Jackson Chameleon - How to Spark His Appetite


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Any suggestions on what, or how, I can spark the appetite of my juvenile (approximately 6-8 months) male Jackson chameleon named Leon? I offer him dusted crickets (small to medium sized), small silkworms, black fly larvae, and small super worms in a shallow dish every morning. He used to take them from the dish when I first introduced it back into his enclosure (18"x18"x36" screen). The crickets are usually found elsewhere in his cage, but eventually disappear after a couple days. He used to be a more aggressive eater (especially the crickets), but I haven't "observed" him eating anything lately. He doesn't seem to be ill and wanders his cage as if hunting for food. The black fly larvae are usually gone in a day, or two so I only add a few fresh ones each day. The silkworms and super worms seem to eventually disappear too, but I'm curious if I'm doing something wrong, should I offer something different, or what? He seems shyer than he was originally, so I try not to disturb him too much after feeding him. Thanks.


i don't know if you can feed yours berries, but when my veiled gets bored of crickets i try to give him some raspberries, or blackerries, or strawberries, that usually works. lettuce and kale is also something that mine likes but i only use all that stuff as treats.


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Sadly Jackson's aren't as adventurous as Veiled and only eat insects.

There are a few things it could be, anything from over feeding, incorrect supplements or temperatures.

With this info we might be able to narrow it down.

Chameleon Info:
  • Your Chameleon - The species, sex, and age of your chameleon. How long has it been in your care?
  • Handling - How often do you handle your chameleon?
  • Feeding - What are you feeding your cham? What amount? What is the schedule? How are you gut-loading your feeders?
  • Supplements - What brand and type of calcium and vitamin products are you dusting your feeders with and what is the schedule?
  • Watering - What kind of watering technique do you use? How often and how long to you mist? Do you see your chameleon drinking?
  • Fecal Description - Briefly note colors and consistency from recent droppings. Has this chameleon ever been tested for parasites?
  • History - Any previous information about your cham that might be useful to others when trying to help you.

Cage Info:
  • Cage Type - Describe your cage (Glass, Screen, Combo?) What are the dimensions?
  • Lighting - What brand, model, and types of lighting are you using? What is your daily lighting schedule?
  • Temperature - What temp range have you created (cage floor to basking spot)? Lowest overnight temp? How do you measure these temps?
  • Humidity - What are your humidity levels? How are you creating and maintaining these levels? What do you use to measure humidity?
  • Plants - Are you using live plants? If so, what kind?
  • Placement - Where is your cage located? Is it near any fans, air vents, or high traffic areas? At what height is the top of the cage relative to your room floor?
  • Location - Where are you geographically located?

Current Problem - The current problem you are concerned about.


Please Note:
  1. The more details you provide the better and more accurate help you will receive.
  2. Photos can be very helpful.


Established Member
ill wiat for you to fill out the form but they do slow down how much and often they eat as they mature. my guy is 9 months old (male panther) now and im feeding every other day. it was every day up until about 8 months old.
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