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

Chamaeleo (Chamaeleo) laevigatus

none Chamaeleon sphaeropholis, Chamaeleon senegalensis laevigatus, Chamaeleon lavigatus, Chamaeleo laeviceps, Chamaeleon senegalensis tibatiensis, Chamaeleo senegalensis laevigatus
see a species list of Chamaeleo
Gray 1863 Medium Eggs

Distribution. C. laevigatus inhabits the savannas in east Africa from the Sudan to Rwanda. Population status is unknown.

Description This chameleon looks very similar to C. senegalensis of which it was considered a subspecies (Perrett, 1957). But in 1986 it was given species status by Klaver and Boehme. The coloration varies from light green to blue, with a white stripe running from the mouth to the tailbase. It reaches a total lenght of 8 inches (20 cm). Males of C. laevigatus lack tarsal spurs.

Captive Care. Captive husbandry should be similar to that for C. senegalensis, as they come from similar habitats. The enclosure for one animal should be 8Lx20Wx24H inches (40x50x60 cm). The female and male should be kept apart except for mating. Daytime temperatures should be around 86ºF (30ºC) a 10ºF drop at night

Feeding. Typical chameleon prey items of the appropriate size are accepted.

Breeding. The male's courtship is like all other chameleons. After a 50 day gestation the female deposits about 50 eggs. The eggs should be incubated at 82-86ºF (28-30ºC) with a temperature drop at night of approximately 8 F. Hatching occurs after 4-5 months.

Contributed by Bo Ikkala

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.
Schmidt, W., Tamm, K. & Wallikewitz, E. 1996. Chaméleons -Drachen unserer Zeit. Herpetologischer Fachverlag, Muenster.

Spawls, S., Howell, K., Drewes, R., and Ashe, J. 2002. A Field Guide to the Reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, New York.

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