Panther Chameleon Food List

Wild panther chameleons may prey upon hundreds of species of insects and other invertebrates such as snails and spiders in nature. Some species may also consume vertebrates like lizards and birds that are within their prey-size range. Wild prey feeds on natural and nutritious diets that, in turn, provide varied nutrition to the predator. Many wild chameleons are also reported to eat flowers, leaves, berries, fruit and other living or dried organic matter. Captive chameleons are usually provided fewer than five species of cultured or wild insects. Many cultured insects are malnourished and maintained in unhygienic conditions, resulting in poor nutrition and disease for the chameleon that consumes them.

Providing a varied, healthy, clean diet of live prey is understandably the most difficult aspect of captive chameleon husbandry, requiring an investment of money and time. Wild insects add variety to captive nutrition but most of your panther chameleon’s diet should consist of 

  • Crickets (Acheta domestica)
  • Mealworms
  • Grain Beetles
  • Waxworms
  • Wax Moths (Galleria mellonella)
  • Superworms
  • Beetles
  • Fruit Flies (Drosophila species)
  • Houseflies (Musca domestica)
  • Silkworms
  • Silk Moths
  • Hornworms
  • Sphinx or Hawk Moths
  • Tropical Roaches (Blaberus)
  • Walking Sticks (Phasmidae species)
  • Pygmy Grasshoppers (Tetrigidae species)
  • Grasshopper
  • Locusts
  • Katydids
  • Garden Pests
  • Pantry Pests
  • Wild Moths
  • Other Nocturnal insects

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