A tiny Carpet Chameleon has just emerged from its egg at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo! Weighing about the same as four toothpicks, this little Lizard is one of seven Carpet Chameleons to hatch between January 12 and February 12 at the zoo.
Photo Credit: Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Native to Madagascar, Carpet Chameleons are one of the smallest true Chameleons. In their forest habitat, Carpet Chameleons sport dark colors in the mornings as they warm themselves in the sun. Once they are warmed up, they traverse tree branches in search of flies, grasshoppers, and insect larvae. Food is captured on the tips of the Chameleons’ sticky tongues, which can be as long as the Lizards themselves (up to 10 inches).
At just three months of age, carpet Chameleons reach sexual maturity and begin breeding. Though many species in Madagascar are threatened with extinction, these Chameleons are abundant.
See more photos of the Chameleon below.