!!!!HELP PLEASE!!!! Part of casque broke off!!!!

RobandJess

New Member
I had Bob out on the balcony and when I came to take him inside I found him with part of his casque broken off!! I am not sure how it happened but I doubt it's normal. He has been shedding but this looks like ot broke off. i attached some pictures so you can see....I am not sure if he fell, he seems ok otherwise...what should i do?! i dont want to touch it and hurt him...any suggestions?!

Did this happen to anyone of you before?!?! Please help!! i am not sure if he is in pain, but it would kill me if he is....
 

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jojackson

New Member
Looks like a line of shed skin. If there was damage to that extent there would likely be bleeding. :)
Lovely colors btw
 

RobandJess

New Member
what can i say..im a worried cham mom...:eek:
It just came off all the way, he doesnt seem to be bleeding...i was freaked out because since we had him he has never shed his casque like that...so no need to worry then?!...thank god!
 

Olimpia

Biologist & Ecologist
It doesn't look like the line of scales just fell off to anyone else? Look at the front of his casque, it's all pink and smooth. To me it does look like they have fallen off. Maybe post more photos if you can?
 

Miss Lily

Chameleon Enthusiast
It doesn't look normal to me! I have seen a similar thing with Tommy - he lost part of one of his lobes when he shed in the summer and it looked just like that with the coloured skin still in it.

Edit - having read Olimpies reply above - is there anything where he was that could have done that damage? It almost looks like it's been sliced off somehow.
 

carol5208

Chameleon Enthusiast
did it just appear out of nowhere? Did he actually lose a part of his casque then? OMG this guy is going to give you a heart attack it seems!
 

Seeco

New Member
Yeah, I guess you should post a few more photos just to be sure. Is there any discharge?
 

jojackson

New Member
Good grief, Who majored in drama then? How about a new pic closeup, now that its off so we can see beneath?
Probably a few layers in that patch that failed to slough off before.
Why is everything an emergency here? Rob & Jess hardly need encouragement to panic. :)
 

RobandJess

New Member
ok so im not crazy....i thought this looks weird and i am concerned he is in pain...i attached a close up now that the whole part is off....there is no bleeding, discharge etc...but still it looks strange to me..


i put some neosporin on it so it doesnt get infected....hope that wasnt a crazy idea...
 

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Texas Panther Man

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I dont know, I think I would prob apply a topical ointment just to be on the safe side. You could use something like polysporin just to keep that site clean and free of bacteria if there is indeed any missing scales. You may want to wait a day for him to finish shedding his casque.
 

Dez

Chamalot Chameleons
When I saw the first photos I thought perhaps it was a burn.. and the burn scab was falling off.

Is there anything he could burn himself on? can he get too close to a heat bulb?"
 

RobandJess

New Member
When I saw the first photos I thought perhaps it was a burn.. and the burn scab was falling off.

Is there anything he could burn himself on? can he get too close to a heat bulb?"
When we first started free ranging him he went directly under the heat bulb and we did not notice right away, it is possible he burned it a little then...we put steel wire in front of the heat bulb now so he cant burn himself...he seems ok now, he even ate a few crickets. do you think we should go see a vet ?
 

RobandJess

New Member
Good grief, Who majored in drama then? How about a new pic closeup, now that its off so we can see beneath?
Probably a few layers in that patch that failed to slough off before.
Why is everything an emergency here? Rob & Jess hardly need encouragement to panic. :)

lol..i know so much drama for such a little guy! i think he is gonna be fine though...
 

Dez

Chamalot Chameleons
If it is a burn the vet can give you some burn cream to put on it to make it heal faster.

I think he is going to be ok
 

ferretinmyshoes

Veterinarian
Staff member
It could have been that the shedding skin was retained too long and caused those scales to be contricted to the point that they lost some blood flow and as time went on they just sloughed off. It didn't really look like a really bad case of retained shed or a burn to me, but who knows, you may never know the actual cause of this happening. If he fell and landed on his head it could have scrapped those scales off. Make sure to keep humidity up during shedding to try to avoid complications.

No it is not normal, but it looks clean and not infected. I would continue to put neosporin on it until it starts to dry up naturally (maybe reassess around a week?) but at any point if it starts to ooze a lot, turn weird colors, smell, swell, etc. then you should probably take him to the vet because those could be signs of infection. Poor little guy! but he should be fine if no complications arise. It will eventually granulate in and almost look normal, but he won't get those spines back, maybe just some scales.
 
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carol5208

Chameleon Enthusiast
Good grief, Who majored in drama then? How about a new pic closeup, now that its off so we can see beneath?
Probably a few layers in that patch that failed to slough off before.
Why is everything an emergency here? Rob & Jess hardly need encouragement to panic. :)
if you mean me, I only said the thing about the heart attack because they lost him the other day and found him inside a cabinet.
 

jojackson

New Member
Looks fine and no sign of damage beneath that I can see. :)

Your concern is admirable, but try to enjoy the hobby eh? :)
 

Miss Lily

Chameleon Enthusiast
Seeing that new photo - Tommy also had a build up of old shed on the top edge of his casque. A bit broke off and it looked just like that underneath. There was a tiny bit of bleeding, and he still has some stuck. I put it down to the fact that his previous owner didn't mist him properly so the old shed just built up over time. He still has about half left to come off and I just keep bathing it for him to try and loosen it. I can't find the pics of Tommy's casque, but these couple show the bit of lobe that came off.



 
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