The chameleon is definitely one of the most interesting animals – it can adapt its colour to its surroundings! So you can colour it in any shade you like.
- There are over 200 species of chameleons!
- The chameleon belongs to the genus of pangolins.
- Unfortunately, the chameleon is endangered in its natural habitat, so it falls under the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
- If you want to keep one of these animals, you have to register it – so don’t buy one on the market during your holiday in Tunisia and take it with you.
- The chameleon has been on earth for 26 million years!
- It lives mainly in Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, India and Sri Lanka. The greatest diversity of species is found on Madagascar (Africa).
- The chameleon prefers warm regions and wooded areas as its habitat. The true chameleons like to live in bushes and trees, while the stub-tailed chameleon prefers deciduous and herbaceous layers.
- Chameleons have excellent eyesight: it can see sharply for over a kilometre!
- At the same time, the eye is unusually mobile.
- The chameleon uses its tongue to hunt: it is also called a “slingshot tongue”.
- By the way, the colouration is not only for camouflage, but mainly for communication with conspecifics.
- The chameleon feeds on insects and arthropods. Larger specimens even eat small birds and their conspecifics!
More to find on wikipedia 😉