Comoro Island Dwarf, Dwarf Panther Chameleon or Furcifer cephalolepis

Comoro Island Dwarf, Dwarf Panther Chameleon or Furcifer Cephalolepis is a small somewhat ordinary-looking chameleon. It can grow up to sixteen centimeters, half of its length taken up by the curved tail. It has a rich, bright green hue with a white lateral stripe on the sides of its body (Chameleons.com). They can also appear in shades of yellow and dark green. It has gular, ventral and dorsal crests made up of small granular protrusions.

The species can be found in Grand Comore Island of the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean East of Africa. Its potential range is the whole of Grand Comore which is 442 square miles. It can be found in shrubs and bushes in humid areas around the island coasts, in forests and even near towns (Wikipedia)

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Furcifer Cephalolepis as LC or a species of least concern in its Red List, as the species is abundant in the Comoros Islands and has a healthy pet trade.  More than 8,000 specimens have been exported between 2004 and 2008 (Wikipedia).

References:

1) Chameleons.com – http://translate.google.com.ph/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.chamaeleons.com/index.php%3Fpage%3DCustom%26pageID%3D71&prev=search
2) CITES – www.cites.org/eng/com/ac/22/E22-10-2-A7.pdf
3) Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furcifer_cephalolepis
4) IUCN Red List – http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/176319/0

 

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