Pet Chameleons have to be taken care of in many ways. One of the most important things is food. Pet Chameleons often don’t get enough nutrients, so we have to dust the food with vitamins and calcium.
Most of all, avoid hand-feeding them because your chameleon must learn to hunt one or the other way. You can create a hunting scenario by scattering the insects in the cage.
What food chameleon eats
Chameleon eats live crickets, worms, snails, cockroaches, locusts. Other than these few chameleons like fruits and vegetables, it differs according to chameleon types and nature. Out of all the insects, few are extremely good and nutritious to Chameleons they are,
- Dubia Roaches
It is suggested to have these insects as the main course, and there are few other insects that you can feed your chameleon occasionally to get the fat content. They are,
When you come across your chameleon chewing some greens or plants in the cage, there is more possibility that your pet love greens. In this case, there are few greens that you should feed them regularly. They are,
- Collard Greens
- Mustard Greens
Like greens, when you feed your chameleon with vegetables, you can provide your chameleons with vegetables once a month if they like it. The recommended vegetables to feed are,
- Sweet Potatoes
The fruits that chameleon may like are:
- Peeled orange
It is not recommended to feed them repeatedly with greens and vegetables since it is not their choice of taste. The vegetables mentioned above and greens are recommended, but if your pet has a different taste to the vegetables and greens, please change the menu.
Feeding the Insects
Insects are the leading food for chameleon. We have to feed healthy and nutritional insects to a chameleon. To achieve that, we have to feed the insects as well. This is called gut-loading.
We have to feed the insects with greens and vegetables. So when the chameleon eats the insect, all the nutrition content passes to them. Other than these, you have to dust the insects with vitamins, calcium, and phosphorous.
Dust the insects with calcium at every feeding and dust the insects with calcium and vitamin D3 twice per month.
Don’t feed your chameleon with these…
There are few foods that you should not feed them, and they are,
- Don’t feed Poisonous Insects like Fireflies
- Don’t catch any insects around your house and feed your chameleon.
- Don’t feed them with mango. They can be toxic to chameleons
- Don’t provide them with kale, spinach, broccoli. They can mess your pet’s nutrients level
- Avoid acidic fruits
Pay attention when your chameleon eats food. If they didn’t like any food or any food cause adverse reactions, don’t repeat to feed them again with that specific food.
Is it reasonable to feed chameleon with Mice?
Don’t do such horrible things. Not all chameleons eat mice, and most of all, mice have a high-fat content. So it is good to avoid them.
Large Chameleons are capable of eating mice. Suppose your chameleon is larger than the mice. You can feed them the newborn pinky mice once in a while
When to feed them?
Make it a habit to feed them in the morning as it helps your chameleon digest the food properly. Gut-load the insects before providing them to your chameleon.
Can you feed them with dead insects?
The dead crickets or worms don’t attract the chameleon. Don’t feed your pet with dead insects. It may contain bacteria, and who knows the reason for their death. Always feed your chameleon with live insects..
How often do chameleons eat?
It all depends on the age. Baby chameleons should be fed 2-3 times a day daily for 5 minutes. Young chameleon should be fed once a day for 5 minutes. Adult chameleon should be fed every other day for 10 -15 minutes.
Every other day is the chameleon’s food cycle, and they will complete their food within 10-15 minutes but don’t place the complete nutrition in one go. You have to feed them at least 10-12 crickets within that time. After that, your pet will be less active.
What to do when your chameleon overeats?
Stick to the mealtime. Don’t overfeed them because they will become obese just like humans do. Only if you overfeed them will they overeat. When they are in the forest, they don’t know when they will get food and capture all the food till their stomach is full.
It takes days for them to digest the food, and in this way, they gain energy. Overfeeding may cause kidney problems and may shorten the life span of your pet.
What to do when your chameleon is not eating and how to force-feed them?
When your chameleon doesn’t eat, check the cage temperature level. This may be the main reason if your chameleon is not eating.
In winter, Your chameleon won’t eat much due to brumination, and it is expected. When your chameleon does not eat, consult a vet and confirm whether it is because of parasites. If it is so, the vet will take care of your chameleon.
When it is not winter, and the cage’s temperature is all good, you must force-feed your chameleon. Crush the Silkworms, which the chameleons consider tasty, and with the help of the syringe without the needle, you can gently inject the food into your chameleon’s mouth.
When the female chameleon is ready to lay eggs, it won’t eat much and avoid force-feeding.
When your chameleon doesn’t eat enough at maximum, the problem is with the cage, or they might have got bored with the food, give them a variety of food.
Can I feed them with chicken, meat, and other lizards?
Remember, chameleons are insectivorous. They love insects and not chicken, meat, mice, or any lizards. It could cause some serious health problems to your chameleon.
Wild chameleons occasionally eat birds and lizards because of their environment, and it is not suggested for pet chameleons.
Can I give canned food to my chameleon?
Well, No. Canned foods like insects, greens are not gut-loaded before they are cooked and froze. So it is not a good idea to feed your pet with.