Feeding and online orders

Sorry this may have already been asked, if it has I’m sorry. If I order crickets online are most of them alive when I get them? Also I have a chameleon I bought as a baby in early May. I have been feeding him twice a day which adds up to 10 each feeding along with one meal worm. Is this ok?
 

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jackthejellydragon

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Sorry this may have already been asked, if it has I’m sorry. If I order crickets online are most of them alive when I get them? Also I have a chameleon I bought as a baby in early May. I have been feeding him twice a day which adds up to 10 each feeding along with one meal worm. Is this ok?
the crickets should be live if temps are normal. depending on how old he was when you got him would be how much to feed him, but mealworms should never be fed. please fill out this form so that we can help with any other questions or. husbandry problems you may have that you do not realize.
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Ok here is my info:
I got him in May 2021. Idk his age but he was about 3” long not including his tail. He is a male veiled chameleon. I do not handle him much except when I clean his enclosure because he doesn’t care for it. I feed him twice a day about 10 live crickets each time along with one meal worm each time. I use Fluckers high ca food for the crickets. I give Holler boy (my grand baby named him) Repashy superfood Ca Plus loD every other week. I give him Repcal without D3 everyday. I mist him twice a day for 3 mins and fog him twice a day for 30 min. I use the drip system for water and I’ve never really seen him drink. I use Distilled water. His feces is white an black solid form. Cage
Reptizoo 24x24x48 screen and glass
I use Fluckers basking light and ceramic heat emitter. I use a 18” reptizoo T8 reptile sun uvb. The temp stays around 70-74 with the humidity 40-50. The only live plant I have is devils ivy. His enclosure is about 4’ off the ground and it is in a high traffic area but it’s just me living there. He is close to a vent but it is closed and covered. We live in north west Texas.
Thank you for any help u can provide me with.
 

jackthejellydragon

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Ok here is my info:
I got him in May 2021. Idk his age but he was about 3” long not including his tail. He is a male veiled chameleon. I do not handle him much except when I clean his enclosure because he doesn’t care for it. I feed him twice a day about 10 live crickets each time along with one meal worm each time. I use Fluckers high ca food for the crickets. I give Holler boy (my grand baby named him) Repashy superfood Ca Plus loD every other week. I give him Repcal without D3 everyday. I mist him twice a day for 3 mins and fog him twice a day for 30 min. I use the drip system for water and I’ve never really seen him drink. I use Distilled water. His feces is white an black solid form. Cage
Reptizoo 24x24x48 screen and glass
I use Fluckers basking light and ceramic heat emitter. I use a 18” reptizoo T8 reptile sun uvb. The temp stays around 70-74 with the humidity 40-50. The only live plant I have is devils ivy. His enclosure is about 4’ off the ground and it is in a high traffic area but it’s just me living there. He is close to a vent but it is closed and covered. We live in north west Texas.
Thank you for any help u can provide me with.

my feedback is in red.:) don't be overwhelmed by how much feedback is given. it looks like more than it is. just take a deep breath and do what is necessary it will be very easy. on the forums everyone will help with any question so don't be afraid to ask.:)

Ok here is my info:
I got him in May 2021. Idk his age but he was about 3” long not including his tail. He seems to be about 6 to 7 months old.He is a male veiled chameleon. I do not handle him much except when I clean his enclosure because he doesn’t care for it. ok good, but try to clean around him and don't stress him out if he seems scared or stressed. I feed him twice a day about 10 live crickets each time along with one meal worm each time. so you will want to start feeding less feeders but feeders that are bigger. he should eat around 6 or 7 medium sized feeders daily for the next 2 or 3 months. once he about 9 to 12 months old which is in about 2 or 3 months he will need to start eating 3 to 5 large feeders every 2 or 3 days. I will have a page of some healthy bugs to feed below the form that has great info. By feeders I mean the Equivalent to about one cricket or roach. so you don't want to feed 5 giant worms because every worm might be about 3 or 4 crickets or roaches. who some days you could feed one big worm and 1 cricket. You want to feed him a better variety of bugs and healthier ones too. The more bugs on the list below you feed the better for the cham it will be. Things like crickets, roaches, and silkworms are great staple feeders that can be fed all the time. starting a roach colony is easy and once they start breeding you will never be without them again. super worms and wax worms are great treats but are high in fat so should not be fed very often. hornworms are great and they are very hydrating for your chameleon. mealworms should never ever be fed to your cham as They are high in chitin which is exoskeleton and is not easy for Chams to digest. Make sure whatever you feed is smaller than the space between your Chams eyes, because if not it can be a choking hazard. I use Fluckers high ca food for the crickets. I will have a gut load form also that again the more on the list you use the better. I chop them up in a food processor without making them a smoothie and store in the freezer until use. There are other ways to make gut load like making a powder of all the veggies and fruits or feeding them fresh veggies and fruits. There are also premade gut loads that you addd water to such as Repashy bug burger or cricket crack that you can also use including the veggies and friuts. I give Holler boy (my grand baby named him) Repashy superfood Ca Plus loD every other week. I give him Repcal without D3 everyday. very good I mist him twice a day for 3 mins and fog him twice a day for 30 min. when are you misting and fogging?I use the drip system for water and I’ve never really seen him drink. that's okay it is important to give them options so good job.I use Distilled water. Great His feces is white an black solid form. sounds good If you notice lots of orange on the white part it means you cham is dehydrated and needs more water. The more orange the more dehydrated, if less than half is orange your good.Cage
Reptizoo 24x24x48 screen and glass sounds good but make sure you have good airflow in there.
I use Fluckers basking light and ceramic heat emitter. how hot is the basking temp, it should be about 80 to 85 degrees. you can use a digital thermometer like this ThermoPro Tp50 Hygrometer Thermometer Indoor Humidity Monitor with Temperature or a temp gun. The hotter the basking spot the shorter the lifespan for your cham. I recommend 82 or 83 but anywhere from 80 to 85 is great. I use a 18” reptizoo T8 reptile sun uvb. You will want to get a 22" T5 linear 5% reptisun or 6% arcadia. T5 is newer and provides more Vitamin d and d3 for your cham than the T8. The reptisun should be replaced every 6 months and the arcadia should be replaced every year. the branch that allows them to bask under this light should be about 8 inches below the light for proper UV levels.The temp stays around 70-74 this is perfect if it is ambient temp but this is not hot enough for basking temp.with the humidity 40-50. perfect . At night a temp drop and raise in humidity is good as long as it does not get into the 50s but it is not necessary. only live plant I have is devils ivy. The more live plants, sticks and vines the better. I will have safe plant list below. fake plants can be dangerous because veiled may try to take a bit and if the swallow a piece they will most likely be impacted and die. His enclosure is about 4’ off the ground and it is in a high traffic area but it’s just me living there. pretty good but I would try to get more height as the higher your cham is the safer it will feel. He is close to a vent but it is closed and covered. We live in north west Texas.
Thank you for any help u can provide me with.
check out chameleon academy because they have all the info I just gave you and more. and Neptune the chameleon on YouTube because she has great info. just take a deep breath and don't be overwhelmed.:)

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jackthejellydragon

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Yea it all seems like simple fixes. Where do find all the different bugs?
yeah you can get your bugs from a variety of companies. I personally like joshes frogs which gives great quality but somewhat expensive and has lots of variety. sorry I forgot to say but black soldier fly larvae are also a great staple that I use. Dubia roaches.com has great prices and variety but kind lacks some quality but is still great. if you want silkworms I recommend anywhere you can find them but to be exact serenity silkworms and mulberry farms. someone on the forums called @jamest0o0 has by far the best prices for roaches and gives the best quality. I ordered from him very recently because of his variety and he works with you well. he willl tell you how to take care of any roach. I recommend Dubia or discoids. they are almost identical but discoids move more are pricier and Dubia aren't allowed to be shipped to certain places, such as Florida.
 
There’s also http://www.lindasgonebuggie.com/ She sells variety packs so that you can get a bit of everything. She’s based in Florida so only has discoids.
If I buy the packs can I keep the insects in the containers they come in?
yeah you can get your bugs from a variety of companies. I personally like joshes frogs which gives great quality but somewhat expensive and has lots of variety. sorry I forgot to say but black soldier fly larvae are also a great staple that I use. Dubia roaches.com has great prices and variety but kind lacks some quality but is still great. if you want silkworms I recommend anywhere you can find them but to be exact serenity silkworms and mulberry farms. someone on the forums called @jamest0o0 has by far the best prices for roaches and gives the best quality. I ordered from him very recently because of his variety and he works with you well. he willl tell you how to take care of any roach. I recommend Dubia or discoids. they are almost identical but discoids move more are pricier and Dubia aren't allowed to be shipped to certain places, such as Florida.
I really don’t want to raise roaches or any other kind of insect. I’m really not and insect person but I’m sure I’ll get used to it but until then I just want to buy the packs
 

jackthejellydragon

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If I buy the packs can I keep the insects in the containers they come in?

I really don’t want to raise roaches or any other kind of insect. I’m really not and insect person but I’m sure I’ll get used to it but until then I just want to buy the packs
That's perfectly fine im the same way I do it for the cham but never touch the bugs. you can keep them in what they come in most of the time but sometimes hornworms or silkworms may need larger container depending on how big of a container they come in.
 

jamest0o0

Chameleon Enthusiast
Most people that sell insects didn't start out as insect people 😆. I hated them and TBH judged people a bit that liked them... not bad, but just like eh how can that be your interest? Now I have a ton of colonies, became a fun and simple side hobby that could help with the bills a bit and feed my animals for free. Especially with kids, where I just don't have the time that most people have, currently in my life. So I have to make do with the little things.
 

Beman

Chameleon Enthusiast
I’ve been told my chameleon is under weight. Is this true?
He is leaner... You can tell by his limbs... I would not say underweight though. How old is he now and how much/how often are you feeding him?

Does he have a history of MBD? I am seeing a slight bowing to the upper front arm.
 

summerseeking

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Yea it all seems like simple fixes. Where do find all the different bugs?

This I’m my bug source list

Waxworms
https://www.joshsfrogs.com/live-insects-feeders/waxworms-1.html
https://www.rainbowmealworms.net/waxworms/

Hornworms
https://www.joshsfrogs.com/live-insects-feeders/hornworms-3.html
https://www.rainbowmealworms.net/hornworms
http://www.jfkdragons.com/store/p77/Hornworm_pods_(25_appox).html
Black soldier fly larvae
https://www.joshsfrogs.com/live-insects-feeders/black-soldier-fly-larvae.html
http://www.jfkdragons.com/store/p209/Black_soldier_fly_larva.html

Super worms
https://reptilianarts.com/collections/feederinsects/products/superworms
https://www.silkwormshop.com/shopping/agora.cgi?product=superworms
http://www.jfkdragons.com/store/p208/Superworms.html

Silk worms
https://reptilianarts.com/products/silkworms?variant=33495592239148
https://reptilianarts.com/collections/feederinsects/products/bulksilkworms?variant=33495592534060 BULK
https://www.coastalsilkworms.com/silkworms/live-silkworms.html
https://www.silkwormshop.com/shopping/agora.cgi?product=small
https://www.joshsfrogs.com/live-insects-feeders/silkworms-for-sale.html
https://www.rainbowmealworms.net/silkworms
https://www.avangtar.com/silkworms/
http://www.jfkdragons.com/store/p78/small_silkworms_(30_count)_.html

Dubia Roaches
https://reptilianarts.com/collections/feederinsects/products/dubia-roaches
https://www.joshsfrogs.com/live-insects-feeders/roaches.html
 
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