leave him alone in a morning, I assume he drinks then.

    ◦ Fecal Description - White chalky/clear urate, solid but slick blackish brown poop. He has been tested for parasite but I plan to have another done. He poops around 3 times a week.

    ◦ History - No previous though last time he was due to shed, he did go really dark in colour.

    Cage Info:

    ◦ Cage Type - Exo terra, glass, 90x45x90, naturalistic bottom.

    ◦ Lighting - exo terra t8 30w UVB, exo terra ceramic for basking.

    ◦ Temperature - 85-89f basking. 75-64f for ambient. Night never drops below 60f. X3 temp probs in viv at various levels.

    ◦ Humidity - Once misted, 80% humidity which drops to around 60% once dried out. Never goes below 60%. Two exo terra hygrometers, one bottom, one mid level. Live plants and naturalistic bottom along with dripper to keep maintained. I am also home all day so throw an extra misting session if needed.

    ◦ Plants - 3 pothos plants.

    ◦ Placement - Cage in my living room, low traffic as I live alone and rarely have guests, around 3ft off of the floor (not ssuper high but I approach the viv on my knees). Near no windows, vents, fans etc.

    ◦ Location - East coast England.

    Current Problem - Skin concern, as shown on photos above. Not his dark colours but the patches, he can get quite dark when due a shed or basking but last time he shed I didn't see the weird looking bits. Slightly worried about skin infection or parasites but I wouldn't know what I am looking for. Definitely going for a vet trip if he doesn't shed in the next couple of days.
    He was feeding fine but slowed down a few days a go. His most recent poop was two days a go and looked fine.
    Until yesterday his colouring was light and bright.
  9. Spinner62

    Spinner62 New Member

    Hello, im having issues with my girl here and idk what to do. I scheduled a vet appointment for her next tuesday but maybe i can be enlightened before then.
    She is a female panther cham. About 1 year old.
    She has not laid eggs yet nor has she shown any signs of it.
    She has these burn looking things on her leg and top of her head, the base of her tale looks more like dry cracked skin.

    We use a repti fogger to keep humidity up as well as spraying the cage 2 times a day. Been thinking about replacing the reptifogger to like a sprinkling system for her. She lives in a 16x16x30 reptibreez screen cage. Basking spot reaches temps of about 85. We have two live plants in the cage as well as fakes.

    She has been not eating recently also, we have tried crickets, worms, and roaches. But she would just eat one and leave the rest.

    But basically my question is, what is going on with her skin? Could it be too hot? Could she be burning herself on the screen cage where the heat source is? Is it a disease? Anything will help. If you need more info, let me know.
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  10. Robyn.lux

    Robyn.lux Member

    First of all, let me say, she's absolutely beautiful.
    But I would recommend filling out the questionnaire which Brody posted above. Just so we can all get a better idea of her conditions.
    I mean, I am really new to chams, mine is my first and he's male. So as for a female, I really don't know about laying.
    I could be a burn on her leg or maybe an infected bite? Do you leave feeders in her cage overnight? Has she recently had a fall or is there anything she could cut herself on?
    Either way, I'd take her to the vets to be on the safe side.

    In case anyone has wondered about Mr J, I got back today and he looks fine. The guys I got him off think he is going to shed soon, hence why he looks so stressed. It apparently causes some more stress than others. If he's not shed by Thursday, I'm running with my gut and nipping him to his vet.
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  11. Brodybreaux25

    Brodybreaux25 Chameleon Enthusiast

    @Spinner62 Robyn is correct but we need to take it one step further, you need to start your own thread. Tag me in it and I’ll come help you next.
  12. Spinner62

    Spinner62 New Member

    I created a thread, just using the same thing ive posted on here. I am unsure on how to tag you though? I am new to this site
  13. Spinner62

    Spinner62 New Member

    Thank you. She is a dull color rn, but after i have her in the shower for 10 mins or so, she turns into a bright orange.
  14. Brodybreaux25

    Brodybreaux25 Chameleon Enthusiast

  15. Brodybreaux25

    Brodybreaux25 Chameleon Enthusiast

    Good call...
  16. Robyn.lux

    Robyn.lux Member

    He's still not shed but he's certainly lightened up. Hoping for a shed today. Fingers crossed.
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