Chamaeleo Laevigatus or Smooth Chameleon


Chamaeleo Laevigatus or Smooth Chameleon derives its name from the absence of flaps, nose lumps and horns which are present in other chameleons. This species can grow from 15 to 22 centimeters in length to a maximum size of 22 cm. (Kenya Reptiles). This chameleon is often bluish green with small scales. It has a very slender body and looks similar to the Senegal Chameleon (Chamaeleo Senegalensis) (Encyclopedia of Life).

Chamaeleo Laevigatus can be found in sub-Saharan Africa in the countries of Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Zambia and the Central African Republic (Encyclopedia of Life). It is a relatively common species that lives in trees and bushes but surprisingly there is little recorded trade according to CITES and IUCN (IUCN Redlist).

Caring for Chamaeleo Laevigatus is similar to the care given to veiled chameleons (That Reptile Blog).

 

References:

1) Kenya Reptiles – http://www.kenyabeasts.org.uk/two.htm
2) Encyclopedia of Life – http://eol.org/pages/791807/details
3) IUCN Redlist – http://www.iucnredlistassessments.org/about/forum/east_africa_chameleons/97247-2/
4) Reptile Database – http://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/species?genus=Chamaeleo&species=laevigatus
5) That Reptile Blog – http://blogs.thatpetplace.com/thatreptileblog/2009/10/12/interesting-facts-and-the-care-of-the-senegal-chameleon/#.U7ke1bFaFxs
6) CITES – Species Index – http://citesdnp.org/pdf_left/Checklist%20of%20CITES%20Species%202011.pdf

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