Feeding pinky mice

nightanole

Chameleon Enthusiast
meh a few a month isnt bad. During my early years i raised my first veiled on just pinkies and he lasted 6 years, and got good numbers from the vet checkups. Beardies do not do good on them. So just treat them as a snack ever 2-3 weeks. I would tie a string around the tail and fly them around the cage for them to chaise. The tails pop right off.
 

Lennoncham

Chameleon Enthusiast
meh a few a month isnt bad. During my early years i raised my first veiled on just pinkies and he lasted 6 years, and got good numbers from the vet checkups. Beardies do not do good on them. So just treat them as a snack ever 2-3 weeks. I would tie a string around the tail and fly them around the cage for them to chaise. The tails pop right off.
Oh that’s crazy. I believe I did read that in a thread somewhere. We’re you feeding live ones or frozen and thawed ones? And do you think there would be much difference other then inticing them to eat it?
 

JoXie411

Chameleon Enthusiast
Oh true. I would think the skeleton would be the hardest part to digest but I mean people feed snails so I can’t see it being to much worse then that?
True. From what read It should not be give to often. It’s just a once in a blue moon just to avoid the digesting problem. I’ve read ppl like to give them to female chameleons that are making eggs/or just layed eggs to help with calcium if I remember right. Lots of reading with chameleons lol
 

jamest0o0

Chameleon Enthusiast
True. From what read It should not be give to often. It’s just a once in a blue moon just to avoid the digesting problem. I’ve read ppl like to give them to female chameleons that are making eggs/or just layed eggs to help with calcium if I remember right. Lots of reading with chameleons lol
I've heard this too, but then heard it's a myth they're high in calcium. IMO the main plus of vertebrates is the vitamin content of the organs. There's preformed vit A among others.

What kind of chameleon are you feeding? I'm sure once and awhile would be fine, but I think large mellers and Parsons probably benefit from whole vertebrates prey more often.
 

Lennoncham

Chameleon Enthusiast
I’m feeding 2 panthers and a veiled. Ya it wouldn’t be to often just a once in a while thing. I know lots of people say it’s bad to have to much animal protein but I think a bit would probably be beneficial.

I have heard that about females as well that part of why I’m curious about it. I have also heard people say that after feeding them they seem to have more energy and brighter colours.
 

alphakenc

Chameleon Enthusiast
From what I understand and read about the pinky mice bones,their skeletal structure is primarily cartilage at that age. So pinky mice are not a good source of calcium because of that. What pinkies have a lot of is fat and protein. Too much protein in the diet can be very detrimental to their kidneys and/or lead to a very painful, incurable condition called gout.
 

JoXie411

Chameleon Enthusiast
Oops read that wrong lol. Thought you said you have to many bugs lol.

I didn’t like bugs until I got a Cham and now I don’t care so I don’t think a mouse would be to bad lol.
Yea same the thought of bugs scared me b4 not I’m chasing loose crickets around my room lol
 

jamest0o0

Chameleon Enthusiast
Are snails hard to digest? I thought they were fine as long as the shell was no larger than a dime.
Snails digest easily, plus they have plenty of moisture. The body breaks down the shell. I expect it would with bones too. With common sense, I don't feed giant snails to my chams lol.
 
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