Bradypodion spinosum

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 spinosum now considered to be in the genus Rhampholeon


Usambra Mtns., Tanzania


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Common Name: Rosette-Nosed Chameleon
Name Translation: having thorns, prickly
Synonyms: Chamaeleo spinosus
Discovered: Matschie, 1892
Size: small 20 cm or 8 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.


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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