Housing of your animals will depend entirely on the number, age and size of your animals. Babies can be kept co-ed
in a glass terrarium with a screen top for the first 3 months or so (not advisable if youlive in a humid climate such as Florida).
Contrary to popular belief that Chameleons do best in all screen cages, I have found that babies will do better in glass as
they will maintain moisture much better (do NOT use glass cages outdoors or place glass cages indoors in direct sunlight.
Fatal levels of heat can accumulate in a matter of minuets). The cage should not be so large that the babies get "lost" in
the cage and not be able to find its food source.
When the Panther Chameleon is about 12 weeks old, it should be housed individually, especially if they are males, in their
own screened cages (a small group of females may be housed together if the cage is of adequate size). A single juvenile
can easily be kept in a vertical, screened cage 12"Wx12"Dx16"H. A group of 3 or 4 females can be kept in screened cage 18"Wx14"Dx24"H.
When housing sub-adults to full grown animals, the cages should be as large as your space at home and budget allows.
Some have advocated allowing free roaming within your home as long as its needs can be met although I do not practice this
due to several free roaming felines in my home. You can keep adults in screened cages 20"Wx18"Dx30"H with success.
As adults, do not keep males together as they become territorial and be very aggressive towards each other. You
also do not want to keep males and females as pairs in the same cage as they usually stress each other out. Females
still can be placed in small groups but as they are sexually mature, it would be less stressful for them if they are housed
individually. This way, you can also monitor their feeding and general well being much easier.
Panthers are not very shy and do not require an overabundance of foliage to hide in but should have enough perching sights
within various locations of the cage to thermal regulate. It is critical that you use a nontoxic plant that is free of any
pesticide residues. A good choice of plant to use is either Hibiscus or Benjamin Ficus. I almost exclusively use the
Ficus plant (a dwarf form called Baby Lucy which has smaller leaves than regular Ficus and grow more slowly). I also use Manzanita
branches in the cage to provide additional perching sights.