Jackson’s Chameleon (Chamaeleo jacksonii) is a reptile species from Kenya and Tanzania, also introduced in the United States.
It is part of the Camelon family, Chamaeleonidae. This was first described by zoologist George Albert Boulenger in 1896.
His name derives from the Greek language, where triceros means three horns and the last name of ornithologist Frederick John Jackson.
Jackson’s Cameleon’s Food
The main food of Jackson cameleons are insects.
Jackson’s Cameleon’s Features
Males have 3 horns on their heads. Females have no horns or they are poorly developed. The small ridge on the nape of the neck, the prehensile tail, the moving eyes independently of each other, the very long tongue.
It has green color with yellow and blue markings. Depending on the mood, the basic color changes to brown.
He is docile with the man, but the male is very aggressive with other specimens of the same species (in individual captivity is recommended).
Faced with the other chameleons, Jacksonians are less territorial. But when it comes to space sometimes battles take place between males.
Jackson’s Cameleon’s Reproduction
Males and females are tolerated only during mating.
The female gives birth in the spring. Between 8 and 30 young cameleons are born after 6 months of gestation.
Recommended only for experienced people, has special care and needs. It must not be touched and manipulated. Cameleons are excellent pets, but their requirements are high. At night they need lower temperatures. Too much heat or excessive humidity can cause eye infections or respiratory infections.
It reaches 15 – 35 cm and lives 5-10 years.