Local form Cap Est

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Cap Est

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Cap Est -15.265556, 50.486667 Cap Est, Sava, Antsiranana, Madagaskar (Directions)

Distribution of the local form:

Cap Est (Cape East) is a place on Madagascar’s east coast and belongs to Masoala national park. The name does not mean a village, but the most eastern point of Madagascar. The area consists of rainforest residues and is hardly accessible. That is why hardly any traveler has seen Cap Est personally. If you want to visit the area, you will only be allowed to go there with a local guide from Masoala national park. We have been to Cap Est only a few times yet, too. Due to its exposed location, Cap Est is the victim of cyclones each year again, which destroys any attempts to build firm huts there. The cape is isolated from the rest of the island by rivers.

Appearance of the local form:

Due to the isolated location, you can find there a local form of panther chameleons with high color fidelity: The males are dusty blue to white with deep red stripes.

In Madagascar, it is illegal to catch animals in protected areas or even inside national parks. If you find this local form outside Madagascar, you can be sure that the chameleon was either illegally exported or is not from this local form. In most cases, the offered animals are simply sold under the wrong local form name to raise the prices. In most cases, the offered animals are simply specimens from Nosy Boraha (St. Marie) or Toamasina (Tamatave) sold under the wrong local form name to raise the prices.

Weight table

Gewichtstabelle Furcifer pardalis 2018

Gewicht = weight in grams, Kopf-Rumpf-Länge = snout-vent-length in cm, Weibchen = females, Männchen = males

Since 2015, we have been measuring the weights of chameleons found by us in Madagascar, as far as the animals (and our scales) participate. In the long term, we aim to obtain an average weight in relation to snout-vent-length (measured from the tip of the nose to the cloaca) for each species from as many measurements as possible. It is important to know that all weights were measured towards the end of the rainy season (= best food supply), so these should be maximum weights on Madagascar. Triangular symbols in females mean not pregnant, round symbols mean pregnant. In Furcifer pardalis, contrary to our original assumption, it has so far turned out that there are no serious differences in the ratio of SVL to weight between the individual local forms.


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average temperature 24 25 25 24 24 23 21 20 21 22 23 24
Minimum temperature 20 21 20 20 18 17 16 16 17 17 19 20
Maximum temperature 28 29 28 27 25 25 25 25 25 27 27 28
Rain days 26 23 25 19 17 18 21 21 16 17 20 24

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.

Masoala's rainforest is located at the coast with broad side to Antongil bay which behaves more like an open sea concerning climate. Accordingly, spring brings cyclones each year. During rainy season, it rains very intensively on a daily base. But also dry season is not really dry but has regular precipitation.

From October to April, it is warmer in Masoala than during the rest of the year, with temperatures up to 30°C in sunny places. In the night, temperatures drop a little, but are only considerably in dry season from April to October with temperature drops to 15°C at night. High humidity and moderate warmth are the key features of this rainforest.

2014 UVI Maroantsetra 2015 UVI Maroantsetra
Tageszeit = day time, Sonne = sun, Halbschatten = half shade, Schatten = shade

We have measured UVB data with a Solarmeter 6.5 in spring (end of March) 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 Masoala available yet.


The local habitat of these panther chameleons consists of a mixture of rainforest and secondary vegetation. The ground is densely covered with foliage and undergrowth, the undergrowth is enormously dense. Big trees are rather found in direction of the inner national park, and less around the cape.