Known for their bizarre appearance and unique abilities, chameleons are undoubtedly one of the most interesting creatures in the animal kingdom. You probably know they can change their skin color but do you know where chameleons live or how many chameleon species there are? If you want to learn more about these amazing animals including some chameleon facts for kids or if you consider getting yourself a chameleon pet, it’s highly recommended to check out this post with 25 Cool Chameleon Facts You’ll Want To Know.
Chameleon habitat ranges greatly from rain forests and mountains to savanna and deserts, but all chameleons live in warm (tropical or subtropical) areas.
While chameleons can be found in many parts of the world including southern Europe, Southeast Asia, Hawaii, California, and Florida, almost half of the world's 200 chameleon species live in Madagascar.
Most chameleon species are egg-layers, but some deliver live young in clear, cocoon-like sacs.
The English word “chameleon” is derived from the Latin word “chamaeleón” which translates as “the lion of the ground.”
With an adult size of up to 70 cm (27 in), the Parson’s chameleon is considered the largest chameleon species in the world.
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