Goetze's Whistling Chameleon
A small chameleon in Kitulo National Park in southeastern Mbeya.
The genus name Trioceros is a common genus name for three-horned chameleons, but this chameleon doesn’t have it.
The apparent characteristic is that there are black slits on both sides of the gular.
* Chameleons basically have a number of fine slits in the gular, which stretches the gular when threatening or sunbathing. This chameleon is that one groove in it is larger than the other and painted black.
The body color is mainly brown, and it becomes black during sunbathing. Even if it’s close to the leaves, it doesn’t turn green but thin brown, .
There are also two thin white lines on the body side.
Many chameleons are tree-like, but this chameleon likes the grassland and of course climbs shrubs, but often falls to the surface.
The habitat of Kitulo National Park is a highland area with many flowers, called the garden of gods, and has few trees.
Body length is about 15cm.
What is notable is that blows the whistle as its name suggests.
When it is surprised, for example, when it is grabbed by a human, you will hear a whip as if it is whistling.
If you have a chance, please listen to it.
How to identify between similar species
This is the only chameleon with very small flaps (like ears) in this area.
If there is no flap, it is this specie.
A similar species in other areas is the Chamaeleo Laevigatus.
Only in Kitulo National Park and the surrounding highlands.
Please refer to Mbeya Information for access to Kitulo.
I found it on the pin location of the map below.
Where to find
This area is a plateau with few tall trees. Therefore, unlike other species, it seems that they are often in the lower part of the shrub (1m or less).