Bradypodion Thamnobates or Kwazulu-Natal Midlands Dwarf chameleon

Bradypodion Thamnobates, also called the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands Dwarf chameleon as the name suggests, can be found in the woodlands in the Midlands area of the South African province of Kwazulu Natal (Wikipedia). The term Bradypodion encompasses a group of dwarf chameleons and thamnobates stands for ‘bushwalker’. It averages 6.5 inches or grows up to 17 centimeters.

Bradypodion thamnobates Natal Midlands Dwarf Chameleon 1Bradypodion Thamnobates species is distinguishable for the colorful bulbous scales around the body. It has a yellow crest and white skin on the throat. There are two variants known amongst collectors (chameleonnews) called Nottingham Road which can be gray or brown and the Mooi. River with green, yellowish and blue hues. 

This species is currently on the near threatened status by IUCN because it is often hunted for folk medicine (Wikipedia). This makes trade of the species controlled. There are many kept in captivity in Europe.

 

References:

1) Arkive – http://www.arkive.org/natal-midland-dwarf-chameleon/bradypodion-thamnobates/
2) IUCN Redlist – http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/3017/0
3) Chameleonnews – http://www.chameleonnews.com/10JulDeckersAnderson.html

 

Images:

1) Images supplied by M.Peaker

 

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