Labord's chameleon

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Labord's chameleon
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Chamaeleonidae
Genus: Furcifer
Species: F. labordi
Binomial name
Furcifer labordi
(Grandidier, 1872)
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Labord's chameleon (Furcifer labordi ) is a semelparous species of chameleon endemic to Madagascar.


The specific name, labordi, is in honor of French adventurer Jean Laborde.[3]


Laborde's Chameleon is associated with spiny and deciduous forests in the south-west regions of Madagascar.[4]

Life cycle[edit]

Like other Furcifer species (F. antimena, F. lateralis), F. labordi 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.[5][6] 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.[7]

In captivity[edit]

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.


  1. ^ Andreone F; Andriamazava A; Anjeriniaina M; Brady L; Glaw F; Griffiths RA; Jenkins RKB; Rabibisoa N; Rakotomalala D; Randrianantoandro JC; et al. (2011). "Furcifer labordi". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2011: e.T8765A12929754. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2011-2.RLTS.T8765A12929754.en. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Furcifer labordi ". The Reptile Database.
  3. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Furcifer labordi, p. 149).
  4. ^ Davies, Ella (2011-02-21). "Labord's chameleons of Madagascar live fast, die young". BBC Earth News. Retrieved 2017-09-28. 
  5. ^ Karsten KB, Andriamandimbiarisoa LN, Fox SF, Raxworthy CJ (2008). "A unique life history among tetrapods: An annual chameleon living mostly as an egg" (PDF). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 105 (26): 8980–8984. doi:10.1073/pnas.0802468105. PMC 2449350Freely accessible. PMID 18591659. 
  6. ^ Natural history: Nasty, brutish and short (subscription required).
  7. ^ Eckhardt, Falk; Kappeler, Peter M.; Kraus, Cornelia. "Highly variable lifespan in an annual reptile, Labord's chameleon (Furcifer labordi)". Scientific Reports. 7 (1). doi:10.1038/s41598-017-11701-3. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Grandidier A. (1872). "Descriptions de quelques Reptiles nouveaux découverts à Madagascar en 1870 ". Annales des Sciences Naturelles, Cinquième Série [Fifth Series], Zoologie et Paléontologie 15 (20): 6-11. ("Chamæleo Labordi ", new species, p. 7). (in French).

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