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Chameleon in Madagascar


Chameleons are lizards found in Africa. About half the world's chameleons live in the Madagascar, a large island off the coast of southern Africa in the Indian Ocean.

Chameleons are famous for their ability to rapidly change colors. Contrary to popular belief, a chameleon typically does not change colors to match its surroundings. Instead color is usually used to convey emotions, defend territories, and communicate with other chameleons. Chameleons change colors using special layers of cells in their skin.

Chameleons are also known for their bulging eyes that can move independently of one another and their long tongues used for catching insects.

Chameleons are very popular in the exotic pet trade.

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