So my lil veiled Zoe has been sitting around lately with her mouth open, and I know with beardies they do it as a basking thing... So is it kinda the same deal or is there an underlying reason that I need to be aware of?
* Your Chameleon - 4-5 month old female veiled
* Handling - 2-3 times a week mostly during cage cleanings
* Feeding - Moslty small crickets maybe 10- 12 a day.. Picked up some roaches for the first time yesterday she don't seem to care for them but has eaten about a dozen small ones
* Supplements - Reptocal dusting 4 days a week and rep-cal with d3 every couple weeks.. REPASHY superload which contains some calcium and d3 for my gut load
* Watering - She drinks, i use a fogger 3 or 4 times a day with occasional mistings from a hand sprayer, as well as a dripper
* Fecal Description - Mostly half white half dark and has not been tested
* History - Still a new owner but not new to reptiles, she see,s to be doin very well. Had her first shed in my care bout a week and a half ago with absolutely no issues.
* Cage Type - Half screen half glass and is a 2x2x3 until she gets a little bigger
* Lighting - UVB bar I can't remember the brand and small heat lamp... Temp stays around 75 - 85 during the day and lights off At night temp stays high 60's low 70's
* Humidity - stays between 60 and 70 percent, my fogger can get it up to 80 or 90 percent but for only a short time
* Plants - some artificial vines with a real hibiscus
* Placement - Bout six feet off the floor in low traffic Area not around any vents. Do have a fan in the room but not a ceiling fan is a floor fan not directed anywhere near the cage
* Location - wichita, ks
Current Problem - been sitting with her mouth open... Just wanna make sure it's not a problem
I turned my heat lamp off and she stopped doin it so maybe she was just a little hot... Think I need to elevate the light some more.. But if anybody else sees some concerns from my care sheet please let me know.. Thanx you guys rock...
What level of UVB is your UVB light putting out? For some reason I think that 15 watts is a small number for a 5.0 uvb light though I could be wrong. I use reptisun UVB and have never used another kind, so I know that they are 26 watts when they are compact and 5.0 and when they are long they usually are around 24 or more? Though I could be wrong XD just want to make sure you are using the right UVB for your little one ^^ also if you put in some shaded spots down lower with vines that she can walk on it'll be easier for her to get out of the high temp area
Please forgive me but I can't remember what the UVB rating is, the bulb says UVA and UV 8 so maybe a rating of 8... And as for the temp gage I've heard arguments on both ends for digital and non but thinking about using both to compare for myself... But have looked into both and will take any recommendations for a good digital brand
Some people say it's ok to go with 10.0 uvb rating some people say only go with 5.0, 8 seems to be a strange number for it to sit at... I'm one of those people who say don't go any higher than 5.0. But then again my boy gets plenty of natural sunlight and dustings.... The reason supposedly not to is because of the phosphorus levels in the 10.0 bulbs that are emitted are too high for chams.