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Chameleon Facts

The chameleon is a master of disguise, fitting in with its surroundings.

While this is a fascinating ability, there are more amazing facts about chameleons you may discover.

There are 160 species of chameleons, so there’s a lot more to learn about them.

Read on to learn more about chameleons.

Where do chameleons live?

Madagascar, in Africa, has half of all chameleon species. You also find them in southern Europe, Asia, and Sri Lanka.   

Chameleons are located in areas where their natural colors blend easily.

A green chameleon can be found living among foliage and bushes, but a brown chameleon lives on the ground.

This helps protect them from predators. Some chameleons even have camouflage patterns that make them look like rocks or logs.

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What do they eat and drink?

A chameleon’s long tongue comes in handy since they eat a lot of bugs.

They eat locusts, mantids, grasshoppers, stick bugs, and crickets. It’s wonderful that they eat a variety of bugs.

They prefer to consume water droplets that are on other objects, such as damp leaves.

What do they look like?

The size of chameleons varies, and there are many kinds, so describing them all is challenging.

They have protruding eyes that can move and focus independently, letting them simultaneously watch for prey and predators.

They have huge tongues that can be used as weapons on bugs. Chameleons have horns, crests, or other distinctive features on their heads.

The chameleon’s color-changing skin is well recognized. Surprisingly, the chameleon does not exploit this capacity to hide or blend in.

Temperature, light, and the chameleon’s attitude all affect the color change.

If one becomes exceedingly dark, they are probably angry, scared, or just plain worried.

Other super facts

Chameleons are Old World tree-dwelling reptiles found in  Africa, Madagascar, southern Europe, and southern Asia

A chameleon’s eyes can swivel and see 360 degrees. They can move each eye independently, allowing them to watch two things at once.

Their keen vision and fast tongue help them find food easily. They are inherently good hunters because they were built to be self-sufficient.

A chameleon’s tongue can be longer than its body.

The Parson’s chameleon is one of the largest chameleons, reaching the size of a domestic cat!

Chameleons are not really social creatures. In the absence of other chameleons, they prefer to be alone.

Are Chameleons Endangered?

Chameleons are endangered because they live in tropical rainforests where deforestation is increasing. 

This habitat degradation and devastation of insects could lead to fewer food sources. Pet ownership might also contribute to their decline. Keeping chameleons as pets can be difficult due to their nutritional needs.

Chameleons and other species that dwell in our forests suffer greatly when our forests are damaged or destroyed.