The Top 3 Things You Need To Know Before Bringing Home A Panther Chameleon
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Panther chameleons are very delicate reptiles and need a lot of care. There are several factors that can cause your chameleon stress. These factors can include lighting, trying to maintain 80% humidity, and the placement of their enclosure.
Panther chameleons need their UVA/UVB light changed every six months. After the six months, the lights start to lose their potency. The lights are to help mimic the nutrients that they get from the sun and to help them digest calcium.
When a chameleon struggles to digest their food or doesn’t get enough calcium, they can become very sick and get metabolic bone disease. Metabolic bone disease causes the bones to become very bendy and brittle. It will cause lethargy and lack of appetite. Chameleons spend their whole lives climbing on vines and perches. If their bones aren’t strong enough, they will struggle to stay on the branches.
The humidity of the cage is very important for the happiness and health of your panther chameleon. Humidity levels need to be around 80%-85%. This requires misting daily and even implementing a mister on a timer to ensure proper misting. If you do not have the luxury of working from home, then using a misting system on a timer will work best for you.
Poor humidity will lead to problems with shedding and respiratory infections. Necrotic tissue is very dangerous for panther chameleons too if they are not shedding properly.
3. Enclosure space
The last important thing that I want to emphasize is that the location and the inside of the enclosure are crucial for your panther chameleon’s stress levels. They can become easily upset and won’t want to eat if their environment is too crowded. Being moved around too much inside and outside of the cage can cause a lot of stress as well.
Minimize the clutter in the enclosure. Have a few perches leading up to the basking spot and a few perches in the cool area of the cage. If you move around a lot, a panther chameleon might not be a great fit for you because moving too much can cause stress. If you have a lot of other animals or cats running around the house, they may climb the cages and cause stress.
The enclosure needs to be elevated away from other animals and you need to be in a long term home environment to decrease the stress of your panther chameleon.
Panther chameleons need consistent humidity, potent lighting, and to feel safe in their enclosures. I would not recommend getting a panther chameleon if you travel often, move around a lot, and if you have a lot of other free range animals. If you can install a misting system and you have a consistent living situation, then a panther chameleon will be a great fit for your home.