Monday, April 18, 2011

Cape Dwarf Chameleon

Bradypodion pumilum
Cape Dwarf Chameleons are actually one of the largest of the Dwarf Chameleon species, topping out at a whopping 3in (8cm) body length! They, and many other members of their genus, have a very small range, specifically the area directly around Cape Town, South Africa.

Like many other Chameleons, the Cape Dwarf has an exceptionally long tongue; it is over twice their body length! When they locate prey (they are pure insectivores) they shoot out their tongues and snatch them up.

Cape Dwarf Chameleons are ovoviviparous, and at birth the young are seldom over 2cm long! Females give produce between 5 and 15 tiny offspring at a time. They are born brown, and will develop greener colors as they age. Sexual maturity can be reached after a year, and both males and females grow to roughly the same size.

IUCN Status :  Not Listed
Location : South Africa
Size : Full length (including tail) 6in (15cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Reptilia -- Order : Squamata
Family : Chamaeleonidae -- Genus : Bradypodion -- Species : B. pumilum

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