Bradypodion dracomontanum – Drakensberg Dwarf Chameleon
Drakensberg Dwarf Chameleon – Bradypodion dracomontanum
A medium sized chameleon reaching just over 140mm.
A uniform nondescript brown, with small blueish/green tubercles along its sides and extending onto the limbs.
Favouring small bushes and tall dry grasses in the central Drakensberg higher elevations <1500m.
Often seen by hikers and have been known to enter caves and cling onto the walls during the harshest winter weather. These chameleons do occur in areas which often have controlled burns as well as accidental fires particularly in the drier winters months. Along with tall roadside grasses being harvested which may negatively affect the populations in some area although this does not represent a real threat to the species. It is evident there are several different “forms” which may represent distinctive species and at the time of this publication none of which have been formally described.