The Jackson's Chameleon (Chamaeleo jacksonii), is also known as the Three-horned Chameleon. This Chameleon species is native to Africa, more specifically to the cooler regions of Tanzania and Kenya.
The Jackson's Chameleon is considered a small to medium sized lizard, growing to a length of about 12 inches. A Jackson's Chameleon will reach sexual maturity at 5 months, and have an estimated lifespan of 5 to 10 years. The male Jackson's Chameleon usually lives longer than the females. These chameleons are usually a bright green in color, with some specimens showing blues and yellows. They can change their color quickly though, depending on their health, stress level, or temperature.
Whereby most lizards are oviparous, the Jackson's Chameleon is ovoviviparous. This means they give birth to live young. After a gestation period of about 6 months, they will give birth to 10 to 30 little Jackson's Chameleons.
As mentioned, the Jackson's Chameleon is also known as the Three-horned Chameleon. The male of this species has three brown horns on their head. One is located on the nose, and one each above either eye socket. Female Jackson's Chameleons do not have this horn.
Jackson's Chameleon Classification
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Reptilia
- Order: Squamata
- Suborder: Lacertilia
- Family: Chamaeleonidae
- Genus: Chamaeleo
- Subgenus: Trioceros
- Species: Chamaeleo jacksonii
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