We all love those little lizards that put a bit of magic and change their color. Have you ever seen those heart warming chameleon babies? They are on of the few animals that an actually change the color. Known as very good pets, Chameleons are a very unique branch of the lizard group of reptiles. There are 171 species of chameleons. There are so many different species, which means they come in different sizes too. Unlike other animals, chameleons continue to grow throughout their lives. As their old skin gets too small, they will shed it in bits and pieces, dissimilar to snakes that shed their skin all at once.
These cute chameleon babies are hatching from eggs. Eggs generally hatch after four to 12 months, again depending on species. Each young chameleon is born within the sticky transparent membrane of its yolk sac.When the processes of hatching starts, the mother presses each egg onto a branch, where it sticks. The membrane bursts and the newly hatched chameleon frees itself and climbs away to hunt for itself and hide from predators.
It is a common misjudgment that the chameleons change their color to match the environment. They do this in order to communicate with other chameleons. Emotions can be expressed this way. Anger or fear, changes in light, temperature or humidity can make this little ones change the color.
Check out these cute chameleon babies and find out more about them!
Most chameleons change from brown to green and back, but some types can turn almost any color. Chameleons are born with special cells that have a color or pigment in them. These cells lie in layers under the chameleon's outer skin.They help the chameleon to easily change color in as little as 20 seconds.
Their diet consists of insects and birds. A very helpful tool for hunting is their tongue. It is used to catch the prey. . Once the prey is in reach, their suction cup tongue shoots out and sticks to the insect. Their tongues can be as twice as long as their bodies when stretched out to catch prey.