Ad-libitum feeding rates, growth and survival of captive-hatched chameleons (Chamaeleo pardalis) from Nose Be Island, Madagascar

  • Published source details Ferguson G.W. (1991) Ad-libitum feeding rates, growth and survival of captive-hatched chameleons (Chamaeleo pardalis) from Nose Be Island, Madagascar. Herpetological Review, 22, 124-125.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Lizards

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  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Lizards

    A replicated study in 1990–1991 in Texas, USA (Ferguson 1991) found that captive-reared Malagasy panther chameleons Chamaeleo pardalis had low breeding success in captivity. Ten females each produced 1–5 fertile clutches of eggs, and while all fertile eggs developed to full-term young, <10% hatched successfully. Eight of 10 females died within 18 months. Chameleons were housed in fishbowls (1 litre) or aquaria of increasing sizes (8, 13 then 50 litre) as they grew larger. Dead twigs were provided, and temperatures ranged from 30–33°C during the day and 19–23°C at night.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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