Chamaeleo chamaeleon  -  Bárbara de Carvalho Ribeiro Wu

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Chamaeleo chamaeleon

Chamaeleo chamaeleon

Chameleons are primarily found in the mainland of sub-Saharan Africa. However, there are more than 160 sub species of the Chameleon and they have a huge diversity when it comes to where they are located. This species of Lizard spans their habitat from the rain forests to the dry desserts.
Different chameleon species are able to vary their coloration and pattern. This allows them to blend into the surroundings for safety. Other factors influence color too including mating season and even the temperature around them.
Chameleons have a prehensile tail and it allows them to grab and hold items. The body of this Lizard is well build for climbing and for walking along the thin branches in the trees. Some sub species are only 1.3 inch long and others are up to 24 inches in length. The small and medium sized Chameleons consume crickets, grasshoppers, and other different insects. Those that are larger consume birds and even other small Lizards. They also consume plants because they need more vitamins and minerals to stay healthy.
Chameleons often lean around branches to try to hide from disturbances. They tend to be a timid type of Lizard and they will retreat rather than fight when they can.


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