Smith’s dwarf chameleon or Bradypodion taeniabronchum

Smith’s dwarf chameleon otherwise known as Bradypodion taeniabronchum or Elandsberg Dwarf Chameleon, is one of the few species of chameleons that actually changes its color to match its surroundings, an ability (Wikipedia) which has made chameleons one of the most interesting animals and valued as pets. However, this species is hardly pet material since it is critically endangered according to the IUCN Redlist due to its limited distribution of just over 5000 sq. km.

This species of chameleon can be found in South Africa near Algoa Bay in the Cape Province. They can be found in fynbos type vegetation. This species is distinguishable from other dwarfs due to its having a dorsal and gular crest made up of tubercle cones. This species can grow up to 8 inches (Chamowners Web). Their base colors are dirty to pale green while some specimens are rust colored but may be hard to determine in the wild because of their ability to blend into their surroundings. Bradypodion taeniabronchum is listed as endangered in the (IUCN Redlist) and also registered in CITES Appendix II making trade of this species illegal.

References: 

1) IUCN Redlist – http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/3023/0
2) Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradypodion_taeniabronchum
3) Chamowners Web – http://chamownersweb.net/chamfamily/bradypodion/bradypodion_taeniabronchum.htm

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