Panther Chameleon Care

FramsChams Panther Chameleon Care Sheet

Panther chameleons (Furcifer pardalis) are strikingly colorful and fascinating reptiles native to Madagascar. Keeping them as pets can be a rewarding experience, but it requires careful attention to their unique needs. Here's a care sheet to help you provide the best care for your pet Panther chameleon:

  1. Enclosure:
  • Habitat: A spacious and vertically oriented enclosure is essential, as Panther chameleons are arboreal. A screen enclosure with dimensions of at least 24x24x48 inches is recommended for adults.
  • Ventilation: Good airflow is crucial to prevent respiratory issues. A mesh or screen enclosure is ideal for this purpose.
  • Lighting: Provide UVB lighting to help your chameleon synthesize vitamin D3. A UVB bulb (Reptisun 5.0 or Arcadia 6%) should be placed on top of the enclosure. A basking bulb is also required with a temperature of around 85°F.  This can typically be achieved with a 60w incandescent bulb or a reptile heat bulb.
  1. Temperature and Humidity:
  • Temperature: Maintain a basking spot temperature of around 85°F (29°C) during the day. Ambient temperatures in the 70’s. Allow a nighttime temperature drop between 60°-70° (15-21°C). No heat or lights at night!
  • Humidity: Panther chameleons require differing humidity levels during the day and night. Daytime levels should be on the drier side - 40%-50% RH. Night levels from 80%-100% RH.  Use a hygrometer to monitor these levels. The use of automatic misters at night and a fogger turned on from 1am-6am can help boost the humidity levels at night. 
  1. Substrate:
  • We do not recommend the use of substrate for a beginner to the hobby. Keeping the floor clean will help with easy cleanup, mopping wet areas and preventing feeder insects from hiding.
  • For advanced keepers, a bioactive substrate can be beneficial and beautiful. This does require a plan for drainage and the use of live soil to keep the soil clean.
  1. Diet:
  • Panther chameleons feed on insects. Offer a variety of appropriately sized live insects, including; crickets, dubia roaches, silkworms, black soldier fly larvae (BSFL), BSF, hornworms, superworms, as well as others. Gut-load insects with nutritious greens and vegetables before feeding.
  • Dust insects with a calcium supplement WITHOUT D3 (such as Repticalcium) at every feeding and a multivitamin supplement (such as Repashy Lo-D) twice a month.
  1. Water:
  • Panther chameleons drink water droplets from leaves and surfaces as well as inhales moist air as they sleep. Use a dripper or misting system to provide them with a source of water when temperatures are cooler. We do before lights on, after lights off, as well as overnight. Ensure that the water is dechlorinated and at room temperature.
  1. Handling:
  • Limit handling to reduce stress on your chameleon. When necessary, approach them slowly and gently. Support their body to prevent injury, as they have fragile bones.
  1. Enrichment:
  • Include live plants in the enclosure to provide hiding spots and a more natural environment. 
  • Offer branches, vines, and perches to allow your chameleon to climb and exercise.
  1. Health Care:
  • Regularly observe your chameleon for signs of illness, stress, such as weight loss, lethargy, or changes in coloration.
  • Schedule annual check-ups with a reptile veterinarian who specializes in chameleons.

Remember that Panther chameleons have specific care requirements, and their needs may vary slightly based on their age, size, and individual preferences. Providing proper care and attention to detail is crucial for keeping your pet Panther chameleon healthy and happy. Always research and consult with a reptile expert (such as your breeder) or veterinarian for specific care advice based on your chameleon's unique needs. 

When you buy your panther chameleon from FramsChams we will always be there to answer questions and support you in any way we can! Welcome to our FRAM-ily!