A small, somewhat slender
1825 with a total length of 75-80 mm (snout-vent length
31-35 mm), head, body and tail are rather flattened. In
life, the dorsal coloration, including the head, neck, limbs
and tail, is vivid green. Some small red dots irregularly
positioned on the lower back and upper tail, usually
slightly bigger red dots in males. The green dorsal
coloration is bordered by a yellowish stripe, beginning at
the rostral scale, over the supralabialia, under the ear
opening, widening at the axilla, towards the groin. The
ventral coloration is dirty white, the subcaudal scales have
at the tips a brown to black pigmentation. Ventral and
subcaudal scales are smooth (not keeled).
is so far only known from the Ampasindava peninsula. It is
not unlikely that the species equally occurs in other parts
of the Sambirano domain with similar habitats.
Kongony, S 13° 39' 45.7", E
48°04'23.7", 50 m elevation, Ampasindava peninsula
lives on medium sized bamboo (ø 5cm) in bamboo patches
located; at the edge of the primary forest, within the
forest and in secondary vegetation areas.
shares its habitat with P.
klemmeri, P. seippi,
P. laticauda laticauda
and P. madagascariensis
The eggs of P. vanheygeni
are glued on the inside of bamboo. The young hatch
within 25 days at a daytime temperature of about 27° C. The
coloration of the juveniles is gold brown with 4 fine green
to dark brown median stripes. The young are extremely small
and measure about 25 mm. Regenerated skin of the adults is
coloured gold brown like in the juvenile stage.