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Chameleon (Chamaeleonidae)

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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“We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the colour of our moral character, from those who are around us.”
- John Lock
Chameleons are fascinating and amazing creatures, always popular with anyone who sees them. They belong to the lizard family and the word ‘Chameleon’ means ‘Earth Lion’. I was SO pleased to find this chap in my garden, I haven’t seen any for ages!

The main distribution of Chameleons is Africa and Madagascar, and half of the world’s chameleon population lives on the island of Madagascar. They are famous for their ability to change colour. This serves as a form of communication, a response to temperature, light, and mood, as well as a defence against predators. Their eyes can rotate and swivel independently, enabling them to see almost a complete 360-degrees or observe two things simultaneously. Their tongues can be as long as their bodies. Chameleons can balance on a branch by gripping it with their claws and wrapping their tail around the branch to hold on. Chameleons can even sleep upside down!

There are thought to be more than 160 different species of chameleon that range from just an inch to more than a couple of feet in size. The tiny pygmy leaf chameleon, found in the jungles of Madagascar, is the smallest species of chameleon with some males measuring less than 3 cm long with the largest growing to almost 70cm long.

10th May 2012 – FEATURED in “Painters Universe”:
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5th June 2016 – FEATURED in “Every Little Thing You Do”
12th June 2016 – FEATURED in “Write! Express Yourself!”
10th July 2016 – FEATURED in “Animals of Africa”

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