Furcifer pardalis

Furcifer Pardalis

The Furcifer Pardalis (panther chameleon) is the species of Chameleon and it is found in the eastern and northern parts of Madagascar in the tropical forest of a biome. More importantly, it has been introduced to the Mauritius and Reunion.

Furcifer pardalis is distributed throughout the island but they are locally abundant on central easter, northeastern, north, and the northwestern coasts.

Chameleons show some of the most amazing color variations. The researchers and the reptile keepers mostly search for the large-bodied panther chameleon.

Furcifer pardalis


It is interesting to know that Chameleons from different locations within this species range and each has a very particular patterning and coloration, that is generally pronounced during the courtship or the defensive displays.

Male panther chameleons from Madagascan island have uniform striking blue-green, turquoise bodies, whereas the males from the northwest coast have vivid pink with a yellowish white stripe along flanks.

The Male Chameleons may also include the red, orange and dark green patterning of colored bands, spots, stripes, especially around the eyes and head.


Name: Panther Chamaeleon
Scientific Name: Furcifer pardalis
Synonyms: Chamaeleo pardalis Cuvier, Chamaeleo ater Lesson

Vernacular Names

  • English: Panther Chamaeleon
  • Albanian: Furcifer pardalis
  • French: Caméléon panthère
  • German: Panther chamaeleon
  • Japanese: Furcifer pardalis
  • Spanish: Caméleon pantera
  • Arabic: furcifer pardalis

Ecology and Habitat of Furcifer Pardalis

The Purcifer Pardalis mainly lives in the lowland, dry deciduous forests that are close to the thin belts of trees bordering roads and rivers.

Purcifer Pardalis most likely prefer the open habitats that are not overly shaded. Scientists also believe that is due to the need to colonize the open spaces where they may lie in the pleasant sunlight and the Male Purcifer may use the visual signals directed to the females ( during the mating) or it is due to they establish their territories.

The Male panther chameleons also have a higher range of elevation as compared to females. Mostly it is due to the territorial reasons.

Physical Description

One of the most amazing features of the panther chameleons is their fascinating vibrant coloration. The adult Purcifer is sexually dimorphic and the males can be identified by their larger size, swollen basis of the tail that is indicating the presence of hemipenes, and have a huge range of patterns and the coloration.

The Females are usually identified as being uniformly pink or pale green, they are smaller in size as compared to male with a thinner tail base.

Sometimes the eggs of female chameleons are detected through the body walls.

The Adult chameleons can reach up to 23 cm in Length. It is very difficult to distinguish the sex of a Juvenile chameleon when they are 6 months old. The reason is their size is small, Dull coloration and the lack of Hemipenial bulge in miles.

Panther Chamaleons

The purcifer pardalis patterning and coloration varies significantly depending on their origin or location.

The panther chameleons from the Madagascan Island Nosy are emerald green, blue-green or they have turquoise bodies.

On the other hand, Northwest coast males are usually bright pink, Having a yellowish white stripe along sides. That is why they are commonly known as the Pink Panthers.

Males can also be red, orange, and dark green with a vast variation in strips, spots, and bands around the eyes and head.

The Panther chameleons do not have the vomeronasal organ, an auxiliary olfactory sense organ that is mostly found in various animals.

These species also do not pose the middle or outer ear, which suggests that the chameleons might be deaf. The Chameleons have very specialized feet with a long like appearance known as Zygodactyl. On each foot, the five toes are fused into the group of almost two or group of three digits.

Development of Furcifer pardalis

The Female Purcifer pardalis carry a fetus in the womb or you can say carry fertilized eggs for almost two to three weeks.

it takes almost 6 months to one year for young Purcifer to hatch from their eggs. After hatching from their eggs young furcifer takes an additional 6 months until they are sexually mature and have an adult
coloration and the size.


Romance frequently starts with presentations by guys. This generally incorporates the presentation of splendid colors and a progression of snapping or swaying head developments while progressing on a female.

A few males advance gradually with a stopping or jerky stride, however, others move quickly and can be aggressive toward females. Females that are unwelcoming or gravid may escape or may confront the seeking male with a vast mouth while murmuring, raising up on the rear legs, and shaking to discourage the male’s advances towards them.

In case female shows interest in the male than the male mount the female by grasping her flanks and the position himself on the left or right side of her body. Sexual intercourse happens when the male everts the closest of his two hemipenes and then inserts it in the female’s cloaca.

Panther Chameleon (Furcifer pardalis)

Sexual intercourse happens when the male everts the closest of his two hemipenes and then inserts it in the female’s cloaca. A few animal categories have sexual intercourse for a couple of minutes and others for up to a few hours, after which they typically go their Separate Ways.

Females that have effectively mated usually displayed the aggressive behavior to the successive, meandering males. The effective male will remain with the female for a short period post-rearing and after that keep roaming, likely looking for another mate.

In many areas, reproducing happens among January and May yet this may fluctuate geologically. Females of a few territories can breed on numerous occasions every year.

The Gestation period after mating lasts around 3 to 6 weeks. The females dig holes with their front feet and then female Chameleons deposit around 10 to 46 eggs. After depositing eggs they fill in the tunnel and stomp the soil down to conceal the location of the nest.

A very few females drag leaves and twigs over the site. The male and female purcifer do not involve any kind of parental speculation beyond making and then depositing eggs. however, the mother attempts to protect the eggs from the predators by hiding the area with leaves and twigs.


A panther chameleon can exceed five years of age in the captivity, while the wildest panther chameleons only survive one or two years after reaching maturity.

On the other hand, female chameleons have an average life shorter as compare to male in the wild. While in captivity the lifespan is shorter due to stresses of oviposition and reproduction.


In general, the social structure of panther chameleons is poorly understood. Furcifer Pardalis, as most chameleons, are known to be lone and regional regardless of sex or age. The male chameleons will, in general, have a bigger home as compared to than females.

The males are usually intolerant toward other males that are invading their resident tree or shrub. The males protect their territory by displaying, pursuing and potentially harming the intruding male.

This hostility increases during the reproducing season. however, it is still not known whether the female panther chameleons are intolerant of other females in general or only they are intolerance at the nesting sites.

The eyes of Chameleon do not contain the Melanin pigments and rods necessary for the night vision and are thus Furcifer pardalis is diurnal.

The domain of F. pardalis is typically restricted to a specific tree or bush. Hostage investigations of Furcifer pardalis have indicated That male pardalis have bigger home reaches as compared to females. Females will regularly remain inside a little region and will be visited by wandering guys during the season of breeding.

Communication and Perception

in the season of breeding the Male Furcifer pardalis usually increase the intensity of coloration to attract the potential mates.

It is also observed that the Male also become very vibrant in the colors during the physical battles with the competing chameleons.

Whenever chameleon losses or surrenders then he start turning himself drab or dark colors and retreats. The communication between Female and male Panther chameleons occur through physical gestures and visual signals.

The Females also communicate their mating status through the body coloration. At the point when a female is experienced showing responsive hue, the male starts romance conduct, which incorporates an expansion in shading force and gesturing of the head.

Furcifer pardalis

Over a period of minutes to the days after mating the female is gravid and she displays a non-receptive coloration. TO indicate other males that she is already mated the female stomach turns into the black with orange or dark brown.

Chameleons are principally visual seekers and use a unique visual observation framework. The dome-shaped eyes are situated on either side of their heads and are capable of independent movement.

When one eye recognizes a prey object, Then the head of this species make both eyes to focus on the prey. Their eyes do not have the structures fundamental for nighttime vision, Therefore they are diurnal seekers.

Both genders will show particular rearing shading to demonstrate status to mate. The Males perform a romantic presentation that consists of head bobbing and increased intensity of skin coloration.

Food Habits

Furcifer pardalis is viewed as opportunistic seekers because they trust that prey will go inside the scope of their long tongues. They feed generally on the terrestrial invertebrates and very often on the plant material. They can pivot and center their eyes independently to watch two distinct objects simultaneously.

This permits them an entire 360-degree arc of vision around their body while remaining totally still and disguised. when the prey is located in sight then both the eyes can be focused in the same direction, giving them a sharp stereoscopic vision and depth observation.

Chameleons have extremely extraordinary tongues particular for catching their prey. A broad investigation done in 2000 uncovered the complexities of how the chameleon tongue functions.

The catch of prey was frequently credited just to grip to the tongue pad however now researchers trust the speed and type of the tongue additionally makes a suction gadget.

The hyoid bone is a bit of ligament that reaches out into the mouth from the throat bones (known as the hyolingual contraption) and is joined to a chameleon’s long tongue.

This is the place the tongue rests when it isn’t being used. The tongue is propelled from the hyoid bone with the utilization of ringed muscles in the tongue.

This exceedingly mind-boggling structure is made out of ligament, muscles, nerves, organs, and tissues that all cooperate to make an incredibly quick and viable tongue for grabbing their food.


No particular information is available on the predation of F. pardalis. The fundamental predators of chameleons are commonly Snakes and birds. The ability to cover their skin to the surrounding environment is one of the best defense against their predators.

They are moderate moving animals that regularly solidify and stay unmoving for an extended period of time which also help them to be unnoticed by the predators.

Taxonomy of Furcifer Pardalis

Fun Fact about Purcifer Pardalis

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Awais Ahmed

Awais Ahmed

An IT(Information Technology) graduate from Bahria University Islamabad, I started my carrier as a Freelance in the year 2016 and have worked as a Blogger and Content Creator at various organizations. Currently working as a Content Creator at Tapedaily. Staying updated and writing research-based content related to Plants, Animals, and various kingdoms are my key interest.

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