Bradypodion karrooicum

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 karrooicum


W. Cape Province (RSA)



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Common Name: Karroo Dwarf Chameleon
Name Translation: of Karroo
Synonyms: Chamaeleo pumilus  karrooicus
Discovered: Methuen & Hewitt, 1915
Size: small  14 cm or 6 inches
Sexual Dimorphism: Males show hemipenal bulges.
Parity: Ovoviviparous
Description:  This species has a very low casque without occipital  lobes. The gular crest consists of triangular skin lobes. An irregular crest on the back is made up of conical scales which stretch to the tail. The tail is shorter than the body in both sexes and scalation is heterogenous. The colors of this species are gray and brown with some olive. The interstitial skin around the throat is yellow.
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