First question here!!

Hi everyone, I just got my first chameleon, he’s about 3-5 months old. I give him around 12-20 crickets a day. I just bought super worms too. I’ve watched so many videos on chameleons, and researched lots about them too. I just want my little guy happy! His name is bingo. I’m wondering what is the best way food wise for them. I know crickets is the most popular, but I don’t find it efficient going back to the store every day. However, I do have a cricket keeper but when I used it (and bought the food & water for the crickets) they didn’t stay alive. I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. And I want the most efficient $$ way of feeding my little guy! Thanks a bunch
 

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CamoChameleonsHuman

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He is a male, and I think 3-5 months old. I handle hi. Maybe once a week? But I want to do so more because since he’s a baby I want to get him used to me. When we first got him there was no problem handling him, now he seems a little more scared (it could be because he just recently shed).i am feeding him 12-15 crickets a day usually, and just got some small super worms for him. I must his leaves a few times a day so there’s drips on it he can drink. I use the Petsmart brand calcium powder and dust it on his crickets before giving them to him. I only use filtered water bottle water to fill the spray bottle. It seems as if he poops once a day and pees as well, a white cream color.
For his cage, I will take a picture that will be easier. (The white is a mixture of his shedding & some extra calcium powder that fell out of the bag when I put it on the crickets)- I will be cleaning it tomorrow!
 

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On a completely new setup. Your lighting is wrong, your cage will need to be upgraded in about 4 months due to size restraints. I'm assuming you bought the ZooMed Chameleon Kit? You're going to need some good gutload for your feeders, a multivitamin,a calcium with D3 and a live plant at bare minimum.

I have calcium powder, and gut loaders for the crickets. Cage I will buy when he gets bigger which makes sense but he’s too small now so I feel I can wait until he grows. I didn’t know that about the lights so thank you! Now by seeing the pictures I will get him more leaves & things to climb on. I came on here to get HELP, not be ridiculed & embarrassed. I want the best for Bingo and that’s why I made this account. Thank you to anyone being respectful & informative.
 

CamoChameleonsHuman

Chameleon Enthusiast
I have calcium powder, and gut loaders for the crickets. Cage I will buy when he gets bigger which makes sense but he’s too small now so I feel I can wait until he grows. I didn’t know that about the lights so thank you! Now by seeing the pictures I will get him more leaves & things to climb on. I came on here to get HELP, not be ridiculed & embarrassed. I want the best for Bingo and that’s why I made this account. Thank you to anyone being respectful & informative.
Not trying to embarrass you at all. You have no idea how many people like you come on here with a setup like that but it's already too late and the chameleon is near death. If you bought gutload at petco or Petsmart thats not sufficient. And chameleons are born in the wild so they can have an adult cage day one. You need more than just the calcium.
 

Lennoncham

Chameleon Enthusiast
I have calcium powder, and gut loaders for the crickets. Cage I will buy when he gets bigger which makes sense but he’s too small now so I feel I can wait until he grows. I didn’t know that about the lights so thank you! Now by seeing the pictures I will get him more leaves & things to climb on. I came on here to get HELP, not be ridiculed & embarrassed. I want the best for Bingo and that’s why I made this account. Thank you to anyone being respectful & informative.

No one was trying to ridicule or embarrass you. We see people with these kits all the time. I was one of them.

So as you can see from the pictures you need a lot more vines and branches for him to climb around on. As it is now he can’t get close enough to the lights to bask or absorb uvb.

For supplements you should use a calcium without d3 every feeding. A calcium with d3 every 2 weeks and a multivitamin every 2 weeks on alternating weeks.
 

Green135

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He is a male, and I think 3-5 months old. I handle hi. Maybe once a week? But I want to do so more because since he’s a baby I want to get him used to me. When we first got him there was no problem handling him, now he seems a little more scared (it could be because he just recently shed).i am feeding him 12-15 crickets a day usually, and just got some small super worms for him. I must his leaves a few times a day so there’s drips on it he can drink. I use the Petsmart brand calcium powder and dust it on his crickets before giving them to him. I only use filtered water bottle water to fill the spray bottle. It seems as if he poops once a day and pees as well, a white cream color.
For his cage, I will take a picture that will be easier. (The white is a mixture of his shedding & some extra calcium powder that fell out of the bag when I put it on the crickets)- I will be cleaning it tomorrow!
That setup is not good bro. He need a hiding spot more coverage to feel safe he needs a dripper cuz they don’t drink still water. 3 sides of cage covered white shower liners. small computer fan for circulation. t5 light bulb and at least one live plant to help with moisture. lil by lil make him feel comfortable and you’ll be good you just need some time
 

Lennoncham

Chameleon Enthusiast
For your original question about the crickets you will want something like this. I put a small computer fan over top to help with air flow.

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That setup is not good bro. He need a hiding spot more coverage to feel safe he needs a dripper cuz they don’t drink still water. 3 sides of cage covered white shower liners. small computer fan for circulation. t5 light bulb and at least one live plant to help with moisture. lil by lil make him feel comfortable and you’ll be good you just need some time
Is there any way you could send me a picture of your cage? That’s what I want to improve most on right now, so he feels secure & safe. Thanks so much!
 
No one was trying to ridicule or embarrass you. We see people with these kits all the time. I was one of them.

So as you can see from the pictures you need a lot more vines and branches for him to climb around on. As it is now he can’t get close enough to the lights to bask or absorb uvb.

For supplements you should use a calcium without d3 every feeding. A calcium with d3 every 2 weeks and a multivitamin every 2 weeks on alternating weeks.
This is helpful thank you, I’ll buy things tomorrow to improve his cage. I do have a question though, he is able to climb up the sides of the cage & get close to the light? Is that common? He stays there & warms himself during the day! Also, can I order those multi vitamins off amazon? I’d like to use whatever vitamins you suggest
 
Get rid of your carpet it’s a breeding ground for bacteria. Also if you are trying to keep insects they also require good husbandry heat food and water.
Should I just take out the green turf/carpet? And leave the black plastic on the bottom? Or what do you suggest to put on the bottom of the cage
 
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