Made in South Africa.
This unique hand made wooden bag has been hand painted with endangered species the geometric tortoise and the dwarf chameleon. The bag closes with a wooden flap and magnetic closure.
About The Geometric Tortoise.
The geometric tortoise is found in the Kalahari Desert and Cape Province of South Africa, and it is one of the rarest tortoise species in the world. It has a very strong, black and yellow patterned carapace used for defense against predators. The patterns are arranged in ray-like markings and help the tortoise blend in with its environment. This tortoise is very small, and a full grown turtle can only reach about 5 to 6 inches in diameter.
The geometric tortoise's diet consists mainly of leaves, flowers, and grass. They are said to hibernate in the months of June thru September or when their natural environment is not normal or when in captivity. Little is known about their reproductive behavior. When the female is ready to lay eggs, she digs a hole in the ground and covers it with grass or other vegetation.
The geometric tortoise has lost 97% of its habitat, and only 2000 to 3000 individuals exist today. It is threatened for a number of reasons including loss of habitat. Its eggs are a source of food for the African people and traders capture the adults for their shells which are used to make many different decorative items. This species is also preyed upon by other mammals. The South African government has set aside restricted park lands for the geometric tortoise and there are laws that prohibit the capture and the taking of it's eggs.
About The Dwarf Chamelion.
The Cape Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion pumilum), is a chameleon native to the South African province of the Western Cape where it is restricted to the region around Cape Town. As with most chameleons, its tongue is twice the length of its body and it can be shot out of its mouth using a special muscle in the jaw. This gives the chameleon the ability to catch insects some distance away.
The Cape Dwarf Chameleon is an CITES-protected endangered species.
Living as they do in the area now dominated by the city of Cape Town, their natural habitat is being largely covered by urban expansion.
This chameleon readily adapts to living in town gardens, so the urbanization itself is not necessarily a threat. However, the use of hedge trimmers and the introduction of domestic cats have seen the species vanishing from large areas of Cape Town.
The Cape Dwarf Chameleon is known to grow over 15 centimeters in length, including the tail, with males and females reaching similar adult sizes. They are ovoviviparous, but examination in controlled captivity has shown that there is a very soft egg-like membrane around the young which is discarded immediately on birth. The young resemble miniature versions of the adults with muted colors, and typically reach no more than 2cm in length at birth. Adults can vary quite significantly in color variety, saturation and pattern, some appearing much more vibrant than others. The tail is prehensile, and the feet are well evolved to grasping twigs, with minute claws on the end which improve their grip.
Normally very slow moving, chameleons have a characteristic shake which may let them look more like leaves to prey and predators. When provoked, they can speed up to several centimeters a second. When further provoked, they will inflate themselves, hiss, change color dramatically and bite. They do not have sharp teeth, so their bite rarely inflicts more than a slight pinch.