Why did my chameleon stop eating?

Chameleons will shed their skin often, more when they are young and less as they grow, and will often have a decreased appetite around this time. This is a normal part of the skin shedding process, and you should not be worried if your chameleon doesn’t eat for a few days leading up to shedding its skin.

What’s the best way to feed a chameleon?

Free Range – Where you place the crickets in the cage with your chameleon so they can hunt them at their leisure. Hand Feed – Great for getting your chameleon more used to you. This is where you yourself offer your chameleon crickets so they can eat right out of your hand.

When is the best time to keep a chameleon outside?

With adequate shade and common sense, many chameleons can benefit from being kept outdoors. In the Highveld, from October through to around April temperatures at night are often mild, so Veiled chameleons can be left outside with little fear. If you have Carpets and Panthers bring them inside if it falls below 14c.

Are there birds that hate chameleons in South Africa?

If you use an aviary, be aware that birds can be a nuisance. Birds in South Africa seems to harbour a hatred of chameleons I have not seen anywhere else. On one occasion, several Weaver birds followed me into the aviary to attack a Jackson’s male.

How often should I Feed my Chameleon crickets?

I recommend keeping the amount of crickets more or less the same as your chameleon gets older but reduce the amount by one or two each day for every month it ages until it reaches around nine months old. You also need to increase the size of the cricket offered in accordance with the growth of your chameleon.

When does a chameleon refuse to eat for a long time?

When your chameleon refuses to eat for longer periods of time there could be a more serious underlying problem. It can still survive for weeks without eating, but there should be a reason why it is refusing. These causes are harmless:

Why does my Chameleon refuse to eat crickets?

Some reasons why a chameleon will refuse to eat. These causes are harmless: Upcoming skin shedding. For adult females: upcoming egg laying. The chameleon is fed-up with eating one feeder insect but will accept others (e.g. too much crickets, but it will readily eat a caterpillar)

What kind of food can a chameleon eat?

Most chameleons love to eat caterpillars, wax moths and butterflies. When it eats that, but no other things, you know it is just being a bit fuzzy and you should not worry about it. An adult chameleon can live for a couple of weeks without food as long as it still drinks.

When to take a chameleon to the vet?

A good rule of thumb is if you suspect a minor issue as to why your chameleon hasn’t eaten and it’s been 7 to 10 days since they last ate then you need to take them to the vet. Chameleons can go without food this long OK but any longer than that, regardless of the suspected cause, I recommend a vet visit.

Why is my chameleon so dark?

Sometimes chameleons get darker when they’re basking, to absorb more heat. And then they get stressed out if you hold them, so they may get dark patterning (their stress colors).