Tiny ar­rivals are sim­ply huge for zoo

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

THIS amaz­ing photo shows one of Ch­ester Zoo’s three new baby Cameroo­nian chameleons - and they’re small enough to fit on a fin­ger­nail.

The colour­ful trio, about 5cm long, hatched from mother Ruby in Au­gust.

As their name sug­gests, the Cameroon two-horned moun­tain chameleon lives at al­ti­tude in the West African na­tion of Cameroon, though these triplets are Ch­ester born and bred.

The small scale rep­tiles, which tend to be a bright green colour with yel­low and red spots, turn blue when they are try­ing to at­tract a mate.

Known by their Latin name tri­o­ceros mon­tium, they have an ar­ray of spe­cial at­tributes mak­ing them es­pe­cially in­ter­est­ing to con­ser­va­tion­ists.

They are also known as the Cameroon sail­fin and males can grow to about 25cm in length, with fe­males smaller at 20cm.

This is only the first time this species has been suc­cess­fully bred at Ch­ester Zoo.

The species is listed as ‘near threat­ened with ex­tinc­tion’ by the In­ter­na­tional Union for the Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture.

In the wild, the radiant crea­tures fall vic­tim to the in­ter­na­tional pet trade and are sold off as cute ac­ces­sories around the globe.

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