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Veiled Chameleon

Veiled chameleon is a brightly colored chameleon native to Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The species is arboreal and omnivore. It is very popular in the pet trade. The chameleon is extremely territorial and aggressive and is known for its beauty.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Sauria
    Family Chamaeleonidae
    Genus Chamaeleo
    Scientific Name Chamaeleo calyptratus

    Other Names Cone-head Chameleon, Yemen Chameleon
    Size Male: 43 – 61 cm
    Female: 25 – 33 cm
    Weight Male: 100 – 200 g
    Female: 90 – 120 g
    Color Adult females are green with orange, white, yellow or tan spots while males are brighter with more marked blue and yellow bands and some blotches
    Distribution Yemen and Saudi Arabia (native range); Hawaii, Maui and Florida (introduced species)
    Habitat Plateaus, mountains, valleys
    Diet Insects like flies, caterpillars, butterflies, worms, slugs, young shoots, blossoms
    Hibernation Fact Hibernation is not natural for this species in the wild
    Predators Birds, snakes
    Breeding Season Round the year if there is fairly large amount of rainfall; in drier areas, it is limited to September and October
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 35 to 85 eggs
    Incubation Period 5 to 6 months
    Reproductive Age 4 to 5 months of age
    Average Lifespan Male: 4 to 8 years
    Female: 2 to 4 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on November 3rd 2016 by under Chameleons. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

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