FAQ: Food

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What feeders can I use?
You can use the feeders on this blog.
http://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/sandrachameleon/74-feeders.html

Where do I buy bugs online?
There are many places you can buy bugs online, this blog gives a good list of many great online food supplies.
http://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/sandrachameleon/171-where-buy-feeders-online.html


What is chitin? Can it harm my chameleon? Do you have information on chitin?
Chitin is basically the “shell” of an insect. It can harm your chameleon in high amounts, it can impact them. Here is a link to an article about chitin.
http://glasgowgecko.co.uk/Articles/Chitin.pdf

How do I breed dubia/silkworms/super worms?
If you decide to breed super worms, check out this link:
http://www.chameleonforums.com/breeding-superworms-31149/
Like wise, with silk worms, here is a good thread:
http://www.chameleonforums.com/silkworms-101-a-7906/
Last but not least, here is a link for dubia:
http://www.chameleonforums.com/breeding-dubia-roaches-8054/

Why not use spinach as a gutload? What is Oxalic Acid?
Spinach is high in oxalic acid, which prevents proper absorption of calcium.
Read here for more information about oxalic acid.
http://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/sandrachameleon/215-oxalic-acid-content-vegetables.html







Why is the calcium to phosphorous rating so important?
If you have too much phosphor, it will make it hard for your chameleon to get all the calcium it needs. Here are Vegetable and Fruit Ca:p charts:
http://www.iguanaden.org/diet/calphosveg.htm
http://www.iguanaden.org/diet/calphosfruit.htm

Is bee pollen good for my chameleon?
Bee Pollen is from male seed flowers. Bees collect this pollen and turn it into granules as they carry it back to their hive. These granules are stored in the hive to be used for food for larvae. Bee Pollen contains all the ingredients necessary for life, and is often referred to as nature's only "perfect" food.

Bee Pollen contains at least 22 amino acids, 18 vitamins, 25 minerals, 59 trace elements, 11 enzymes or co-enzymes, 14 fatty acids, 11 carbohydrates and approximately 25 % protein. Bee pollen is extremely rich in carotenes, which are metabolic precursors of vitamin A. It is also high In B complex and vitamins C, D, E and Lecithin.

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