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Chamaeleo calyptratus
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The veiled chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptrus) is a tree-dwelling lizard that can grow to up to 2 feet long. It may be strikingly colored--from white to black, gray, brown, green, blue, orange, red, and yellow--and can be spotted or banded. Unlike the Jackson's chameleon (Chamaeleo jacksonii--a similar and more common alien species in Hawaii, the veiled chameleon has a large sharkfin-like shield on its head and a fringe running from its mouth under its body.  Chamaeleo calyptratus is native to the southwestern coastal regions of Saudi Arabia and western Yemen; "the veiled chameleon occupies the wadis and agricultural lands of this otherwise arid region."  


Species description or overview

Veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) information from AnimalDiversityWeb.org
Veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) information is available online from AnimalDiversityWeb.org.

Chameleon -- Wikipedia article
Chameleon species Chameleo calyptratus and Chameleo jacksonii are included in the this Wikipedia article on chameleon distribution, description, behavior, reproduction, and diet. are provided by Wikipedia. Species include Chameleo calyptratus and Chameleo jacksonii.

Chamaeleo calyptratus information
AdChaM.com provides information about the "veiled chameleon" (Chamaeleo calyptratus). Links to images are available at the bottom of the page.


Taxonomy & nomenclature

Chamaeleo calyptratus information from ITIS
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on Chamaeleo calyptratus, as well as other plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.


Pest alerts

"Pair of veiled chameleons [HEAR ed.: Chamaeleo calyptratus] turned in to DLNR on Maui: first such find reported for Makawao"
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk project (PIER)

Veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus): MISC target species
The veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) is a target species for eradication by the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC).


Videos

Chamaeleo calyptratus video
A juvenile veiled chameleon climbs on a person's arm (YouTube, 4/22/2008).


Images

Chamaeleo calyptratus images
Chamaeleo calyptratus images are presented by Wikipedia Commons.

Chameleon -- Wikipedia article
Chameleon species Chameleo calyptratus and Chameleo jacksonii are included in the this Wikipedia article on chameleon distribution, description, behavior, reproduction, and diet. are provided by Wikipedia. Species include Chameleo calyptratus and Chameleo jacksonii.

Chamaeleo calyptratus information
AdChaM.com provides information about the "veiled chameleon" (Chamaeleo calyptratus). Links to images are available at the bottom of the page.

Chamaeleo calyptratus - veiled chameleon (Chamaeleonidae - Squamata)
Images, web sites, news articles, blog entries, videos, and books are compiled by google on this Reptiles and Amphibians of Hawaii site.


Distribution

"Pair of veiled chameleons [HEAR ed.: Chamaeleo calyptratus] turned in to DLNR on Maui: first such find reported for Makawao"
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk project (PIER)

Records of the Hawaii Biological Survey for 2003: Part 2: Notes (68 pp) View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
New state and island records, range extensions, and other information on species of plants and animals in Hawaii are compiled by the Bishop Museum (2003).


In the news

Veiled chameleon is a threat to native birds and insects View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
Veiled chameleon is the topic of the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) Kiai Moku Maui News column 5/13/2007).

"Pair of veiled chameleons [HEAR ed.: Chamaeleo calyptratus] turned in to DLNR on Maui: first such find reported for Makawao"
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk project (PIER)

"Banned lizard taking hold on Maui"
"Coordinated searches by wildlife officials have turned up six more veiled chameleons [HEAR ed.: Chamaeleo calyptratus] on Maui, confirming fears that the alien species is established here." (The Honolulu Advertiser, 07 December 2002)


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