Veiled Chameleon

Chameaeleo calyptratus

Range:Yemen and Saudi Arabia

Description: Males range in length from 17-24 inches while females reach lengths of 10-14 inches. The males of the species exhibit more vivid and varying coloration as well as a larger casque or crown on the top of the head. Males may also be identified by a tarsal spur or small, triangular appendage found in the middle of the rear feet, which the females lack. Colors varieties include an individual specific mix of green, yellow, brown, black, white and blue. Females are primarily a shade of green with little or no pattern. Chameleons grip with five specialized toes on each foot as well as a prehensile tail that allows them to stabilize while they move through the trees.

Habitat: Tree dwelling in a variety of habitats ranging from semiarid desert to tropical forests

Diet: Wild- insects, vegetation, Zoo- Crickets, mealworms, greens and vegetables

Reproduction: Clutch sizes range from 12-80 eggs with an incubation period of 150-200 days

Fun Fact: Chameleons use their color changing ability for inter and intra species communication as well as indicating health, sexual receptivity and reactions to environmental stimuli