My male tamatave panther has been opening his mouth a lot. He’s not an aggressive chameleon at all, Loves to come out of his cage and doesn’t mind being handled. What could this mean?
That is a ton of very long misting sessions during the day. You should listen to this podcast. Depending on where you live there are other things you can do to boost ambient humidity levels if needed without directly spraying the cage. https://www.chameleonbreeder.com/podcast/ep-89-naturalistic-hydration-for-chameleons/I have a Mister King misting set up. It runs 6 times a day for 5 minute intervals. He’s 9 months old. Crickets as a staple food. But he also eats hornworms, and super worms. Basking temp is 85-90 degrees . Humidity fluctuates between 50-70 percent during the day. I don’t turn up the humidity at night. He’s had one successful shed since we purchased him. His breathing sounds a little raspy when he opens his mouth.
What did you do to change your misting schedule?Agree, definitely sounds like an RI. My cham just got treated for a mild one two weeks ago, luckily I caught it right away and took him in immediately.
You'll want to try to get to reptile vet with chameleon experience today, they can go downhill really fast with RI. My vet said that most people wait much too long to bring their chams in, so she sees a lot of very sick animals. RIs have to be treated with antibiotics.
I went over everything with my vet but my misting and fogging schedule and everything was fine. She suspects my basking temp was too low so she had me increase it and also had me turn off a little PC fan I was running for airflow, she said Colorado is too dry for that. She gave him injectable antibiotics and that took care of it.What did you do to change your misting schedule?