Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Andalucia, Spain


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The Mediterranean Chamelion, sometimes spelt chameleon, can be found throughout the Axarquia. They are often seen in gardens adjoining fields or wild land, or ambling slowly across a road swaying back and forth. They are just one of many species that range in size from 2.5 centimetres to almost 80 centimetres.

Chamelionīs feet are specialised to allow them to climb and grip narrow branches. Each foot has five toes split into a group of two and a group of three. Each toe has a sharp claw for gripping surfaces when climbing.

The eyes are the most distinctive of any reptile with the upper ad lower eyelids joined and just a pinhole which the pupils look through.

Some Camelion species, the Mediterranean among them, are able to change colour due to pigment cells that lie beneath their outer transparent skin. Despite tales to the contrary, they do not change colour according to their surroundings but do so according to their physical and physiological condition and as a means of communication.

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