Dusted crickets

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Chefcarlos, Feb 13, 2018 at 10:20 PM.

  1. Chefcarlos

    Chefcarlos New Member

    have had my Cham for a few months now and I have been giving him crickets dusted with d3 he has been eating them no problem. But just a few days ago he has not been eating them I throw some in his cage and he doesn’t go for them anymore, so I threw some in without dusting them and he went for them. This is odd cause he always ate the dusted crickets and now he doesn’t. Any insight?
  2. kinyonga

    kinyonga Chameleon Enthusiast

    You're not dusting with D3 every time are you?
  3. Chefcarlos

    Chefcarlos New Member

    It’s cacium with D3
  4. bobbydigital

    bobbydigital Established Member

    How much are you dusting them? The crickets are supposed to be lightly dusted. Also, you should only be using calcium with d3 only twice a month.

    Your dusting schedule should be as follows: calcium without d3 at every feeding. Calcium with d3 twice a month. Multivitamin twice a month.

    Also make sure you are properly gutloading your crickets so your cham gets the proper nourishment. Try feeding him other feeders as well.

    You can fill out the how to ask for help from, copy and paste it and put your answers in a response so we can have a better idea of your cham and enclosure.

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  5. Chefcarlos

    Chefcarlos New Member

    I have been feeding him calcium without d3 and with d3 he has been eating them no problem but lately he won’t touch them
  6. kinyonga

    kinyonga Chameleon Enthusiast

  7. Chefcarlos

    Chefcarlos New Member

    He goes for the non dusted ones do you think he is tired of eating dusted crickets
  8. kinyonga

    kinyonga Chameleon Enthusiast

    Do you ever feed him other insects like roaches, locusts, silkworms, superworms, BSFL, mantids, etc?
    He may be looking for variety and the dusted look different than the undusted.
  9. Chefcarlos

    Chefcarlos New Member

    Only used to crickets I don’t think I can give him roaches as I have a phobia of roaches it took me a while to grab the crickets without tweezers
  10. Dürja

    Dürja New Member

    What kind of calcium are you using?
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  11. Graves923

    Graves923 Avid Member


    Can you list the supplements you use?

    Can you post your supplement schedule?

    Proper supplementation is one of the more important aspects of keeping chameleons. We want to help you and make sure you are not overdosing your cham on one supplement or the other. D3 can be dangerous if overdosed.
  12. kinyonga

    kinyonga Chameleon Enthusiast

    I said to you that since he's only been fed crickets but he eats them when they look different because they aren't dusted he might be bored with them... don't you think it's worth trying a different insect???

    What's the basking temperature in the cage?
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  13. Dürja

    Dürja New Member

    Well I would hope so. Can you tell us the specific kinds you're using though?
  14. Chefcarlos

    Chefcarlos New Member

    Zoo med repti calcium

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