Scientific name: Furcifer paradalis
Danish name: Panther chameleon
Lifespan: Males 3-6 years and females 2-3 years
Distribution: Northern Madagascar and nearby islands.
Toxicity: Not toxic
This chameleon is known for its beautiful colors. Males can reach a total length of 50 cm and females 35 cm. The males have a small flat nose. Females are generally more brown and orange. Both males and females have transverse darker stripes on the tail and body. A common thing for the different subspecies is a white stripe that runs along the body. There are different color variants that have been named after where they come from, so they are not man-made colors.
They live separately and are often very aggressive in nature. At night they sleep curled up on a thin branch, and in the morning they will try to find a place to sunbathe. When its body is warmed up it will begin to hunt.
Keep in terrarium
The chameleon makes special demands that are difficult to meet and they are very sensitive. They must be kept separate. A terrarium for a single individual will be suitable with a size of L: 60, D: 80 and H: 80 cm. The temperature must be 24-25 degrees. However, they must have a small heating area where the temperature reaches 28-30 degrees. A bottom layer of loam and sphagnum mixed together will be good and also retain moisture. The terrarium must be heavily planted and have branches that fit the chameleon's feet.
The humidity must be high and it is best maintained with an irrigation system, during the day it must be at 60% and at night at 60%. In order to meet the right needs, it requires longer immersion 2-3 times a day.
Lighting is very important, as heat, a spot bulb is recommended. They must have high UVB, it requires 2 UVB tubes. Day length should be 14 hours in summer and 10 hours in winter.
They eat all insects that are no wider than their mouths, they love flies but their diet must be varied. All feed animals must be shaken in vitamin powder.
Signs of illness
A healthy chameleon will sit with their eyes open and observe what is happening around them, if they sit with their eyes closed or sunken it could be stress or dehydration. A dark color can mean stress or too low a temperature. The animals must have a firm grip when climbing.
The panther chameleon spends the day regulating their temperature, hunting and defending the territory.
Farmed animals are preferable, as animals from the pet shop are delicate and often pregnant.
Pregnant females bury their eggs a minimum of 20 cm. The female lays 30-40 eggs. The sexes are kept separately, individual individuals can go together, but it is best to keep them alone. The male can be introduced to the female, breeders have moved away from this method and instead allow a pair of young to grow up together. After approx. 5-6 months, when sexual maturation occurs, if you want the pair to breed, you can give them night temperatures of 16-18° C.
Hatching of eggs
After approximately 20-30 days, a clutch of between 25-85 eggs is laid. Use a plastic box over 20 cm deep filled with sand. The eggs are laid in moist vermeculite and incubated at 26-30 degrees during the day and 21-24 degrees at night for 140-220 days.
Baby chameleons have a very voracious appetite. They reach full size at approx. 10-12 months if cared for correctly. They must live under the same conditions as the parents, but cleaning must be done much more often, as they eat a lot. They are fed banana flies and ant-sized crickets. It doesn't take long before they eat houseflies and later blowflies as well as crickets and small grasshoppers. The babies must have large supplements of calcium, otherwise they will die of deficiency diseases within a very short time.