Parson’s Chameleon (Calumma parsonii)

is a large species of chameleon native to the forests of eastern and northern Madagascar. Largely considered to be the second largest chameleon alive (the Malagasy Giant Chameleon being the largest) with adults growing up 27 inches long (a little smaller than a cat). There are two subspecies/morphs of this species. One where the males eyes are orange and the body is a green or turquoise color (as shown in the 1st picture), and the Second where the male has a yellow mouth and is usually larger, females don’t exhibit these morphs.



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Calumma tarzan Gehring, Pabijan, Ratsoavina, Köhler, Vences & Glaw, 2010

The Tarzan Chameleon


Calumma tarzan is found in only a tiny area of fragmented forest in central eastern Madagascar.

Morphology & Colouration:

Calumma tarzan is a medium-sized chameleon, reaching a maximum total length of 15 cm. It possesses a unique rostral ornamentation, consisting of a small spade-like projection, which is larger in males than females.

Ground colouration ranges from green to bright yellow. In males, the back of the head and neck are brown to blackish in colouration. When stressed, dark transverse bands appear along the body. A single white/yellow spot is present on each flank. A pair of white ventral bands runs the length of the body, as is typical for the C. furcifer group of chameleons.


Like most chameleons, C. tarzan is an arboreal, diurnal species. It roosts at night at the tips of branches at a height of 1-4 metres above the ground - apparently lower in juveniles.

Conservation Status:

Calumma tarzan is currently listed as Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List. It is thought to inhabit an area of less than 10km2, which is under heavy threat from deforestation.


Calumma tarzan does not closely resemble any other chameleon species, even those it is most closely related to, because of its unique rostral appendage, and stress colouration. A population of chameleons from a nearby forest fragment was described by Gehring et al. (2010), which may be conspecific with C. tarzan, but this remains unclear.


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Photos are of the male holotype of the species, from Gehring et al. 2010.

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Gehring, P.-S., M. Pabijan, F.M. Ratsoavina, J. Köhler, M. Vences & F. Glaw (2010) ‘A Tarzan yell for conservation: a new chameleon, Calumma tarzan sp. n., proposed as a flagship species for the creation of new nature reserves in Madagascar' Salamandra 46(3):167-179

Parson’s Chameleon near Ankanin’ny Nofy, East Madagascar | ©Roger Sargent

This handsome guy has the reputation of being the largest chameleon in the world (47 – 68 cm length). Better known as Parson’s Chameleon, it belongs to species Calumma parsonii (Chamaeleonidae), endemic to the central eastern forests of Madagascar [1].

Parson’s chameleon is classified as Near Threatened species on the IUCN Red List, is listed on Appendix II of CITES, and is also listed as Category I, Class II protected species in Malagasy law, which prohibits unauthorized collection [2].

Among the largest chameleons in the world (variously reported as the largest, or second largest after the Malagasy Giant Chameleon), male Parson’s Chameleons have ridges running from above the eyes to the nose forming two warty horns. There are two recognized subspecies: The widespread Calumma p. parsonii reaches up to 68 cm (27 in) in length (about the size of a cat) and has no dorsal crest. Calumma p. cristifer from near Andasibe reaches 47 cm (18½ in) and has a small dorsal crest. Several colour variants are known within the range typically included in the nominate subspecies, but it is unclear if they are best considered morphs or different subspecies (at present, most consider them morphs). This includes “orange eye” aka ”white-lipped” (generally consider typical of the nominate subspecies) where the male is relatively small and mainly green orturquoise but with yellow or orange eyelids, “yellow lip” where the male is somewhat larger and mainly green or turquoise, but with a yellow edge to the mouth, “yellow giant” where the male is very large and overall yellowish (strongly marked with dusky when stressed), and “green giant” where the male is overall green. Males of C. p. cristifer are overall green or turquoise. Females of all are smaller than the males and overall greenish, yellowish or brownish (often with an orange tinge). - Wikipedia

Calumma Amber - AJA (2014)

Today we release “AJA”, the debut full length by avant-pop london based musician Calumma Amber!


"Beginning late winter 2012, Calumma borrowed a 90’s Music Station synthesizer from her friend & producer Slur Cult and began programming beats & recording. Mixing 808 beats with African percussion and adding layer upon layer of harmonized vocals to craft sound rather than explore structure"

Track list:

01. No Borders

02. Lielielielielielielielow

03. Stone Faced

04. Spider in the Hand

05. Risen

06. Open Your Eyes

07. Feel The Goo

08. You Sent a Message

Stream RISEN 

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