black spots on the skin

Ariana

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My boy Lizzie, around 1.5 years old, eating and pooping normal since March I got him, and always active, eyes are normal.

Tonight newly found black spots on his back, tail, “knee” of every limb, and some around his mouth. Didn’t notice anything this morning when I head out.

Glass tank, 10 gallons, a real plant inside with the cricket box, always misted and humid (might be the reason).

He gets sun from the window on a money tree outside his cage at most days during 9 am - 7 pm. He stays at the cage only at night or days when we go out all day.

I don’t know what is this, please advise your ideas, should I go to vets, or should I do any changes for the cage. Thanks!
 

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GoodKarma19

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Welcome to the forums!

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Ariana

New Member
Update for temperature (~76 F constantly) and humidity (at the bottom of the tank is very wet, most likely 90%-100%, top could be drier, about 60-80%).
 

AnamCara

Chameleon Enthusiast
Please fill out the form above. There are few changes many keepers here would suggest based on the picture above--however filling out that form @GoodKarma19 posted will allow people to address specific parts of your husbandry. :)
 

Ariana

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Chameleon Info:
  • Your Chameleon - Senegal Chameleon, make, 1.5 year. I have him since March.
  • Handling - Handle everyday, 1 hour average
  • Feeding - Gut loaded crickets only, he doesn’t take other bugs, usually 2-5 every morning.
  • Supplements - calcium + d3 + multi-vitamin dusting every time I buy new crickets, flicker for the brand? (don’t remember)
  • Watering - spray, at least twice a day, mist the whole cage, sometimes I see him drink but not often.
  • Fecal Description - consist standard brown-yellow-white, never be tested for parasites
  • History - Got it from New York Reptile EXPO

Cage Info:
  • Cage Type - Glass, Screen top, 10 gallon
  • Lighting - Completely nature sunlight (window facing west)
  • Temperature - No basking, ~76 F constant because of AC
  • Humidity - Bottom 90-100%, top 60-80%
  • Plants - live umbrella plant
  • Placement - Nearby a window AC, on a chair
  • Location - New York

Current Problem - Newly found black spots on the body
 

salty dog

Chameleon Enthusiast
For starters Never keep crickets in a viv like that, very very unsanitary and she could get stuck in it or ingest dead crickets or cricket feces also chams can not climb a slick surface!! chameleons are arboreal...they live in forest canopy..there isn't dirt in tree tops, they will eat it and cause a number of complications, she needs a 24 x 24 x 45 viv with a linear t-5 or t-8 uv light, without the uv light she will perish...unable to metabolize calcium, if you would like I can show you a picture of one of my setups. She needs a wider and taller setup to thermoregulate as they do in nature, the top of the cage warmer bottom cooler......visualize (forest canopy) where they live
 

Ariana

New Member
will do - I’m actually preparing a real weeping fig tree for him, will definitely change the environment soon! Thank you!
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
  • Your Chameleon - Senegal Chameleon, make, 1.5 year. I have him since March. WAS IT A HATCHLING WHEN YOU GOT IT?
  • Handling - Handle everyday, 1 hour average
  • Feeding - Gut loaded crickets only, he doesn’t take other bugs, usually 2-5 every morning. WHAT ARE THE CRICKETS GUTLOADED WITH?
  • Supplements - calcium + d3 + multi-vitamin dusting every time I buy new crickets, flicker for the brand? (don’t remember) WHAT DO YOU MEAN "DUSTING EVERY TIME I BUY NEW CRICKETS? IS THIS AN ALL IN ONE SUPPLEMENT?
  • Watering - spray, at least twice a day, mist the whole cage, sometimes I see him drink but not often. SENEGALS ARE BIG DRINKERS AS A RULE.
  • Fecal Description - consist standard brown-yellow-white, never be tested for parasites
  • History - Got it from New York Reptile EXPO

Cage Info:
  • Cage Type - Glass, Screen top, 10 gallon TEN GALLON IS NOT BIG ENOUGH. DOES IT HAVE A SCREEN LID?
  • Lighting - Completely nature sunlight (window facing west) LIGHT PASSING THROUGH GLASS DOES NOT PROVIDE UVB.
  • Temperature - No basking, ~76 F constant because of AC ... THIS IS TOO COOL. YOU NEED A BASKING LIGHT. YOU CAN USE A REGULAR HOUSEHOLD INCANDESCENT BULB THAT PROVIDES THE RIGHT TEMP.
  • Humidity - Bottom 90-100%, top 60-80%
  • Plants - live umbrella plant
  • Placement - Nearby a window AC, on a chair
  • Location - New York

Current Problem - Newly found black spots on the body
THE SPOTS CAN BE A NUMBER OF THINGS. I'M NOT A VET SO I CAN'T BE SURE.
 
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