It is critical that you supplement the Chameleon's diet with vitamins and minerals to insure proper growth and health in
your animals. In the wild, they consume a multitude of different kinds of insects which balances out their dietary
requirements compared to the limited kinds of insects available to the captive Chameleon.
There are basically 2 different types of supplements available. One is multivitamins and the other is calcium/mineral
supplements. Both are usually available in powdered form so that your insects can be dusted with the supplements before
being offered to your animals. This is usually done by placing a small amount of the supplement in a plastic bag, then placing
a few of your insects into the bag and shaking them until they are coated with the fine powder supplement..."shake and bake"
method if you will. Some supplements are also available in liquid form but we have not used any liquid products
of this type.
The frequency of using the supplements will depend directly on the age of your Panthers. The younger your animals
are, the more supplements they will need, especially calcium in order to minimize the risk of metabolic bone disease.
The insects my babies receive are dusted with calcium and or calcium/mineral supplements almost every feeding, interspersed
with multivitamin supplements 1-2 times per week. As they grow, you can start to lessen the frequency of your supplementation
regimen. My adult Panthers receive calcium and or calcium/mineral supplements at least 2-3 times per week and multivitamin
once per week. Gravid females are given calcium supplements almost every feeding. You will need to vary the amount
of supplements you give to your animals based on how well they are feeding and the variety of insects you are able to offer
You must keep in mind that too much of a good thing can be bad, especially multivitamins. If given too much, they
can accumulate in the body to toxic levels. You must also note that excessive calcium can be detrimental too if your
calcium powder also includes vitamin D3. If you house your animals primarily indoors, then vitamin D3 is required to
assist with calcium absorption but if you house your animal primarily outdoors, do not use calcium supplements with any significant
amount of D3 as too much of this vitamin can cause severe liver damage and cause death in your Chameleon.