Calumma Oshaughnessyi

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

Calumma oshaughnessyi

O'Shaughnessy's Chameleon Chamaeleon oshaughnessii, Chamaeleo oshaughnessyi
see a species list of Calumma
Gunther 1881 Medium Eggs

Found in rainforest bushes of south-central Madagascar. Reports of northern populations are unconfirmed. In addition to the nominate form, C. o. oshaughnessyi, a second subspecies, C. o. ambreensis, has been described. Total length to 16 inches. The head bears a high, flattened casque. Gular, ventral, and dorsal crests are absent. Two small but rigid processes adorn the rostrum. Body scalation is heterogeneous with a basic coloration of dull green with blue-green highlights.

Very few specimens have reached the hands of hobbyists and long success in maintaining this species has not been reported.

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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