The Natal Midlands dwarf chameleon (Bradypodion thamnobates), also known under the longer common name of KwaZulu-Natal Midlands dwarf chameleon, is a chameleon native to woodland habitat in the Midlands area of the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal.Its specific name thamnobates means ‘bush-walker’.Its length is 7.6 centimetres (3.0 in), and it has bulbous scales of varying colors scattered around the body. The head crest is yellow, with white skin on its throat.

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  • Bradypodion thamnobates est une espèce de sauriens de la famille des Chamaeleonidae.
  • De Natal-dwergkameleon (Bradypodion thamnobates) is een hagedis uit de familie kameleons (Chamaeleonidae).De soort werd voor het eerst wetenschappelijk beschreven door Lynn R. G. Raw in 1976. De wetenschappelijke soortnaam (thamno-bates) betekent letterlijk struik-kruiper.
  • The Natal Midlands dwarf chameleon (Bradypodion thamnobates), also known under the longer common name of KwaZulu-Natal Midlands dwarf chameleon, is a chameleon native to woodland habitat in the Midlands area of the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal.Its specific name thamnobates means ‘bush-walker’.Its length is 7.6 centimetres (3.0 in), and it has bulbous scales of varying colors scattered around the body. The head crest is yellow, with white skin on its throat. Males have a short orange stripe around the middle of their bodies and red-spotted eyelids, whereas females are brown with smaller helmet-like protrusions.This is a very close relative of the black-headed dwarf chameleon (B. melanocephalum), which looks very different due to adaptation to low forest and fynbos on the slopes and cliffs seawards from the B. thamnobates range. B. melanocephalum and B. thamnobates may be phenotypically plastic populations of the same species, but juveniles of both species were raised under identical conditions and developed into what was phenotypically expected of their original populations, indicating they are separate species.An undescribed dwarf chameleon population from Gilboa and Karkloof Forests in KwaZulu-Natal seems closely related to both B. melanocephalum and B. thamnobates. It appears as if they radiated quite recently from a common ancestor, which probably was much like the Midlands form in appearance (as this is the most plesiomorphic of them). Indeed, ongoing gene flow or incomplete lineage sorting is indicated between these populations. Thus it is not certain whether they constitute one, three, or even more species, and more research is required.The range of the Midlands and Gilboa Forest populations and that of the Drakensberg dwarf chameleon (B. dracomontanum) require delimitation, as they appear to touch in eastern Lesotho and adjacent South Africa. The Drakensberg species is not closely related to the KwaZulu-Natal group, however, and no significant gene flow between them seems to occur.The Natal Midlands dwarf chameleon is classified as a Near Threatened species by the IUCN. It is used in local folk medicine.
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  • Chamaeleo thamnobates
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  • B. thamnobates in its natural habitat.
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  • Bradypodion thamnobates est une espèce de sauriens de la famille des Chamaeleonidae.
  • De Natal-dwergkameleon (Bradypodion thamnobates) is een hagedis uit de familie kameleons (Chamaeleonidae).De soort werd voor het eerst wetenschappelijk beschreven door Lynn R. G. Raw in 1976. De wetenschappelijke soortnaam (thamno-bates) betekent letterlijk struik-kruiper.
  • The Natal Midlands dwarf chameleon (Bradypodion thamnobates), also known under the longer common name of KwaZulu-Natal Midlands dwarf chameleon, is a chameleon native to woodland habitat in the Midlands area of the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal.Its specific name thamnobates means ‘bush-walker’.Its length is 7.6 centimetres (3.0 in), and it has bulbous scales of varying colors scattered around the body. The head crest is yellow, with white skin on its throat.
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  • Natal-dwergkameleon
  • Bradypodion thamnobates
  • Natal Midlands Dwarf Chameleon
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