Herp of the day

Herp of the day: Namaqua Chameleon

The Namaqua Chameleon (Chamaeleo namaquensis) is a ground-living lizard found in the western desert regions of Namibia, South Africa and southern Angola.

It is one of the largest chameleon species in southern Africa, and reaches up to 25 cm in length. Its tail is far shorter than its body and than those of other arboreal species of chameleon. 

The Namaqua chameleon has evolved several adaptations to cope with desert conditions: they excrete salt from nasal glands to conserve water, and dig holes to aid in thermoregulation.