Just found something new to Drake. He loves blueberries and eats them from the hand. My question would be how many and how often is it safe to feed? Thanks
Yeah, mine would eat fruits and vegies all day/everyday if I let him. Just didn't know about blueberries as they are a new item for us.I believe the fruit sched for a veiled is once a week, as much as they want. Yea mines favorites are always blue berrys and black berries.
You can also put leafy greens via a chip clip during the week for them to munch on.
http://www.greenigsociety.org/foodchart.htmYeah, mine would eat fruits and vegies all day/everyday if I let him. Just didn't know about blueberries as they are a new item for us.
Do you feel this schedule runs the same with most fruits
I feed mine blueberries at every feeding, Is that bad, I feed him 1-2 times a weekhttp://www.greenigsociety.org/foodchart.htm
"staples" can be offered via a chip clip 24/7
"OCCASIONAL/great treat" can be offered once a week. Berries are berries, black,red,blue etc.
Id say around 25% of his calories can come from "veg". But as Kaizen stated, in order to come out the other end they use gut bacteria the aquired at birth. So you dont want to go full beardy on the food.
look, I realize that some veiled keepers recommend fresh veggies etc, but I’m not convinced that they are a necessary or even usual part of their diets. We know veileds sometimes snag a leaf, but it’s not entirely clear why they do this. Some thoughts include for extra hydration, for fibre when chitinous insects are scarce (egg, when only caterpillars are available), and yes, some people say it’s to supplement their diet. I’m dubious of the latter though since it usually comes out of them relatively undigested. I am not a scientist, so what I say here is basically my more-or-less informed intuitions nWould the same hold true for raw veggies?
I had a beardy that would not eat veg if his life depended on it, so anything goes.Given that chameleons have a relatively short digestive tract and aren't set up for plant consumption (as in breaking it down completely and utilizing it), I'd personally limit any fruit/veg to maybe once a week. The chameleons will absorb the nutrition much better/more easily if it's been pre digested by feeders, anyway.
I won't be going out of my way to provide my veiled girl Kismet with any additional plant matter, though I'll be watching to see if she actually snacks on any of her many plants as she grows. Seems like some individuals are more likely to display this behavior than others!
We see a lot of adult beardie superworm/mealworm junkies at the clinic- it's a pretty common report lol! Beardies are opportunistic omnivores and are better suited to eating a majority diet of bugs than a insectivore like a chameleon would be to eating too much veg. It's not quite an equally compatible situation, as beardies have guts capable of fully absorbing the nutrition availableI had a beardy that would not eat veg if his life depended on it, so anything goes.
I’m curious if any of your veiled females nibbled on any other plants. While the Pothos are ravaged with bites, I don’t see any evidence that my girls have sampled the other plants.@Kaizen ...I have had many female veiled chameleons that will literally strip a pothos plant bare of leaves...the leaves are not snagged with a bug...they are deliberately eaten. They don't come out whole at the other end either so they must be digested.
I can't say that they are absolutely necessary because they can live without them too...but IMHO it doesn't mean they aren't serving a purpose.