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Introducing the first Captive Born Mafanas!

Below are some photos of captive born Mafanas. These guys come from the island of Nosy Mitsio. They are often referred to as Mafanas (meaning “Hot”), Soabana or Nosy Mitsio. The first two names are designer names.

These guys are nothing short of screaming. With the limited numbers available and their unique coloration, its no wonder why the importer named them “Hot”. It should also be noted that you will not see any more of these guys being imported to the United States in the near future. Importers are reluctant to collect them because it is simply too difficult to obtain them in the wild. From what we hear, just reaching the island is quite a task. In addition to that, the costs involved to reach the island is significant. So get them while their hot!

There is no other panther chameleon capable of displaying solid bright yellow! These guys are bananas! It was once thought that they only turn bright yellow as adults, but our guys are already screaming yellows at only 4 months of age. The below photos are of the same specimen.

Here you can see their calm coloration. It is best described as a solid lime green with hints of red. The red is most predominant in the eyes and lips. The barring has become less obvious with each shed. It will be interesting to see how they will continue to color up. Our adults display very unique patterns throughout their body.

Baby Nosy Mitsio Panther Chameleon

Introducing the first Captive Born Mafanas!

Baby Nosy Mitsio Panther Chameleon

Here we see the same specimen displaying bright yellow after being disturbed. This dramatic change in color is very impressive to witness. The total time to change from lime green to yellow was less than a few seconds. It almost seems as if they flash yellow. I remember as babies, when I’d touch one by accident, for a split second they would turn yellow.

Baby Nosy Mitsio Panther Chameleon

Baby Nosy Mitsio Panther Chameleon

Check out the adult Mafanas in our projects section by clicking here.