Feeding?

Jbennaim

Member
Hey this is my first time posting on here so I don’t know what to expect I’ve had this guy for 2 months know and he’s been doing great but he’s at that point where he’s not a juvenile or an adult so I’m wondering how much mealworms or superworms I should be feeding him just based off of his size I would say he’s 4-5 months and he’s around 10 inches long from head to tail I don’t know exactly
 

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Harley510

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Mealworms are high in fat and should only be fed as a treat/last resort when you can’t get crickets.

You should aim to feed 10+ medium/large crickets a day until he matures a little more.
 

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JoXie411

Chameleon Enthusiast
Mealworms are high in fat and should only be fed as a treat/last resort when you can’t get crickets.

You should aim to feed 10+ medium/large crickets a day until he matures a little more.
Meal worms shouldnt be feed at all they can cause impacted bowl and the chameleon can get addicted to eating them
 

Lennoncham

Chameleon Enthusiast
Meal worms shouldnt be feed at all they can cause impacted bowl and the chameleon can get addicted to eating them

They can cause impaction if it’s all you feed them. They have about the same chitin content as crickets but crickets have a lot more moisture so they are easily digestible. If your are feeding a lot of soft bodied foods like silks and hornworms then a couple mealworms won’t hurt. The problem is that people only feed mealworms because it is easier then crickets. I don’t feed mealworms to my guys just saying.
 

Jbennaim

Member
Mealworms are high in fat and should only be fed as a treat/last resort when you can’t get crickets.

You should aim to feed 10+ medium/large crickets a day until he matures a little more.
The problem I have with crickets is the jump all over when I try to take them out of the cage I have them in. Every time I open the cricket cage at least three jump out do you have any tactics or ideas to help this?
 

Ruthless

Avid Member
You should get a colony of Dubia started,not only will benefit you but also your Cham and look into raising you own silkworms they are both a great staple feeders.
 

Beman

Chameleon Enthusiast
Ok I am going to go ahead and point out that your cham should not be showing BLACK as his colors... They do this when temps are not correct and they are trying to get warm. You may want to consider filling out the help form.

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Syreptyon

Chameleon Enthusiast
The problem I have with crickets is the jump all over when I try to take them out of the cage I have them in. Every time I open the cricket cage at least three jump out do you have any tactics or ideas to help this?

Get a taller cage, or put the cage in a large bin or the bath tub or something. No mealworms should be fed, ever. Superworms, only as treats.
 

Big E

Member
It may be possible he is just black because he hates pictures, I do agree he needs more room .
 

Beman

Chameleon Enthusiast
It may be possible he is just black because he hates pictures, I do agree he needs more room .
They do not go solid black like that due to cameras... This is typically seen where they are not getting the proper heat from lighting.
 

Jbennaim

Member
It may be possible he is just black because he hates pictures, I do agree he needs more room .
I am currently building a new cage it’s gonna be 2 feet wide 2 feet deep and 4 feet tall and he genuinely just hates pictures you’re right he’s always a nice green color till I put a phone near him
 

Jbennaim

Member
I am currently building a new cage it’s gonna be 2 feet wide 2 feet deep and 4 feet tall and he genuinely just hates pictures you’re right he’s always a nice green color till I put a phone near him
He also kind of gets mad when I’m in his enclosure like that but I keep the door open when I’m there and he comes out whenever he wants
 

Jbennaim

Member
They do not go solid black like that due to cameras... This is typically seen where they are not getting the proper heat from lighting.
His temperature is always at around 85-90 I have a temp gun that I always check up on him with
 
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