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Old 01-31-2012, 09:44 PM
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Cham eats lizard

I was watching some videos when I came across this video of a chameleon eating a lizard. Correct me if im wrong, but arnt they insectivores, and eating a lizard would possibly kill them. I would think that they wouldnt be able to digest the bones, teeth, etc. Looking for some insight on this.
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I was watching some videos when I came across this video of a chameleon eating a lizard. Correct me if im wrong, but arnt they insectivores, and eating a lizard would possibly kill them. I would think that they wouldnt be able to digest the bones, teeth, etc. Looking for some insight on this.
If they were in the wild, and they were hungry, they eat what they can find. Now I definitely don't suggest feeding a CB cham another lizard like this video.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:51 PM
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it is possible for them to consume small lizards and mice but it is debatable as to weather it is a good idea or not. i personally would not
in the wild chams have been found to eat other small lizzards.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:58 PM
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Yea I dont think that I would every feed my lil guy a lizard or any other small animal for that fact, just to be on the safe side.
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They can deal with bones and teeth just fine.

A number of chameleon species relish eating other lizards (including other chameleons).

You should see my tegus- They can eat chickens (frozen and thawed from me)- feathers, bones, beaks and all, and do a great job digesting them...

Too much is not good for chameleons though (too rich to be fed often), occasionally is possibly OK, but in captivity parasites and disease that can be passed on from the other lizard is also a consideration.
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my chameleon has eaten the little anoles down here with no ill effects. Now, I do not feed them to him but I have seen him snag a couple in my patio that come in from outside. He probably has eaten more than I need to know about in his outdoorcage, cause I am always shooing them out of there. So, the answer is, no it will not kill them, but it is debateable as to how good they are for them.
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i have a green anole in a cage across from my chams, my panther could care less but my veiled always went crazy over him and whenever he was roaming around my room he would go over and try to eat it, so i had to move it into another room.
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i give mine a small lizard every other weekend as a treat, no problem so far
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Same here, I've had mine catch little house geckos and anoles that sneak into the house.

This is what I think on the subject. Even though these animals are insectivores, it wouldn't surprise me if perhaps 10% of their diet in the wild is composed of small vertebrates (lizards, frogs, birds, etc.). I was surprised to learn while working at a wildlife rescue in Costa Rica that toucans, who are fruit-eaters, will catch and eat small birds. They would catch the small birds that got into their cage to eat their food and eat them, and would enjoy a boiled egg happily as a treat. So they clearly enjoy some animal protein in their diet.

That said, there is a link between gout in reptiles and too much animal protein, so that's why I think vertebrates wouldn't make up a huge part of a chameleon's diet. Once in a while I'm sure it's fine, but I wouldn't feed stuff like pinkies or anoles as a regular food item.
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It strikes me as a bit strange that you guys are happy to feed a chameleon another lizard. What if someone said he was feeding chameleons to another bigger lizard? would you all be so tolerable then? Im not saying its not right, and im not saying its a good thing and "natures way", just that sometimes a different point of view on things can change a persons perspective.
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