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Flap-necked chameleon

Chamaeleo dilepis


A common chameleon in Kwazulu Natal, this species is so called due to the fold of skin at the base of the neck. At rest this lays flat as seen in the photos but when threatened these flaps can be raised up to make the animal appear larger to their opponent. They are able to change colour like many chameleon species helping them to display mood and help with thermoregulation.


Forest, bush, grassland and savannah.


These photographs are of three different individuals of the same species. All were different sizes and colourations.

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AmySutcliffe 9 years ago

Thanks, they're such wonderful animals, really nice to watch and photograph too as they don't move all that fast. Spotting them in the first place is the hard part! :-)

BurnArt 9 years ago


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Emnambithi-Ladysmith Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spotted on Nov 12, 2011
Submitted on Feb 12, 2012

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