Hi, just wondering if Bobs my sambava back is normal? Since I bought him he has had a back like this, it just looks like he’s missing a few spines on his upper back, any ideas?
Definitely missing some spines, could be anything from a burn to a bad fall.
I see his eyes are closed, that’s a warning that something is wrong. It’s in his best interest to get your husbandry reviewed.
Please fill out the “how to ask for help” form and post your answers back here. Quality pictures will help us help you.
◦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 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.
1The more details you provide the better and more accurate help you will receive.
2Photos can be very helpful.
I know that, that’s the problem. Chams are low on the feed chain and should never close their eyes or sleep during the day. Any prey animal napping out in the open durning the day isn’t going to last very long. Eyes closed is a warning flag that his systems are shutting down.He was asleep in the picture! That’s why his eyes were closed, thank you for your reply
I know that, that’s the problem. Chams are low on the feed chain and should never close their eyes or sleep during the day. Any prey animal napping out in the open durning the day isn’t going to last very long. Eyes closed is a warning flag that his systems are shutting down.
He needs a vet and full husbandry review. Anything less is a death sentence from you.
Please forgive the photo of him closing his eyes during the day! He had just gone to sleep five minutes before his light goes off, he gets the right amount of day light hours and the right amount of night time hours with the light off, it was only to take the photo! Sorry I asked, only asked about the spines! He keeps his eyes open all day! Crikey!
Sorry didn’t think I needed to when asking about something before I got him, will know for future thank you, I didnt understand why I needed to tell you all about his entire set up when I just asked about his spines to then be eaten alive, I felt a bit like one of Bobs locusts!