A few days ago we shared a video of the flap-neck chameleon on our social media channels. Spotting a chameleon always proves to be a highlight of any night game drive. They are tricky to spot because of their mottled green camouflage which ensures they’re well-hidden. Rangers always seem to have fun trying to see how many of these elusive creatures they can spot on a night game drive. Spotting a chameleon in the pitch dark means you have great tracking skills. Try and count how many you can spot the next time you’re out on a drive.
Here are 5 fun facts about the flap-neck chameleon:
- Chameleons rarely ever rest on strong branches. They will deliberately choose weak, hanging branches. The majority of heavy predators cannot balance on narrow, flimsy branches.
- Its name comes from the flap at the back of its neck, which helps with it camouflage.
- The flap-necked chameleon has a body with mottled greens – similar colours to their habitat in trees.
- The chameleon moves with staggered motions to emulate that of the wind blowing through the leaves in the trees.
- Chameleon literally means “dwarf lion”. The name is appropriate due to its aggressive, defensive behaviour.