Veiled Chameleon

Chamaeleo calyptratus

Animal Class: Reptiles

Length: Adult males are 17-24” in length. Females are 12-14”

Diet: Primarily insects. Chameleons will eat small birds and other reptiles as well.

Habitat: The veiled chameleon is native to the south western Arabian Peninsula. It’s an arboreal species, meaning it mostly lives in trees.

Description: Veiled chameleons grow a large crest on their head, called a casque. They’re typically dark green, although like all chameleons, they can change colors to communicate. This species lives between 5 and 8 years. Males usually live longer than females.

Our Animals: Dexter

Conservation status: Least Concern

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