I’ve had quite a few Cristifers over the years starting with some I got in 2015. At the time none were being imported and I asked the importer to see if he could get some. I believe only 2 pair came in at that time with one pair going to me. The Cristifer that is the header for this page is actually one I had.
Unfortunately many people struggle with this species and breeding success has been very limited. They are well worth the effort and I encourage people to try working with this wonderful species.
I have produced 5 clutches of Calumma parsonii cristifer And have hatched around 100 babies. Babies seems to co-habitate well. I usually separate by 3 months. I’ve always found their growth to be slow. I think we have yet to learn exactly what they need to grow well. Babies are very pretty and show colors of orange, blue and tan. I find them to be a wonderful species and are usually quite calm And will readily take food from your hand.
Clutch sizes can vary from around 20 to 60 eggs. Babies hatch starting at 13 months of incubation. Eggs are incubated with one diapause into the mid 50’s F for 2 months and a high temp of 74F until the end of incubation.
I have seem this species in the wild quite a few times on multiple trips to Madagascar. All sightings have been around Andasibe. They are easiest to spot at night when they are sleeping as are most chameleons. I have seen multiple baby Cristifer’s roosting in the same tree quite close to each other. Adults are found sleeping out in the open.