Bradypodion ventrale
Scientific name Common name(s) alternate scientific names described by year size brood

Bradypodion ventrale

Southern Dwarf Chameleon Chameleo ventrali, Chamaeleo pusillus, Chamaeleon ventralis, Chamaeleo pumilus ventralis
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Gray 1845 Small Live

Until recently, B. ventrale was considered a subspecies of B. pumilum (q.v.). Indigenous to the eastern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa, it occupies grasses, bushes and shrubs in the dry savanna habitat. Total length rarely exceeds 8 inches. Like other members of complex it possesses a pronounced gular crest composed of small, scaled skin flaps. The small casque is narrow and pointed. Rows of large, lenticular scales run horizontally along the flanks. A dorsal crest is present. Basic body coloration is gray and/or brown but males engaged in sexual or aggressive displays will exhibit a dark blue or even black coloration highlighted by bright, rust-colored stripes. Little has been written regarding this species but the assumption is that it should be kept similarly to B. pumilum and like B. pumilum it is ovoviviparous.

Contributed by E. Pollak

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