My 7-8 month old female is great, she eats crickets, wax worms, and silk worms.....The dilema is she stays skiny and lanky, she 10-11 inches but not at all fat.....Does anyone have suggestions as to getting her a little bigger....
i want to make sure she is ready to breed, fattening her up should make it easier when she becomes eggbound...but thank you for that peice of infoEric Adrignola said:You do not want a fat chameleon. If you do, you need to rethink what you want!
As long as her body is in good condition, and she's not emaciated, that's fine. Fat chameleons lives are short - sometimes less than half the normal life expectancy. With females, it will be even more drastic. They lay much larger clutches of eggs, which stresses their bodies a lot. In veileds, it can mean they do not live past 2-3 clutches.
A healthy chameleon is always hungry, and almost never full. Especially without the burdens of parasites, hunting and normal wild behaviours.
she is a panther female.Will Hayward said:You didnt mention the species, but I think you only have panthers? So I'll assume so.
A few things to look at:
Skinny and Lanky, but not sickly or emaciated, correct?
Does she show fat stores on her head?
Does she appear stressed in any way?
Could she contain parasties? have a fecal sample test done.
At only 7-8 months old, you still have some months before you could be overfeeding her. You can increase the food intake a bit.
Fattening her up will do the exact opposite of what you want. As Eric said, she will have more energy to expend while producing eggs and her clutches will be larger becuase of it. Egg binding (not a refusal to lay, but actual binding) is the direct result of this.westcoastchameleons said:i want to make sure she is ready to breed, fattening her up should make it easier when she becomes eggbound...but thank you for that peice of info