Did You Know

The Cape Dwarf Chameleon, Bradypodion pumilum, is aptly named “verkleurmannetjie” in Afrikaans. It is only found in the extreme Western Cape, including the Overstrand.  Bradypodion means “slow-footed” and this curious creature has a swaying gait that helps it to blend with its background, appearing like a leaf in the breeze. This chameleon can also change its colour at will, making it a master of camouflage – which helps it to catch prey and also tricks its predators. Although these little ‘dragons’ are not considered endangered, they are now very rarely seen in our gardens as they fall prey to domestic cats and insecticides wipe out their favourite insect lunch.

Photo of Cape Dwarf Chameleon by www.wildlifeden.com