Selectively Breeding Furcifer Pardalis

Introduction Given that Panther Chameleon (Furcifer pardalis) colors are polygenic traits, and Panther Chameleons are a sexually dimorphic species, selective breeding for a given color is challenging and many breeders fail to achieve a consistent result. If you are not familiar with what a polygenic trait is, you should probably start by reading our previous post about our Furcifer pardalis Body Color Inheritance Theory. Polygenic traits do not have discrete outcomes, and they produce a distribution of results.

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Furcifer pardalis Body Color Inheritance Theory

TLDR; Most individuals have multiple body colors because the complete absence of a color is extremely rare. If a color is found in that locale, you usually can find at least some of it somewhere on every individual’s body from that locale. Offspring can have more of a given color than either of their parents (just like a human child can be taller than BOTH parents) Environmental factors, like being raised in groups vs raised individually, can have a significant impact on the color of the animal, just like height, eye color and disease resistance in humans (those are polygenic traits, too!

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Community Funded Genetic Test for Furcifer pardalis Haplogroup

Panther Chameleons (Furcifer pardalis) display an amazing variety of colors within distinct locales that are physically separated by mountains, oceans, rivers and mangrove forests. The Panther Chameleon hobby has never had a reliable way to test animals for locale origin, and we have had to rely on import labels, guessing locale based off of male phenotypes, or what the breeder one gen upstream said. However, females do not display their phenotype and have always been “proven out” by breeding with a male from an assumed locale and observing their offspring to determine if they look like we would expect.

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