Bradypodion Setaroi or Setaro’s Dwarf Chameleon

Bradypodion Setaroi otherwise known as the Setaro’s Dwarf Chameleon is a small size dwarf chameleon native to the South Africa Kwazulu-Natal region. (Wikipedia).

Bradypodion Setaroi is distinguishable from other dwarf chameleons due to its size which can grow up to only 10 centimeters. It has a low casque with no occipital lobes. There are small skin flaps covered with granular scales on its gular crest. There are rows of plate-like scales on the flanks and its base colors are yellow, gray and brown (Chamowners Web). Like most chameleons, they are sexually dimorphic. In males, the tail is longer than the body while the tail is shorter than the body for females.

This species is currently listed in the IUCN Redlist as least concern. It has a teeming population despite being restricted to a 5600 sq. kilometer area. Its range also happens to be protected. Bradypodion Setaroi has a range from the St. Lucia Estuary in Zululand South Africa up to southern Mozambique (Encyclopedia of Life). This species is also highly adaptable and can be found in coastal dune forests among the undergrowth (IUCN Redlist).

References:

1) Chamowners Web – http://chamownersweb.net/chamfamily/bradypodion/bradypodion_setaroi.htm
2) Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Setaro%27s_dwarf_chameleon
3) iNaturalist – http://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/32953-Bradypodion-setaroi
4) Biodiversity Naturehttp://www.biodiversitynature.com/setaros-dwarf-chameleon-bradypodion-setaroi/
5) Encyclopedia of Lifehttp://eol.org/pages/454048/details
6) IUCN Redlisthttp://www.iucnredlist.org/details/3012/0

 

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