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Common Native Chameleons

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SCIENTIFIC NAME COMMON NAME
Bradypodion adolfifriderici  
Chamaeleo Chamaeleo anchietae anchietae  
Chamaeleo Chamaeleo anchietae vinckei  
Chamaeleo Chamaeleo etiennei  
Chamaeleo Chamaeleo roperi Roper's
Chamaeleo Trioceros ellioti Elliot's
Chamaeleo Trioceros rudis Rudy's
Bradypodion carpenteri  
Chamaeleo Chamaeleo anchietae marunguensis  
Chamaeleo Chamaeleo dilepis dilepis flap-necked or common
Chamaeleo Chamaeleo laevigatus  
Chamaeleo Trioceros bitaeniatus Two-Lined
Chamaeleo Trioceros ituriensis  
Chamaeleo Trioceros schoutedeni  
Bradypodion xenorhinum  
Chamaeleo Chamaeleo anchietae mertensi  
Chamaeleo Chamaeleo dilepis idjwiensis  
Chamaeleo Chamaeleo quilensis  
Chamaeleo Trioceros chapini  
Chamaeleo Trioceros johnstoni Johnston's
 

Geographical/Topographical Information

Information from CIA World Fact Book

annual rainfall 60" - 80"+
avg. temperature in January over 68 degrees F
avg. temperature in July 50 - 86 degrees F
topography 1600 - 7000ft avg. 2-4k

 

Climate:

tropical; hot and humid in equatorial river basin; cooler and drier in southern highlands; cooler and wetter in eastern highlands; north of Equator - wet season (April to October), dry season (December to February); south of Equator - wet season (November to March), dry season (April to October)   

 

Landforms:

vast central basin is a low-lying plateau; mountains in east; straddles equator; has narrow strip of land that controls the lower Congo River and is only outlet to South Atlantic Ocean; dense tropical rain forest in central river basin and eastern highlands

Highest Point:
Pic Marguerite on Mont Ngaliema (Mount Stanley) 5,110 m


Lowest Point:
Atlantic Ocean 0 m
 

Natural Hazards:
periodic droughts in south; Congo River floods (seasonal); in the east, in the Great Rift Valley, there are active volcanoes   

Environmental Issues:
poaching threatens wildlife populations; water pollution; deforestation; refugees responsible for significant deforestation, soil erosion, and wildlife poaching; mining of minerals (coltan - a mineral used in creating capacitors, diamonds, and gold) causing environmental damage

     

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