Chameleon Facts: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

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The chameleon is a fascinating creature with the ability to camouflage with its background to avoid enemies. It has a slew of awesome facts that most people just don’t know, which we are sharing with you today.

Number Fifteen: They Can See in Two Directions at Once. The eyes of the chameleon have garnered much attention since humans were aware of the creatures, and they are even more amazing that people already understand them to be. Both eyes of the chameleon can look at things separately, giving them a complete 360-degree arc of vision at any given point. Wow!

Number Fourteen: The Males are More Decorated. In nature, it seems that the males often are the more decorated (of the sexes) and with the chameleon, it is no different. The males have more horns and other adornments that are probably helpful during mating season.

Number Thirteen: The World’s Smallest can Fit on Your Finger. The chameleon ranges in a number of sizes that bring this species much diversity. The smallest of them all can actually fit on the very tip of your finger! It is only 15 millimeters long.

Number Twelve: Most of the Population Resides in Madagascar. There are about 160 different chameleon species on earth, and more than 50 of them can be found in the island of Madagascar, which is situated off the coast of Southeast Africa.

Number Eleven: They’re Almost Deaf. Similar to snakes, this reptile does not have any outer or middle ear, giving them extremely weak hearing. They would almost be considered to be dear if it weren’t for their ability to detect sound.

Number Ten: They Have Amazing Vision. In addition to being able to see in all sorts of direction, this special reptile also has great sight in general. Not only are they able to see the traditional spectrum of light, they also are able to see ultraviolet light. When the animals are exposed to said light, they are much more active.

Number Nine: Their Tongues are Really Long. In general, the tongue of a chameleon tends to be around 1.5 times the length of their entire body, which they use in catching prey. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

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