Chameleon Fun Facts
Chameleons belong to the lizard family.
There are about 160 species of chameleons.
Chameleons can be 1 inch to 1 foot long.
Chameleons' Tongue and Eyes
Their tongues are about 1 ½ their body length. This is equivalent to a 6-foot person, having a 9-foot long tongue!
Their long tongues have a sticky tip to catch their prey (insects). In a split second, they are able to shoot their tongue out and catch the insect.
Chameleons can rotate each eye in a different direction.
Myth or Fact?
Fact: A common fact about a chameleon is that it can change its colors—that’s the truth!
Myth: A chameleon changes colors to match its environment—this is false!
Chameleons already match their environment; however, their body temperature and emotional status are the factors that cause the chameleon to change its colors. The warmer or angrier the chameleon is, the brighter its color becomes.
Chameleons conceal themselves best where they spend most of their time: in trees—making it much easier to hunt their prey, whether the prey is resting or in midflight.
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