my cham Camo has recently lost his tounge and i have found that he really enjoys kiwi. my question is: are all fruits and vegtables safe for chams? should some be givin less or avoided all together?
There is not much published in journals on this matter (as is the usual with chameleon issues) but I did find one article in particular documenting the natural consumption of fruits in particular by wild oustalets in Madagascar. The paper was "Fruit Feeding Behavior of a Chameleon Furcifer oustaleti: Comparison with Insect Foraging Tactics" by Hiroo Takahashi in 2008. Wild oustalets were seen eating red and black fruits, plant matter was found in stomach contents and seeds were found in feces repeatedly.did you ever see a chameleon looking for and eating whole fruits in natural surroundings?
Would be interesting to have more informations especially about smaller chameleons.I can look for more documentation if you'd like some more info on it. Can't promise I'll find anything though...
That's exactly the point. But what's large? A little piece of apple (for us) may fill a complete pantherchameleon's stomach just by his size.The high sugar content would be a concern if given in large quantities
Although it may be easier, I would try to feed him with insects by hand mainly.and fruit is very easy for him to eat
portion size is chosen by giving pieces no bigger than a typical cricket one at a time and only 2 or 3 pcs at a time useually once every other dayThat's exactly the point. But what's large? A little piece of apple (for us) may fill a complete pantherchameleon's stomach just by his size.
I'll see what I can dig up, unfortunately there's not a whole lot that published on these guys because so few people are involved with them and there's not a big push by a large pet population.Would be interesting to have more informations especially about smaller chameleons.
Don't disagree with you there, but then again we don't know how quickly it's digested or how it's metabolized. May be that a big piece of squishy fruit is digested faster than insects with their chitin. We just don't know enough about them to really say one way or another.That's exactly the point. But what's large? A little piece of apple (for us) may fill a complete pantherchameleon's stomach just by his size.
he does still eat insects but it is harder for him so i try to give him as many options as possible. the friut seems to be good due to its soft nature it seems easy for him to eat. i think i will be trying to make a mash up of a few veggies as well as alittle fruit to intise him.I think HoJ is taking the smart approach of small bits not too often. Is he eating bugs also or only the fruit? If it were me I'd substitute veggies more often just because they have so much more nutrition in them. You could even rub them in some fruit's juice if he doesn't eat veggies well.