These breathtaking photographs offer a rare glimpse into the appearance of baby panther chameleons (Furcifer pardalis) while they are still in the egg. The images show a newborn chameleon that has not yet emerged from its egg, providing a unique perspective on these beautiful reptiles. According to Canvas Chameleon, a trusted pet shop and breeder located in Reading, Pennsylvania, the baby chameleon had to be assisted in hatching due to a failure to “pip” correctly. “Pipping” refers to the process in which reptiles or birds use their egg teeth to break out of their shells. The chameleon is now safely residing with its siblings and is comfortable in its new surroundings.
“Introducing a newborn Panther chameleon, unaware of its emergence from the egg only seconds prior.”
“Assisted hatching was necessary for this newborn Panther chameleon due to a failure to properly ‘pip,’ or break out of the egg using its egg teeth. Without intervention, it is unlikely that the chameleon would have been able to hatch on its own.”
“Improper ‘pipping,’ or hatching, can be detrimental to baby chameleons. If the egg pips, or cracks, on the side, it can be challenging for the hatchling to push out, as its head may not be positioned near the opening. In some cases, chameleons may even push out other body parts, such as the yolk sac, leading to death if not promptly assisted.”
“Taking on the role of a surrogate mother, I felt it was necessary to provide assistance and give this baby chameleon a helping hand in the hatching process.”