Jackson's chameleon

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Jackson's chameleon
A Jackson's chameleon descended from a population introduced to Hawaii in the 1970s
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Chamaeleonidae
Genus: Trioceros
T. jacksonii
Binomial name
Trioceros jacksonii
(Boulenger, 1896)
  • Chamaeleon jacksonii
    Boulenger, 1896
  • Chameleo jacksonii
    Bonetti, 2002
  • Trioceros jacksonii
    Tilbury & Tolley, 2009[2]

Jackson's chameleon (Trioceros jacksonii), also known as the horned chameleon, Jackson's horned chameleon, or Kikuyu three-horned chameleon, is a species of chameleon found in the forests of Kenya and Tanzania. They have been introduced to the United States and Hawaii.

Characteristics[change | change source]

Males[change | change source]

Males are easily recognized, they have two horns above their eyes and one horn on their nose. If males are kept together in a cage, they get stressed, and eventually die.

Females[change | change source]

Females do not have horns, or if they do they are very small. Their biggest size is 15 inches. This species gives birth to live young with a gestation period of about 5-10 months.

References[change | change source]

  1. Tolley K (2014). "Trioceros jacksonii ". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2014: e.T172531A1344462. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T172531A1344462.en.
  2. Trioceros jacksonii at the TIGR Reptile Database