Panther Chameleon: All you need to know

Today’s blog is all about the Panther Chameleon. What is a Panther Chameleon? And can you keep one as a pet?

What is a Panther Chameleon?

Located in the North-Eastern region of Madagascar, the Panther Chameleon (furcifer pardalis) is a vibrant species of Chameleon. Typically, they will set up their habitats in areas of large vegetation like tropical forests. 

However, the Panther Chameleon is exceptionally difficult to find due to wide-scale deforestation and can only be purchased through captivity. This being said, their lifespan whilst being cared for in captivity is very short – as they become extremely stressed being away from their natural environment. 

This does not take away from the magic of owning a Panther Chameleon. It is not surprising that globally, the Panther Chameleon is one of the most popular pet chameleons with its vibrant colours and unique markings. 

In the wild, Panther Chameleon can change its colours. The colours can change depending on their ancestors and the region they lived in; otherwise known as locales. 

What you’ll find is panther chameleons will be bred within their locale group as the breeders will want to keep their distinct colours for that area. 

However, not all panther chameleons have distinctive vibrancy. There is a large difference between males and females. Males will tend to have a wider variety of colours and vibrancy, whilst females tend to stay a salmon colour throughout their lives. 

Panther Chameleon Diet

Panther Chameleon are omnivores. Their diet consists of a variety of vegetables and insects. Whilst in the wild, they would typically find small insects to eat, yet occasionally digest vegetation for its hydration. 

Crickets tend to be a favourite amongst Panther Chameleon owners, with brown crickets coming in as the favourite. However, there is a strong case for black crickets and locusts as a healthy alternative. Whilst your chameleon will be getting the exercise it needs in hunting the insect, it also won’t be too exerting for them either. 

Although there should be a medium-sized water bowl in the enclosure, it usually serves as a backup hydration option. Just as in the wild, owners should spray the enclosure with water so that it settles on the vegetation and decorations; the Chameleon will then drink from these. 

Can you keep a Panther Chameleon as a pet?

The Panther Chameleon is a favourite amongst the community of reptile owners. Its striking colours and ease of maintenance make it a joy to have as a pet. 

Whilst they can be a great choice for beginners due to their docile nature, they are rather territorial. Because of their history, and desire to be housed in their natural habitat, they can find handling rather stressful. Therefore, if you are getting a Panther Chameleon as a pet, it would be best suited as a pet to be admired and watched, rather than constantly handled. 

That being said, it is relatively stress-free to find great equipment and housing for your new pet. Everything needed concerning diet and housing can be found in your local pet store, or even on Amazon. 

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