Chameleon obesity

Lexi Bond

New Member
I was recently told that my chameleon is obese. Now I’m very concerned about my pets health and scared of his quality of life. I thought I fed Shelley properly, but now I doubt it. He eats around 2-3 times a week, 5-6 crickets a day. Sometimes I feed him tobacco hornworms.
I will be very grateful if you could give me some advice.

Klyde O'Scope

Chameleon Enthusiast
Welcome to the forum.

If he's a little chunk, IDT it's by much (I'm seeing indications both ways).
I have a beardie who's gotten overweight—it can sneak up on you. I've had him on a diet, and it seems to be working, albeit slowly (which is probably better than a crash-diet).

Can you just cut him down by a cricket or two each feeding? How often is "sometimes" with the horn worms?

Hornworms are pretty low in fat, but here's a chart with nutritional info for various insect feeders that may give you some ideas. Below that is a feeder chart specifically for chameleons.


Just in case, it wouldn't hurt to have your enclosure reviewed, as I can see a couple issues from the pics. Copy/paste the questionnaire from with your own answers filled in (in bold, italic, or a color for clarity). Please include pics of the enclosure from the top (showing lighting) to bottom (floor/substrate). ;)
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