One Tiny Lizard!
We headed into the forest to look for one of smallest lizards in the world! Madagascar is home to many species of chameleons. We wanted to find some of the smaller ones- the brown leaf chameleon. It takes a good eye, some nice binoculars and a great guide to find these cute reptiles!
Brown Leaf Chameleon Fun Facts:
- Brown leaf chameleons resemble dried up leaves on the forest floor.
- When threatened, they curl up their legs and tail and roll over on their side and stay perfectly still.
- Like other chameleons their eyes move independently of each other.
- Male brown leaf chameleons attract a female by rocking their body and nodding their head.
- Professor Carl is showing us how long the brown leaf chameleon is!
- Brown leaf chameleons are not always brown! They can be olive, green, beige or red!
- They have a stiff ridge running down their spine.
- Brown leaf chameleons are diurnal.
We had a lovely day exploring the forest. We had to walk carefully to watch for these small reptile predators. We love chameleons and their crazy eyeballs and funny feet!