n African Journal of Herpetology - Chameleons and vineyards in the Western Cape of South Africa : is automated grape harvesting a threat to the Cape Dwarf Chameleon ? - : short communication

Volume 56, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2156-4574
  • E-ISSN: 2153-3660
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The use of automated grape harvesters in the Cape Wine Growing region has resulted in controversy regarding their effect on the chameleon . We investigated densities of during harvesting at a vineyard near Stellenbosch, South Africa. During dedicated surveys, no chameleons were found in vines, while vegetation surrounding the vines contained densities as high as 1.3 chameleons per 100 m of survey. In addition, the force required to remove ripe grapes was investigated and found to be substantially lower than that required to dislodge a chameleon. We conclude that the effect of automated grape harvesting on chameleons is negligible.

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