Feeder question

Dgood

Established Member
Hello everyone I have a female jacksons about 6-7 months old and I've had her for a little over a month. She eats and is doing great compared to when i got her from the store I feed her a main diet of gut loaded crickets, I gut load with mangos, apples, oranges, butternut squash, and mustard greens and the occasional carrots. I also have a dry gut load, the flukerfarms high calcium cricket diet that I have in with the fruits and veggies. I just wanted to make sure that this gut load was ok for my Cham. She also eats the occasional mealworms, waxworms, and superworm. But just yesterday she hasnt been eating the super worms so I feel like those might be getting old for her. Is there any other feeder that I can give her at this age? I want her diet to have a lot of variety. And does anyone have any tips on breeding super/meal worms I would rather be self sufficient than have to go to petco every other week and see the poor reptiles :( thanks for any and all feed back!!
 

Dgood

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I almost forgot to mention she was trying to eat a fake plant that was in her cage so I moved to to a different spot and has showed any attraction to it since. Is there any kind of fruit or vegetable that a female jacksons can eat?
 

sandrachameleon

Chameleon Enthusiast
Hi
You've been doing pretty well with the crickets, except that the flukers product isn't very good.
Here are some links re gutloading you might find useful

https://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/sandrachameleon/75-feeder-nutrition-gutloading.html
https://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/sandrachameleon/659-green-leafy-goodness-gutloading.html
https://www.chameleonforums.com/blo...just-crickets-roaches-gutload-everything.html
https://www.chameleonforums.com/blo...-nuts-seeds-healthy-part-perfect-gutload.html

Don't be concerned if she doesn't eat superworms - they're fatty anyways to no big loss.

Other feeders options include:
roaches; blue bottle flies; termites; locust; butterworms; silkworms; terrestrial isopods; land snails (not wild caught); soldier fly maggots (phoenix worms / calci worms); moths...
more info, including how to breed mealworms and superworms etc:
https://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/sandrachameleon/74-feeders.html
 
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Dgood

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Awesome thanks for all the great info! The only feeders that are sold in my city are meal worms waxworms, super worms and calci worms. Should I order any of those from mulberry farms? I heard they are pretty good, and is there any kind of fruit veggies I can feed her? I heard that veiled are the chams that eat plants but o thought I'd ask :D
 

Dgood

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Thanks for all the info and help. I be sure and order as many different feeders as I can for her defiantly some silkworms :D for the "leafy green goodness" it onlys says for cricket gut loads , but I have a bunch of fresh mangos would that be a good fruit to throw in occasionally?
 

Dgood

Established Member
So would mangos be ok for them to eat every now and again? Because she is going for that fake ant again :confused: I'm probably going to take it out
 

sandrachameleon

Chameleon Enthusiast
Thanks for all the info and help. I be sure and order as many different feeders as I can for her defiantly some silkworms :D for the "leafy green goodness" it onlys says for cricket gut loads , but I have a bunch of fresh mangos would that be a good fruit to throw in occasionally?

Although I intended the blog entry in terms of cricket gutload, I'd say most of those are entirely fine for direct feeding to plant eating chameleons. Romaine, kale, Hibiscus, dandelion....
 

sandrachameleon

Chameleon Enthusiast
So would mangos be ok for them to eat every now and again? Because she is going for that fake ant again :confused: I'm probably going to take it out

safe live plants are always best IHMO

does she get enough water?

How do you supplement? maybe she's seeking something missing from diet?

yes occasional pieces of mango without peel would be okay. Mango provides vitamin C, beta carotene, some B6 and vitamin K. However also high in sugars and higher in phosphorous than calcium and the peel is high in oxalic acid.
 

Dgood

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That is what I was thinking too maybe not getting enough water? But she drinks from the leaves and even the sprayer sometimes 3 times a day ( I leave the water sitting out for 24 hours to let any chlorine or other minerals evaporate) she looks hydrated and drinks a lot. I dust her crickets 1 time a week with rep-cal phosphorus free calcium w/ d3. And reptivite with d3 1 time a month. I reduced the amount of times I supplement her because of the d3 I don't want to give her too much. But does that sound alright? I try to focus on making my feeders have as much calcium as possible so I don't have to supplement as much.... But again I'm new to chams so I'm no expert! Any suggestions or this that need to change please tell me so I can give as best care as possible :D
 

Dgood

Established Member
If anyone that read this has any suggestions about my supplementation please any feed back would be great :D
 

Dgood

Established Member
No..... I've been looking all around for the d3 free but I can't seem to find it besides online. And I have to wait another week until I have money on my credit card again. Until than what do you suggest I do? And what kind of calcium would be the best when the time comes?
 

Dgood

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I managed to look around and actually found just plain calcium with out phosphorus or any d3 and picked it up. I'm going to adjust the schedule to plain calcium with out d3 to 2x a week and multivitamin 1x a month and calcium with d3 every 6 weeks. Does this sound alright? Or should I stick with what the care sheet says and do calcium w/ d3 every month as well
 

sandrachameleon

Chameleon Enthusiast
Don't forget your reptivite multivitamin has D3 in it also.

You might go with calcium (no vitamins or phosphorous) twice to three times a week, and your multivitamin (that contains D3) twice a month. drop the Rep-cal with D3 entirely - its very potent and jacks do not need as much supplementation as panthers or veileds

you might find this blog entry by Hoj useful:
https://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/hoj/634-montane-chameleon-care-info.html
 
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