Scientists find Madagascar chameleon last seen 100 years ago

Scientists find Madagascar chameleon last seen 100 years ago

Wonder how this will go. I’m going to take a guess that they will be considered endangered and illegal to remove from their homeland. Granted, I’m sure they will somehow make their way to someone rich enough to smuggle.

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Considering their extremely short life span I can’t see them becoming big in the pet trade.

“Researchers believe that both reptiles only live during the rainy season — hatching from eggs, growing rapidly, sparring with rivals, mating and then dying during a few short months.”

It’s nice to know that “lost” species are finding new places to populate though.

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I must have misread that part of the article. Wonder how a reptile would have such a short lifespan. I would think they would be more on par with other chameleons with five years or so.

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But we don’t entirely know how long they would live in captivity, maybe they could live a few years and there’s a certain factor in the wild that doesn’t allow them to live very long. Also maybe some people will try captive breeding and keep track of which eggs are hatched by which chameleons and then keeping the eggs where the parents lived the longest and possibly keep incrementally increasing the lifespan of these species.

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I found a video of them on youtube, they’re neat looking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exen2NIb_bw

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Wow. Very interesting how the female is the more visually expressive of the two. Absolute stunner. The male is almost a blend of different chameleon species with their looks.

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