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Panther Chameleon (Furcifer pardalis)Description:
Panther Chameleons are sandy brown and grey in color but, like all chameleons, they can change color. Males can grow up to 20 inches long, while the smaller females only reach about 17 inches. They can live up to 12 years if taken care of properly.Habitat and Tank Requirements:
This species is native to Madagascar.
Panther Chameleons do well with moss, bark, soil, or reptile carpet as a substrate. Be sure to put enough plants, rocks, and wood in the tank for your lizard to hide in and climb on. These lizards love to climb.
One adult Panther Chameleon needs a 30-40 gallon tank. A screen cover is recommended for your tank, as it allows better airflow and heating.
A comfortable temperature for these lizards is around 75-85º F during the day with a slight drop at night to 65-75º F. LEDs or other low-wattage light bulbs work best for maintaining these temperatures.
In addition to UV light, these lizards need a hotter basking area from 85-90º F. You can use either a ceramic heat emitter or a reptile basking light for this. Heat rocks are not recommended as they can burn your animal.
Your tank should have a small, shallow bowl of water that is cleaned daily. This is for your lizard to drink from as well as wade in. Some lizards won’t drink from a bowl. In this case some sort of dropper is recommended. It is also recommended to mist your chameleon’s tank every day.Diet:
Panther Chameleons will feed on small crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, wax worms, and any other insect small enough for them to ingest. These animals prefer live food. It is recommended that food be dusted with calcium to prevent bone softening.Handling:
Allow your lizard time to become accustomed to its new home before handling them extensively. Handling them little by little over a period of time lets the animal get used to you and reduces stress.
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