Bradypodion Pumilum or Cape Dwarf Chameleon

Bradypodion Pumilum otherwise known as the Cape Dwarf Chameleon is a medium size dwarf chameleon native to the region around Cape Town in South Africa (Wikipedia). This species gets its common name due to its location.

Bradypodion Pumilum has a base color of green, yellow or brown with blue, orange and red stripes or spots on their flanks ( It has a curly prehensile tail, a non-prominent casque. They also have conical tubercles stretching from their backs to their tails as well as beneath the jaw.

This species can grow up to 15 centimeters in adulthood. They are quick to grow from birth to adult size in six months which makes them popular among lizard enthusiasts (Sticky Tongue Farms) and they can quickly reproduce of up to 15 young per year (Herpcenter). This species is adaptable and can be tamed with constant gentle contact (Wikipedia). Unlike other chameleons, they are not as territorial and can be found in groups (Herpcenter).
Bradypodion Pumilum or Cape Dwarf Chameleon 2

Bradypodion Pumilum is listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Appendix II (Wikipedia). This means that trade for this species is highly regulated due to its limited distribution in the Western Cape, South Africa. They are also allegedly found in Namibia and Mozambique (Reptile Database). There are plenty of specimens in captivity and has a limited market (Sticky Tongue Farms). This species inhabits thickets, reed beds and fynbos or shrubbery.




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1) Main image supplied by Funky Melody
2) Sub image supplied by Funky Melody

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