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Posted by lele on May 07, 2003 at 23:35:01:
In Reply to: yard bugs posted by compasscreek on May 07, 2003 at 19:14:39:
Sorry to rain on your parade, but here are some things to consider...if you know for sure the insect is safe for the cham and what about parasites? pesticides?? Someone commented on keeping them for a week to get rid of poisons...well folks, it's not quite that easy. Depending on pesticide, insect, exposure and other varilables many insects will remain inoculated.
When I first got my tarantula I was going to collect for her, but it was strongly discouraged by the American Tarantula Society for the very reasons I stated as well as the parasite issue. Sure the crix we all feed our cham's may have parasites, but the concentration is less and thru regular breeding they can be all but eliminated. Maybe if you offered one infrequently, as a treat, it may be OK. Personally, I wouldn't risk it. Oh, and keep in mind even if you don't use chemicals around your property, insects do fly, hop, crawl, etc. so they may have visited a neighbor who does use bio-cides. Keep your cham safe :)
:my kids have been hunting down all the bugs they can find to feed my soon to be new chameleon, the bugs will all be dead by the time our chameleon arrives but it's the thought anyway. is there any bug to NOT feed to a chameleon? we have ALOT of lady bugs, will their "shell" be too much for the chameleon to digest? how often can we feed our chameleon "wild" bugs and should they also be gut loaded like the crickets?