Vailed Chameleons and mice

Discussion in 'Chameleon Food' started by SUSE, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. SUSE

    SUSE New Member

    I saw this video on youtube of a Cham eating a mouse. I had no idea that Cham's could even eat mice.

    Is their any health risks involved in feeding a cham a mammal?
  2. ferretinmyshoes

    ferretinmyshoes Veterinarian
    Staff Member

    Yes there are health risks.

    Pictures of chameleons eating pinkies or anoles are present on the internet and youtube. But so are countless videos of people hitting themselves in the nuts, so consider the source. People may think that a chameleon knows best for itself and will only eat what is good for it so since they eat vertebrates it must be okay. Just ask yourself how many times you've heard of dogs eating things they really shouldn't have...and those are mammals, which are of higher intelligence than reptiles. Vertebrates are not a notable part of chameleon's regular diet in the wild and too many animal proteins in the diet of an animal that's not a carnivore can wreak havoc on their kidneys leading to kidney damage and gout. Gout is a very painful incurable buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints. Pinkies are very high in fat and very low in calcium (they don’t have bones yet) so they have little to no health benefits. Everything your chameleon needs can be obtained through an all-insect diet with good gutloading and many very successful enthusiasts and breeders have sustained multiple generations with an all-insect diet.

    Larger chameleon species (oustalets, parsons) have been seen eating the occasional small bird or lizard in the wild, but to do so regularly puts your animal's health at risk. If you would like to do this (which I will not) do so no more than once or twice a year.
  3. SUSE

    SUSE New Member

    Great reply Thank you.

    I suspected as much, but wanted too hear what you thought. :D
  4. jcarlo17

    jcarlo17 New Member

    wow he did that cuz he couldnt wait for his bearded dragon to eat it not to mention the enclosure for his cham is not up to par
  5. DavidBuchan

    DavidBuchan New Member

    Lol, witty and informative as always :)
    ferretinmyshoes likes this.

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