Veiled Chameleon | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Veiled Chameleon

Chamaeleo calyptratus


  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Originating from Yemen and Saudi Arabia, the Veiled Chameleon is renowned for its ability to change colour, a reflection of their mood and reproductive status. Colour transition occurs as the brain reacts, sending signals to cells, creating a change of colour.

Native Range →

Saudi Arabia and Yemen

Natural Habitat  →

Shrubland and Grassland

Diet  →

Insects, butterflies, caterpillars, slugs and flies

Life Expectancy  →

Up to 8 years in the wild. Over 10 years in zoos

Breeding  →

30-95 eggs & a 150-190 day incubation period

Group Name  →

Unknown

Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Hunting, illegal pet trade

Fun fact

Also known as the cone-head chameleon, this lizard is named for the sharkfin-like casque on its head, which channels dew and condensation into its mouth.

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