Two-banded chameleon - head, Ranomafana, Madagascar
The stunning female of the Two-banded chameleon, also known as the Rainforest chameleon. Endemic to Madagascar and threatened as it has a small distribution. They are often green yet known to be variable in color, and this is quite a vibrant morph. The male has horn-like appendages, which is an easy way to tell the sexes apart.
This one was found by the hotel's porter before we started on our hike. He balanced it on a stick for some photos, after which it was put back in the tree it came from.
''Furcifer balteatus'', also known as the two-banded chameleon or the rainforest chameleon, is a species of chameleon that is endemic to Madagascar. It was described by André Marie Constant Duméril and Gabriel Bibron in 1851.