I was recommended to this site with a very positive review! I was told this is the best place to go for advice and there is tons of knowledgeable and friendly pros here.
I adopted a baby panther chameleon from Petland (Canadian Pet Store). I was told it was a 5 month old male but the staff seemed very uneducated and sent me home with a ton of incorrect information. I have done tons of research and I am stuck on wether my little guy is a female or male and he appears to be younger then 5 months imo. I went to the Calgary reptile expo and explained my experience to some vendors and they are the ones who recommended me to inquire via chameleon forums.
Now the reason this is important for me. If this is indeed a female I need to be educated properly on female care, egg laying, etc. I feel it’s the pet stores responsibility to educate me on this and they gave zero information. I will be speaking to the head manager of reptiles tomorrow but I was hoping to get your guys opinion!
I have included lots of photos. I know it can be tricky to sex these guys but any input is greatly appreciated! Note in first two photos there was a dark red heat lamp on that is no longer being used. It may make it appear more red. Provided multiple photos from different times to show the different changes in tone/colour.
Also I have noticed wrinkling along his bridge if his back when he is standing very straight. This has been present since bringing him home. You may notice this in some of the photos. Could this be a sign of dehydration or anything negative. Eyes don’t seem to be sunken and I have watched it eat and drink. He is eating regularly and his enclosure is climatized at the perfect temperature and humidity 75-85 F and humidity 75-85% sometimes a bit higher as it went into shed when it first came home so I bumped the humidity to 85-90% as advised by petland.
I will be eagerly checking for responses and again any feedback is greatly greatly appreciated. I want to make sure I’m as educated as possible so I can give this little one the best care possible.