Chamaeleo calyptratus Veiled Chameleon
near Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County, FloridaMarch 25, 2013
Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus)
Of all the exotic lizards in Florida, and there are a lot of them, these chameleons are probably both the most exciting to find and the craziest-looking. I would rather see an animal in its original habitat, but the likelihood of me getting to Yemen or Saudi Arabia to search for Chamaeleo calyptratus seems quite low, so I was very happy to find this one near Everglades National Park. Thanks to Jake Scott for showing me where to look.

These chameleons have been introduced in multiple spots in South Florida, apparently by reptile dealers who find it easier to collect from wild-living colonies than to house, feed, and care for the animals directly.

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