Distribution of the locale Antalaha:
Antalaha is located in northeast Madagascar in region Sava. With approximately 35.000 inhabitants, it is a rather large city, but up to date it is difficult to reach. The land route leads from Ambilobe via Vohemar, but this road is hardly drivable. The following road from Vohemar to Antalaha instead is in a relatively good condition. Although Antalaha once had an airport, it has not been in use for years. So what rests is the river way from Maroantsetra by boat (about 24 hours) or from Toamasina (Tamatave, about 3 days driving time by boat). The inhabitants of Antalaha mainly subsist on the many plantations in the area which mainly harvest vanilla, but also cocoa, Ylang-Ylang or litchis.
You can find panther chameleons in Antalaha along the beach and in many, relatively open vegetation areas, sometimes even in the shrubs between the huts at the edge of the city. In south Antalaha, there flows a big river where this locale finds its natural barrier. These specimen thus cannot mix with the locale of Cap Est. West of Antalaha, the Masoala peninsula has another own locale of panther chameleons.
Appearance of the locale:
The males here wear predominantly red colours with white and partially blue colour accents. Sometimes the red colour blends into orange and green.
Gewicht = weight in grams, Kopf-Rumpf-Länge = snout-vent-length in cm, Weibchen = females, Männchen = males
Since 2015 we have been measuring the weights of chameleons we have found in Madagascar, as far as the animals (and our scales) are participating. So far there are only a few weights, in the long term an average weight in relation to the snout-vent-length It is important to know that all weights were measured towards the end of the rainy season (= best food supply), so they are probably maximum weights in Madagascar. Triangular symbols in females do not mean pregnant, round symbols mean pregnant. In the case of Furcifer pardalis, contrary to our original assumption, there have been no serious differences in the ratio of SVL to the weight of the individual locales.
We have collected the data given above over several years with thermometers and hygrometers at the finding places of the chameleons. "Average temperature" means that values of a whole month have been calculated to one average value per month. For example all measured minimum temperature values of February have been calculated to one average minimum temperature for February. In plain language, this means single peak values of a day may be a little higher or lower than the average minimum and maximum temperatures. It is possible that a location has an average maximum temperature of 29°C, but one day during that month it had 33°C or even 35°C there.
In Antalaha, it is warm with temperatures around 25°C all year long. In sunny places, temperatures may reach above 30°C easily. In the night, temperature drops a little, but in rainy season does not fall below 20°C. In dry season from April to September, climate is somewhat cooler, at night and during the day.
In Antalaha, it rains a lot and daily during rainy season, sometimes even without a stop for days. Humidity increases enormously and makes chameleons mate. From April on, it rains less but still on a regular base, so Antalaha always remains green.
The habitat of panther chameleons in Antalaha solely consists of secondary vegetation. Shrubs, bushes, fruit trees and tamarinds – they use everything that offers enough coverage and is well to climb.