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Old 10-25-2012, 03:24 AM
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Leaving crickets in cage over night

I'm somewhat new and so I've never really seen anyone talk about doing this before. Is it a bad idea or is ok to put some crickets in after he goes to bed. I work until 2 in the after noon and want him to be able to eat earlier than that and my wife will not get near the crickets for whatever reason. So is this acceptable or is it a bad idea for some reason?
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:26 AM
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Not a good idea as the crickets will take bites out of your Cham while he/she is asleep
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:31 AM
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I knew there had to be something bad about it...oh well. Thanks for the info!
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Are there any feeders that would be ok to leave in over night?
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:00 AM
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Roaches if you uses a cup or something inside to keep them in, silkworms, horn worms, calci worms I don't think you could leave mantids but there are a couple of options but Personaly id feed your Cham soon as ur home instead
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:00 AM
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Yeah I'd like him to be on a schedule. It's just that even feeding him right away isn't always an option b/c sometimes I have to do things after work before I go home or my wife makes me take care of my 3 mo son as soon as i walk in the door lol

But yeah I guess I'll just wait and see. I'll be getting hornworms with my next shipment so I might see how it goes then
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I dont worry much about leaving crick nymphs in the cage overnight, but never the full grown cricks, and esp the black field crick (you can really feel their bite).

Only Smeagol and Noogie get adult cricks and dubia roaches because they are big enough to handle them. I cup feed only with those.

If they can "chirp", they are mature enough to bite!! they get cup, or hand fed. When holding them, I can feel biting, so imagine how it would feel for a little cham
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They chirp, but I've never been bitten. I know they CAN bite, but I didn't think they would bite a sleeping chameleon. I won't be leaving them in his cage overnight though. I appreciate the help guys!
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if you free range the crickets in the cage and are worried that some might be hiding at night, you can put some food at the bottom of the cage for them to eat and hopefully they will not bother your chameleon then.
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I have to admit that I leave crickets in the cages all the time. I have only ever had one issue where MAYBE it was from crickets. A healthy cham is not going to just let bug eat away at it. IMO I do pick them out if i know they have been there for a day or so and if I am going away or worried I just toss a pc of baby carrot in the bottom of the cage for the crickets to eat.
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