Great question, in every article or care sheet guidelines I've read it has been recommended to supplement calcium weekly or twice weekly and sometimes even every other week for pygmy specie rather than every feeding as for most larger species. My thought is the smaller the species the less calcium required and in the wild I believe they get the trace amount of calcium needed from fruit flies/Gnats--Researchers at the University of California studied fruit flies behaviour and discovered the flies could taste toxic levels of calcium and didn't like it. Then they used genetics to show that the calcium taste sense is hardwired into the fruit flies brain showing that they must be exposed to toxic levels of calcium which is alot and possibly enough to support the tiny skeletal structure of a pygmy - fruit flies may not be able to support the calcium requirements of a bird eating canopy cham but for a pygmy it may be just enough calcium as a staple food in the diet.@Tihshho said...."Fish Flake Food (dry - I get whatever is on sale and mix the flake fish food with the Dubia rations)...be careful of possible fat souble vitamins in fish food that might cause problems in chameleons.
@Tihshho ...You commented about calcium being dangerous too...in what way?
@JackRipper said re smaller chameleon species...."They don't have the same calcium requirements as larger crown or canopy sprcies"...I'd be interested in knowing why this would be true...same for hatchlings...do they just rely on what they were born with?
@Kaizen said that Petr Necas made comments recently about Hawaiian Jacksons chameleons ...It was posted here...
@Tihshho said..."In order for them to be able to reproduce they have to be getting somewhat of a healthy diet"...that's what I've always thought.