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Posted by Carlton on April 22, 2003 at 12:39:37:
In Reply to: blind panther: experienced herpers needed! posted by davemwd on April 22, 2003 at 00:41:11:
Not that it matters very much now, but chances are the Ficus didn't cause blindness. The sap is an eye irritant but he'd have to rub his eye right in it to cause problems. The chances of him rubbing an eye on a freshly broken Ficus leaf or branch is pretty small. Even then I haven't heard of chams being blinded by sap. Cham keepers have used Ficus for many years for hundreds of chams with no problems at all. Really hard to know. I am glad he's doing OK! Sounds like a neat animal. Chams don't have true scales so I also doubt he has a fused "scale" over them like a snake might. It sure could be cataracts or even scar tissue from earlier undiagnosed injury or disease of the eye itself. If you do go to a vet, ask him to examine the eyes with a high power opthalmoscope (SP?). To get the cham to hold his eye still try cooling him off first so the eye movements are slower. It might give an idea anyway.