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Old 05-11-2006, 07:15 AM
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can a chameleon eat stink bugs

my male jackson was about to eat a green stinkbug today but i stoped him because i didn't know if it is ok. what type of bug can they have from the wild and what should i watch out for. i know monarch and oleander caterpillars are toxic because of the plant they eat but what else should i look out for if i keep my chameleon outside this year
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Old 05-11-2006, 11:13 AM
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Since stink bugs really do live up to their name, I personally would avoid them. The "musk" they release when threatened is their natural defense against predation, so they are probably quite distasteful. Not sure about their toxicity.
I live at the edge of a couple hundred acres of woods, so no shortage of bugs and critters here! I do avoid large grasshoppers, redworms, lightning bugs (highly toxic), the known toxic caterpillars, the "pedes" centi and milli, ladybugs..and probably others I can't rememember right now! LOL
If you keep him outside this summer, be wary of red/fire ants if you have them there like we have here.
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