Known as Leopard chameleon, is Reptilian Species of the Chamaleonidae Family. Mainly lives in the coastal regions of Madagascar. Males can grow up to 50 to 60 cm in length, with an average length of 45 cm. Females are generally smaller, about half of the males. Males also have much brighter colors than females.
Furcifer pardalis from the areas of Nosy Be and Ambanja are typically bright blue, while those from Antsiranana and Sambava are red, green and orange. The areas of Maroantsetra and Tamatave possess predominantly red specimens. There are many other colors and the reasons are different both between different regions and within a specific region. Females of Furcifer pardalis generally remain light brown or brown regardless of the region they come from, but there are small differences in coloration and patterns.
Like most chameleons, the Furcifer pardalis is extremely territorial. Spends most of his life in isolation, excluding mating sessions. When two males come into contact, they change color and swell their body, to show their superiority. Often these battles end at this stage, with the retreat of the loser, which takes on dark or greyish colors. Occasionally, if none of the contenders retires, a physical confrontation can occur. They are especially fed with insects, such as locusts, mantids and crickets. Male Furcifer pardalis can live up to 10 years in captivity, if properly breeded. Females, if they are often reproduced, usually only live 2-3 years after laying the eggs (between 5 and 8), due to the stress they suffer from their body. Females can deposit between 10 and 40 eggs for breeding, depending on food and food consumption during egg development. They can last from 5 to 14 months before the eggs come out.
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