Bradypodion Occidentale or the Namaqua Dwarf Chameleon 1

Bradypodion Occidentale or Namaqua Dwarf Chameleon


Bradypodion Occidentale or the Namaqua Dwarf Chameleon is a relatively large size dwarf chameleon native to the west coasts of South Africa and Namibia. It’s also known as the Western Dwarf Chameleon (Wikipedia). This chameleon thrives coastal vegetation in the coastal regions of Namibia and Namaqualand in South Africa hence its name.

Bradypodion Occidentale or the Namaqua Dwarf ChameleonThis species is distinguishable from other dwarf chameleons due to its locale, its large size to which it can grow up to 16 centimeters in length and two to three gular grooves under its chin. The grooves extend from the tip of the jaw down to the chest and can appear in various colors such as electric orange, purple-black and bright yellow (Natural History Notes). The animal’s base color is a mottled grey or brown.

The species is listed in CITES Appendix II (Biodiversity.org) which makes its sale and importation controlled however there are no references in the IUCN Redlist.

 


References:

1) Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namaqua_dwarf_chameleon
2) Natural History Notes –
http://www.chamaeleonidae.com/Publications_files/Anderson%202013%20-%20Afr.%20Herp%20News.pdf
3) Biodiversity.org – http://www.biodiversity.org.na/taxondisplay.php?nr=2707
4) Chamowner’s Web – http://chamownersweb.net/chamfamily/bradypodion/bradypodion_occidentale.htm

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1) Main image supplied by Javier Abalos Alvarez
2) Sub image supplied by Javier Abalos Alvarez 

 

Bradypodion Nemorale or Zululand Dwarf Chameleon


Bradypodion Nemorale or the Zululand Dwarf Chameleon is a medium-sized dwarf chameleon native to Qudeni and Nkanala forests of Zululand, South Africa. It’s also known as the Qudeni Dwarf Chameleon. This chameleon’s scientific name refers to its forest habitat. Nemorale means living in groves or woods (The Reptile Database).

This creature is distinguishable from other dwarf chameleons because of its location, its size, its strongly raised casque, and a distinct developed cranial crest. It also has a distinct dorsal crest which continues up to the tail. There are no longitudinal grooves on the flanks (The Reptile Database). Its base color is dark green with rust-colored patches and its throat is covered with white gular grooves (Chamowners Web).

Due to its limited range, distribution and population, it’s classified as near-threatened in the IUCN Redlist of Endangered Species. It’s also listed in CITES Appendix II which means that trade for this species is highly controlled (Encyclopedia of Life)

 

References:

1) The Reptile Databasehttp://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/species?genus=Bradypodion&species=nemorale
2) IUCN Redlist – http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/3009/0
3) Chamowner’s Web – http://chamownersweb.net/chamfamily/bradypodion/bradypodion_nemorale.htm
4) Encyclopedia of Life – http://chamownersweb.net/chamfamily/bradypodion/bradypodion_nemorale.htm

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Bradypodion Carpenteri or Carpenter’s Chameleon


Bradypodion Carpenteri or Kinyongia Carpenteri is a small species of chameleon that occurs in the mountainous highland region between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Its common English name is the Carpenter’s Chameleon in honor of the specimen’s collector Dr. G.D. Hale Carpenter (iNaturalist). Its genus designation has been moved two times from Chameleo to Bradypodion to Kinyongia.

This species can grow up to 30 cm. They have large casques, curved parietal crest and bifurcated canthus rostralis (on males). Little is known about this species and it’s not known to be in the captive market (IUCN Redlist).

 

References:

1) iNaturalist – www.inaturalist.org/taxa/32971
2) Wikipedia – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpenter%27s_chameleon
3) Reptile Database – reptile-database.reptarium.cz/species?genus=Kinyongia&species=carpenteri
4) IUCN Redlist – www.iucnredlistassessments.org/about/forum/east_africa_chameleons/32971-2/
5) Chamowners Web – chamownersweb.net/chamfamily/bradypodion/bradypodion_carpenteri.htm
6) Chameleon Forums – www.chameleonforums.com/kinyongia-carpenteri-pictures-35017/index2.html

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Bradypodion Dracomontanum or Drakensberg Dwarf Chameleon

Bradypodion Dracomontanum or Drakensberg Dwarf Chameleon

Bradypodion Dracomontanum or the Drakensberg dwarf chameleon is a small species of chameleon which occurs in South Africa in the Drakensberg mountain range in Kwazulu Natal and the Eastern Free State. Its Latin name Bradypodion means slow-footed and Dracomontanum refers to its home in the Drakensberg (dragon) mountains. It can grow up to 14 centimeters (Arkive) and lives in the bushes of alpine grasslands and small patches of forest at around 1500 meters above sea level.

Its distinguishing features include a prehensile tail, light brown skin, and blue-green tuberclues on ots flanks and upper limbs. Like many in the Bradypodion species, it has an erratic gait. It can be seen on tops of bushes during the day and hides within them during the night.

This species is listed in the CITES II database meaning that trade is limited. According to the IUCN Redlist of endangered species, it is of ‘least concern’ in since its population has not been fully assessed and its range is more than 5500 sq.km. It may be composed of two subspecies and a common name has been proposed for the bright-green individuals (emerald dwarf chameleon) in the southern part of its range (Wikipedia). 

References:

1) Arkive – www.arkive.org/drakensberg-dwarf-chameleon/bradypodion-dracomontanum/
2) Wikipedia – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drakensberg_dwarf_chameleon
3) IUCN Redlist – www.iucnredlist.org/details/176291/0
4) CITES Appendix II – cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php

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Bradypodion Caffer or Transkei Dwarf Chameleon


Bradypodion Caffer is a species of chameleon belonging to the genus Bradypodion (slow footed). Bradypodions are also collectively known as South African Dwarf Chameleons which places them south of the African continent. This species however is so far found only in lowland forests of Port St. Johns in the Pondoland region of South Africa within a radius of 1950 sq. km. (Encyclopedia of Life).

Bradypodion Caffer is identifiable through its pale brown or brown coloring with white mottling. Its casque points backwards and up and large flattened spines on the dorsal crest. This species is also ovoviparous or live-bearing (Chameleon Forums). Bradypodion Caffer is known by two other names: Transkei Dwarf Chameleon or Pondo Dwarf Chameleon (Wikipedia). It is currently classified as endangered in the IUCN Redlist of Endangered Species because its range is less than 5000 sq. km. Its listing in CITES Appendix II also makes trade of this species illegal. 

References:

1) Chameleon Forums – www.chameleonforums.com/species/showtaxa.php?taxa=18
2) Wikipedia – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transkei_dwarf_chameleon
3) Encyclopedia of Life – eol.org/pages/454031/details

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Knysna Dwarf Chameleon Bradypodion Damaranum

Bradypodion Damaranum or Knysna Dwarf Chameleon


Bradypodion Damaranum or the Knysna Dwarf Chameleon is one of the most colorful species of chameleon. The base colors or males range from brilliant green-blue to green. This species can be identified by a patch of scale-less skin behind the front legs which can be orange or yellow in color. Their head ridges are also brilliantly colored in a mixture of yellow, blue and black. Like many chameleons, it has a well-developed casque that points backward. This species also has large conical scales from the dorsal crest down to the tail (Chameleons Onlne Ezine). 

Wild Knysna Dwarf Chameleon 2 ( Bradypodion Damaranum)Bradypodion is a moderately sized genus and the Damaranum is one of the larger species which can grow up to seven inches. Regardless of the scientific name, this species is not found on Damaraland or Namibia but is found in the dense wet forests of Knysna, Western Cape Province of South Africa (Wikipedia). It can adapt to captive environments similar to its native habitat. This is a rare species with limited range thus it is listed in CITES Appendix II (Biodiversity.org) so trade is illegal though there are some kept in Europe (Chameleons Onlne Ezine). Its IUCN conservation status however is yet to be evaluated.

 

References:

1) Chameleons Online E-zine – www.chameleonnews.com/10JulDeckersAnderson.html
2) Wikipedia – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knysna_dwarf_chameleon
3) Biodiversity.org – www.biodiversity.org.na/taxondisplay.php?nr=2706

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1) Main image supplied by Francois Strydom
2) Sub image supplied by Francois Strydom