Feeding Chameleons

Here are a few suggestions for the best kind of chameleon diet! Nothing is guaranteed however, and quantities for your specific chameleon may vary. Observe your pet over a period of time and this way you will soon work out the average amount of food required by your chameleon. Remember though, if your chameleon is a little unwell or shedding skin the dietary requirements may change.
Insects
The most regularly fed insects to chameleons are crickets which can often be bought from the local pet store. If they don’t stock them you will be able to order them online.
Other insects to feed your chameleon include mealworms, fruit flies and moths. It is preferable not to feed any caught insects to the chameleon as they may have pesticides on them which wouldn’t be good for your reptile.
How much do I feed my chameleon?
This is something which may vary to a small degree. However, a chameleon which is growing can consume up to 20 large crickets every day. If your chameleon gradually wants fewer insects, it may well be that the temperature needs adjustment. Your chameleon becoming lethargic may indicate a problem, however, in the short term just monitor him carefully.
Gut-Loading
This is the common terminology for the insects which you feed to your chameleon. These insects need to be well-fed, as otherwise you will be feeding your chameleon an empty carcase. To ensure your reptile is kept in the best condition, you need to feed him with good quality insects. Good food for the insects includes potatoes, carrots, fish flakes and other vegetables. It is also possible to buy commercial food for the insects. It is also important to dust all insects with a calcium-rich supplement.
It is really important to feed your chameleon a varied diet. Remember that you want to maintain your chameleon in the best of health and in order to do that you need to feed a diet which is as close as possible to the food the chameleon would find if he were to be in his natural habitat.
Your chameleon will require feeding every single day. It isn’t possible to go away for a few days and to leave your reptile alone. You will need to provide a routine which the chameleon will gradually recognise. The same person should feed, water, and clean the cage. Encourage the reptile to wander out from his enclosure whilst you are with him. Ensure that there is a surface which is able to be gripped, rather than a smooth surface which may cause problems for your chameleon. Make sure that he isn’t placed close to the edge of a table from which he may fall and injure himself.
The better you look after your chameleon generally, and the quality of food fed to him, the greater the likelihood of keeping a pet which will be around for several years.

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