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One of the most challenging things about chameleons is properly feeding them. Between offering a variety of insects and supplementation, taking shortcuts is very easy. Unfortunately, this can lead to an unhealthy and unhappy pet. You do not want your once cute little friend to turn into a grumpy, hissing hellion. As insectivores, chameleon diets consist mainly of insects. However, unlike other animals that feed on insects, they rarely eat dead insects. This means as part of keeping them you must care for their prey. More so, easy-to-buy insects are not the only good option when it comes to feeding chameleons.
In the wild, they have a variety of insects to choose from, but in the captivity, they only eat what you give them. In many instances, meal worms and crickets are not enough to keep your chameleon truly healthy and happy. Ideally, they need a larger variety to help them balance their diet well. Although it’s easy to rely on one feeder, it’s advisable to give them at least three different types of feeders. Some of the best choices include roaches, mantids, worms, moths, roaches, locusts, flies, and butterflys. You should also remember to gut load the insects that to ensure that they have enough nutrients.
While feeding your pet, you should also be careful about the digestibility of the feeder. While insects are invertebrates they have chitin that can make it difficult for them to be digested. Depending on the type of insect, this can be a major problem such that after eating it as food the poor pet can succumb due to poor digestion. It’s therefore, very important to be careful about this. Remember ti feed your chameleon before 10am to ensure it has plenty of time to digest the food in it’s belly.
Apart from feeders, proper supplementation is also very important. The only challenge is that there are many products and some of them are much better hence choosing the best one can be challenging. On a regular basis, ensure that you dust the feeders. While chameleons need vitamin D3 they do not require this on a daily basis because it can lead to toxicity. Do not forget about giving them water. Since they cannot drink water from a container you must spray the plants with water so that they can take it as it drips.