One of the world’s largest chameleons with a tongue twice the length of its body, the Parson’s chameleon is spectacular.
As with all chameleons this beautiful species can change colour in response to their surroundings, temperature and when they are in the presence of other chameleons, especially during mating or fighting. Their eyes can move independently of each other and their toes are fused together.
Native to Madagascar, they live in lowland forest high up in tree branches.
Sadly this species is near threatened with extinction. The population of Parson’s chameleon has declined by 20% in less than two decades. This decline is mainly due to habitat loss driven by slash-and burn agriculture and logging. Their habitat is fragmented and the fragments are unlikely to be viable enough for this stunning species to survive.
Right now, Chester Zoo conservationists are battling to protect habitats in Madagascar.