Bradypodion pumilum

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 pumilum


S. Nambia, (RSA),

S. Mozambique

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Common Name: Cape Dwarf Chameleon
Name Translation: the dwarf
Synonyms: Chamaeleo pumilus pumilus
Discovered: Gmelin, 1789
Size: small 20 - 25 cm or 8-10 inches
Sexual Dimorphism: The only noticeable difference is the hemipenal bulge  in males.
Parity: Ovoviviparous
Description: This species can display many different shades of yellow, brown, gray, black, green, blue, orange, pink, white, and red. The colors and markings vary within the species, but most have a longitudinal stripe or spots on the flank. They have a high casque with no occipital lobes, and the gular crest is made of skin flaps covered with scales. The lenticular scales on the flank contrast the surrounding skin.
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