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Mediterranean chameleon gets a springtime snack


March 24, 2015 | Latest Photo Prev Next
A green chameleon chews a fly he caught while hunting in a plum tree in IsraelA green chameleon chews a fly he caught while hunting in a plum tree in IsraelPhoto: Nika Lerman / Shutterstock
March 24, 2015 | Latest Photo

The blossoming trees of spring are perfect hideouts for Mediterranean chameleons looking for an afternoon snack. 

The Mediterranean chameleon, also known as the common chameleon, ranges throughout the Mediterranean region. It lives in trees and bushes, where it slowly stalks its prey. In a flash, the chameleon's tongue darts out to capture unsuspecting insects flying by.

Green chameleon climbing branches of plum tree in IsraelA chameleon climbs from branch to branch in a plum tree in Israel. (Photo: Nika Lerman/Shutterstock)

Then it's back to meandering through the blooms. The chameleon is an adept tree climber, using its nimble toes and tail to navigate between branches of trees and shrubs. It's all in a day's work for this adorable reptile. 

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