Trioceros incornutus
Status: Least Concern
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Chamaeleonidae
Genus: Trioceros
Threat: harmless
Venom/Toxin: none
Tags: chameleon

General Information

The ukinga hornless chameleon gets its name from the ukinga mountains in Tanzania where it was studied and identifired. It can be found in Zambia and Tanzania.

Ecology and Behaviour

The ukinga hornless chameleon will normally make hissing noises when it feels threatened and it can spit out saliva as a way t deter predators.

Diet

The ukinga hornless chameleon is a carnivore that eats a variety of invertebrates, although large individuals may take geckos and other chameleons. The species is itself commonly preyed on by snakes such as the boomslang and the twig snake.

Reproduction

The adult female flap-necked chameleon lays 10-40 eggs in a hole dug in soil. The eggs take 10–12 months to hatch.

Conservation

It is categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as a, " Least Concern ".
Trend: stable

Distribution and Habitat

The ukinga hornless chameleon

Interaction with humans

Culturally, the chameleon is one of Zambian’s most feared and misunderstood reptiles. They are considered to be bad omens, especially if you see one crossing the road. They are also locally thought to be poisonous and if you are bitten by one you will then turn into different colours (They are not poisonous, nor their spit and you won't change colours )

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