Calumma furcifer

Scientific name Common name(s) alternate scientific names described by year size brood

Calumma furcifer

Fork-nosed Chameleon Chamaeleo furcifer, Chamaeleon furcifer, Chamaeleon chauvini
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Vaillany & Grandidier 1880 Small Eggs

The fork-nosed chameleon is one of the smaller members of the genus Calumma, reaching a total length of only 5-6 inches. C. furcifer inhabits the grass tufts and and bushes of the rainforests of eastern and central Madagascar.

The head is smooth with lateral and parietal crests only weakly developed or absent. A raised casque is absent although weakly developed occipital lobes are present. Males exhibit a forked rostral process covered with enlarged, plate-like scales. Both sexes lack gular and ventral crests but a dorsal crest of regularly spaced conical scales is present. Basic body coloration varies from brown to green with a rust to cream-colored stripe extending along the flanks from just behind the head to the area above the hind legs. Two darker spots may be present along this stripe. A double white line appears on the ventrum, extending from the throat to middle of the tail.

Virtually nothing is known about the captive husbandry of this species.

Contributed by E. Pollak

Klaver, C. & W. Boehme. 1997. Chamaeleonidae. Das Tierreich, 112: i-xiv' 1 - 85. Verlag Walter de Gruyter & Co., Berlin, New York.
Martin, J., 1992. Masters of Disguise: A Natural History of Chameleons. Facts On File, Inc., New York, NY.
Necas, P. 1999. Chameleons: Nature's Hidden Jewels. Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, FL.

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