As most of you know I have a serious chewie addiction. I am always looking for info on chewies and have read everything I could get my hands on. I have spared no expense setting up their cages and thought everything was going well.
Now I have noticed that some of my older ones skin seemed rougher, not as soft as when they were babies. Nothing alarming but I had noted a difference. I keep DETAILED hand written notes on each one.
So about two months ago I noticed one of my females wasn't eating as much. She was still eating some and pooping but just didn't seem to be eating as much. So I gave her the wormer meds and it didn't make a change. Then within a short time she went from 43 grams to 42.6 then 41.2 within about a month. She was eating the crested diet (a little) but had suddenly stopped eating bugs, now this is a girl who was a great bug eater.
I called Steve @ leapinleaches and told him what was happening and asked what he thought. We had a long talk about the difference between the care and native location of the different rhacs. Steve feels that chewies must come from a more humid location/area even than the cresteds. The way this made sense to me was Steve brought up a fact we all know but don't really think about. Chahouas don't bury their eggs yet the eggs don't dessicate, that means that the area they lay in must stay pretty damn humid without being too wet. Otherwise there would be no chewies! Steve admitted he keeps his like breeders, not pets, as in sterilite tubs (rack system) so the difference in pet enclousure is pretty significant.
So then we talked about pet enclosures, I keep mine in the BARRS 20x20x20 it has a screen top. Steve told me to cover part of the screen so it stays more humid and now since we moved to a new place I am able to keep the gecko room a different temp than the rest of the house. I DO NOT like being too warm so I tend to keep my house at 70 always. Now I can keep the room they are in around 75 to 77 which in turn keeps it moister longer. Steve asked me to caution folks that more humid does not mean wet!!
So now what have all these changes done to my chewies....all their skin is softer they are eating more and the girl in question? In about 11 days she has jumped up to 46 grams as of tonight! I asked Steve why everyone seemed to be doing so well for so long if it really wasn't warm or humid enough. He said that they are highly adaptable animals but that it will catch up.
So while I thought I was doing everything within an acceptable "range" it was not precise enough so I am sharing this story in hopes of sparing someone the scare I had. I am very happy I caught it before there were any serious issues.