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Furcifer timoni

Furcifer timoni
Furcifer timoni, male, Montagne d'Ambre, 2019
Furcifer timoni, female, Montagne d'Ambre, 2019
Furcifer timoni, male, Montagne d'Ambre, 2019
Furcifer timoni, female, Montagne d'Ambre, 2019
Furcifer timoni, male, Montagne d'Ambre, 2019
Furcifer timoni, male, Montagne d'Ambre, 2019
Furcifer timoni, male, Montagne d'Ambre, 2019
Furcifer timoni, male, Montagne d'Ambre, 2019
Furcifer timoni, female, Montagne d'Ambre, 2019
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First description:

Glaw, 2010

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Montagne d\'Ambre: -12.586230, 49.169369

Distribution:

This beautiful chameleon species only occurs in the mountain rainforests of north and northeast Madagascar. Among the distribution area are Marojejy and Amber Mountain national parks. Here you can find these animals at elevations of approximately 600 to 800 meters above sea level. They mostly live on very high trees, which makes a finding quite difficult. During the last years, we could regularly find this species in the northeastern part of Amber Mountain national park, but mostly females. Males seem to be more difficult to find, maybe because they do not climb down the trees to lay eggs. 😉 If males are “low” in the vegetation, one often finds them nevertheless still on four to five meters of height.

Appearance and size:

Males of Furcifer timoni have two pointed nose appendages and are bright green coloured. They have blue-white colour accents around the eye area. Females are much more colourful, green to yellow with a striking stripe pattern when stressed. The latter can be light stripes on dark ground as well as dark stripes on light ground. The helmet and the flanks of females have blue and violet spots, and the belly has red to orangeish colour accents inside a white band.

Good to know:

Furcifer timoni belongs to the latest discoveries of Madagascar’s chameleon kingdom, they have been thought to be a variant of the similar looking Furcifer petteri for a long time.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average temperature 23 23 24 23 22 21 20 20 21 22 23 23
Minimum temperature 19 19 19 19 18 16 15 15 16 17 18 19
Maximum temperature 28 28 28 28 27 26 25 25 26 27 28 28
Rain days 20 20 17 9 6 6 7 6 5 6 7 14

We have collected the data given above over several years with thermometers and hygrometers at the finding places of the chameleons. "Average temperature" means that values of a whole month have been calculated to one average value per month. For example all measured minimum temperature values of February have been calculated to one average minimum temperature for February. In plain language, this means single peak values of a day may be a little higher or lower than the average minimum and maximum temperatures. It is possible that a location has an average maximum temperature of 29°C, but one day during that month it had 33°C or even 35°C there.

Amber Mountain is an evergreen rainforest which extends over a mountain massif of volcanic origin at elevations between 850 and 1450 m. Due to the height, nights can become rather cold with temperature drops to 10°C.

During rainy season, day temperatures rise to 28°C, in sunny places even warmer. But the average temperature is a little lower. During rainy season, it rains every day for several hours. Simply the way it is in a rainforest. 😉 But also dry season has regular precipitation, just a little shorter. Climate in Amber Mountain is very humid all year long. During dry season, temperatures are somewhat lower with day temperatures up to 25°C.

2016 UVI Montagne d'Ambre
Tageszeit = day time, Sonne = sun, Halbschatten = half shade, Schatten = shade

We have measured UVB data with a Solarmeter 6.5 in spring (end of April) at the peak of activity of chameleons in Madagascar. We always measured the values that a chameleon could maximally reach in its habitat.

Unfortunately, we have no ground temperatures for Amber Mountain available yet.

Habitat:

The habitat of Furcifer timoni is the dense, amazing rainforest of Amber Mountain. The animals inhabit tree giants that almost fall over by the heavy weight of huge nest ferns. Lianas hang from the trees, ferns cover the soil, moss grows over fallen tree trunks. Orchids and other epiphytes grow on almost every branch of the rainforest. Small streams traverse the forest. Furcifer timoni inhabits mainly big, high trees and prefers to climb in the crowns.

Hereinafter you can find some 360° pictures from Amber Mountain. You can move inside these pictures via mouse click in all directions. If you click on the Theta logo, a new window with an enlarged view will open. You will also have the opportunity to look at the pictures in full screen mode. Enjoy!

Regenwald im Nationalpark Montagne d’Ambre, Region Diana, Nord-Madagaskar, April 2017 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Regenwald im Nationalpark Montagne d’Ambre, Region Diana, Nord-Madagaskar, April 2017 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Regenwald im Nationalpark Montagne d’Ambre, Region Diana, Nord-Madagaskar, April 2017 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Regenwald im Nationalpark Montagne d’Ambre, Region Diana, Nord-Madagaskar, April 2017 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Regenwald im Nationalpark Montagne d’Ambre, Region Diana, Nord-Madagaskar, April 2017 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Regenwald im Nationalpark Montagne d’Ambre, Region Diana, Nord-Madagaskar, April 2017 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

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