Lesser Chameleons by john lund

The Lesser Chameleon population is declining due to deforestation in Madagascar and the destruction of their natural population.

The scientific name for Lesser Chameleons is furcifer minor.

The Lesser Chameleon is native to Madagascar.

Lesser Chameleons' habitat is roughly 100 miles square and they exist only in this one area of Central Madagascar.

Chameleons have rough, scaly skin that can change color. The color changes to a darker hue to absorb more heat, this is the way chameleons regulate their body temperature.

Chameleons have eyes that can see 180 degrees in each direction, their brain processes a whole panoramic view of a room in one picture.

Chameleons cannot recognize standing water so they lick leaves from the rain forest trees in hope to drink some rainfall.

Lesser Chameleons are facing extinction because of the pet trade. Large reptile companies travel to regions such as this and capture them. They then ship the animals in standard cardboard boxes to companies in the united states for sale.

Many companies illegally sell Lesser Chameleons for $3500+, claiming it is legal.

Another cause of extinction for Lesser Chameleons is deforestation and mining is destroying the furcifer minors habitat in central Madagascar. the tall rain forest trees are essential in keeping these animals alive. The furcifer minors territory is quickly shrinking and soon there will be no place these chameleons live.

A solution to the problems facing lesser chameleons is that mining and logging in lesser chameleon territory should be halted and new trees should be planted extending the chameleons range and habitat. Also, more harsh punishments should be in effect around the world for possessing or transporting all endangered animals.

Chameleons diet consists of mainly insects such as stick bugs, locusts, and roaches, while some other species of larger chameleons consume small birds and other small creatures such as mice. Chameleons also consume plant and leaf matter which helps them digest food and prevent impaction.

Chameleons have a large impact on rain forests, limiting the number of insects in the biome. This is essential due to many of the insects eaten by chameleons that are pests and can cause diseases to the trees and can hurt crops. Without chameleons the rain forests would have many more bugs than they already do.

Lesser Chameleons are solitary animals, meaning the do not interact with other species and rarely interact with other chameleons. The only interaction with other animals that Lesser Chameleons have are when they mate or are eaten by another animal.

We should keep this creature alive because it is one of the most colorful and stunning animals on plant earth. Also, they act as a natural pesticide of sorts keeping dangerous pests away from crops and other human resources that can be destroyed or hurt by bugs.

Credits:

Created with images by rooneg - "Chameleon Hanging Out On Branch" • Oliver Ruhm - "Chameleon" • WorldIslandInfo.com - "Madagascar on map" • kaibara87 - "Chameleon" • Jaro Larnos - "Kamelijontti" • nomis-simon - "Chameleon" • Bergadder - "chameleon párduckaméleon furcifer pardalis" • tauntingpanda - "rainforest" • tacman10 - "chameleon reptile africa" • eutrophication&hypoxia - "Deforestation" • FotoEmotions - "nature animal lizard" • skeeze - "chameleon branch close"

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