Calumma parsonii parsonii

Calumma parsonii yellow lip aus Ranomafana 2017
Calumma parsonii yellow lip aus Ranomafana 2017
Calumma parsonii parsonii in Vohimana 2017
Calumma parsonii yellow giant aus Vohimana
CITES quotas
2011-13 no specimen, 2014-17 each 300 specimen for legal export

First description:

Curvier, 1824

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Calumma parsonii parsonii

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Calumma parsonii parsonii: -18.687879, 47.153320


Calumma parsonii parsonii inhabits the lowland rainforests of east Madagascar. This species is often described as pure rainforest species, but we have seen most animals in coffee plantations and not inside the primary forest. Those individuals we found in mountain regions as well as those we discovered in lowland forests always were nearby rivers, although they surely do not live directly besides water or above it. In the rainforests of Analamazaotra, there is another subspecies of Calumma parsonii, the sister species Calumma parsonii cristifer.

Appearance & size:

With partially more than 70 cm total length, this chameleon is really huge. Males have two large nose appendages that females lack. Colouration is also prettier in males, females mostly are bright green or turquoise. This chameleon species has different colour variation. Up to date, four are known and we do not think there are more: Yellow lip, orange eye, green giant and yellow giant.

Good to know:

The „gentle giants“ are popular in captivity, too, but only for experienced keepers. Their eggs need 18 to 24 months for incubation. Calumma parsonii parsonii can become 10 to 15 years of age in captivity. It is very important to feed very restrictively, doing a colder hibernation period each year and daily watering them to ensure they drink enough. You can find more information about habitats including climate data and pictures in our section „Colour variations of Calumma parsonii parsonii„.

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