Flap-necked chameleon

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Flap-necked chameleon
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At night in the Kalahari desert, South Africa
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Family: Chamaeleonidae
Genus: Chamaeleo
Species: C. dilepis
Binomial name
Chamaeleo dilepis
Leach, 1819

The flap-necked chameleon, Chamaeleo dilepis, is native to sub-Saharan Africa. It is a large chameleon, reaching 35 cm (14 in). Colouring ranges through various shades of green, yellow, and brown. There is usually a pale stripe on the lower flanks and one to three pale patches higher on the flanks. These chameleons lay 25 to 50 eggs in a hole dug in soil, which is covered over again by the female. Food includes grasshoppers, butterflies and flies. This chameleon is kept as a pet.


  • Flap-necked chameleon, C. d. dilepis
  • Idjwi Island flap-necked chameleon, C. d. idjwiensis
  • Isabelline flap-necked chameleon, C. d. isabellinus
  • Pemba Island flap-necked chameleon, C. d. martensi
  • Peters' flap-necked chameleon, C. d. petersii



  1. ^ Carpenter, A. I. and S. Sprawls. Chamaeleo dilepis. 2012 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 26 May 2013.