Panther Chameleons are tropical reptiles from Madagascar. You can tell where in Madagascar a particular Panther Chameleon is from based on the colors and patterns found on its skin.
Contrary to popular belief, chameleons cannot change color to match their environment. They have a natural color range depending on the species which changes based on the animal’s mood, and the light and temperature of its environment. During the breeding season, males will increase the intensity of their coloration to attract potential mates. Males will also become more vibrant in color to assert dominance over other chameleons that enter their territory.
The new Panther Chameleon is on display in Eat & Be Eaten to the right of the Animal Husbandry area.