Chameleon Facts

Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia

Subkingdom: Bilateria

Phylum: Chordata

Subphylum: Vertebrata

Class: Reptilia

Subclass: Archosauria

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Sauria (lizards)

Family: Chamaeleontidae (chameleons)

Genera: Chamaleo (twenty-four species), Brookesia

(four subgenera, eight species) Geographical location: Madagascar, Africa,

Asia, and Europe Habitat: Land-dwellers; mostly arboreal, though some live on the ground Gestational period: Females lay ten to sixty fertilized eggs, which hatch on their own Life span: Five to ten years Special anatomy: Eyes that rotate 360 degrees, zygodactyl feet, prehensile tails, spearlike horns for mating and combat, long sticky tongues

Bibliography

Bartlett, Richard, and Patricia Bartlett. Chameleons: Everything About Selection, Care, Nutrition, Diseases, Breeding, and Behavior. Hauppauge, N.Y.: Barron's, 1995. An informative guide to keeping chameleons as pets.

Davison, Linda J. Chameleons: Their Care and Breeding. Blaine, Wash.: Hancock House, 1997. An interesting book on chameleon natural history and keeping these lizards as pets.

Martin, James. Masters of Disguise: A Natural History of Chameleons. New York: Facts on File, 1992. An authoritative, illustrated text providing much information on chameleon natural history and a solid bibliography.

Necas, Petr. Chameleons: Nature's Hidden Jewels. Malabar, Fla.: Krieger, 1999. Avery extensive text on chameleons, holding a huge amount of information, bibliographic data, many illustrations, and maps.

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