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Least Concern (LC)

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Exhibiting some of the most spectacular colour variations of all chameleons, the large-bodied panther chameleon is highly sought after by reptile keepers (2) (3). Interestingly, populations from different locations within this species' range each have a particular colouration and patterning, which is generally most pronounced during courtship or defensive displays. Male panther chameleons from the Madagascan island of Nosy Be, for example, have uniform striking blue-green, emerald-green or turquoise bodies, whereas males from the north-west coast are vivid pink, with a yellowish white stripe along the flanks, a colour form known as “the pink panther.” Other colours found in the males may include orange, red and dark green, with a hugely variable patterning of coloured bands, stripes and spots, especially around the head and eyes. By contrast, females are mostly dull, uniform grey, brown or faint green, except during breeding, when receptive females become pale or vivid orange to pink, later changing to black, with bright orange or pink vertical bars when gravid. Like many other chameleon species, the panther chameleon's head extends at the rear into a raised bony prominence known as a “casque” (3).

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