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Furcifer pardalis
Furcifer pardalis, commonly known as the panther chameleon, is a species of chameleon native to Madagascar. This reptile is widely recognized for its striking and colorful appearance, which distinguishes it from other chameleon species. Its common name, "panther chameleon," is derived from its panther-like appearance due to the spots and colors of its skin.

The panther chameleon is moderate in size compared to other chameleons, reaching a length of around 17-20 centimeters in the female and 30-45 centimeters in the male. It has a well-defined dorsal crest that runs along the upper part of its body, giving it a distinctive and elegant appearance. This crest is more pronounced in males, especially during the mating season.

The most notable thing about panther chameleons is their impressive range of colors. These can range from bright greens, yellows and reds to deep blues and oranges. The color scheme can change according to their environment, emotional state, and lighting conditions, allowing them to effectively camouflage themselves and communicate their mood to other panther chameleons.

These chameleons are arboreal, meaning they spend most of their lives in trees and bushes. Their gait and prehensile legs are adapted to climb and move easily among branches. In addition, they have independent eyes that can move in different directions, which gives them excellent peripheral vision and depth of field.

Panther chameleons' diet consists primarily of insects, such as crickets, grasshoppers, and beetles. They use their sticky, extendable tongue to capture prey from a distance, making them highly effective predators.

Behaviorally, panther chameleons are generally solitary and territorial. Males may display aggressive behavior toward other males when competing for territory or a female during the mating season. Reproduction is seasonal, and females lay eggs in the substrate of the habitat. The eggs hatch, and the young are independent from birth.

The panther chameleon is an endangered species due to habitat degradation and illegal capture for the pet trade. It is under protection and regulation in Madagascar, and efforts are being made to conserve this unique and beautiful species.

Approximate measurements of the Chameleon:
  • Scale 1:1 - 150mm