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Rieppeleon brevicaudatus

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A chameleon species of the family Chamaeleonidae that is endemic to eastern Usambara and Uluguru Mountains in northeastern Tanzania and Kenya, and is distinguished from other common household chameleon pets mainly by the presence of a beardlike structures below the mouth and a full grown body length of only 8 cm


The chameleons are reptiles belonging to the family Chamaeleonidae. They are characterized mainly by their ability to camouflage or to change colour, long tongue, stereoscopic vision, independently mobile eyes, zygodactylous feet, and swaying gait. There are species of chameleons that are taken as a household pet. One of them is the species, Rieppeleon brevicaudatus. It is commonly called as bearded leaf chameleon. It is described as bearded because of the presence of a beard below the mouth that is comprised of raised scales. The adults typically reach to only about five to eight cm in length. The common skin colours are brown, beige, and green. The lifespan is usually about three to five years.

Scientific classification:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Suborder: Iguania
  • Clade: Acrodonta
  • Family: Chamaeleonidae
  • Genus: Rieppeleon
  • Species: R. brevicaudatus [Matschie, 1892]

Common name(s):

  • bearded leaf cham(a)eleon
  • bearded pygmy cham(a)eleon

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