Chameleon (Chamaeleonidae) - Animals - A-Z Animals

Chameleons are difficult to maintain, and new reptile owners should NOT start with this animal.
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The Jackson's chameleon is a medium sized African lizard belonging to the family Chamaeleonidae. They are primarily from the humid cooler mountain regions of Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa. The Jackson's chameleon is one of 3 subspecies, the Jackson's Chameleon, the Dwarf Jackson's Chameleon, and the Yellow-crested Jackson's Chameleon.
Operation Chameleon managed to capture 26 animal smugglers, originating from six countries.
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The Chameleon is an omnivore which means that they eat both plants and animals. Most Chameleons eat things like berries, leaves, fruits, insects, worms and snails. Some of the larger Chameleon species will hunt small reptiles and birds. This is a chameleon and i choose this animal for kids aged 10-15 because its vibrant and blends in with its background
Photo provided by Flickr, the chameleon meaning is about being focused. Keep your eyes on the prize and your actions in check.
Photo provided by FlickrWhat's a chameleon? Just, the coolest animal ever! Why?! Because it's like a lizard with superpowers!
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We at Weird Animal Question of the Week like to joke around a bit, but Derek Halas made us wonder if it’s time for some solemn reflection with his question, “What color would a chameleon in a room full of mirrors be?”Fischer’s Chameleon
The Fischer’s chameleon can be found in Kenya and Tanzania. These moderately sized lizards can grow to be 15 inches long and live up to 3 years. A daytime temperature about 75* F and a relative humidity around 75 to 85%. With experienced care these chameleons can do well.Not all will make ideal companions. Some require more specialized habitats and others do not have the best disposition. Before you decide on what type you want, research what it requires to keep your pet healthy. Below are general descriptions of some of the more common chameleons kept as pets.Through the field of bioinspiration, scientists and engineers are digging deep to discover what chemical and biological mechanisms allow chameleons to change color. So far, a prototype T-shirt that changes color has been created with the same process that the chameleon uses.Chameleons have four layers of skin: the outer, protective layer, called the epidermis; the chromatophore layer, which contains yellow and red pigments; the melanophore layer, which has the dark pigment melanin and can create brown and black colors or reflect blue; and the nether layer, which only reflects white. Nerve impulses and hormone changes cause the color cells in these layers to expand and shrink, and the blending of the different layers creates the colors and patterns that we see. Before purchasing one of these endearing creatures, the buyer should be aware of many potential problems. Only captive-bred animals should be considered. Wild caught chameleons tend to be dehydrated and have a heavy parasitic load. Inadequate calcium levels due to improper lighting and/or diet result in metabolic bone disease. Chameleons with this ailment may have a bowlegged stance, a curved back or swollen jaw, difficulty walking or climbing, and may even drag their rear limbs. Sunken eyes may indicate dehydration, while closed eyes during daylight are unusual, and may indicate general ill health. Dark, drab colors are a red flag for stress, illness, or an environment that is too cold. Cheesy material or a green color in the oral cavity means “mouth rot”, a serious bacterial infection. In general, chameleons do not like to be handled. If gentle restraint does not elicit a gaping mouth and hissing, the lizard is most likely unhealthy.