Cape Dwarf Chameleon – Bradypodion pumilum
A medium to large sized chameleon typically reaching 14cm. Although in some regions they may get exceptionally larger.
Typically a beautifully green to bright lime green with brilliant flashes of oranges/salmon pinks and powder blues. Occasionally they may be a light brown/mustard yellow although these are mostly restricted to the fynbos biome animals.
Occurring across a varied array of both natural habitat as well as exotic plants (Port Jackson) and prolific in suburban gardens. Restio, clumps, willow trees, reeds near waterways seem to be a firm favourite.
A common sight in suburban gardens in the Western Cape, in particular around Cape Town (Northern & Southern Suburbs). These chameleons can be prolific in certain areas which suitable vegetation is present and adequate prey items available. A major threat to these chameleons is habitat fragmentation as well as suburban cats which can desolate a population of chameleons in a matter of months. More often than not you can see these chameleons in botanical gardens and nature reservers around Cape Town in early mornings before the temperatures become too high and they retreat into the deeper parts of vegetation to avoid the midday sun.
Cape Dwarf Chameleon. From False Bay Nature reserve, Western Cape.