Bradypodion thamnobates

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 thamnobates

Distribution:

Natal (RSA) Natal Midlands from Mooi River to Bulwer and Dargle (RSA)

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Common Name: Natal Midlands Dwarf Chameleon
Name Translation: shrub crawler
Synonyms: Chamaeleo thamnobates
Discovered: Raw, 1976
Size: small up to19  cm or 7.6 inches
Sexual Dimorphism: Males have a short orange stripe around the middle of the body, and red spotted eyelids. Females are mostly brown and have more homogenous squamation and smaller casques. Males also feature hemipenal bulge.
Parity: Ovoviviparous
Description: This chameleon has a high casque with no occipital lobes. Its gular crest consists of small hanging skin flaps covered with granular scales. They have heterogenous squamation, and there are large lenticular scales scattered on the limbs, flank, tail, and abdomen. Colors expressed are yellow, gray, brown, black, and green. A dark stripe runs from the mouth to the tail. Head crests are yellow, and the interstitial skin on the throat is white.
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annulated

anterior

bifurcated

canthus rostralis

casque

cloaca

conical

crest

dorsal

flank

gravid

gular

hemipenal bulge

heterogenous

homogenous

interstitial

lateral

lenticular

longitudinal

occipital

oviparous

oviposition

ovipositor

ovoviviparous

parietal

posterior

prehensile

rostral

sexual dimorphism

spatulate

spinose

striation

tarsal spurs

ventral

zygodactyl

 

 

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