Chameleons: The Evolution Of Their Skin Color

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The beautiful,Interesting,camouflaging chameleon.Chameleons are reptiles that are part of the iguana suborder. These incredible, colorful lizards are known as one of the few animals that can change their skin color. But it’s a misconception that chameleons change colors to match their environment. Chameleons changing of their skin color is an important part of communication among chameleons. According to the San Diego Zoo, a chameleon's skin changes colors in response to its emotions, such as anger or fear, changes in light, temperature or humidity.

The brighter the color, the more dominant the male is, and the more attractive he is to the females. A submissive male’s skin color is usually brown or gray. Female chameleons
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Chameleon’s range mostly consists of Madagascar, Africa, Spain, Portugal,Yemen,Saudi Arabia and India. Chameleons usually live in trees and bushes but some species of chameleons live and stay on the ground like the Horned leaf chameleon which is one of many different breeds of chameleons in the world.

Many chameleons have adapted to different countries so many have evolved from their original form. Chameleons live in warm habitats that range from rainforests to desert conditions. Chameleons usually live in places where the surrounding area matches their skin color so that they can camouflage easily. Sadly chameleons have been losing their habitats due to humans destroying rainforests and people taking wild chameleons from their native habitats and domesticating them by selling them as pets.


Chameleons are different from other reptiles because they have live births like mammals. Chameleons’ young are born live instead of in a egg like most reptiles. Chameleons’ can give birth to eight - thirty young at once. Some chameleon species lay eggs that have an incubation time of four to twenty-four months. The size of the chameleon can indicate how many how many young she will have, small chameleon species can lay up to two - four eggs while much larger chameleons can lay up to eighty-one hundred eggs at one
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