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Flap-Necked Chameleon

Chamaeleo dilepis


The Flap-necked Chameleon, Chamaeleo dilepis, is native to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is a large chameleon, reaching 35 centimetres. Like other chameleons, this species can change colour and pattern to suit the surroundings. 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 was the second chameleon I spotted at our backyard mango tree looking for bugs.

1 Species ID Suggestions

XXD17 9 years ago
Flap-necked chameleon

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Jinki Afrika
Jinki Afrika 9 years ago

Thanks, Dan! I love them too! Yesterday was my first time to spot them and I think they're amazing.

dandoucette 9 years ago

Great spot! Love chameleons!

Jinki Afrika
Jinki Afrika 9 years ago

@Ashish: I added a fifth photo just now, which I made as the primary one. My internet connection suddenly stopped earlier in the middle of updating this post. Thanks!

Jinki Afrika
Jinki Afrika 9 years ago

Thanks, Xiaoxuan, for the ID suggestion :)

achmmad 9 years ago

Love the photos, especially 3rd one!

harsuame 9 years ago

Fantásticas series muy bello camaleón

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 9 years ago

Nice pictures Jinky!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Hi..Jinky request you to put second shot at front.. its very striking pose you grabbed of this amazing reptile...!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Superb one... Nice series...!!

Jinki Afrika
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Jinki Afrika

Arusha, Tanzania

Spotted on Mar 31, 2012
Submitted on Mar 31, 2012

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