We at Clean Line Chameleons are dedicated to figuring out the Panther Chameleons locales. Panther chameleon locales are more or less the cities in Madagascar where Panther Chameleons are found. Each locale has specific colors and patterns. Sometimes these colors and patterns resemble those locales which are close in proximity. This makes it very difficult to nearly impossible to be completely sure of the original locale of a chameleon.
That being said, we have found that there are specific distinguishing details. In general the west coast chameleons tend to have more blues with a strong Y bar whereas the east coast chameleons tend to have more reds with more of a blurry U bar. Also remember that there are no lines drawn that keep the locales seperate so some colors and patterns may overlap into another locale
About Panther Chameleons of the Northwest
The locales found in the Northwest can be confusing. The main difference between Ambanja and Ambilobe is the yellow background in Ambilobe and the tones in Ambanja’s barring are deeper. Also you can see how closely related Ambato, Nosy Faly, and Nosy Be can appear. Ambatos have the white background without the red speckling which is a trait of Nosy Be. Whereas Nosy Faly has both the white background trait of Ambato as well as the red speckling trait of Nosy Be.
Panther Chameleons of the East
The locales in the East can also be confusing, especially since there are fewer people working with these locales. It can be very difficult to distinguish between Maroantsetra, Masoala, and Tamatave. From what we have found, the chameleons from Maroantsetra tend to have more of a yellow background color with green to orange barring, whereas the Masoala have more of a green background color, similar to Ambanja. While Tamataves can have orange backgrounds they tend to have red barring with white raised scaling throughout (especially on their face).