My veiled doesn't seem to know where it is also I think its a little to high and there is nothing for him to climb to get into the cupHere is a pic of my setup. My 3 baby Oustalets are getting used to it. I also put a small cup on the bottom of the cage as one of the babies tends to hang out on the bottom and he seems to appreciate that! lol
My veiled doesn't seem to know where it is also I think its a little to high and there is nothing for him to climb to get into the cup
Here's my cup. It's paperclipped to a vine in the middle so he can see into it from the top and has branches around to grab onto when he's eating from it. He's a little far in because he can't use his tongue but the idea is the same. I painted the outside because it was so transparent he was trying to eat through it at first.
I posted this in another thread. Might as well put it here too.
Originally Posted by jenstar View Post
I guess he prefers to hunt.
Naturally!! This is what they do in the wild I do not recommend cup feeding every bug. Your lizard will get use to the bugs always going in their. This could cause it to get lazy and set around the cup all day waiting for food and can cause "lazy tongue". Its best IMO to free range the bugs that are quick moving. Crickets, hoppers, flies (of course) and other worms that will stick to a branch or screen. Things like roaches that just run and hide under the plant pots and other worm type feeders that dont stick to the screen or branch can be placed in the cup or better yet a small shallow tub. However, I dont recommend always using a tub either. It might be better than a cup but still the food is in the same spot all the time. This will keep your animal wondering if there is food in the cage and be more inclined to hunt and be active during the day. One of the most fun parts of keeping these lizards is watching them hunt! Seems like your animal already knows where his food is all the time from pooping in it. In the wild poop will attract different bugs thus bringing food to the lizard. Its quite normal.
I had cup fed starting out after I got into panthers. My one male had to be free ranged because of always rubbing his nose on the cage so naturally he had to be cup fed. If you are going to do it I think its wise to at least hand feed a few of the bugs making the chameleon "reach" for them. I would watch a chameleon for a member when they went on vacation. The chameleon had gone to a well known herp vet for eye issues. Everything was in check with the cham besides eye infection yet he couldnt snag feeders from very far away. This beast would sit all day by the gallon jug feeder. Once you put his food in he would stick his head right in there and snag them up from an inch or two away. He was fed like that forever. The gallon jug method could work better than a cup if it is far enough away the chameleon actually has to shoot far for its food.Thats really clever. I've noticed that my male sits on his basking spot most the day and looks over at his cup everyone in a while. I am thinking about buying some crickets and letting them go in his cage (maybe 12 at most). Same idea with silk/horn worms. I usually just feed them by hand. Your onto something here.