Drakensberg Dwarf Chameleon

Bradypodion dracomontanum

Just as we arrived at Royal Natal National Park in the Drakensberg for our visit in December, Joubert noticed this laid-back little chameleon resting an elbow on a fence post in the campsite at Rugged Glen.

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Turns out he (or she) is a Drakensberg Dwarf Chameleon, a species found only in the Drakensberg mountain range in Kwazulu-Natal Province, where they inhabit sheltered forests and bushes in alpine vegetation at altitudes of between 1,500 and 2,500m and feed on small insects. They grow to a length of only about 14cm. Interestingly, dwarf chameleon females give birth to between 5 and 20 live young that develop in eggs inside the female (known as ovivivipary).

20 thoughts on “Drakensberg Dwarf Chameleon

  1. Eddy

    hi Eddy is my name. io am new in the drakensberg mountain and i am collecting info at the intresting things aboutn ths amazing place. so one of them is the dwarf chameleon.
    what are the best times to go and look for him.//

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Hi Eddy, and welcome here!
      We visit various parts of the Drakensberg quite often, and spend lots of time walking every imaginable trail, and yet have only ever once seen a Drakensberg Dwarf Chameleon – in December. I suspect though that your chance of seeing one is best in the warmer months when these cold-blooded animals are sure to be more active, and their insect-prey is more numerous.

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