Possible Insect damage

Thomas Pape thomas.pape at NRM.SE
Tue Apr 1 20:57:20 CST 2003

> ... the possible cause of some fatal lesions on a chameleon. ...

Bot flies have mammal hosts and do not parasitise reptiles. What you show
could be myiasis from either blow flies or flesh flies. Obligate reptile
myiasis producers from these families are known from the New World only, yet
captive reptiles are prone to myiasis and several species of flies may be
suspected here. I know of no reported cases of myiasis from true chameleons
and I suggest breeding out the larva to identify the adult.

Thomas Pape
Naturhistoriska riksmuseet

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