The Namaqua chameleon is a unique species of chameleon. It is the only known species in its genus. They are located in Southern Africa, mostly residing in South Africa. There are also some populations located in Namibia and Angola. The Namaqua chameleons have an amazing camouflage to match their habitat. They can blend into tree bark or desert rocks, making them practically invisible to predators. Chameleons are famous for being able to change colour due to mood or temperature but that's not what makes the Namaquas unique! Their top lip is split into two separate parts!! This allows them extra flexibility when it comes to catching food - they can stretch out their mouths to twice their normal size!
The Namaqua chameleon lives in a very dry habitat, so their skin helps them stay hydrated. The ridges on the inside of their mouths increase surface area and allow them to drink water from any leaves they may be resting on. When it comes to reproduction, the female Namaqua chameleon can delay birth until there is enough rain for her young to live off! This involves a series of contractions that push out eggs but no baby chameleons yet. About two months later the baby chameleons will finally hatch from their eggs after seeing some rainfall!
At around 5cm long as adults, these little reptiles are small enough to fit in your pocket - though we don't recommend putting them there!!