Monday, March 3, 2014

It's All about Communication

Do chameleons change color? Yes, they do!

But, contrary to common misconception, they don't change color to blend in with their surroundings. Instead, they change color to signal their mood, e.g., their stress and aggression levels, or willingness to engage in mating behavior.

A green chameleon signals that it's in a good mood.

A bright yellow chameleon signals stress and anger.

A colorful, rainbow-like chameleon signals that it's ready to mate.

Hmm, I guess that means that the chameleon that I caught to photograph was either stressed or angry with me (or both).

Sorry, chameleon, I didn't understand your language then. I promise to be more considered in the future.

PS The hairy hand isn't mine :-p