Ambilobe panther chameleon
Panther chameleons grow to be 40–51 cm long, with females typically being smaller than males. In a form of sexual dimorphism, males are more vibrantly coloured than the females. Coloration varies with location, and the different colour patterns of panther chameleons are commonly referred to as 'locales', which are named after the geographical location in which they are found.
Panther chameleons have very long tongues (sometimes longer than their own body length) which they are capable of rapidly extending out of the mouth to capture their prey. Although they occasionally eat some plant material, they are predominantly insectivorous, feeding on a variety of insects including crickets, locusts, and moths.
Latin name - Furcifer pardalis
Class - Reptilia
Family - Chamaeleonidae
IUCN Status - Least Concern
Habitat - Tropical Forest and savannah
Distribution – Northeastern Madagascar
Here at the zoo, we are home to two panther chameleons: Barbie and Ken! Both can be found living
separately within our reptile house as this species is strictly solitary.
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