Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When do adult males show their bright colors?
Panther chameleons will display various colors depending on how they are feeling. Even at rest, a panther chameleon will show vibrant colors. When they are in the presence of a female, they will display their bright breeding colors. When they are sleeping, you'll also see some very bright colors. You can also show your male a mirror to simulate the presence of another male, which will "fire" them up. This is an all-out display of color!
Q. Can you tell what colors a baby panther chameleon will have?
Yes. Each panther chameleon is sold as a specific "locale". Each locale has distinctive colors. For instance, a Nosy Be will be solid blue. A Nosy Mitsio will display solid yellow. A Blue-Barred Ambilobe will display blue barring on a green background. And the list goes on.
Q. Can panther chameleons be housed together?
No. Chameleons are very territorial. Even a male and female should not be housed together due to stress. They are very solitary animals and actually prefer being housed by themselves. However, some fellow peers and experts are able to do this successfully.
Q. What is their temperament like?
Panther chameleons have the best temperaments of all the chameleons species! They will tolerate handling and recognize their owners.
Q. What do chameleons eat?
A juvenile panther chameleon will eat between 1/4" to 1/2" crickets. To be safe, start out with the 1/4". If ordering in bulk, get them a size slightly smaller since crickets grow fast. ALWAYS GUTLOAD!
Q. Is it OK to use a glass terrarium?
In general, avoid glass enclosures. You will need an all-screened cage for a panther chameleon. Proper ventilation is very important to these guys. Keep in mind that in cooler climate areas keepers do use glass successfully.
Q. How do you maintain adequate humidity with a screen cage?
Chameleons will do well with humidity between 40-60%. The average home maintains about 40% humidity, so adding a live plant or a mister will help with humidity in the enclosure. Too much humidity and moisture can cause sickness.
Q. Do female panther chameleons show bright colors?
The female panther chameleons do not display vivid coloration like the males. However, they are very pretty chameleons they display all ranges of pink peach and purple. As they mature and are ready to begin breeding the pink color shows vividly. In my gallery I have a picture of a female chameleon ready to show her pink color.