Distribution Map:

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon – Bradypodion damaranum

Size:

One of the larger species of Dwarf Chameleon reaching close to 20 cm in length.

Colour:
Mostly a brilliant emerald green with yellowish or cream patches which blend into an exquisite blue, violet or orange. These chameleons are highly variable in colour but arguably one of South Africa’s most beautiful chameleons.

Habitat:
A well equipped forest dwelling species which prefers the moist coastal regions along the Garden Route. Commonly found in well planted suburban gardens where it shelters in shrubs, bushes, vines as well as larger taller trees where it may be found several meters up. Botanical gardens provide a great refuse for these chameleons as wildfires are not uncommon in its range which can decimate local populations.

Field Notes:

From Mosselbay in the South through George, Knysna and along the Tsitsikamma Mountain range in the North. There are numerous records of these chameleons in Swellendam but these appear to be an introduced population presumably from nursery plants.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From Swellendam, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From Swellendam, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George Botanical Gardens, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George Botanical Gardens, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.

Bradypodion damaranum

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon. From George, Western Cape.