Scientific Name: Furcifer pardalis
Native Habitat: Madagascar
Lifespan: 2-8 years
Size: up to 4" for females, up to 8" for males
Temperament: Docile, calm, slow moving, easy to stress
Ease of handling: Not inclined to bite but they are quite fragile and stress easily so handling should be kept to a minimum.
Skill level: Expert
Activity level: Diurnal and slow moving.
Panther chameleons are completely arboreal, it is essential that they are provided a lot of climbing space and surfaces. 24x24x36" should be the minimum enclosure size for an adult.
Temperature: Ambient temperature should be between 24-32°C, with a basking spot of 35°C.
Lighting: UVB is necessary, approximately 10-12 hours a day.
Humidity: 60-80% with frequent misting
Substrate: Bioactive soil, coconut husk, coconut fiber.
Chameleons need plenty of climbing surfaces such as branches, corkbark, vines, and plants. Chameleons need a running source of water as they do not drink from water bowls or still water.
Panther chameleons require a varied diet, including crickets, mealworms, waxworms, grasshoppers, roaches, flies, beetles, and other invertebrates. Chameleons, and all insectivore reptiles, are prone to hypovitaminosis-A, ensure all feeders are gutloaded so that your chameleon is receiving adequate vitamins and minerals.
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