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Chameleons vary greatly in size and body structure, with total length from approximately 1 in (2.54 cm) in Brookesia minima, to the 31 inches (78.7 cm) in male Furcifer oustaleti[1]. There is even one species, thought to be unique to Malawi's Mount Mulanje, which is barely 0.6 in (1.52 cm) across when fully grown[citation needed]. Many have head or facial ornamentation, be it nasal protrusions or even horn-like projections in the case of Chamaeleo jacksonii, or large crests on top of their head, like Chamaeleo calyptratus. Many species are sexually dimorphic, and males are typically much more ornamented than the female chameleons. The main things chameleon species do have in common is their foot structure, their eyes, their lack of ears, and their tongue. Chameleons are zygodactyl: on each foot the five toes are fused into a group of two and a group of three, giving the foot a tongs-like appearance. These specialized feet allow chameleons to grip tightly to narrow branches. Each toe is equipped with a sharp claw to gain traction on surfaces such as bark when climbing. The claws make it easy to see how many toes are fused into each part of the foot: two toes on the outside of each front foot and three on the inside, and the reverse pattern on each hind foot. Their eyes are the most distinctive among the reptiles. The upper and lower eyelids are joined, with only a pinhole large enough for the pupil to see through. They can rotate and focus separately to observe two different objects simultaneously. It in effect gives them a full 360-degree arc of vision around their body. When prey is located, both eyes can be focused in the same direction, giving sharp stereoscopic vision and depth perception.

Veiled Chameleon(Chamaeleo calyptratus)
males - always have alarger body and casque (head crest) size at maturity. Tarsal spur present, at hatching, on "heel" of hindlegs making sexing 100%. Highly variable in color, even within a single c(more)
Panther Chameleon( Chamaeleo pardalis)
Male Panther Chameleons can grow up to 20 inches (50 cm) in length, with a typical length of around 17 inches (45 cm). Females are generally much smaller, about half the size. Male Panther Chameleons (more)
Carpet Chameleon(Chamaeleo lateralis)
The Carpet Chameleon is also known as the Jeweled Chameleon. They are native to Africa and exist in three subspecies, which vary greatly in size. Carpet Chameleons in captivity that are wild-caught ha(more)
Meller’s Chameleon(Chamaeleo melleri)
Species Description Hatchlings Healthy hatchlings (4" total length) and juveniles (under 12" total length): crisp black and white stripes Juvenile weight: 20 to 100 grams, depending on age and length (more)
Jackson's Chameleon (Chamaeleo jacksoni)
As with other chameleons, Jackson's Chameleon is not an easy reptile to keep and should not be a first pet. They are best kept alone which means they are not communal animals. They are climbers - so t(more)

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