He was sold to me as a fully grown side striped, he's about 2 inches long.
As you already know, chameleons do this to remove debris and such from under their eyelids. A shower won't hurt if you see her doing it again. Or a longer mist session.He was rubbing his eye a little yesterday but I've kept an eye on him all day today and he's not done it once
LOL! Poos are always good! I've found that my true bitans don't have huge appetites compared to some of the other members of that family and I tended to feed mine every other day or so. That said, it's good to hear she's eating and at this point I'd offer her appropriate sized bugs daily. She's probably wild caught and who knows how she was kept before you got her. Once she's settled in and has found her "routine" you may find that she doesn't need or want to eat all the time.He's eaten, had a lovely long drink, and been to the toilet ;D hehe.
Yes. I think so. Nice bulgey, clear eyes. Colours are bright - well as bright as a bitan gets! HAHA! In all of your pics, it looks like you've caught her exploring her cage and generally being active. It's hard to judge by only a few pics, but I think you've got a female there. In the third pic, she looks a bit chubby - maybe she's gravid. Again, I'm only going by a few pics and could be waaaaaaaay of base with my guess.Does he look healthy enough?
Yes, you are correct, the bitaeniatus are live bearing chameleons and if she is gravid, there isn't much you can do. Offer her lots of healthy, gutloaded bugs. Give her proper temps and humidity. Try to keep handling to a minimum. All stuff you would normally do with a chameleon!If she is female, and gravid, how do I treat her? I've heard that they give birth to live young...
You betcha! Maybe not though. Again, I have to put this disclaimer on; I'm only commenting on your animal from 4 pics. I could tell you for sure if I saw her in person. Ohhh, my kingdom for a teleporter! LOL! I digress, a lot of literature about the bitaeniatus says they breed multiple times a year or don't really have seasons in which they do mate. I haven't found this in my collection - for me they are seasonal breeders. I'm a firm believer in cycling my animals and I'm sure my bitans have fallen into the rhythm along with all my other bitan related critters.... so would this mean she would deffinately be fertile? (She has been housed with males and females.)
As I said before it can be tricky with the true bitans but there are subtle differences with their tail base. Looking at the last pic you posted, I think you've got a female. I'll dig up some sex comparison pics of my bitans for you as a reference... as soon as I find my CD! Argh. I'll try and find my notes too, but gestation for my ladies was about 4 months.How can you tell the difference from male and female?
Slightly stressy colours, but normal. I wouldn't worry about that, beyond letting her be.When he/she is in her cage she goes pretty much black and white with black kind of squares.