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Changing skin color is an important part of communication among chameleons. A chameleon's skin changes colors in response to its emotions, such as anger or fear, changes in light, temperature or humidity. The brighter the color, the more dominant the male is, and the more attractive he is to females. A submissive male is usually brown or gray. Females use their colors to accept or reject a suitor, and their color can also indicate that she is pregnant. However, it is a misconception that chameleons change colors to match their surroundings. Did you know at least some of these facts about chameleons?
1. (Source: Livescience.com) Chameleons are different from many reptiles because some of the species, like the Jackson's chameleon, have live births. These species can give birth to eight to 30 young at one time after a gestation of four to six months. While the young are born live instead of in an egg, they started as an egg. These mothers incubate the eggs, minus a shell, inside of her body instead of laying them in a nest. Are there any other animals you can mention that incubate their eggs inside their bodies?
2. Other chameleon species lay eggs that have an incubation period of four to 24 months, depending on species. The size of the chameleon predicts how many eggs she will lay. Small chameleon species lay two to four eggs while larger chameleons lay 80 to 100 eggs at one time. Did you ever find chameleon eggs?
3. Besides changing skin color, chameleons have another feature that no other animals have. Their eyes can move independently of each other, enabling them to look in two different directions at once. Chameleons have a full 360-degree view and can focus their eyes quickly and enlarge what they are looking at like a camera lens. Are there any other animals you know that have a 360-degree view?