We achieve the birth of 15 young three-horned chameleon

24 de agosto de 2017 Noticias

For the first time, we´ve been able to see the birth of 15 offspring of three-horned chameleon, also called Jackson Chameleon (Trioceros jacksonii), at their facilities.

The biological achievement it´s thanks to the zookeepers who have been able to recreate the environmental parameters of the natural habitat of this species, which lives in the jungle in high mountains areas in countries like Kenya and Tanzania. The pair of chameleons arrived to the zoo in 2015; they can have up to two births a year with 10 and 40 offspring.

Terra Natura Benidorm visitors will be able to see the small babies, which weight about 1 gram and measure about 2 centimeters, in the exhibition of poisonous creatures of the volcano located in the area of ​​Pangea. Jackson's Chameleon is well known for the three horns they have on their face, except in the case of females.

The horns of these animals are used as a sign of intimidation against their rivals and used against other males of the species too. In the breeding season, they often shake with spasmodic movements in order to impress the females or mark territory against their opponents. In fact, they are very territorial and they cannot share facility with other males; they can only be with females in the mating stage.

This species lives in the jungle mountains and is ovoviviparity, which means that in the birth the babies are alive, these are totally independent and will be fed during the first two months with fruit flies and small crickets with a multivitamin powder; The female has been able to light these 15 offspring after a gestation of six months.

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