Graceful Chameleon

Chamaeleo gracilisGraceful Chameleon

Description: Graceful Chameleons are olive green with white or black spots but, like all chameleons, they can change color. Their heads extend backwards into a “casque,” giving them a flat, helmeted appearance. Males can be identified by the yellow-orange skin between the scales of the throat pouch. They inflate this pouch during threat displays. These chameleons grow up to a foot long and can live up to 8-10 years if taken care of properly.

Range: Sub-Saharan Africa

Habitat: The graceful chameleon occupies a range of habitats, including both dry and humid mature forest, forest that has undergone degradation, bushy areas surrounding farmland and plantations, and even savannah

Reproduction: The graceful chameleon may breed twice a year, with two main egg laying periods occurring, one between the end of the wet season and onset of the dry season, and the other in the middle of the dry season, during which a clutch of between 22 and 50 eggs is laid.

Diet: Graceful Chameleons will feed on a number of invertebrate species, including small crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, wax worms, and any other insect small enough for them to ingest.

Fun Fact: The graceful chameleon catches prey using its remarkable tongue. The contraction of special muscles within the tongue rapidly propels it towards the prey, which is then snared by a combination of the tongue’s sticky mucous coating and a vacuum created by muscles in the tip.