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Parson's chameleon in Madagascar
Madagascar is home to more than 300 species of reptiles of which over 90% are endemic. Madagascar's reptile fauna includes lizards, snakes, turtles & tortoises, and crocodiles.

Madagascar's reptiles are as unusual as they are unique. The island lacks pythons, which are found in nearby Africa and throughout Asia, along with front-fanged venomous snakes. Equally strange,

Madagascar's iguanid lizards and boas have their closest relatives in South America.

The uniqueness of the island's reptiles has resulted in widespread collecting for the exotic pet trade. Some species of chameleons, geckos, and tortoises are threatened due to over-collection.

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