Learn how to say ‘chameleon’ in 10 languages – see how to say lizard in 10 languages here.
Chameleons are mostly famous for being able to change the colour of their skin to match their background.
However, there are more than 200 different species of chameleon, more than half of which live in Madagascar. Some of these species cannot change the colour of their skin at all and many can only change it within a small range. The exact mechanism by which the colour change happens still seems to be poorly understood, but it has to do with guanine crystals under the skin. (If you think guanine sounds familiar, that’s because it is a nucelobase in DNA). By changing the distance between the guanine crystals, chameleons can manipulate the bandwidth of light reflected. Amazing, right?
I would love to find out more…and perhaps adopt their tricks for an invisibility cloak…
Whilst looking for facts about chameleons today, I came across one that I hadn’t heard before – they range in size from 15mm to 67cm long!
Chameleons seem to be quite popular in children’s books – here are a few I have read with my pupils in the past:
What do you think about chameleons or other lizards?
Would you keep one as a pet?
Can you recommend any other books with chameleons as main characters?
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