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Labord’s chameleon (Furcifer labordi)
Chameleons
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Tuesday, 09 March 2010 23:22

Labord’s chameleon

Description

This chameleon is restricted to the south-west of Madagascar where it lives in dry deciduous forest. In the south of its range, where it occurs in arid areas that receive very little rain fall it exhibits a remarkable annual life cycle. Eggs survive the winter (June-September) underground and hatch just before the first rains. Rapid growth occurs before reproduction and egg-laying is followed by mass die-off of the adults. It is not known where the other populations of this species in the north of its range also show this unusual adaptation.

Conservation

In a project funded by the Conservation Leadership Programme and Calumma Ecological Services we assessed the population density and habitat use of this species in the Menabe Region of western Madagascar. Although this chameleon appears to tolerate low levels of disturbance to its forest habitats, severe degredation is occuring in parts of it range and pose a serious threat to its survival.

To read about some of our research results about this species, see:

Habitat use of chameleons in a deciduous forest in western Madagascar.