Montain vs Lowland Species


True Chameleons are split into two groups based loosely on habitat. Generally speaking the following can be said:


Montain



high altitude
moderate daytime temperature with significant night time drop
slower metabolism
lower calorific intake
slow growth of offspring
prone to nutrient overdose

Examples are:
Four-horned or Cameroon Bearded Chameleon - Chamaeleo (Trioceros) quadricornis
Flapjack or Poroto Mountain 3-horned Chameleon - Chamaeleo (Trioceros) fuelleborni
High Casqued or Helmeted Chameleon - Chamaeleo (Trioceros) hoehnelii
Jacksons Chameleon - Chamaeleo (Trioceros) jacksonii xantolophus
Meru Jackson Chameleon - Chamaeleo (Trioceros) jacksonii merumontanus
Werner's Chameleon - Chamaeleo (Trioceros) werneri

Fischer's or Eastern Usambara Chameleon - Chamaeleo fischeri multituberculatum


Lowland


lowland/scrubland
warmer temperatures
faster metabolism
higher calorific intake
fast growth of offspring
offspring more susceptible to calcium deficiency

Examples are:
Oustalet's or Malagasy Giant Chameleon - Furcifer oustaleti
Giant Spiny or Warty Chameleon - Furcifer verrucosus

Panther Chameleon - Furcifer pardalis
Carpet Chameleon - Furcifer lateralis

Veiled or Yemen Chameleon - Chamaeleo calyptratus


The in-betweens


Just when you thought it was getting easy along come the species which fall in between the two

Examples are:
Elliots Chameleon - Chamaeleo (Trioceros) ellioti
Side Striped or Two-Lined Chameleon - Chamaeleo (Trioceros) bitaeniatus

These can sometimes be found offered for sale. They inhabit marginal forrests and savannas and their care is a combination of the two. They can be kept like Panther Chameleons but have an intollerance for commercially prepared supplements like the montain species and also like a reasonable night time drop.

 

 

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