Colorful Chameleons, sexual dichromatism;
(Female on left, male on right)
1. Blue-Legged (Calumma crypticum) - Native to the tropical forests of Madagascar, the male of this species exhibits more intense color. The male’s rostral appendage is also larger.
2. Crested (Trioceros cristatus) - Though the female is larger, the male’s crest, or sail is taller. The male’s casque is lined with blue scales that brighten during territorial displays. The females are usually green, and the males brown or pale yellow, but both can change color.
3. Jewel (Furcifer lateralis) - The (gravid) female of this species is the more colorful one, exhibiting arrays of blues, yellows, oranges, blacks and whites across its entire body. The male has similar patterns, but is often a pale green with yellow or pinkish accents. Typically, the female also adopts a coloring much more similar to that of the male.
4. Minor’s (Furcifer minor) - Sharing the same genus as the jewel chameleon, the (gravid) female also displays a much more vivid coloring. Her body is yellow and olive, with red accents and green undertone. Two bright violet spots sit on each side of her body. Both sexes are usually a pale green with some orange spots. Males bear a large rostral appendage.
(Both females of F. lateralis and F. minor are gravid/ carrying eggs, in these photos, which affects the coloration)
These are just a few of the many beautiful chameleons in the world. Although chameleons may seem easy to take care of, it is extremely difficult, so please research carefully before considering owning one (as goes with any animal. Their life is in your hands).
*Edit: Thank you to those who took the time to add notes. I always love extra information and corrections!
Yes. Chameleons are very difficult. However many new reptile owners think that it might be easy because they have not done proper reading. Hence, “seem” easy. As for these photos, with some new information and further reading, it has come to my attention that some of these animals have been tampered with in order to take the photo. I only chose the photos in which they exhibited the most dramatic coloration. I apologize if any of these photos are offensive, or promote animal aggravation. That is the last thing I want. I have edited some information so please let me know if there is anything I have missed or should add.