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Paws & Claws
Animals as they should be
Indigenous to East & Southern Africa
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Captured Location: Groenland Safari’s, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Hierdie “Trap…suutjies” (Verkleurmannetjie) het my plat op die grond op my kniee gehad!
Lens: Nikon DX VR AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G
Focal Length: 55mm
FLAP-NECK CAMELEON – Chameleon dilepts
SVL 120-140mm: max SVL 150mm
A large cameleon with a contiuous crest of small, white,triangular tubercles on the throat and belly, a prehensile tail that is as long as the body, and occipital flaps ( these are large in western populations, but small or rudimentary in the east).
Colorations is varied, from pale yellow through green shades to brown. The belly crest is white and there is usually a pale bar and several white4 spots on the sides. The intertestial skin of the male throat pouch is orange.
BIOLOGY AND BREEDING: The diet consists of insects, particularly grasshoppers and beetles. When threatened, it inflates its body, distends its throat, raises the occipital flaps and opens its mouth wide to expose the red-orange lining. It will bite readily. It is greatly feared by many tribal people, and is the subject of much folklore, but is not poisonous. It is easier to find at night, when it turns blue-white in colour.
Predators are mainly snakes ( particularly the boom and twig snakes), but also include monkeys and birds (for example the crowned hornbill). Mating and egg-laying are energetic. In spring the male’s gular skin turns pearl-white, and the female permits approach. Introductions are minimal, and the female is taken more or less by storm. Mating may last for up to an hour. Egg development takes 3-4 months. The female becomes bloated with 25-50 max 65 small eggs ( 13-15 × 8-9mm).During this time she is dull-coloured and very aggressive. She construcs a tunnel, 150 × 300mm long in damp soil, in which to lay her eggs in late summer.She may take up to 24 hours to complete laying. The eggs take approximately 150 days in captivity but may take up to 377 days in the wild when development is slowed during winter. Hatchlings measure about 45-50 mm