CHAMAELEONIDAE FAMILY

Bradypodion fischeri

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 fischeri

Distribution:

Western Usambara Mtns., Tanzania

Africa 

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Common Name: Fischer's, Usambara Two-Horned
Name Translation: of fischer, having many tubercules
Synonyms: Chamaeleo fischeri multituberculatus
Discovered: Nieden, 1913
Size: medium  30 - 40 cm or 12-16 inches
Sexual Dimorphism: Males are larger, and have a swollen tail base (hemipenal bulge). Female's horns are smaller or not present at all, and the females dorsal crest  does not usually extend past the first third of the body.
Parity: oviparous   
Description: The head has a flat casque with no occipital lobes, canthus rostralis  projects on both sides to a flat horn covered by enlarged  heterogenous scales. These horns are normally parallel. There is no gular crest. Body scalation is mostly homogenous with enlarged scales on the throat and limbs. The dorsal crest extends through the tail and is covered with high conical scales, which are tallest toward the head. Colors displayed consist of green, turquoise, black, gray, brown, white, yellow, and orange.
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