Bradypodion Nemorale or Zululand Dwarf Chameleon


Bradypodion Nemorale or the Zululand Dwarf Chameleon is a medium-sized dwarf chameleon native to Qudeni and Nkanala forests of Zululand, South Africa. It’s also known as the Qudeni Dwarf Chameleon. This chameleon’s scientific name refers to its forest habitat. Nemorale means living in groves or woods (The Reptile Database).

This creature is distinguishable from other dwarf chameleons because of its location, its size, its strongly raised casque, and a distinct developed cranial crest. It also has a distinct dorsal crest which continues up to the tail. There are no longitudinal grooves on the flanks (The Reptile Database). Its base color is dark green with rust-colored patches and its throat is covered with white gular grooves (Chamowners Web).

Due to its limited range, distribution and population, it’s classified as near-threatened in the IUCN Redlist of Endangered Species. It’s also listed in CITES Appendix II which means that trade for this species is highly controlled (Encyclopedia of Life)

 

References:

1) The Reptile Databasehttp://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/species?genus=Bradypodion&species=nemorale
2) IUCN Redlist – http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/3009/0
3) Chamowner’s Web – http://chamownersweb.net/chamfamily/bradypodion/bradypodion_nemorale.htm
4) Encyclopedia of Life – http://chamownersweb.net/chamfamily/bradypodion/bradypodion_nemorale.htm

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