- Scientific name: Brookesia perarmata
English common name: Antsingy Leaf Chameleon
Nederlandse triviale naam: Antsingy-kortstaartkameleon
These tiny armoured chameleons hold great beauty, like delicate dragons. A challenge and a feast to get up close with my macro lens. Although it was a grey, cloudy day with lots of rain - we were soaking wet - I managed to take some really great photos of this chameleon.
We were at our second day of our tour through Madagascar. At Madagascar Exotic Reserve Peyrieras. The photos were made at the reserve, so unfortunately not in the wild. Naturally these creatures only live in the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park in the Bemaraha Massif in the mid-west of Madagascar, where our trip would not take us. As with most herpetofauna in Madagascar, the Antsingy Leaf Chameleon is threatened; currently Endangered on the IUCN Red List. And the trends are not good; populations are declining.
One of my photos of the Antsingy Leaf Chameleon has ended up in the top 2 of my most viewed and favorited photos on Flickr. And it is still one of my favorites as well. One of the sharpest and most detailed photos of Antsingy Leaf Chameleons out there. Yes, I cheated, I did not have to search the undergrowth and leaf litter on the forest floor for this amazing chameleon.
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