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Posted by Carlton on May 12, 2003 at 12:37:08:
In Reply to: how much drinking water? posted by deLuxBuLLi on May 12, 2003 at 03:37:55:
If he is drinking a lot every time you mist he probably needs a bit more. A good rule of thumb is to spray until he stops drinking. Chams have fairly small stomachs and once they are full they tend to tip their head straight up and turn away from the water so the stomach doesn't overflow into the back of their throat. If your cage humidity is higher he won't tend to drink as much as he's losing moisture less quickly through respiration. You don't have to flood the cage, just spray him directly once he's actively swallowing. The key is duration of drinking rather than volume of spray. Signs of slight dehydration include a sunken casque (it should bulge out rather than sink in), skin tenting (take a fold of belly skin in fingers and gently pinch. When you release it it should flatten out right away. If it stays folded he's dehydrated.)