Parsons/montane species keepers, share your dusting/supplement regime

jamest0o0

Chameleon Enthusiast
My cham has been eating a lot. Yesterday he had an adult discoid and a large orangehead nymph. Today he's already had an adult orangehead female.

He likes the large winged feeders the best, I mix in smaller stuff too, but they often run away too quickly or he ignores them. He took 1 silkworm the other day and hasn't touched them since. He turns down pretty much anything that isn't a roach.

So I dust plain calcium about every other feeding, vitamin A gel cap 1x a month(considering trying a small adult mouse, frozen and thawed), and I dust with random gutload ingredients like pollen/brewers yeast/kelp/spirulina/moringa and some other stuff. I got some repashy calc plus lod to add a little to the mix, which I tried today.

When I dust, I take my pinky and dip it into the powder, then wipe it across the wings or back of the roach/feeder of choice so that theres a light dusting on the back. Opinions on this being too much/too little? My cham is still growing so I want to make sure he's getting enough.

He seems healthy, but I like to get other's opinions/experiences to make sure I'm doing things optimally.
 

KRGEE21

Avid Member
My cham has been eating a lot. Yesterday he had an adult discoid and a large orangehead nymph. Today he's already had an adult orangehead female.

He likes the large winged feeders the best, I mix in smaller stuff too, but they often run away too quickly or he ignores them. He took 1 silkworm the other day and hasn't touched them since. He turns down pretty much anything that isn't a roach.

So I dust plain calcium about every other feeding, vitamin A gel cap 1x a month(considering trying a small adult mouse, frozen and thawed), and I dust with random gutload ingredients like pollen/brewers yeast/kelp/spirulina/moringa and some other stuff. I got some repashy calc plus lod to add a little to the mix, which I tried today.

When I dust, I take my pinky and dip it into the powder, then wipe it across the wings or back of the roach/feeder of choice so that theres a light dusting on the back. Opinions on this being too much/too little? My cham is still growing so I want to make sure he's getting enough.

He seems healthy, but I like to get other's opinions/experiences to make sure I'm doing things optimally.

For my quad I use the repashy calcium plus LoD on Saturdays. Plain calcium/bee pollen mix Wednesdays. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday just feeders with no supplements. Sunday is a fasting day. He has been on this regime for about 3 months and seems to be doing great.
Currently alternating between banded crickets, and dubias with a few BSFL larvae. Hornworms every so often, and all of the random BSF that happen to come out of the container.
I am considering adding another roach species to the mix, and popping the occasional isopod in for variety once I get colonies established. Have 2 species right now, and one coming early next week sometime.
 

JacksJill

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Way off topic but did you know snails contain 100 IU of Vitamin A. If you are feeding them regularly you may want to adjust your other vitamin A sources.
 

JacksJill

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Let me amend that statement I got mixed up between different nutrition statements.
They contain 1% of the RDA for humans and 100 gm of snail contains 100 IU of vitamin A. I doubt even a Parsonii would eat that much at a sitting.
For comparison Repashy CA+ LoD contains Vitamin A min. 80,000 IU/lb but I have no idea what fraction of a LB you use per feeding to make that into a reasonable math problem.
80,000/16 oz = 5000 IU per ounce. How many dustings in an ounce? 500 or 1000???
Im out. I was told there would be no math.
 

jamest0o0

Chameleon Enthusiast
Let me amend that statement I got mixed up between different nutrition statements.
They contain 1% of the RDA for humans and 100 gm of snail contains 100 IU of vitamin A. I doubt even a Parsonii would eat that much at a sitting.
For comparison Repashy CA+ LoD contains Vitamin A min. 80,000 IU/lb but I have no idea what fraction of a LB you use per feeding to make that into a reasonable math problem.
80,000/16 oz = 5000 IU per ounce. How many dustings in an ounce? 500 or 1000???
Im out. I was told there would be no math.

So what are your thoughts on the pinky finger dusting roaches back method. Does that sound like a similar amount that you would do for your chams?
 

JacksJill

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Staff member
I probably do more than that. If I'm feeling lazy I'll just put all the days feeders in a deli cup with a tiny pinch and just let them run around in the cup so they only get dust on the bottom side no shaking or swirling. If I'm doing things right I put half the days feeders in and dust them then everybody gets 1/2 dusted and 1/2 plain. I put my powders in dollar store salt shakers so I have better control of how much goes in to the cup. My calcium powder is diluted 1:1 with powdered bee pollen and that also makes it easier to give less.
 
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