Proper Supplementation

bechsgaard

New Member
Hello I recently started using a new supplement for my chameleons. I was wondering how often per week i should supplement zoomed's repti-calcium and/or rep cals calcium. and how often i should supplement them with herptivite. thanks:cool:
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
Here's some information I hope will help you with things like supplements, gutloading, etc....
Appropriate cage temperatures aid in digestion and thus play a part indirectly in nutrient absorption.

Exposure to UVB from either direct sunlight or a proper UVB light allows the chameleon to produce D3 so that it can use the calcium in its system to make/keep the bones strong and be used in other systems in the chameleon as well. The UVB should not pass through glass or plastic no matter whether its from the sun or the UVB light. The most often recommended UVB light is the long linear fluorescent Repti-sun 5.0 tube light. Some of the compacts, spirals and tube lights have caused health issues, but so far there have been no bad reports against this one.

Since many of the feeder insects we use in captivity have a poor ratio of calcium to phosphorus in them, its important to dust the insects just before you feed them to the chameleon at most feedings with a phos.-free calcium powder to help make up for it. (I use Rep-cal phosphorus-free calcium).

If you also dust twice a month with a phos.-free calcium/D3 powder it will ensure that your chameleon gets some D3 without overdoing it. It leaves the chameleon to produce the rest of what it needs through its exposure to the UVB light. D3 from supplements can build up in the system but D3 produced from exposure to UVB shouldn't as long as the chameleon can move in and out of it. (I use Rep-cal phos.-free calcium/D3).

Dusting twice a month as well with a vitamin powder that contains a beta carotene (prOformed) source of vitamin A will ensure that the chameleon gets some vitamins without the danger of overdosing the vitamin A. PrEformed sources of vitamin A can build up in the system and may prevent the D3 from doing its job and push the chameleon towards MBD. However, there is controversy as to whether all/any chameleons can convert the beta carotene and so some people give some prEformed vitamin A once in a while. (I use herptivite which has beta carotene.)

Gutloading/feeding the insects well helps to provide what the chameleon needs. I gutload crickets, roaches, locusts, superworms, etc. with an assortment of greens (dandelions, kale, collards, endive, escarole, mustard greens, etc.) and veggies (carrots, squash, sweet potato, sweet red pepper, zucchini, etc.)

Calcium, phos., D3 and vitamin A are important players in bone health and other systems in the chameleon (muscles, etc.) and they need to be in balance. When trying to balance them, you need to look at the supplements, what you feed the insects and what you feed the chameleon.

Here are some good sites for you to read too...
http://chameleonnews.com/07FebWheelock.html
http://web.archive.org/web/200605020...Vitamin.A.html
http://web.archive.org/web/200406080...d.Calcium.html
http://www.uvguide.co.uk/
http://web.archive.org/web/200601140...ww.adcham.com/
If you can't access the sites above that have the word "archive" in you can do it through the WayBackMachine.
 

sandrachameleon

Chameleon Enthusiast
Hello I recently started using a new supplement for my chameleons. I was wondering how often per week i should supplement zoomed's repti-calcium and/or rep cals calcium. and how often i should supplement them with herptivite. thanks:cool:
It depends.
Are they kept under UVB lights? outside?
What feeders/prey do you offer? what is the prey gutloaded with?

Typically, people use plain vitamin and phosphourous free calcium at most feedings of crickets, superworms, some or all roaches. Some prey you might not dust at all.
Typically people use vitmain supplements (including D3) less often than plain calcium

check these two blog entries for good information regarding supplements:
https://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/sandrachameleon/65-supplements.html
https://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/sandrachameleon/174-whats-supplements-brand.html

and about gutloading: https://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/sandrachameleon/75-feeder-nutrition-gutloading.html
 

bechsgaard

New Member
... thanks but all i needed to know was how often for the 2 products i asked... im a breeder i know all the other stuff, and other than the vitamin and d3 calcium you didnt tell me the othe rpart
 

sandrachameleon

Chameleon Enthusiast
Like I said, it DEPENDS on the other factors. No one can give you a single answer as everyones situation is different.
If you read the information in the links, you'll find your answer for yourself / your situation
 
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