Dexter (Male ambilobe Panther juvenile) is chewing on branch...

Hello all,
I recently got 2 ambilobe panthers, one male and one female, unrelated from an excellent breeder in KS. Dexter, my male has been chewing on the branches in the terrarium... Is this normal? My female (Kiwi) does not chew on them at all.
They are on a diet of my home raised crickets (banded) and silk worms, I feed the crickets the dry feed from joshs frogs and the orange cubes... Is this just a boredom thing, is it safe or is there more I should be giving in his diet..
FYI he is very mobile, he crawls all over the terrarium, her on the other hand is more secluded, they are currently together because they are juvies but I am getting a second terrarium for him this week!
Thoughts? Thanks in advance!
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Beman

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Hi there and welcome to the forum! So this is normal for panthers. Just make sure your using all real branches. I just wanted to double check are you using a red bulb for heat? Kinda looks like a red light. If so you will want to toss that and do a plain white bulb for them. Glad to hear you are getting a second cage this week. I think you will find that she perks up a bit when they are not in the same enclosure.

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AnamCara

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You can also expect to see him licking each branch as he transfers onto it from a different branch. This is also normal behavior that usually starts around the same time as bark biting.

Don’t know if females do it as well but I’d be curious to find out if you ever see her do it.
My female panther did this when she was 6mo-1 year but hasnt done it lately that I have seen.
 
Thank you everyone! I am glad this is a fairly normal behavior. I have yet to see her do it, just him thus far. I will fill out the info so I can get as much advice and help as possible as I am new to these gorgeous reptiles but they are amazing!

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Thatwizard420

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Hello all,
I recently got 2 ambilobe panthers, one male and one female, unrelated from an excellent breeder in KS. Dexter, my male has been chewing on the branches in the terrarium... Is this normal? My female (Kiwi) does not chew on them at all.
They are on a diet of my home raised crickets (banded) and silk worms, I feed the crickets the dry feed from joshs frogs and the orange cubes... Is this just a boredom thing, is it safe or is there more I should be giving in his diet..
FYI he is very mobile, he crawls all over the terrarium, her on the other hand is more secluded, they are currently together because they are juvies but I am getting a second terrarium for him this week!
Thoughts? Thanks in advance! View attachment 242922
I have same problem, Just that mine likes my finger, and shakes side to side like a pit....
 
I have same problem, Just that mine likes my finger, and shakes side to side like a pit....
Phew!!! I am glad mines not the only one. Boy these Chams are amazing, now funny that Dex doesnt seem to be fond of me handling him but Kiwi so loves me, she walks through my hair!!! I am so glad I got these gorgeous creatures!
 
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