Benin Africa

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Common Native Chameleons

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Chamaeleo Chamaeleo gracilis Graceful
Chamaeleo Chamaeleo senegalensis Senegal

Geographical/Topographical Information

Information from CIA World Fact Book

annual rainfall 40"-60"
avg. temperature in January 68+ degrees F.
avg. temperature in July 68 to 86 degrees F.

sea level to 2083 ft avg 1-2k




Tropical; hot and humid in south; semiarid (quite dry) in north. Overall, the dry season runs from November to April, and a rainy season from the end of April through September. The mean temperature is near 80 degrees.



From a narrow and somewhat sandy coastal area, the marshy land and lagoons of the south rise into the La Terre de Barre Plateau, consisting of a wooded savannah that continues on into the foot hills of the Atakora Mountains of the northwest, a branch of the Togo Mountains. From there, the land slopes down into a broad plain, and on to the Niger River valley of the far northeast. The Niger and Oueme are the country's major rivers.


Highest Point: Mt. Sokbaro (658 m) (2,158 ft)

Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean, sea level

Natural Hazards:
Natural hazards for Benin include the hot, dry, dusty
 harmattan wind. This may affect the northern part of the country from December to March.

Environmental Issues:
Some environmental issues for Benin, in western Africa, are: deforestation; desertification; inadequate supplies of potable water. As well as these land and water issues, the country’s wildlife populations are threatened by poaching.


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