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It is part of the largest existing chameleons, its size can reach 55 cm including the tail for males and 35 cm for females. The female lives for about 3 years, the male can reach 5 years. The species has different colors (called "phases") characteristics of different regions of Madagascar which may originate. Females have quite dull colors, while males have spectacular color: Nosy Be green and turquoise; Tamatave (east-central Madagascar): white and red; Diego Suarez (northeast of Madagascar): bright green with dark red vertical stripes and a thick white horizontal line on each side; Maroantsetra: khaki green and dark red; Ankaramy (southern Madagascar): pink. This chameleon feeds on various insects that come in range. His manners are diurnal and arboreal exclusively. It is an oviparous animal, which lays between 15 and 50 eggs per clutch. Its lifetime is 6 years maximum.