Bearded Pygmy Chameleon
A Bearded Pygmy Chameleon
Common Name Bearded Leaf Chameleon
Range Tanzania
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Chamaeleonidae
Genus Rieppeleon
Species R. brevicaudatus
Conservation Status
Data Deficient

The Bearded Pygmy Chameleon is from a genus of small typically brown chameleons found in forests and savannas in Central East Africa.


The Bearded Pygmy Chameleon resembles a wilted leaf. Colouration is variable with shades of brown, beige and green with dark lateral stripes or a lichen like pattern. Displaying males tend to have a yellow colouration, especially around the eyes. Present on the chin are two large lobes, this gives easy identification. The maximum length of the Bearded Pygmy Chameleon is 8cm (3 inch).


Found living within evergreen rainforests of Tanzania on low branches and shrubs.


In the wild they eat locusts, mantids, roaches and sometimes caterpillars.


They have a lifespan of about 5 years.


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