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Chameleon Adaptations

Adaptations of The Chameleon For Science

Cortney Gilliam

on 25 March 2011

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Chameleon Adaptations Habitat Chameleons are most usually found in Africa and Madagascar, but some species are also found in Asia, Arabia and Southern Europe. They have been introduced to Hawaii, California and Florida, but do not originally live there.They are in warm habitats that can vary from rain forest to desert conditions. Videos/Pictures Jackson's Chameleon http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/345004/lizard/276986/Niche-partitioning Niche: Chameleon Eating Skills http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/345004/lizard/276986/Niche-partitioning Define: Adaptation 1. The ability of a species to survive in a particular ecological niche, especially because of alterations of form or behavior brought about through natural selection. (Dictionary.com) Synonyms 2. Adjustment, adoption, alteration, conversion, modification, refitting, remodeling, reworking, shift, transformation, variation. Adaptations of the Chameleon 1.Their eyes are independent so they can move them any direction. This adaptation can help them to see what's going on around it. It can also help them to look out for predators, because they can't run very fast. Freely Moving Eyes Long Tongue 2. They have a long tongue about the length of their body. It has a sticky substance at the end so the chameleon can get its prey in an instant. It is useful to catch their prey fast so its prey will not escape. It's tongue can shoot so fast, the human eye can hardly sometimes see it. Long Tail 3. The chameleon has a long tail that acts as fifth arm. When it is not in, use the tail is coiled up. Its tail is can be very useful because it can help it balance on a thin branch and its tail also can help it to stay very still. Camouflage 4. The chameleon's ability to change color is its primary defense against predators.
Each chameleon has a basic color which usually matches its habitat. Changes in its color are subtle and change with the changes in light and shadows.
Beneath its transparent skin, the chameleon has red and yellow color cells that reflect the blue and white layers bellow them. Under these layers is yet another layer of a brown pigment. Color changes occur when the color cells become larger or smaller, regulating the amount of multicolored reflection each layer produces. Slowness Unbelievebly enough, the Cameleon's slowness actually benifits them in a way. The Cameleon only eats insects and bugs, so he can actually walk AND catch an insect at the same time- and the bug wont even know! Baby Chameleons Hatch! http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/kids/animals-pets-kids/reptiles-kids/chameleon-babies-kids.html
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