So here are some links and things to know about the Chameleon Forums. For newcomers as well as some seasoned members there could be some features that you don't know exist, or just cant seem to find them when you need them.
First off the resources page...
The Philosophy of Gutloading
I would like to thank Anthony Herrel and Walter Tapondjou for their helpful advice on where to look for relevant papers.
Recently, it was suggested to me that our current gutloading practices might be wrong-headed. In particular, I...
Intestinal Parasites are common in chameleons and other reptiles. Wild caught chameleons have a reputation of having intestinal parasites..although this is true , parasites can effect Captive bred as well as Wild caught Chameleon.
A chameleon may have parasites but not show any symptoms...
Of course, all animals require water to survive, and it isn't as simple as placing a bowl in the bottom and calling it a day. In fact, with most chameleons this will have little, if any benefit. Most chain pet stores display their chameleons with a water bowl, and this can be misleading to the...
I free range my chameleons so I really have to pay close attention to when it’s time to lay eggs. I think one of the most important things is to have a gram scale and weigh her once a week. If she's gaining and you are still feeding the same amount of food then I figure she must have eggs. You...
General care / Newbie Info
No I would say those orange cubes are not sufficient.
Here's some links on gutloading:
There are some good places online to search out, try Google. That's how I found out how to do it. Anyway, here are some directions.
Get some nice plump worms at the pet store. Put them in some oatmeal (raw please) with a chunk of potato. Let them eat and poop for at least two weeks.
The cultures themselves don't really go bad. It's the media that either gets used up, dries up, or gets moldy.
To start a new culture you just mix up some new media (purchased or home recipe), put an inch or two in a new container (or cleaned container), add a sprinkle of activated yeast...
1 Big yummy kingworm lightly coated in a delicate calcium supplement and a Reptaid sauce (reptaid squirted into mouth while chewing)
followed by 1 small dessert size butterworm
Lunch: small mealworm, with a lovely calcium dust
2 small crickets...
Wednesday: 1 silkworm
Thursday: nothing - I had such a bad cold I stayed in bed all day. My partner ensured everyone got water morning and afternoon, but he didnt have time to "muck about with bugs"
Friday:1 big silkworm, and 1 mealworm (calcium dusted)
Saturday: 2 big crickets...
The following was offered to and eaten by each of my adult male panther chameleons today
Breakfast: 1 fat silkworm
Dinner: 2 crickets (calcium dusted)
and 1 small, freshly shed mealworm (calcium dusted)