The Four-horned Chameleon is a stunning bright green reptile which lives in a restricted area of the Cameroon mountain chain, where they range from the Bamenda Highlands of Cameroon and the Obudu Plateau in eastern Nigeria to Rumpi Hills in southwestern Cameroon.
The main threat to this species is deforestation. Agricultural development extends as high as 1,700 m asl. near Nsoung village on Mt Manengouba (Gonwouo et al. 2006), and forest on the mountain’s southeast slope is rapidly disappearing (Gonwouo et al. 2006). By 1995, forest degradation on the western slope of Mt Kupe had reached an elevation of 1,200 m asl, driven by selective logging for firewood and construction materials (Hofer et al. 2003). Future upslope encroachment of human activities may therefore pose a threat to this chameleon, which is dependent on largely pristine forest and is therefore likely to be at risk from forest degradation or clearance (Gonwouo et al. 2006). Deforestation for cultivation and burning of nearby grasslands to renew pasture for cattle grazing threaten the species in much of their range (Gonwouo et al. 2006).
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Anderson, C.V. & Gonwouo, N.L. 2015. Trioceros quadricornis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T172571A1345774. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T172571A1345774.en. Downloaded on 12 March 2021.
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