Chamaeleo (Trioceros) feae

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

Chamaeleo (Trioceros) feae

Fea's Chameleon Chamaeleon feae, Chamaeleo montium feae
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Boulenger 1906 Small Eggs

C. feae is geographically restricted, known only from the montane rainforests of Fernando Poo Island in the Gulf of Guinea off the west coast of Africa. Male achieve a total length of 9 inches. Females are slightly smaller.

Formerly considered a subspecies of C. montium, C. feae is now considered a separate species and part of the "C. (Trioceros) cristatus complex." Males show a slightly raised helmet and have a relatively large backsail which ends at the first quarter of the tail. Basic color is green and the general shape is similar to that of C. montium females. Males have a broader tailbase than females and the dorsal sail is larger. Females often show no recognizable sail but only a curved crest. Unlike C. montium, the males show no horns but exhibit two enlarged scales over the eyes.

This is a montane rainforest species which comes from elevations of 1300-1600 m. The area is extremely humid. It is best to keep them like the related C. montium but a few degrees cooler. Little is known about their reproduction but they are assumed to reach sexual maturity at between 8-10 months.

Contributed by E. Pollak

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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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