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Chameleon-Veileds & Jacksons

Experience Level: Advanced

Nutrition and Maintenance

Dietary Requirements
• Chameleons are insectivores, meaning their diet consists of primarily insects although Veileds do require a small amount of vegetables.

• Chameleons benefit from a variety of different items in their diet so it is important to alternate the insects and vegetables being fed.

• They require calcium supplementation as part of their diet and may benefit from a reptile multivitamin.

Dietary Options
  Examples Feeding Frequency
Insects* Crickets**,
mealworms,
occasional
waxworms
Offer food once daily.
Offer only enough to be
consumed by the end of
the day.

Vegetables

(Veileds only)

Live plants, collared
or mustard greens
Daily. May be attached to
the side of the habitat with
veggie clips or placed in
a bowl.

*Insects should be dusted with a calcium supplement twice weekly and multivitamin once weekly.

**Crickets should be fed a gut-loaded diet (commercially available nutrient-dense diet) prior to being fed to the reptile to ensure they have the proper nutrients for a healthy reptile diet.

Water
• Chameleons will not drink from a dish. They hydrate by licking moisture from their environment. Drip systems or automatic misting systems are essential.

• Closely monitor the habitat humidity levels.

• Mist your pet’s habitat every day with warm water to maintain humidity levels.