Cham hasn’t shed in a while.. but wants to?

KiwitheCham19

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Hi guys!

So when I got Kiwi in August he was a baby, and shed multiple times, like expected for a growing Cham. His last shed was 10Sep2021.

Since then, he seems to have gotten darker in color, I assumed it was to keep warm since it’s getting colder (his basking used to be almost 85, but now that it’s cold it usually only gets up to 77-80). Then the past month I thought it was because he was stressed, I’ve noticed him puffing up, opening his mouth, and holding a foot up when there was nothing happening other than him chilling in his cage. A few times I thought he was about to shed because his skin seemed dull and he was acting sassy, but never did.

The past few days I’ve seen him rubbing his face against a branch like he does when he sheds, except he isn’t currently shedding. Now I’m thinking he wants to shed but can’t? I don’t know how to help or if it’s nothing to worry about.

Other then that concern he is eating well, drinking, pooping daily, and very active. I’ve added photos over the course of the past few months. Anything helps!
 

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KiwitheCham19

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Update Y’all: he finally started shedding two days ago. Guess it just a while. So far it’s only his head but I bet he will feel much happier when it’s over!
 

KiwitheCham19

New Member
How is his overall husbandry? Have you had a review done?
Sorry for the late reply. I put my overall husbandry in my first post any no one mention anything I should change. I can paste it here as well. Only update is for Christmas I got an automatic water and fogger (really helping with humidity since the heat is on all winter)

Some info:
- 2x2x4ft screen enclosure with live plants
- basking temp 77-83
- night time temp is ~68 (inside ambient temp)
- food: 50/50 crickets/Dubai with calcium supplement (without D3). Occasionally a super worm. He loves to munch on the pothos in his cage.
- humidity ~50% during the day 80+ at night
- handling about 3 times a week, he usually runs to my arm and He knows when he’s out he gets to be “free” in my plant room.
- poop looks normal and he goes about 1x day
 

Beman

Chameleon Enthusiast
Sorry for the late reply. I put my overall husbandry in my first post any no one mention anything I should change. I can paste it here as well. Only update is for Christmas I got an automatic water and fogger (really helping with humidity since the heat is on all winter)

Some info:
- 2x2x4ft screen enclosure with live plants
- basking temp 77-83
- night time temp is ~68 (inside ambient temp)
- food: 50/50 crickets/Dubai with calcium supplement (without D3). Occasionally a super worm. He loves to munch on the pothos in his cage.
- humidity ~50% during the day 80+ at night
- handling about 3 times a week, he usually runs to my arm and He knows when he’s out he gets to be “free” in my plant room.
- poop looks normal and he goes about 1x day
So if you want to fill out the entire form with detail answering all the questions and post pics of your entire enclosure I can go through it all for you.

Chameleon Info:
  • Your Chameleon - The species, sex, and age of your chameleon. How long has it been in your care?
  • Handling - How often do you handle your chameleon?
  • Feeding - What are you feeding your cham? What amount? What is the schedule? How are you gut-loading your feeders?
  • Supplements - What brand and type of calcium and vitamin products are you dusting your feeders with and what is the schedule?
  • Watering - What kind of watering technique do you use? How often and how long to you mist? Do you see your chameleon drinking?
  • Fecal Description - Briefly note colors and consistency from recent droppings. Has this chameleon ever been tested for parasites?
  • History - Any previous information about your cham that might be useful to others when trying to help you.

Cage Info:
  • Cage Type - Describe your cage (Glass, Screen, Combo?) What are the dimensions?
  • Lighting - What brand, model, and types of lighting are you using? What is your daily lighting schedule?
  • Temperature - What temp range have you created (cage floor to basking spot)? Lowest overnight temp? How do you measure these temps?
  • Humidity - What are your humidity levels? How are you creating and maintaining these levels? What do you use to measure humidity?
  • Plants - Are you using live plants? If so, what kind?
  • Placement - Where is your cage located? Is it near any fans, air vents, or high traffic areas? At what height is the top of the cage relative to your room floor?
  • Location - Where are you geographically located?

Current Problem - The current problem you are concerned about.
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Please Note:
  1. The more details you provide the better and more accurate help you will receive.
  2. Photos can be very helpful.
 
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