Bearded Pygmy Chameleon

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Other common names: Bearded Leaf Chameleon; Stump Tailed Chameleon; Pygmy Stump Tailed Chameleon

Scientific name: Rhampholeon brevicaudatus

The basics:
The Bearded Pygmy Chameleon is native to the mountains of Tanzania in Africa. Rhampholeon brevicaudatus are known as "false" or "stump-tailed" chameleons because their tails are short and are not prehensile. Bearded Pygmy Chameleons are smaller than most other African chameleons, and only reach about 3 inches in length.

Appearance / health:
The Bearded Pygmy Chameleon is light to darker brown or greenish in color, with males showing a darker pattern that intensifies when they get excited.

The Bearded Pygmy Chameleon prefers a temperature between 70 and 80°F with a slight drop at night.
Unlike most chameleons, R. brevicaudatus are social; pairs can be housed in 10–15-gallon tanks and trios of one male to two females can be kept in 20-gallon tanks.

Small crickets and fruit flies and a variety of other small insects.


interesting, smaller terrarium, fun personalities, funny little chameleons


delicate nature, antisocial attitude


times feign death, little chameleons, beady black eyes, roughly room temp

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Bearded Pygmy Chameleon

From Athravan Jun 15 2015 4:24AM


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