What Is a Baby Veiled Chameleon?


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A baby veiled chameleon is an immature member of one of about 80 species of true chameleons. They're able to change colors depending upon their surroundings or emotional state. A baby veiled chameleon is usually pastel green, acquiring bright gold, green, blue, yellow, orange and black bands that circle its body as it matures.

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The baby veiled chameleon has a tiny swelling on the top of its head that grows into a helmet-like ridge called a casque as it matures. At maturity, males reach 18 to 24 inches long, while females are smaller at 10 to 13 inches. Besides their larger size, males are usually more colorful than females and have a small spur on the heel of the hind foot.

Baby veiled chameleons don't like to share their territory and can be very aggressive if housed with other chameleons. Though not generally aggressive toward people, they don't like to be handled and find it very stressful.

In addition to possessing the unique ability to blend in with their surroundings, the veiled chameleon is also skilled at remaining completely still when a predator is near. They have eyes that can move independently of one another and swivel nearly 180 degrees. This enables a veiled chameleon to follow moving objects without moving its body.

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