According to expert herpetologist, Gary Ferguson. Chameleons should be fed the following amounts every week:
|Juvenile (0-6 months)||Daily||Small crickets, fruit flies, small roaches.||As much as they can eat|
|Sub-Adult (6-12 months)||Daily||Medium crickets, roaches, silkworms||As much as they can eat|
|Adult (12+ months)||Every other day||Large crickets, roaches, hornworms||4-5 Insects|
Baby chameleons have huge appetites and often eat up to 20 insects a day, subadults usually slightly less. You don’t need to worry about over feeding chameleons at this age, as they are growing very quickly. Just keep offering them food each day until they have had enough.
Once they reach adulthood, you need to hold off on how much they are fed and stick to the recommended amounts above.
Don’t forget to supplement your chameleon’s food with the appropriate schedule.
Can I overfeed my chameleon?
It is possible to overfeed your chameleon. In the wild, chameleons will eat whatever food they can find, as they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. In captivity, you are able to provide a constant source of food for them so, if you provide too much, they can become obese which can cause health problems down the line, like gout.
How to know if my chameleon is eating enough?
As long as you stick to the amounts mentioned in the chart at the top of this article, your chameleon will be getting enough food.
You may have concerns your chameleon is too skinny because chameleons look that way in general. Again, as long as you keep to that schedule, they will be satisfied with their food intake. You would have to deviate far from those recommended amounts for your chameleon to suffer as a result of under eating.