Sambava panther swallowed perlite from soil??

Camsofcali

New Member
I watched My sambava swallow a cricket sized piece of perlite from the potting soil in his enclosure.Can they digest this or is it going to cause impaction?
 

Lathis

Chameleon Enthusiast
After you see the vet, cover the dirt with large rocks so he can't do that again. Poor little guy.
 

Camsofcali

New Member
Thanks for the replys!! Super bummed about it I should of tried to run over and get him to spit it out. Hes my breeder male sambava and he was a hold back from screamealons. He literally glows neon reds/oranges when he gets fired up so I will be very very upset if this does him in!! I have a fertile clutch from him incubating right now so his genetics will live on but I have my fingers crossed for him. Vet visit tomorrow morning!!!
 

Camsofcali

New Member
Alright ill follow the rules of the forum. I usually dont ask for help as Ive been keeping different species of chameleon for the last 12 years or so. I recently just branched out to breeding pure locales of panthers as a fun little project and this male sambava that ate the perlite happens to be one of my favorite.

male sambava panther 9months old. I've had him only 3 months now. He's rarely handled and that's only when he's moved to his outdoor enclosure. He's fed daily a combo of super worms, Phoenix worms, dubia roaches,crickets, and wax worms. I rotate the selection so he never gets bored and it keeps him mentally stimulated. I only supplement (dust) once in a while with vitamans/calcium because I gut load most of my feeders with fresh fruits and veggies and bug burger/dinofuel and they get everything they need from that. All of my enclosures have auto misters that go off every hour to keep them well hydrated and humidity levels up. His stools are healthy and regular. His cage is a custom 7ft x3ftx3ft screen enclosure with a nice big ficus benjamina(no perlite). He has the usual basking light and reptisun flouro. Temps range from 92 to 80 in his enclosure. I live in california and the weathers gorgeous 9 months out of the year so I bring him out to a outdoor enclosure for a few hours almost every day. My chams live better then some people and they're health/colors really reflect their husbandry. Here's where I screwed up. I have a large bamboo grove I put my chams on sometimes while Outside and just so happens there was a few granules of perlite on the surface of the soil at it's base. My sambava shot one that was about the size of a dime and swallowed it before I could do anything. If I doesn't make it through his system I will be extremely bummed!!!! I'm open to any and all opinions/suggestions.Thanks for looking!!
 

carol5208

Chameleon Enthusiast
I just wanted to say good luck and I hope everything turns out ok. It seems like you know what you are doing and that was just an oversight on your part. My chameleon shot at a silkworm I threw on the bottom of the outdoor enclosure as he was venturing toward the bottom. Well there was a little stick that fell off one of the ficus plants and he nailed that with the silk. Luckily I had the cage door open and yanked the stick out of his mouth! Disaster averted!!
 

Camsofcali

New Member
Took the cham to a specialist today and got x rays done. The perlite made it all the way through the digestive track and is on it's way out so all I can do is keep him hydrAted and hope for the best. The vet seemed to think he will pass it without a problem so I'm crossing my fingers. One thing the xray did show was that my Cham was stArting to get MBD before I purchased him. His bones looked very good but they were slightly thinner than they should be for 9months. When he arrived at my door his eyes weren't as perky as they should have been and he had slightly shaky limbs but thank goodness I take really good care of my chams!! The few hours of Cali sunshine a day and stellar diet he gets is what reversed it. I should have said something to the breeder but Im not the type to complain or burn bridges. Plus his coloration and genetics are one of a kind so I'm stoked to have him. My vet and I both agreed that it was a good thing he came to me! MBD is a lot easier for chams to get than people think even with the correct setup/lights. Nothing beats natural sunlight and it always shows in their color and health.
 

Tootime

New Member
I am glad to hear that it looks like everything will come out alright (pun intended), I would like to see pics, especially since I am looking at buying a sambava baby right now or in the near future.
 

deerharvester

Established Member
Glad to hear hes gonna be alright, I had one of my Chams geta large rock that I didn't even know about till he pooped it out.
 

Camsofcali

New Member
not a very good pic of him. I will get him fired up tomorrow and take a pic.
 

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