baby cham help!

terrahm

Member
Sorry for the recent spam of posts, I'm a first time cham owner with lots of questions since this is a big learning process for me! My cham is a baby around 3 months old and has been super happy and healthy. We got him Friday afternoon so it's been a little over 2 days we've had him. Recently I noticed when he was in his basking spot he had his mouth wide open, which I knew meant he was too hot, so I moved his heat lamp farther away from the cage and he was alot happier. Today, he's been sort of laying on his basking branch. Not sleeping, he doesn't sleep during the day and sleeps all night long. Here's a blurry zoomed picture but I just wanted to know if him laying instead of standing had anything to do with his heat and I need to make more changes.
 

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cruz.m

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Sorry for the recent spam of posts, I'm a first time cham owner with lots of questions since this is a big learning process for me! My cham is a baby around 3 months old and has been super happy and healthy. We got him Friday afternoon so it's been a little over 2 days we've had him. Recently I noticed when he was in his basking spot he had his mouth wide open, which I knew meant he was too hot, so I moved his heat lamp farther away from the cage and he was alot happier. Today, he's been sort of laying on his basking branch. Not sleeping, he doesn't sleep during the day and sleeps all night long. Here's a blurry zoomed picture but I just wanted to know if him laying instead of standing had anything to do with his heat and I need to make more changes.
He’s just basking as long as his eyes aren’t closed it’s good. Make sure to sex right check the back feet for any bump, if there is it’s male if not it’s female. If you want us to review husbandry here

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terrahm

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Just my observation but your little guy looks younger than 3 months. It might just be the pic...Basking temp max should be low 80’s. I would recommend filling out the health form above. 😊
His basking temp right now is 82. Reptile lady told me he was around 3 months but he is teeny tiny.. I have no idea how to tell other than size.
 

cruz.m

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His basking temp right now is 82. Reptile lady told me he was around 3 months but he is teeny tiny.. I have no idea how to tell other than size.
Where did you purchase him? Also can we get pictures of the back of its feet. Fill out the form as well and pictures of the enclosure lights included would be great too :)
 

terrahm

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Where did you purchase him? Also can we get pictures of the back of its feet. Fill out the form as well and pictures of the enclosure lights included would be great too :)
Purchased him from Scales and Tails in Daytona FL. I can't get a picture of the back of his feet right now, but he does have the heel spurs. I have a linear T5 HO 5.0 UVB light going diagonally across the top of the enclosure along with a 65 watt bulb in a flukers clamp lamp.
 

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janjan20

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Looking over your husbandry from a previous post, do you have a way of measuring the basking branch specifically? The digital thermometer/hygrometer will only give you the ambient temp of that area. Having the 65w and T5 right on top will create heat. I would recommend getting a temp gun so you can measure specifically the basking branch and adjust from there. Also, when you can please post a pic of the entire enclosure. 😊
 

ERKleRose

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Looking over your husbandry from a previous post, do you have a way of measuring the basking branch specifically? The digital thermometer/hygrometer will only give you the ambient temp of that area. Having the 65w and T5 right on top will create heat. I would recommend getting a temp gun so you can measure specifically the basking branch and adjust from there. Also, when you can please post a pic of the entire enclosure. 😊
I’d also get a digital thermometer with a probe (placed where the OP’s cham’s casque/top of his back is when he‘s on his basking branch) to get a precise basking temp there.
 
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