Setaro's dwarf chameleon

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Setaro's dwarf chameleon
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Chamaeleonidae
Genus: Bradypodion
Species: B. setaroi
Binomial name
Bradypodion setaroi
Raw, 1976
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Setaro's dwarf chameleon (Bradypodion setaroi ) is a species of lizard in the family Chamaeleonidae.


The specific name, setaroi, is in honor of Gordon Setaro who collected the holotype with Raw.[1]


With a total length (including tail) of about 10 cm (3.9 in), B. setaroi is one of the smallest of all the dwarf chameleons. It has a reduced throat crest and a tail that is longer than the body in males, and shorter than the body in females.

Geographic range and habitat[edit]

B. setaroi is endemic to South Africa, where it is restricted to coastal dune forests in northern Kwazulu Natal. It adapts well to suburban gardens, but domestic cats - as introduced predators - will usually kill all chameleons in the immediate area.[2]


  1. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Bradypodion setaroi, p. 241).
  2. ^ World Conservation Monitoring Centre 1996. Bradypodion setaroi. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 28 July 2007.

Further reading[edit]

  • Raw LRG (1976). "A survey of the dwarf chameleons of Natal, South Africa, with description of three new species". Durban Museum Novitates 11 (7): 139-161. (Bradypodion setaroi, new species).

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