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Jabulani Wildlife

The colourful flap-necked chameleon

By 15th May 2017 No Comments

When visiting Africa for a safari holiday, most guests are only interested in seeing ‘The Big Five’ and some of the larger animal species. However, there are so many other smaller yet captivating animals to see; and the flap-necked chameleon is one of these. The flap-necked chameleon is a large chameleon with a continuous crest of small, white, triangular tubercles on the throat and belly.

Seeing and learning about these small creatures is bound to enrich your safari experience and open your eyes up to a whole new world of the animal kingdom.

Here are some fun facts about these compelling creatures:

  • Chameleons rarely ever rest on strong branches. They will deliberately choose weak, hanging branches as the majority of heavy predators cannot balance on narrow, flimsy branches.
  • Their name comes from the flap at the back of the neck, which helps them to camouflage.
  • Flap-necked chameleons have a body with mottled green colouring – similar colours of their habitat in the trees.
  • The chameleon moves with staggered motions to emulate the motion of the wind blowing through the leaves in the trees.
  • The word “chameleon” literally means “dwarf lion”. The name is appropriate due to the chameleon’s aggressive, defensive behaviour.


Make sure to be on the lookout for these species next time you are in the bush.

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