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Antsingy Leaf Chameleon - Exotic Reserve Peyrieras, Madagascar

26 July 2008 - Madagascar Exotic Reserve Peyrieras, Madagascar

 

Antsingy Leaf Chameleon / Antsingy-kortstaartkameleon (Brookesia perarmata).

(captive specimen)

 

These tiny armoured chameleons hold great beauty. A challenge and a feast to get up close with my macro lens. Although it was a grey, cloudy day with lots of rain - we were soaking wet - I managed to take some really great photos of this chameleon.

 

The photos were made in a reserve, so unfortunately not in the wild. Naturally these creatures only live in the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park in the Bemaraha Massif in the mid-west of Madagascar, where our trip would not take us. As with most herpetofauna in Madagascar, the Antsingy Leaf Chameleon is threatened; currently Endangered on the IUCN Red List. And the trends are not good; populations are declining.

 

Click a link and you'll go to the page for that rank in the biological classification on Schaapmans' Wildlife Spotting.

  

Kingdom: Animalia; Animals / Dierenrijk

Phylum: Chordata; Vertebrates / Gewervelden

Class:Reptilia; Reptiles / Reptielen

Order: Squamata; Scaled Reptiles / Schubreptielen

Suborder: Iguania; Iguanas, Chameleons, Agamids, Lizards / Leguaanachtigen

Family: Chamaeleonidae; Chameleons / Kameleons

Genus: Brookesia; Leaf Chameleons / Kortstaartkameleons

Species: Brookesia perarmata

Antsingy Leaf Chameleon / Antsingy-kortstaartkameleon

 

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Taken on July 26, 2008