Colloquial (Common) Names: Setaro se Dwerg-verkleurmannetjie (Afrikaans); ilovane (isiXhosa); umwabu (isiZulu).

Taxonomy: Class: Reptilia; Order: Squamata; Suborder: Sauria (Lacertilia); Infraorder: Iguania; Family: Chameleonidae.

Identification: A small and somewhat elongated dwarf chameleon with an olive-brown body and orange tubercles.

Size: Up to 120mm total length.

Distribution: North-eastern KwaZulu-Natal from around St Lucia northwards.

Habitat: Indian Ocean Coastal Belt Biome where they are found in coastal forest, thickets and reed beds.

Activity & Behaviour: Diurnal and arboreal.

Diet & Feeding: Various small invertebrates.

Reproduction: Live-birth; females produce up to 8 young.

Conservation Status: Least Concern.

References and Recommended Further Reading:

  • Bates, M., W. Branch, A. Bauer, M. Burger, J. Marais, G. Alexander, & M. De Villiers (eds). 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.
  • Tolley, K. & M. Burger. 2007. Chameleons of Southern Africa. Struik Publishers.

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