Small green chameleon with pronounced ridge on back, crossing the foot path to my office and nearly stepped on by passers-by so I scooped it up and transferred to to a nearby Balanites aegptica tree, where it quickly (for a chameleon) climbed up and out of harm's way. It got a bit flustered by the attention and started getting purplish-red spots, but was soon safe in a bunch of green thorns.
I don't usually post photos of dead things but I have not seen one alive here yet.
This chameleon was seen in the wild, resting on a branch, patiently waiting for prey to wander along.
Three individuals seen. More info on this species here: http://www.naturetrustmalta.org/environmental-education/biodiversity/fauna/priority-endangered-species/
From that link: "The Mediterranean Chameleon (MT: Kamaleonte) is not endemic to the Maltese Islands but was introduced in the 19th century by protestant missionaries who brought specimens over from North Africa and released them in the gardens of what is now the Jesuit college of St. Ignatius in St. Julians. It has now spread to all parts of Malta and is also found on Gozo."
Calumma hilleniusi found at night near a stream in forest at Ankaratra.
Calumma hilleniusi found at night asleep on vegetation less than a meter above ground.
Observed on a night hike in Mazumbai Forest
Chameleons (family Chamaeleonidae) are a distinctive and highly specialized clade of lizards. The approximately 160 species of chameleon come in a range of colors, including pink, blue, red, orange, turquoise, yellow, and green. They are distinguished by their zygodactylous feet; their separately mobile, stereoscopic eyes; their very long, highly modified, rapidly extrudable tongues; their swaying gait; and crests or horns on their distinctively shaped heads. Some species can change color, and many have a prehensile tail....