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1- Gonocephalus chamaeleontinus

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Gonocephalus chamaeleontinus, the chameleon forest dragon or chameleon anglehead lizard, is a species of Agamidae from Indonesia and Malaysia.[2]


Description :


This species lives in a humid tropical environment, in the forests of central Java. It is a species of around 22–25 cm (8.7–9.8 in), and quite territorial. The lifestyle is close to that of the chameleons. The females are green, with the males bluer, with yellow touches.

Gonocephalus chamaeleontinus

Scientific classification :









Species:G. chamaeleontinus

Binomial name :

Gonocephalus chamaeleontinus
(Laurenti, 1768)

Synonyms :

Iguana chamaeleontina Laurenti, 1768[1]

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Family : Agamidae 
Species : Gonocephalus chamaeleontinus 
Size (snout to vent) : up to 16 cm 
Size (total length) : up to ~ 40 cm


The Chameleon Anglehead Lizard is one of the most striking examples of the genusGonocephalus. It inhabits tall, mainly primary forest and is diurnal and arboreal.


Typically this lizard is found motionless, clinging tightly to vertical tree trunks with their heads pointing upwards. When disturbed they may simply move around to the side of the tree trunk furthest from the observer, hoping not to remain undetected. 

Their colour may vary from overall green to overall tan. A closer look at the body scales of greenish individuals reveals a complex arrangement of different coloured scales, which may be white, yellow, turquoise or green: the yellow scales form rounded, yellow blotches. Brownish individuals bear white, grey, yellow-brown or brown scales.


The most striking feature of this lizard is the vertebral crest of sharply-pointed spines, which are longest above the neck. Males possess a throat pouch which may be bluish or brownish. The tail is banded throughout its length. The eyes are relatively small, and the iris is brown to yellow: as with all Gonocephalus, this species lacks spines immediately above the eye.


In Indonesia this species occurs on the islands of Java, Sumatra and nearby smaller islands, and the island of Natuna Besar in the South China Sea. In Peninsular Malaysia the species is only known from the island of Tioman, in the state of Pahang, which lies 450 km west of Natuna Besar.

Gonocephalus chamaeleontinus are looking good

Chameleon Anglehead Lizard


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Fig 1 : Greenish specimen from the island of Tioman, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia.

Fig 2 : Two more examples from Tioman, which exhibit strong greenish colour: both possess tails which are strongly banded with brown and white.


Photos thanks to Serin Subaraj.

Fig 3 : Tall, primary forest dominates a high ridge on the island of Tioman: this is the preferred habitat of the Chameleon Anglehead Lizard.

Videos : 

Gonocephalus chamaeleontinus

Gonocephalus chamaeleontinus feeding

Gonocephalus chamaeleontinus

Gonocephalus chamaeleontinus at HabiStat UK. Arcadia Reptile lighting

Gonocephalus chamaeleontinus are looking good

Chameleon forest dragon(Gonocephalus chamaeleontinus) hand feeding

Chameleon forest dragon(Gonocephalus chamaeleontinus) female feeding

Baby Lizard (Gonocephalus chamaeleontinus) Hatching at Virginia Aquarium

Gonocephalus Captive Born at Repxotica

Agamidae :  Introduction 

Agamidae Species : Africa  -  Asia  -  Australia & Papua new guinea

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