Crickets as feeders are perfectly acceptable as long as they’re properly gutloaded. Feed as many as she’ll eat. Get a minimum of 18” by 18” by 36” tall cage, but preferably 2’ by 2’ by 4’ tall, preferably screen. I can’t remember, but bamboo might not be cham safe, maybe someone else can chime in. What size is your lay bin? Make the mistings at least 2 minutes long, but preferably 5, when you set up the MistKing◦ Your Chameleon - Female Panther, approx 6 to 8 months, in my care for 2 weeks
◦ Handling - Only have handled a couple times
◦ Feeding - i get the best feeding response from crickets, but have a Dubia colony, also offering a few supers and horn worms. Plan to get more diverse. Usually start feeding with 5 Dubia/10 crickets. Put food in cups during morning. Currently gutloading with a homemade food that came with roaches, but ordered some from a member.
◦ Supplements - Have calcium, calcium with d3, and herptivite, but switched to rapashy calcium plus. Planned on getting mineral and figured I’d rotate things. Currently only using calcium plus and using every feeding.
◦ Watering - have been just heavily spraying down cage with water bottle several times a day. Have a mistking and awaiting another nozzle to set up. Planned to mist for 1 minute multiple times through out their day cycle. I’ve watched drinking happen.
◦ Fecal Description - seems firm, Brown to dark brown color with nice white color. Planned on a vet visit next pay check, since no parasite testing has been done.
◦ History - I recently purchased a pair of chameleons from a guy who hand picked them, he housed them together (sad I know) and their diet was mainly crickets from what I gathered. Little to no supplementation was used and doubtful gutloads occurred. Both seemed underfed.
◦ Cage Type - 16x16x30 reptibreeze
◦ Lighting - Zoomed 5.0 compact uvb and daylight heat bulb. Lights are timed for 8 to 8. ***arcadia light and fixture are being shipped as we speak***
◦ Temperature - low 80s is the hottest spot and mid 70s is the lowest. My room doesn’t go below low 60s at night. Have multiple probe themometers that i use.
◦ Humidity - ordered a hydrometer, but right now I’m relying on heavily misting cage and using a dripper all day and evening.
◦ Plants - pothos and one bamboo plant.
◦ Placement - in my room away from drafts or anything.
◦ Location - elkhart, Indiana
Current Problem - My current problem is my female doesn’t look in the best shape. Can often see ribs, and it almost appears as she has an underbite. I tried getting her to eat Dubia but if she eats any it’s very sparingly, today I broke and offered crickets and she ate 6 within a minute. She “puffs up” and can get this bloated look but I don’t think she’s carrying any eggs. I have a lay bin just in case. I’m not ruling out a parasite but find it hard to believe because the male that was previously housed with her is now thriving since I’ve offered Dubia and other feeders along with supplements and gutloads. Just looking for opinions and advice outside of “go to the vet” that’s already happening next week lol.
Well ya made me feel a little better, most times I can see her ribs and she’s so much smaller that it concerns me. But yeah, she’ll be at the vet next week, unless I see something that makes me go soonerHard to say. She looks like a healthy weight. Good looking girl. I think she may have a slight infection at her mouth from a possible cricket bite. I'd say get her to the vet before it gets bad. Hopefully it'll be an easy fix.
Good advice, I agree. I would increase the UVB to 10.0. A linear fixture is far better then the dome fixture.Crickets as feeders are perfectly acceptable as long as they’re properly gutloaded. Feed as many as she’ll eat. Get a minimum of 18” by 18” by 36” tall cage