Flap-Necked Chameleon

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Scientific name: Chamaeleo dilepis

The basics:
Flap-Necked Chameleons are found throughout southern and central Africa, but specifically originated from Tanzania. They inhabit dry forest and savannahs that have moderate temperatures with high humidity for short periods of time. They are also found in the edges of coastal forests.

Appearance / health:
Flap-Necked Chameleons average 12 inches in length, with the females only slightly smaller than the males. Other distinguishing characteristics that distinguish the males are a hemipenal bulge, ankle spurs on the hind legs, and a higher casque (decorative growth on the head, like a helmet). True to its name, the Flap-Necked Chameleon has “flaps” (essentially part of the casque) that protrude over the neck, which are raised to frighten away predators and rivals. Its basic, relaxed coloration is light green, brown, or yellow with a thin light colored stripe running from behind the front legs to the hind legs. Small dark spots and blotches are present all over the body. The spots change color (from dark to bright orange and yellow) when the lizard is excited or sexually active. Large brownish and grayish blotches may also be present.

Behavior / temperament:
Flap-necked Chameleons are lively and harmless. They are, however, sometimes skittish and easily startled. When threatened, they inflate their bodies and turn almost black in color. They raise their neck flaps and open their mouths. When highly agitated, they can bite hard.

Flap-Necked Chameleons prefer a semi-dry cage with plenty of horizontal climbing branches and open areas for fresh air. They don’t drink from stagnant or still water, therefore a drip system or waterfall is recommended, along with daily misting. Day temp: 82-86F; night temp: 71-77F; basking temp: 90F; day humidity: 50-60%; night humidity: 80-90%; lighting 12-14 hours, UV radiation required.

Flap-Necked Chameleons are best kept singly because they are territorial and can become aggressive towards others of the same species. They are arboreal, needing to climb and bask on horizontal branches and twigs.

Like other Chameleons, the Flap-Necked is predominantly an insectivore, feeding on grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, cockroaches and other insects. On occasion, it will feed on young mammals.

Sexual maturity among Flap-Necked Chameleons is achieved in about a year. They are oviparous (egg-layers) with only one clutch of about 50 eggs per year. The female gestates for about a month and the eggs hatch after about 6-7 months. A gravid female will be aggressive towards males and shows this by turning totally black and attacking the male head-on.


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Flap-Necked Chameleon

From findiviglio Nov 16 2015 4:05PM


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