Chameleons also like to hunt crickets in their cage. You can find live crickets at a pet store or at a store that specializes in lizard and reptile care. These insects are unlikely to be fed, and you cannot feed them to your chameleon directly from the pet store.
Chameleons can eat: Crickets. Worms including: silkworms, calcareous worms, earthworms, buffalo worms, Morios, butterworms, mealworms, waxworms, bamboo worms and Pachnoda maggots.
Don’t even feed your chameleons freshly dead crickets. If you’re sure the crickets died of old age and not some kind of malice, you can occasionally feed those just-dead crickets to other insects: kingworms, mealworms, cockroaches, and especially isopods – they all eat dead insects.
Chameleons eat insects (crickets, mealworms, dubia cockroaches, hornworms, calcareous worms, and waxworms) and vegetables (leafy greens).
The cricket should be no larger than the distance between the chameleon’s eyes. This might be a silly question, but by no larger than the distance between the eyes, do you mean the length of the feeder or the width?
You can watch your chameleon to make sure it notices and feeds on the insects. Don’t keep too many live crickets in the cage at one time. Some insects are aggressive and may bite your chameleon at night.
Crickets can definitely bite and eat holes in chameleons.
Chameleons can go about two weeks without food and about a week without water. They don’t eat all the time and often go two to three days without food, but the longer they go without food the more they atrophy to the point of being unable to survive.
Most of the time, chameleons will stop eating due to minor problems, most notably bored with the same food, and they’ll only go on strike to urge you for more variety! If you suspect deeper problems or are just worried anyway, take them to a vet.
Crickets need to be fed a good quality dry casing load along with a water source. These include leaf greens, carrots, potatoes, squash, apples and oranges… You can buy commercial dry casing loads; just make sure it’s well balanced.
The movements of live bugs will interest your chameleon and make it want to hunt. As opportunistic hunters, they will eat just about anything that comes their way, so it’s important that you only offer them insects that are safe to eat and that will maintain their health.
A chameleon’s diet should consist primarily of mealworms, crickets and a mixture of dark leafy greens. Food must never be larger than the distance between the chameleon’s eyes.
How much and how often do chameleons eat? Baby chameleons have a huge appetite and should feed about twelve small insects a day, divided into two feedings. As chameleons reach adulthood, this should be reduced to five or six large insects every two days.
Crickets Supplement for Chameleons
You need to dust your crickets with calcium powder every time you feed your chameleon. It’s not the end of the world if you forget it for a feed, but it needs to be done regularly.