Supplement schedule


So I am new to Chameleons but have worked with other Lizards but nothing too similar (bearded dragon, Blue Iguana).

I have recently purchased a male Ambanja Panther(a little under two months ago). The company did not give me an age when I bought him but some breeders have told me he’s between 7 months to a year old.

I have been getting mixed opinions from stores and online research about supplement schedules an I believe I have messed up. (He is in a screen cage indoors with lights an I have been giving calcium without D3 tiny bit everyday to start then I read that’s better only if there outdoors with intense UV so I switch to with D3 an been giving him a very small amount with multi each day)

He grew a lot an seemed happy growing from 10inches to almost 16 since I got him so I didn’t think there was an issue.
Recently he isn’t eating as much because of this instead he has had chunks of small chips an dirt he’s found at the bottom of a plant that he likes in my house. He has been going to the bathroom still regularly even today! His name is Rango an he has a check up in a couple of weeks.

So long story short should I be worried he Barley is eating insects for the last 4-5 days, but keeps looking for dirt(idk if he has an upset stomach an is eating dirt like dogs sometimes eat grass). An if not if I just keep him off calcium an multi for a couple days will he feel better/appetite come back?

Will he be fine if I cut his calcium an go back to mostly without D3 an only give him D3 an multi a day or two a week??


Chameleon Enthusiast
So there’s two ways to do this. You can either get a jar of repashy calcium plus LoD and dust it on all your feeders every day. It’s an all-in-one, so you would only use this for supplementing and nothing else. Or you can go with plain calcium with NO D3 every day, calcium WITH D3 every two WEEKS and a multivitamin (like Reptivite) every two weeks, opposite when you give him the D3.

Also, cover your plant bark/dirt with river rocks so that he isn’t able to eat the substrate.


Chameleon Enthusiast
RST beat me to it! That is good advice. The dirt-eating is something my female panther did when I first got her -- and I believe it was due to poor nutrition, no variety in feeders and poor gutload on my part. Covering with river rocks works for a male -- but she was eating her lay bin dirt. She no longer does that.

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