Knysna Dwarf Chameleon Bradypodion Damaranum

Bradypodion Damaranum or Knysna Dwarf Chameleon


Bradypodion Damaranum or the Knysna Dwarf Chameleon is one of the most colorful species of chameleon. The base colors or males range from brilliant green-blue to green. This species can be identified by a patch of scale-less skin behind the front legs which can be orange or yellow in color. Their head ridges are also brilliantly colored in a mixture of yellow, blue and black. Like many chameleons, it has a well-developed casque that points backward. This species also has large conical scales from the dorsal crest down to the tail (Chameleons Onlne Ezine). 

Wild Knysna Dwarf Chameleon 2 ( Bradypodion Damaranum)Bradypodion is a moderately sized genus and the Damaranum is one of the larger species which can grow up to seven inches. Regardless of the scientific name, this species is not found on Damaraland or Namibia but is found in the dense wet forests of Knysna, Western Cape Province of South Africa (Wikipedia). It can adapt to captive environments similar to its native habitat. This is a rare species with limited range thus it is listed in CITES Appendix II (Biodiversity.org) so trade is illegal though there are some kept in Europe (Chameleons Onlne Ezine). Its IUCN conservation status however is yet to be evaluated.

 

References:

1) Chameleons Online E-zine – www.chameleonnews.com/10JulDeckersAnderson.html
2) Wikipedia – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knysna_dwarf_chameleon
3) Biodiversity.org – www.biodiversity.org.na/taxondisplay.php?nr=2706

Images:

1) Main image supplied by Francois Strydom
2) Sub image supplied by Francois Strydom

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