Reptile

Jackson’s Chameleon

Area: 
Kenya and Tanzania
Habitat: 
Mountain forests
Food: 
small insects
Size: 
12 inches long
Babies: 
8 to 30 babies are born rather than hatch from an egg
Jackson’s chameleon babies are born brown. Four months later they turn bright green.
HornsGrowths on the head of an antelope, cow, sheep, or goat that are never shed. in the Treetops

 

It’s easy to tell a male Jackson's chameleon from a female: only the males have hornsGrowths on the head of an antelope, cow, sheep, or goat that are never shed.. The male's three hornsGrowths on the head of an antelope, cow, sheep, or goat that are never shed. make him look a little like a mini triceratops! Because of this fancy headgear, these lizards are sometimes called three-horned chameleons. The hornsGrowths on the head of an antelope, cow, sheep, or goat that are never shed. are used to defend the male's territory. They may lock hornsGrowths on the head of an antelope, cow, sheep, or goat that are never shed. and try to push each other off from a narrow tree branch.

 

These colorful chameleons live up in trees. Their prehensileRefers to a body part that can be used like a hand for grasping or holding. tail helps them keep a grip as they crawl from branch to branch. Instead of drinking water, they lick dew from leaves.

 

Most types of chameleons reproduceTo have offspring or babies. by laying eggs. But Jackson’s chameleons do it very differently. Instead of laying a tough-shelled egg, the female carries her young inside her body.

 

When the babies are born, their mother doesn’t feed them. Instead, young chameleons begin hunting tiny insects as soon as they are able, with no help from Mom!