Horned Leaf Chameleon - side view, Ranomafana, Madagascar
Brookesia superciliaris, the Horned Leaf Chameleon or Brown Leaf Chameleon rules the forest floor. Belonging to the group containing some of the smallest reptiles in the world, it hunts exclusively on the forest floor. It moves slowly, making optimal use of its camouflage. When in danger, it plays dead or rolls up to look like a leaf.
This species is easily recognized by its triangular comb, also referred to as "horns" and in dutch "brows".
The brown leaf chameleon (Brookesia superciliaris) is, like other Brookesia species, a master of disguise. Its elongate, rather high, laterally squashed body resembles a rolled-up, dead leaf. The size and appearance of this chameleon varies considerably over its relatively vast range, and it may be any shade of brown, beige, grey, olive, green, or dark red, but usually display colours and patterns that mimic a dead leaf. Despite its tiny size, the brown leaf chameleon has an imposing appearance.. more