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Chameleon World Muji

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Dwarf Jackson’s Chameleon, Jacksonii merumontanus.

6 months ago I acquired a beautiful young male Jackson’s chameleon.

He was no ordinary jacksons, but a dwarf specimen from the mountain of Meru in Tanzania. Mount Meru is located 70 kilometres (43 miles) west of Mount Kilimanjaro and reaches a height of 4,565 metres (14,977 ft). It is about the ninth or tenth highest mountain in Africa.

My male is stunningly beautiful, is bright turquoise blue and has 3 long horns. Last summer I kept him outside on a potted olive tree and he loved sunning himself and feeding on flying insects, including hoverflies. I obtained him from a super couple, Julian and Michaela of Chameleon World Muji, who specialise in keeping and breeding such montane species of chameleons, and their knowledge and experience with these wonderful creatures is extensive.

JulianYesterday Tara and I had the privilege of meeting Julian and Michaela, after travelling to Oxford in order to see them and their collection and to collect a female specimen we had reserved. It was an amazing afternoon and Tara and I were treated to a visual feast of some of the most incredible chameleons you could imagine!  Julian and Michaela’s passion and enthusiasm for them made it a very special day.

Although they have wealth a experience breeding Panther Chameleons, their interest has been drawn toward working with ‘montane chameleons’ and to try to dispel the common thought that they’re hard to keep, and don’t adapt well in captivity.

Female Furcifer minor, Endangered Madagascan species

Female Furcifer minor, Endangered Madagascan species

Over the last few years they have been working with a number of spectacular African and Madagascan species, some of which haven’t been seen in the hobby for some time. This, and sharing experiences of like-minded keepers, has provided them a wealth of knowledge and the skills required to breed and provide captive-bred chameleons of the highest quality for others to enjoy.



4 Responses

  1. Are they for the museum?? Will they be on display?

  2. Looking forward to meeting the new addition! Sounds very exciting and we can’t wait!

  3. Hi John, we do plan to provide our beautiful blue male for the museum to display sometime in the future. We will also hopefully have some young Pygmy Chameleons available for other people soon! Best wishes for the New Year!

    • Brilliant – look forward to seeing them! We were at the museum yesterday – getting some ideas for next book about Lara…

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