Panther Chameleon Care Sheet
Scientific Name: Chamaeleo
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Like all Chameleons, the
Panther Chameleon changes colours with
environment and mood, moves their eyes indepentantly,
and catches food with its tongue.
Read all about the Panther
Chameleon in the Wild to better understand these
Take a look at these Panther
Chameleon Pictures to put an image to their
Feed your Panther Chameleon a varied diet of insects;
including but not limited to crickets,
waxworms sparingly, as they are very high in fat, and
not an overall healthy choice to be part of their everyday
diet. Be sure to dust or spray your gut-loaded insects
with a vitamin supplement containing calcium. Feed hatchlings
and juveniles everyday, and adults once every 2 days.
A Chameleon's appetite severly decreases as they reach
adulthood. The Panther Chameleon will most likely
never drink out of a bowl. They will get their water from
lapping the dew off of leaves in their enclosure, so daily
misting are required. You can also use a drip system,
which slowly drips water. You can position the system
over a plant in the enclosure, so your Chameleon will
always know where to go for water.
Lighting, Temperature & Humidity
You should give your Panther Chameleon
a 10 - 12 hour light cycle each day, using a full-spectrum
flourescent fixture. They require the UV rays from full-spectrum
bulbs to help breakdown vitamins correctly. You must
also supply a heat gradient from about 75 degrees F
to 85 degrees F. Do not let the temperature drop below
75 degrees F or above 90 degrees F. Use an incandescent
bulb or ceramic heat emitter to achieve the temperature
gradient. Never use a heating pad on the bottom of the
enclosure. The Chameleon's heat sensors are on its back,
not its belly, and they can be seriously injured. Keep
humidity levels between 65% - 85%. The misting, drip
system, real plants or a shallow bowl of water can be
used to maintain these levels.
Panther Chameleons are tree dwellers,
and as such, need a lot of space to climb around. A
minimum size for an adult Panther is 3' by 3' by 4'
high. It should always be taller than wide or deep.
Use a full screen enclosure, never a glass aquarium.
These guys will climb on anything, and glass frustrates
them. This, and the combination of being able to see
their reflection will stress them out. As mentioned,
they are tree dwellers, and do not really need a substrate.
Subtrate of any kind can lead to impaction if eaten,
and as Chameleons catch prey with their tongue, substrate
commonly goes with it. Provide a live plant for hiding,
and a lot of branches and walkways for your Panther
Chameleon to climb and bask on.