Bradypodion setaroi

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 setaroi




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Common Name: Setaro's Dwarf Chameleon
Name Translation: of setaro
Synonyms: Chamaeleo setaroi
Discovered: Raw, 1976
Size: small 13 cm or 5 inches
Sexual Dimorphism: The most noticeable difference is the hemipenal bulge in males, and the tail of the male is slightly longer than half of the total body length, while the female's tail is just under half of her total length. females are also mostly brown.
Parity: Ovoviviparous
Description: The head has a low casque with no occipital lobes, the gular crest consists of small skin flaps covered with granular scales. This species has heterogenous squamation, and the flanks are adorned with two lengthwise rows of large plate like scales. The normal colors of gray, brown, and creamy yellow. When excited males may show light blue or green spots on their flanks, head and eyelids. A blurred orange stripe runs length-wise from the head to the tail, and the interstitial skin of the gular is bluish white.
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