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Chameleon (Chamaeleonidae)

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Chameleon (Chamaeleonidae)


Chameleons are distinctive and highly specialized lizards. They are known for their ability to change color, their long, sticky tongue used for catching prey, and their zygodactylous feet. Chameleons' eyes can move independently, allowing them to observe two different objects simultaneously.


Chameleons are predominantly found in Madagascar and Africa, but some species are also present in southern Europe, the Middle East, and southern Asia as far as Sri Lanka.


They inhabit a range of habitats from rainforests to desert conditions, largely dependent on the species. They are mostly arboreal and are often found in trees or occasionally on the ground.


Chameleons are mostly solitary animals and are known to be territorial. They are not very active and typically move slowly.


They primarily feed on insects, but larger chameleons have been known to eat small birds and other lizards.


Most chameleons lay eggs, but some species give live birth. The number of eggs or offspring varies widely depending on the species.


Threats to chameleons include habitat destruction, the pet trade, and climate change, which impacts their natural habitats.

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