Free range feeding question

ashley029

New Member
I have a new 3 month old chameleon. He has 2 live plants with vines for climbing in his cage. i'm just not sure he is eating enough because I feel like when I put crickets/worms in his cage they fall down. Today I found several dead at the bottom while cleaning out his cage. I just want to be sure he is getting enough to eat. I tried a feed er cup like the ones out of small milk jugs but he never seemed interested. Any tips or am I worrying unnecessarily? Thank you.
 

SaintJimmy

Avid Member
Buy a feeder cup for birds and tie it to the screen with fishing line like I did.

First pic: my chameleon.

Second pic: a stick with a hole drilled thru tied to the screen using fishing line.

Third pic: You can see all my branches are attached that way.

Fourth pic: You can see my chameleon and a tie above his head with fishing line for a branch down below that was too short to tie to the other side.

Fifth pic: See how the feeder cup is attached?

Sixth pic: Fishing line tied in the back

http://imgur.com/a/IHoP4

The reason your worms are falling is because although they have legs they cannot climb as well as crickets do. They won't stay on branches because they are used to being on the ground and will fall off and have no idea where they're going.

Crickets climb on the screen and are easy for the chameleon to find.

Feeder cups are great to put worms in!

Just tie/suction cup the feeder to screen/glass and then put it next to/kinda under his basking branch and he will see the worms and eat out of the cup.

Crickets will even stay in a feeder cup if you place a piece of zucchini, carrot, apple, or orange in it. Only some jump away occasionally.
 

ashley029

New Member
Thank you! He will eventually learn to go to the cup to get worms? i read something about cup training and having to starve the cham for which he must be six months to do. Obviously mine is too young but I'm not wanting to starve an animal. You didn't have to "cup train" this way to get him to go to the cup did you?
 

chnk

New Member
no its better to get the young ones started because they seem to get more stubborn older lol. as long as the little guy can see them hell go for it
 
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