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Panther Chameleon

  • Order: Squarnata
  • Family: Chamaeleonidae
  • Genus: Furcifer
  • Species: pardalis
Fun Fact

They have indepentently-moving eyes, opposing digits and the ability to move stealthily and slowly through vegetation. 

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About Panther Chameleons

The patterning and coloration of panther chameleons can vary depending on their origin of location. Males can be recognized by their larger size and their wide range of coloration and patterns. Females are smaller and are identified by their pale green or pink coloration.

It is possible that chameleons are deaf due to a lack of middle or outer ear. When hunting, they rapidly propel toward their prey by contracting special muscles within their tongue. They capture prey with their tongue, using its sticky mucous coating and a vacuum created by muscles in the tongue’s tip.

Panther Chameleons in the Wild


Panther chameleons inhabit lowland, dry deciduous forests that are close to thin belts of trees.


They are native to Madagascar.


Their prey consists of terrestrial invertebrates and occasionally plant material.

Population Status

Panther chameleons are classified as “least concern” by the IUCN.