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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Panther chameleon

Panther Chameleon – Furcifer Pardalis

The Panther Chameleon whose scientific name is Furcifer Pardalis is a large species of chameleon commonly found in Northern and Eastern Madagascar (Tropical Zoology 18 Georges Cuvier) as well as Mauritius and Reunion islands. Panther Chameleons can grow up to 20 inches in length, 17 on average for males but females are smaller about half the size of the males. They are becoming more and more common as pets these days. However, like most chameleons Panther Chameleons have certain requirements (Chameleon Paradise).



Panther ChameleonPanther chameleons are recognisable for their distinctive spotted markings thus the name. Their scientific name however actually means forked (furcifer) and spotted (pardalis). Forked refers to their feet while spotted refers to their markings.

Their actual colorations depend on the area or locales where they’re found (Lizards: A Natural History of Some Uncommon Creatures p.71). They’re mostly red when found in Antsiranana, Sambava, Maroantsetra and Tamatave while they’re mostly blue at Nosy Be, Ankify, and Ambanja (The Panther chameleon: colour variation, natural history, conservation, and captive management).  The Panther Chameleons range of colouring’s is truly amazing and this obviously makes it one of the most popular chameleons on the planet to keep in captivity.

 

References:

1) Tropical Zoology  
2) Chameleon Paradise 
3) Lizards: A Natural History of Some Uncommon Creatures p.71 ISBN 978-0-7603-2579-7.
4)The Panther chameleon: colour variation, natural history, conservation, and captive management.
Krieger Publishing Company. pp. 54, 62–63. ISBN 978-1-57524-194-4.

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1) Main image supplied by Dan (CowYeow)
2) Sub images supplied by Roger Sargent