Panther Chameleon Caresheet

 

Background Information
Panther Chameleons come from throughtout Madagascar. They can grow up to 20 inches in length, females being smaller only reaching half the size compared to males. This species varies in colouration depending on the locality it is from. 21 different colour localities are known, some being a mix bewteen two different locals. A huge variety of green, red, blue, orange, silver, pink, maroon, yellow colours and patternings from spots and stripes to barring designs and speckling. Panthers are one of the larger and more colourful species of chameleon, males as well as being larger are also much more colourful than females.

Level of Experience

Beginner

Habitat

Tropical Rainforest

Life Span

Females 2 - 4 years males 6 - 8 years

Active Time of Day

Diurnal

Natural Prey

Insects

Terrestrial / Semi Arboreal / Arboreal / Aquatic / Fossorial

Arboreal

Reproduction

Mate: Spring
Lay: Summer

Clutch Size

6 - 50 eggs although average is 14 - 34

Breeding Weights / Length / Age

Males: 35g+ / 8 inches / 9 - 12 months old
Females: 35g+ / 8 inches / 7 - 11 months old

Brumation Time

N / A

Brumation Temperature

N / A

Incubation Time

6 - 13 months

Incubation Temperature

22 – 27 ’C

List of Localities - colours/patterning + geographical area to Madagascar:

 Ambanja - blue,green,red and yellow colours with blue or red barring found in northwest Madagascar

Ambato - Turquoise blue, high blue,marron,yellow and white, found in coastal peninsula northwest Madagascar

Ambilobe / Sirama - Two main colourations blue bar and red bar,with green, yellow and orange northwest locality

Ambodirafia - Green and maroon colour with orange coloured bars northeast coastal locality south of Sambava

Ampiskiana - Variation of yellow, green and red colours some look like ambilobe mitsio cross, northwest mainland

Andapa - Green, yellow, orange, red and occasionaly blue similar to Sambavas northeast mainland locality

Ankaramy - Often called pink panthers, pink with blue crests with white grey lateral lines, southern areas of north

Ankify - Mainly green with red and blue bars or speckling, sometimes known to turn yellow found in northwest areas

Diego Suarez - Green with maroon-red coloured V-bars, orange and yellow occasionally appear, northern tip locality

Joffreville - Green coloured body with maroon red bars northern tip of northwest Madagascar

Maroantsetra - Yellow green base colour with orange - red variations,found in northern tip of the east coast peninsula

Masoala - Yellow-green background with orange bars found on the east coast of Madagascars Masoala peninsula

Nosy Ankarea - Blue green or yellow with red-orange bars an island locale of the northwest coast of Madagascar

Nosy Be - Known to show blue, green, yellow and red colours with various bar + speckling colour changes, northwest

Nosy Boraha - Gray, silver and red coloured these are found on the eastern coast of Madagascar

Nosy Faly - Known as red rains, various colours of red, blue, white and yellow, eastern Madagascan coast locality

Nosy Mitsio - Mainly green bodied with various orange colours and pattern variations, northwest coast locality

Nosy Randama - Red bodied with various white and blue lines, northwest coast local

Reunion - Green and red body colouration with various shades of green and red speckling, eastern coast locality

Sambava - Orange, yellow, green and sometimes blue colours with dark U shaped patterns, northeast madagascar

Tamatave - Green base colouration with red displays and white speckling found on the east coast of the country


Captive Requirements and Welfare
Chameleons in general need slightly more controlled enviroments and the panther is no exception. Making sure the temperature, humidity and ventilation is correct is vital to ensure a healthy chameleon therefore these animals should not be kept in wooden vivarriums. Panthers compared to other chameleons are quite good handlers and a good starting species. When purchasing a suitable vivarium it is important to get the correct size, chameleons in general can get stressed by large enclosures and struggle to find food. As with every chameleon species must be housed singly once older as they will fight for dominance and territory.

Vivarium size

30x30x45cm for hatchling
1.5 - 2ft x 1.5ft x 3ft for adult

Daytime Temperature (cool – warm)

25 – 28 ‘C Basking spot of 32 'C

Night-time Temperature

18 – 22 ‘C

Heating / Lighting Equipment (on timer)

All in one bulb during the day or Arcadia 12% UVB tube with spot lamp.

Substrate

Most Natural: Eco earth + orchid Bark
Alternatives: Forest Floor

Hides

Due to their arboreal nature chameleons use branches and foliage as their hides, changing colouration to blend into their surroundings

Decor

fake plants make these panthers feel more secure

Water

Spray 1 - 2x a day so they don't dehydrate. Chameleons won't drink from standing water only from droplets that roll off the leaves and trees.

Food (Feeding)

Small sized hoppers or crickets every other day then increase as they grow. Waxworms as an occasional treat to vary the diet.

Cleaning

Spot every other day,full clean monthly