How to Draw a Panther Chameleon

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Panther Chameleon in 9 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Panther Chameleon.

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How to Draw a Panther Chameleon - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start by drawing the outline of the head

Step 2: Draw the eye and the mouth. Draw a circle with a dot inside to make the eye and a line to make the mouth

Step 3: Draw the curved back with a jagged line sloping downward

Step 4: Now, draw the arms and hands starting next to the mouth and finishing just below the head

Step 5: Draw the back legs at the end of the back. Draw the legs crossed together. Copy the example exactly

Step 6: Draw the tail in the shape of a spiral. The tail comes out of the back and gets thinner as it spirals in

Step 7: Draw two lines underneath to make the branch of a tree. Make sure the branch is touching the hands and feet so that it looks like the chameleon is on the branch

Step 8: Draw some dots to make spikes all over the body

Step 9: Draw the final details on the face by making two lines

Interesting Facts about the PANTHER CHAMELEON

The Panther Chameleon is a member of the reptile family and the scientific term for them is Furcifer pardalis. The technical name comes from the Latin word Furci, which means “forked” and is a reference to the lizard’s split hands and feet, and the word pardalis is Latin for “leopard spots” (leopards are in the panther family) which is a reference to the animal’s skin markings. Their skin changes color depending on their mood.

Did you know?

  • The animal was first documented in 1829.
  • The creature can see small insects almost 32 feet away.
  • They can grow up to almost 2 feet long.
  • The tongue can be up to over 2 feet long.
  • Their tongue can travel at 52 feet per second.
  • The tongue captures food in .003 seconds.

The species are native to the northeast portion of Madagascar where it thrives in rainforests. They have hands and feet that grip thin branches like little vises and their conical eyes can rotate independently, able to see forward and backward simultaneously, with single circular eyelids. These can view ultra-violet light as insects do, as part of their total visual perception. Also, their hands and feet have sharp claws for climbing trees.