Common or Mediterranean Chameleon is the only chameleon
species present in Europe although its range has declined
massively through habitat loss and capture for the pet
trade. It remains in southern Iberia, Malta, Cyprus and some
Greek Islands and is also present in the Near East, some of
the Middle East and North Africa along the Mediterranean.
Like other chameleons, it has grasping feet with three toes
on one side and two on the other for climbing.
Colour ranges from sandy yellow
through green to brown. Colour intensity changes
according to mood, temperature and social interaction.
The tail is prehensile (can wrap itself around a branch for
The eyes can swivel independently, so one can look forwards
and one backwards.