The chameleon is an exotic and beautiful reptile that hardly gets the attention it deserves. Today, we discuss even more ways why this fascinating creature with the ability to camouflage is so intriguing.
Number One: Chameleon Sex Determines Size
Especially for some kinds of chameleons, their sex affects the actual size of the animal. In the veiled variation, for instance, males are often at least 3 inches longer than their female counterparts.
Number Two: They Have Amazing Vision
In addition to being able to see in all sorts of direction, this special reptile also has great sight in general. Not only are they able to see the traditional spectrum of light, they also are able to see ultraviolet light. When the animals are exposed to said light, they are much more active.
Number Three: Mating is Aggressive
Many animals happen to act aggressively during their time of mating, and it is no different with chameleons. During this period, both males and females display their strengths physically to determine that they are best matched before continuing on with the act.
Number Four: They’re Omnivores
Most of the time, the chameleon will inhabit traits which scream that they’re carnivores, but because they also eat plants, they have been categorized as being omnivores. Among their diet are mice, insects, and sort plants like mustard, collard, and kale.
Number Five: Their Mouths are Susceptible to Infection
Due to their sensitive nature, these reptiles can become easily infected, particularly in the mouth region. As a result, these creatures may have a loss of appetite.
Number Six: Egg Binding is a Scary Thing
There is a bad thing which can occur within chameleons and it’s known as egg binding. Egg binding happens when pregnant females cannot lay their eggs. There’s a number of reasons why it happens, including not enough water, calcium, etc. Not laying eggs can prove to be problematic for them.
Number Seven: Chameleons can be Quite Territorial
When people consider getting a chameleon as a pet, there’s a reason why most handlers suggest only getting one. Where companionship is beneficial for animals such as dogs, it can hurt chameleons, who may fight and kill one another on the wrong sort of day.
Number Eight: They Can See in Two Directions at Once
The eyes of the chameleon have garnered much attention since humans were aware of the creatures, and they are even more amazing that people already understand them to be. Both eyes of the chameleon can look at things separately, giving them a complete 360-degree arc of vision at any given point.
Number Nine: Their Hands Grasp Like Humans
Something which is rather peculiar about chameleons are their hands. Their hands have the ability to grasp at their surroundings in a similar way that humans are able to, giving them flexibility in the trees in which they live.
Number Ten: The reptile can have Calcium Deficiencies
Many reptiles are quite sensitive to their environments, and the chameleon is no different. When these creatures do suffer from this, it can lead to spine and leg deformities. This, however, occurs more in captivity than it does in the wild.
Number Eleven: The World’s Smallest can Fit on Your Finger
The chameleon ranges in a number of sizes that bring this species much diversity. The smallest of them all can actually fit on the very tip of your finger. It is only 15 millimeters long.
Number Twelve: The Males are More Decorated
In nature, it seems that the males often are the more decorated (of the sexes) and with the chameleon, it is no different. The males have more horns and other adornments that are probably helpful during mating season.
Number Thirteen: They’re Almost Deaf
Similar to snakes, this reptile does not have any outer or middle ear, giving them extremely weak hearing. They would almost be considered to be dear if it weren’t for their ability to detect sound.
Number Fourteen: Their Tongues are Really Long
In general, the tongue of a chameleon tends to be around 1.5 times the length of their entire body, which they use in catching prey. Impressive!
Number Fifteen: Most of the Population Resides in Madagascar
There are about 160 different chameleon species on earth, and more than 50 of them can be found in the island of Madagascar, which is situated off the coast of Southeast Africa.