Nguru spiny pygmy chameleon

Zoo Location: Amphibian Ark
 Nguru spiny pygmy chameleon

This species has a very small range - the Nguru Mountains of East Tanzania.


Little is known about the behaviour of this species, which reach around 5 to 6cms in length. They have a small disc like shape to the tip of the nose, colouration can vary from shades of brown to vivid green.


Paignton Zoo is one of the first zoo's in the world to successfully breed this species in 2020 and our team are continuing to research the ideal breeding conditions to help further develop the little information held on this species.


This minute chameleon is heavily impacted by the international pet trade, which has reduced its already small population.

 Nguru spiny pygmy chameleon  Nguru spiny pygmy chameleon


  • Latin Name: Rhampholeon acuminatus
  • Class: Reptiles
  • Order: Squamata
  • Conservation status: Critically Endangered
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