Krystal Tolley, American born, is head of the Molecular Systematics laboratory at the South African National Biodiversity Institute at Kirstenbosch. She received her PhD in Norway, originally working on marine mammals. Since moving to South Africa, she has published numerous scientific and popular articles on chameleons.

  • Chameleons of Southern Africa

    Chameleons are fascinating creatures: they almost always evoke in people a strong response, be it delight, wonder or fear. Chameleons of Southern Africa explores this interesting group of lizards and discusses their strange and unusual, sometimes unnerving, characteristics. It presents an overview of all types of chameleons (of which there are up to 160 species in total, worldwide), their history, geographic distribution (restricted mainly to Madagascar and Africa), reproduction, behaviour and their inter-relationships. It also contains a clear identification guide to all southern African species – some 25 have been identified to date – together with distribution maps and colourful photographs of their many features and guises. Chameleons of Southern Africa will appeal to students, gardeners, naturalists and even just those who are curious about to these intriguing lizards.