Zululand Dwarf Chameleon


Common name : Qudeni dwarf chameleon

Scientific name : Bradypodion nemorale

Family : Chamaeleonidae

Native to : South Africa

Interesting fact : Its scientific name means ‘slow-footed’

Conservation status : Near Threatened

The word nemorale is a reference to its forest habitat; it means living in groves or woods. The males are a riot of colour in breeding season; they are easily distinguished by their size, strongly raised casque and cranial crest. Young chameleons including females are a dull green colour. Mostly arboreal, the chameleons are also found in low vegetation. They turn pale grey-white when out of the sun.

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