Panther Chameleon

Scientific Name: Furcifer pardalis
Irish Name: Caimileon Pantar
IUCN Status: Least concern

Panther chameleons are rainbow-coloured lizards. Colour patterns are varied with contrasting bars. Males are larger and more brightly coloured than females, and very territorial. When rival males meet, they put on an aggressive display. Their colour darkens and they swell up. Females also change colour when they are carrying eggs to signal that they will not mate.

Their eyes are conical in shape and can rotate and focus independently. They have a long sticky tongue for catching prey that can sometimes be longer than the length of their body.

Panther Chameleon

Panther chameleons are rainbow-coloured lizards. Colour patterns are varied with contrasting bars. Males are larger and more brightly coloured than females, and very territorial. When rival males meet, they put on an aggressive display. Their colour darkens and they swell up. Females also change colour when they are carrying eggs to signal that they will not mate.

Their eyes are conical in shape and can rotate and focus independently. They have a long sticky tongue for catching prey that can sometimes be longer than the length of their body.

General Information

Where do they live? (Natural habitat)

Panther chameleons are native to the tropical forests of Madagascar. They live in foliage in small trees near the forest floor.

How long do they live?

1-3 years in the wild, five or more years in zoos with males living longer than females.

What do they eat?

Panther chameleons are carnivorous. They eat crickets, locusts, grasshoppers, meal worms, roaches.

Group Name

Panther chameleons live solitary lives.

Animal Class

Reptilia

Animal Order

Squamata

Fun Facts

Feet

Panther chameleons have unusual feet which look like tongs and helps them grip onto branches. Their toes are fused with 2 on the outside and 3 on the inside of the foot.

Tail

Panther chameleons have a prehensile tail which means their tail can grip independently usually around branches.

Colourful Emotions

Panther chameleons use different colours to indicate their emotions, temperature and light intensity

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Family Life

Panther chameleons live solitary lives. Males are territorial and will change colours to intimidate other males. Females change to a darker colour when carrying eggs to indicate that they will not mate.

Gestation period

3-6 weeks.

Number of young at birth

They lay 10 - 40 eggs.

Age at maturity

Around 6 months

Size male adult

Length 43cm, weight 140-180 grams.

Size female adult

Length 25cm - 35cm, weight 60-100 grams.

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Conservation

Least Concern

Panther chameleons are classified as Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation in Nature.

Threats

The panther chameleon is not under threat at present as they are highly adaptable and thrive in areas where their habitat is degrading, like their native Madagascar

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FAQs

  • How long do panther chameleons live?

    1-3 years in the wild, five or more years in zoos with males living longer than females.

  • Do panther chameleons like to be held?

    Some panther chameleons will tolerate being handled but in general they should not be handled.

  • Is the panther chameleon endangered?

    The panther chameleon is not under threat at present as they are highly adaptable and thrive in areas where their habitat is degrading, like their native Madagascar

  • When do panther chameleons get their colours?

    They develop their colours when they reach maturity. Juveniles are greyish brown.

  • Are panther chameleons friendly?

    Panther chameleons live solitary lives and prefer not to be handled.

  • How long do panther chameleons live in captivity?

    1-3 years in the wild, five or more years in captivity with males living longer than females.

  • Where does the panther chameleon live?

    Panther chameleons are native to the tropical forests of Madagascar.

  • How many eggs do panther chameleons lay?

    10-40 eggs.

  • Are panther chameleons good pets?

    Panther chameleons are popular pets but this does not make them good pets. They have not been domesticated, are solitary animals, and prefer not to be handled.

  • Can panther chameleons eat fruit?

    Panther chameleons are carnivorous. They eat crickets, locusts, grasshoppers, meal worms, roaches.

  • Do panther chameleons change color?

    Panther chameleons change colour when feeling threatened, stressed and during territorial disputes and courtship.

  • How big do panther chameleons get?

    Males can reach 17 inches.

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