Bradypodion Spinosum or Rosette nosed chameleon

Bradypodion Spinosum also known as the Rosette nosed chameleon is another dwarf chameleon species found in virgin forests and woodlands of the Usambara mountains in Tanzania, East Africa (Chamowners Web). They are also called the Usambara Spiny Pygmy Chameleon (IUCN Redlist). Its most distinguished feature is the rosette-like appendage above the nose (Wikipedia). Though better known as Bradypodion Spinosum, it has been reclassified as Rhampoleon spinosus (Chamowners Web).

Aside from the rosette shaped nasal appendage, Bradypodion Spinosum is known for being colorful. They come in white, yellow, gray, brown, blue, green, orange, red, pink and violet. The head has a high round casque without occipital lobes. The limbs, abdomen and the tail have large lenticular scales (Chamowners Web). The males have a large hemipenal bulge and a tail that’s longer than half the total length of its body. The female’s tail is shorter and they mostly come in brown. This species can grow up to 8 inches or 20 centimeters.

This species is currently on the endangered status in the IUCN Redlist of Endangered Species because of its small area of distribution of below 5000 sq. km. This species cannot handle sudden environmental changes brought about by human habitation. It is also hunted for the pet trade as well as folk medicine and is also listed in CITES Appendix II.

 

References:

1) Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosette-Nosed_Chmeleon
2) Chamowners Web – http://chamownersweb.net/chamfamily/bradypodion/bradypodion_spinosum.htm
3) IUCN Redlist – http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/summary/17632/0/ptint

 

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