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Caméléon commun © PlanetNoé - Daniel Heuclin

The common chameleon

The common chameleon, Chamaeleo chamaeleon, is the only chameleon species to be found in Europe.

Profile

Class, order and family :
Reptilia, Squamata, Chamaeleonidae
Life span :
3 - 5 years
Size & Weight :
20 - 30 cm (with tail) and 15 - 90 g
Incubation period :
15-50 eggs / 7-9 months
Natural habitat :
scrubland, bushes
Diet :
insectivore
Native region :
North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean coast
Statut UICN : 

Least Concern

Lifestyle

In less than a second, the chameleon shoots out its long tongue towards its prey. Stunned by the shock and stuck to the mucus, the insect is trapped. The chameleon simply pulls its tongue back in and swallows it whole.