Common chameleons Watch them change colour before your eyes
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Type reptile
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Length 15-20cm
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Weight up to 100g
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Diet carnivore

Common chameleon

Chamaeleo chamaeleon
  • Summary

    With the impressive ability to change its skin colour, the common chameleon can appear green, grey or brown and be patterned with stripes or spots. This attribute enables the chameleon to camouflage in its surroundings and regulate its body temperature.

    Females are often substantially larger than males.

  • Dietary

    This chameleon is carnivorous, capturing insects with the rapid extension of its incredibly long tongue. The tongue has a pad which sticks to prey and can reach up to twice its body length.

  • Habitat

    This species is found in arboreal habitats such as trees and bushes. The common chameleon occurs around the Mediterranean and North Africa.

    species range map

  • Conservation

    The common chameleon's conservation status is listed as Least Concern.

    Red List Status Least Concern

    Red List Status Least Concern

    IUCN Red List species link

  • Did you know...

    Chameleons have very good eyesight. Their eyes can move independently of each other which is very handy for spotting passing prey.

  • Where to find us at Bristol Zoo

    You can find our chameleon in the Reptile House, near Twilight World and the Aquarium

    Bristol Zoo Gardens map with Reptile House

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