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.



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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).


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Bradypodion Pumilum or Cape Dwarf Chameleon

Bradypodion Pumilum otherwise known as the Cape Dwarf Chameleon is a medium size dwarf chameleon native to the region around Cape Town in South Africa (Wikipedia). This species gets its common name due to its location.

Bradypodion Pumilum has a base color of green, yellow or brown with blue, orange and red stripes or spots on their flanks ( It has a curly prehensile tail, a non-prominent casque. They also have conical tubercles stretching from their backs to their tails as well as beneath the jaw.

This species can grow up to 15 centimeters in adulthood. They are quick to grow from birth to adult size in six months which makes them popular among lizard enthusiasts (Sticky Tongue Farms) and they can quickly reproduce of up to 15 young per year (Herpcenter). This species is adaptable and can be tamed with constant gentle contact (Wikipedia). Unlike other chameleons, they are not as territorial and can be found in groups (Herpcenter).
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Bradypodion Pumilum is listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Appendix II (Wikipedia). This means that trade for this species is highly regulated due to its limited distribution in the Western Cape, South Africa. They are also allegedly found in Namibia and Mozambique (Reptile Database). There are plenty of specimens in captivity and has a limited market (Sticky Tongue Farms). This species inhabits thickets, reed beds and fynbos or shrubbery.




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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 ( which makes its sale and importation controlled however there are no references in the IUCN Redlist.



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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)



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