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Parson's Chameleon

Zoo Location: Tropical Forest
Parson's Chameleon
Habitat

Native to Madagascar, this species prefers high tree canopies in humid forests.

Wild Diet

Insects and small vertebrates.

Behaviour

A solitary species outside the mating season, this large chameleon hunts during the day for large insects and small vertebrates amongst the branches of trees. It is able to change colour to camouflage but also in response to temperature, its surroundings or the presence of other chameleon.

Breeding

In aggressive fights at the start of the breeding season, males butt their heads together to determine dominance. Females mate just once every two years and produce 20 - 25 eggs that incubate for 20 months. The young are independent as soon as they hatch.

Threats

The main threats are habitat loss and capture for the illegal pet trade.

Conservation

Trade in this species is regulated and there are also projects in place to protect the natural habitats of Madagascar.

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Calumma parsonii
  • Class: Reptiles
  • Order: Squamata
  • Conservation status: Near Threatened
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