While chameleons have often been called the masters of disguise, they actually don't change color for the reasons you might think. While this chameleon has gone black to hide in a moon drawing, others willchange colorto regulate their temperatures or to communicate with each other. Imagine your feet flashing red or having your arms turn blue to talk to someone! The cells in their skin which allow this to happen are called chromatophores, and the dilation of the cell determines what color it displays. Some chameleons may be various shades of green, but others can be incredibly colorful and look more like a supernova than a hungry leaf.
Perhaps just as curious as their skin colors is their ability to fire their tongue across incredible distances to catch prey. Some chameleons are capable of stretching their tongue2.5 times their body length, which would be like you being able to lick something over ten feet away! It is alsovery fast; a chameleons tongue may move at over 450m/sec, or over 1000 miles per hour! Think how fast you could finish a popsicle if your tongue could move so quickly!
For all their pros and cons, it is important to keep your chameleon, like all pets, from being released into the wild; chameleons lack natural predators in many parts of the world, and can cause unintentional devastation to local ecosystems if released.Hawai'iis currently dealing with an large number of non-native chameleons that are ravaging the native species. If you see one in the wild, you're encouraged to take it home and keep it as a pet so as to protect the natural environment.
While the chameleon is an incredible hunter and seems more like a tiny space dinosaur than a creature from Earth, they are quite defenseless if discovered by predators. Relatively fragile with no armor and being rather slow, if anything larger than a cricket happens to spot a chameleon, it may be in trouble. That's why our friend has blended into the moon drawing here, or the forest in real life. They are snackers, not fighters.
A moon eyed chameleon perched on a cosmic branch, waiting to snag celestial fireflies or the jealous looks of your less cosmic friends. Show your love of nature and astronomy with a cosmic chameleon!
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