Two main arguments against feeding wild bugs are the chance that you will expose your Cham to either a pesticide or parasite via the wild feeder. Both of which are valid concerns depending on several factors but I feel that none of them apply to me.Im excited for spring here and all the locusts this state puts out but also worried. Aren't we not supposed to be feeding our Chams wild caught bugs for pesticides reasoning?
Thank you for responding, great contribution as always!You should be careful feeding your chameleons Locust! They can become spoiled and start to refuse other food items.
Actually most common feeder insects are not native to North America. House Crickets are native to Europe. Superworms are native to Central and South America. Dubia Roaches are native to Central and South America. This makes the idea of not allowing making a native species a feeding insect more surprising.
Jeremy A. Rich
Thank you for responding, great contribution as always!
Yes, I have precautions in place to catch any potential issues early on. My main reason for doing this is that it allows me to give my Chams a truly diverse diet, superior to anything I could ever buy or breed. As the seasons change, so do the the types of insects available. Buy catching my own feeders year round Mother Nature actually varies my Chams diet for me. I recently discussed this with Petr Necas and he completely agrees that this is a safe and acceptable way to provide food for my Chams.