Eastern Cape Dwarf Chameleon – Bradypodion ventrale
A large chameleon typically reaching 15cm.
An extremely variable specimens which is usually grey with larger grey blotches. Although many can be olive/greenish with prominent yellow/orange dorsal spikes, red/orange/yellow tubercles along their sides
Occurring in a vast array of habitat types and bimo’s. From Albany thicket, karoo thornveld, temperate forest as well as suburban gardens.
One of the most widely distributed chameleons in South Africa. Found In the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State (introduced) and Gauteng (introduced). They’re highly adaptable animals which can tolerate scorching day time Karoo tempretures as well as freezing (snow in some regions). These chameleons are often picked up by people who feel the need to “rescue” them and transport them out of their distributions and slowly become established in new areas. It was thought the group comprised of several species as the proposed Bradypodion “karooicum” was sunk back into Bradypodion ventrale as genetics proved insufficiently distinct from one another.