Poroto Three-horned Chameleon
The apparent characteristic of chameleons is that they have horns. The male is a three-horn and the female is one-horn.
It has the shortest horn among the chameleons in Tanzania, it is only 1-2 cm.
The body color is a white spot on the green when it is near the leaves, but it is brown or black when it is on a branch without leaves around it. It becomes black especially during sunbathing.
The length is about 20cm (including the tail).
Because it is an egg embryo, it gives birth to a baby wrapped in a thin film.
How to identify between similar species
The only three-horned chameleon in Mbeya, so it can be easily identified.
There is another species which has one horn in addition to this kind of female, but this specie is a cone horn, while the other specie (Kinyongia Vanheygeni) is a blade-shaped horn.
it inhabit high altitude areas (over 1500m above sea level) south of Mbeya, such as the foot of Mt. Loleza, Mt. Ngozi and Mt. Rungwe.
In particular, the foot of Mt. Loleza is easily accessible from the city.
The area where the pin is stuck in the map below can be easily found at the foot of Mount Loleza.
For other area information, please refer to Mbeya information.
Where to find
I prefer around 1-3m from the surface of the shrub.
It is a species with a large population and is also applied to areas where humans live, so it often inhabits villages near the above mountains.
You will find it as soon as you ask the villagers.
Often on a tree near a small river.