Bradypodion Karrooicum or Karoo Dwarf Chameleon


Bradypodion Karrooicum also known as the Karoo Dwarf Chameleon, is found in the dry habitats between the Great and Little Karoo in the provinces of Northern Cape and Free State in South Africa (Wikipedia). It’s a small species of chameleon that can grow up to 14 cm (Chamowners Web). Like other genus bradypodion, its tail is shorter than its body. This species was discovered in 1915 by zoologists Paul Methuen and John Hewitt. It’s suggested to be a subspecies of the Southern Dwarf Chameleon and the Cape Dwarf Chameleon though it’s more similar to the former. However, it is currently associated as a synonym to Bradypodion Ventrale as per the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).

Bradypodion Karrooicum is described to be mostly gray, brown and sometimes olive with some yellow skin in the throat area as well as some colorful spots on either side of the body. From back to tail is an irregular crest of conical scales. The head has a very low casque (Chamowners Web) and has no occipital lobes. Like the back, it also has a gular crest made up of conical scales. There is currently no conservation data for this species but the data for Southern Dwarf Chameleon may apply.

References:
1) Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karoo_Dwarf_Chameleon
2) Chamowner’s Web – http://chamownersweb.net/chamfamily/bradypodion/bradypodion_karrooicum.htm
3) ITIS – http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=715105#

 

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