Kharma Chameleon

I love chameleons. From their “um, yes I’ll go, ummm, hang on, maybe I’ll stay, No, hang on, don’t rush me, I’ll go!” – to their awesomely yucky, loooonnnngggg, sticky tongue and deadly aim! Their curly tails and cute split foot, with toes on either side! Their googly eyes and various appellations. They’re fabulously talented camouflage experts and when they get cross!!!! Oooh, you really do know it from their colouration! We found this one hanging out in the garden. He had a white patch of “lichen” on his head that was rather rakish! We’ve spotted him a few times in the garden and watch him watching us, as well as everything else!!! They are awesome!

Big G was so excited, but reluctant to take him. He thrilled to watch him wobble over Little K. Little K of course just wanted to grab and eat poor Boy George (of course).

Please don’t try to keep a chameleon – they have an enormously varied and voracious diet and do not do well in captivity.

Chameleons are from a family called Chamaeleonidae, and are very different to other lizards!

  • They have feet like a parrot – called zygodactylous feet. It means that they have two toes pointing forward, and two toes pointing backwards.
  • Their eyes are able to move independently, called stereoscopic eyes.
  • They have very special tongues; very long, highly modified and rapidly extrudable (stretchy) tongues.
  • They walk funny – back and forth swaying motion.
  • Many chameleons have a prehensile tail – like a monkey.
  • Some have crests or horns on their prehistoric looking heads.
  • They’re mainly known for being able to change colour, but not all do.
  • They come in all sorts of sizes; from littlies measuring about 16mm  or (1/2 in.) in Brookesia micra  (one of the world’s smallest reptiles) to 68.5 cm (27 in.) in the male Furcifer oustaleti.
  • There are approximately 160 species of chameleon in the world; from Africa, Madagascar,  Spain and Portugal, across south Asia to Sri Lanka. They have been introduced to Hawaii, California and Florida. They like warm places that can be as different as deserts to rain forests!

The word chameleon comes originally from Greek and sort of means “ground lion”.

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29 thoughts on “Kharma Chameleon

  1. I had no idea you had so many species of Chameleons. And cute ones too! You are right about not keeping wild-caught ones in captivity. The captive-bred ones are difficult to care for too, and require more effort and commitment than most people realize. Great post!


  2. Well, that is the coolest thing EVER. Especially the tiny one on your finger tip. I can’t let my kids see this post, you know, or they will all run away to your house!

    Thanks for a great post 😀 So, this is part of your book?


    • Hello Libby, all but the last 3 photos are mine. Those three come from the attached article. Can you imagine the babies of that tiny chameleon! So cute! 😉
      Yes this is an excerpt from my book. I must get it finished, but time evades me! Ah well


  3. Oh my but that tiny one is tiny all right. Wow. Very cool and informative too.
    I’d hold it in my hand but wouldn’t want it to crawl very far up my arm!


    • Hi Kate, I love that you’ve allowed your daughter to adopt a ball python – and have someone else do the dirty work. Brilliant! 🙂 Seriously, it’s great that you are setting a great example to them. My Grandies have been exposed to all kinds of creatures. I believe it is vital to do so. It teaches them conservation, so important today.
      I’m enjoying your blog too


  4. I loved reading about the Chameleon – I had no idea they were so mellow and non-threatening. I was actually born in South Africa. One of these days I hope to return. It always looks so beautiful and the people seem so friendly.


    • Welcome fellow-South African! It’s a small world :). You must return, so much has changed. It is amazing! The people are great.
      Chameleons are fab, really no threat at all.
      I’m enjoying my foray into your Gripping Life


    • Aww Francine they are so lovely! They don’t bite, just make you laugh with their funny eyes and walk, and they “wear their hearts on their sleeves” by changing colour! 🙂


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