Reptile of the Day: Elephant-Eared Chameleon

The elephant-eared chameleon (Calumma brevicorne) is the second kind of chameleon I’ve gotten the chance to encounter here in Madagascar, but so far only at night. That’s because, to the human eye, chameleons are easier to spot at night. During the day, our eyes get tricked by chameleon’s ability to change their color to blend in with their surroundings. But at night … Read more …

Lemur of the Day: Eastern Lesser Bamboo Lemur

Bamboo lemur

These lemurs are so cute, I can’t even. Easter lesser bamboo lemurs (Hapalemur griseus griseus) are adorable in part because they are small — about the size of a garden rabbit, though much better at climbing trees than leporids are. But I also love their round eyes and the way their short snouts make them look almost like monkeys. Don’t let … Read more

Invertebrate of the Day: Forest Crab

Before today, I never knew that crabs could live far from the ocean. These ones live among the leaves of the vakona tree, a primitive plant related to sisal and reminiscent of a pineapple top on steroids. Rain water lands on the large, blade-shaped leaves, then runs down toward the trunk’s crown, where the bases of the leaves meet. Enough … Read more