Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Panther chameleon

Furcifer pardalis

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

3 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Congratulations Stephen W! Your spotting has been chosen for Project Noah fact of the Day: "The Panther chameleon, a species native to Madagascar, has one of the most spectacular color displays in the natural world. But how does it change its color? Recent research has shed some light on some of the physical mechanisms behind this. Fish, amphibians and reptiles all possess skin cells called iridophores, which contain small reflective crystals arranged in a network throughout the cells. When the Panther chameleon is calm, the crystals are organized in a dense lattice which reflects blue light most strongly. When the chameleon becomes excited, at the sight of either a competing male or a receptive female, the lattice loosens up so that yellows and reds become reflected best. As a result of this the chameleon’s background skin color shifts from green to yellow, its blue patterning turns white and its red becomes brighter. All this happens within a matter of minutes!

http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/150302...

Panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis) spotted in Madagascar by Project Noah user Stephen W"
https://www.facebook.com/projectnoah/pho...

Superb !

Like the a rainbow,amazing collours,Wow :-)

Stephen W
Spotted by
Stephen W

Madagascar

Spotted on Nov 6, 2011
Submitted on Feb 17, 2014

Related Spottings

chameleon Chameleon Furcifer chameleon Belted chameleon

Nearby Spottings

Spotting Aye-aye Spotting Giant Leaf-tail Gecko
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team