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02-03-2016, 12:44 AM #1
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PROBLEMS WITH DWARF CAIMEN
hi, have done a bunch of searching and can't seem to find anything useful so thought I'd take the risk of getting slammed, and ask the question
I bought a trigonatus from a pet shop (I had the owner special order for me as I couldn't find any myself)
As I'd already paid I was kinda stuck.. when I got the animal home I noticed it's right eye was different from the left.. it was colour was dark brown and ugly where there left was a nice bright golden shine...
the right, darker eye also looked cloudy in a portion of it, almost like a cataract or something...
Doesn't seem to bother her... just an esthetic thing for me I suppose...
then I noticed a couple weeks later that one of it shutes on the tail developed a white substance, almost like a fungus but...not... I dunno...
I cleaned it with several times with anti septic and left her out of the tank in a rubbermaid, a couple hours at a time ..
the shute eventually fell off... this has happen with a couple smaller scales as well... she always heals well and it hadn't seemed to cause any additional problems
I've had her 6 months and love her dearly.. but can't find a decent vet... it didn't worry me untill a couple weeks ago when it happened to a finger on her front hand and the finger was lost.... it's now happening to a second finger and I'm starting to sweat
but it hasn't really seemed to affect her mood or disposition any.. she still eats readily.. she's responsive and active... she doesn't seem in any pain and still walks fine it seems
Waters clean and clear, filters changed regularly. .. heated to 75-78f
fish live and don't die
(well..ok.. thats a lie.. she's pigs em back.. but they don't croak from the water or environment..lol)
if someone could please contact me via email or txt I'd greatly appreciate any info or advice
thanks in advance
Sean r Morhan (Facebook)
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02-03-2016, 03:53 PM #2
Not a lot of people have experience with trigs or palps up here and finding a vet can be tricky considering the bylaws in place. Two suggestions before I give my vet recommendation. As well, posting pictures of the full enclosure helps quite a bit too, there may be something behaviorally that the specimen is doing that causes the damage. Anything I learned was from the Toronto Zoo or crocodilian websites.......
First, I don't suggest leaving fish in with the animal 24/7. Especially feeders, they are dirty fish that quickly pollute the water quality even if it is clean and has a filter, nitrates could be sky high helping the fungus or an infection spread easier. This could also be from contact with those feeders. Just a thought to keep in mind.....
Second, try to get a mentor, someone to help you with this journey. They are challenging captives that can take a lot of abuse, seemingly being fine, then dead soon after. Stress is a huge deterrent to any positive experience with caimans and their intelligence is way beyond what most people believe it can be.
Guelph University is a good place to start, Burloak Animal Hospital in Oakville is where I take my herps, they do occasionally work with the university so even calling them is a great start. They deal with exotics from snapping turtles to even tigers years ago.
02-11-2016, 06:55 PM #3
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Appreciate the advice! This has been a problem since I bought her..
I'll give those vets a call and see what they say
I do have quite a bit of experience with Caimen.. but have never encountered this problem
I check water quality regularly so I don't think nitrates are the issue (I have extensive experience with aquariums)
I don't really know how to load pix here so that's gonna be an issue
I'll keep up with the anti septic for now and see what the vet recommends..