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Species group: Chameleons
Other name: Giant One-horned Chameleon
Scientific name: Chamaeleo melleri
Range/Habitat: The Meller's Chameleon is native to the savannahs and interior mountains of East Africa. It is the largest chameleon species which is not native to the island of Madagascar.
Size and Coloration: The Meller's Chameleon typically reaches 24 inches (61 cm) in length. The head is relatively small in relation to the rest of its body and the Meller's Chameleon has a more elongated shape in comparison to other chameleons of its genus. The basic coloration of the Meller's Chameleon is a deep forest green with white stripes. However, it changes it coloration when excited or stressed, and its dark green spots turn to black mottling as the chameleon gets more upset.
Captive Care: Chamaeleo melleri requires a day time temperature of 80-85°F (27-29°C). If possible, nighttime temperatures should be brought down to the low 60's F (~16°C) in order to simulate the chameleon's native environment.
Diet: The Meller's Chameleon is a carnivore, and in the wild eats insects, smaller lizards, spiders, worms, and caterpillars. In captivity they can be fed crickets, locusts, silkworms and cockroaches.
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