CHAMAELEONIDAE FAMILY

Bradypodion damaranum

KINGDOM: Animalia (animals)

   PHYLUM: Cordata (chordates)

      CLASS: Reptilia (reptiles)

          ORDER: Squamata (scaled reptiles)

              FAMILIES: snakes, warm lizards, lizards

                    LIZARD SUBFAMILY: Sauria

                        SAURIA INFRAORDER: 

                           Anguimorpha (angid); Gekkota (gecko); Iguania (iguana); Scincomorpha (skink)

                               IGUANIA DIVISIONS: 

                                   Agamids; Iguanids; Chameleonids

                                     CHAMAELEONIDAE FAMILY:

                                         Subfamily Chamaeleoninae (True Chameleons)

                                             Genus Bradypodion ("slow-footed")

 

Bradypodion damaranum

Distribution:

S. Cape Province (RSA)

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Common Name: Knysna Dwarf Chameleon
Name Translation: of Damaraland
Synonyms: Chamaeleo damaranus
Discovered: Boulenger, 1887
Size: small  16 -18 cm or 6.5 - 7 inches
Sexual Dimorphism: Males are smaller with higher casques, display more color than females, and have hemipenal bulge at the base of the tail.
Parity: Ovoviviparous
Description: This very colorful cham displays colors from yellow, gray, brown, black, green, blue, red, orange, pink, violet, and white. The body scalation is heterogenous and the limbs, abdomen,  and tail have enlarged lenticular or double convex shaped scales. The head sports a high round casque with no occipital lobes. The gular crest consists of small flaps covered with tiny scales.
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