Jackson Chameleon, Kula, Maui Hawaii. These chameleons are not native to Hawai'i. but rather, Tanzania and South Africa. They are only found at altitudes above 3000 feet. In fact, they were introduced as recently as 1972. They have naturalzied successfully on Hawai'i. Though they aren't native, they are protected. It is illegal to mess with them because they are easily captured and kept as pets. The Hawaiian government does not want other populations of them started on the islands. They have a tongue almost as long as their bodies. They shoot it out so that the sticky pad on the tip can capture insects. Then the tongue rolls back into the mouth with the bug wad on the end. This one is male, identifiable by its three horns. Females don't have horns.
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