Labord's chameleon (Furcifer labordi) is a species of chameleon endemic to Madagascar. Like other Furcifer species (F. antimena, F. lateralis), it has an obligate year-long lifecycle. It lives for only about 4 to 5 months, making it the shortest lifespan ever recorded for a four legged vertebrate. In their natural habitat, eggs hatch with the first rains in November, the growth is rapid, and adulthood is reached by January, at which time they breed. By later February or early March, females have deposited the eggs which will hatch next year, and the entire population dies until the next hatching.
In captivity, eggs of F. labordi have hatched after 4 months of incubation at 26 °C (79 °F). Juveniles grow very rapidly, reaching adulthood after 3 months. Females that were properly fed grew with eggs and a vivid coloration, whereas females that were fed a less caloric diet grew thinner and only showed a green coloration.
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- Natural history: Nasty, brutish and short (subscription required)
- Labord's chameleons of Madagascar live fast, die young (BBC, Earth News)
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