The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Common Flap-neck Chameleon

Afrikaans name: Verkleurmannetjie

Common Flap-neck Chameleon

Common Flap-neck Chameleon

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Chamaeleo dilepis

The Common Flap-neck Chameleon is a large chameleon that can reach a length of 35 cm including the tail.

It is found over the northern and eastern parts of South Africa. It is also quite widely distributed beyond our borders.

The term 'Flap-neck' in its name refers to the flap of skin at the back of its head.

These chameleons are normally found in trees and they can be quite common. Young Common Flap-neck Chameleons may be found in areas of tall grass.

These reptiles feed on insects such as flies, grasshoppers and butterflies.

Females lay up to 60 eggs in a hole dug in sand. This is done towards the end of summer and the eggs take up to a year to hatch.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 250

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 71

Suburban Wildlife in KZN - Author: Dr. Jason Londt - Published: 2009 - Page: 108

The Reptiles of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar, WD Haacke and NHG Jacobsen - Published: 1983 - Page: 56

Sasol First Field Guide to Snakes & other Reptiles of Southern Africa - 2nd edit - Author: Tracey Hawthorne - Published: 2016 - Page: 52

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 238

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 406

Reptiles & Amphibians of Southern Africa - Author: Warren Schmidt - Published: 2006 - Page: 60

Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Rod Patterson and Anothony Bannister - Published: 1987 - Page: 47

Questions and Answers - Snakes and Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: John Comrie-Greig - Published: 1992 - Page: 14

Questions and Answers - Snakes and Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: John Comrie-Greig - Published: 1992 - Page: 30

go! - Issue 141 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 24

Questions and Answers - Snakes and Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: John Comrie-Greig - Published: 1992 - Page: 7

Game Ranger in your Backpack - Author: Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick - Published: 2013 - Page: 194

go! - Issue 085 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 26

Chameleons of Southern Africa - Author: Krystal Tolley & Marius Burger - Published: 2007 - Page: 87

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 177

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Graham Alexander and Johan Marais - Published: 2007 - Page: 204

Bill Branchs Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Bill Branch - Published: 1988 - Page: 186


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