Baby chameleons. Just because.
Inspired by @DG, my homage to the most surprisingly cute baby animal I've ever seen. (I'm having a rather rough time IRL, so I need the distraction with cute animal pictures for a while. You lucky people, you.)
- •Those eyesEach eye of the chameleon can move independently, with one looking forward and the other backward.
- •Those colorsAlthough famous for their ability to change color, chameleons can't really blend into polka dots. Mostly they use green, yellow, red or brown to indicate mood. When you're this tiny, it helps to be able to blend into the background.
- •That tailMost chameleons are tree dwellers, so they have very prehensile tails. They walk very deliberately to enhance their camouflage, to simulate a leaf in the wind. (But we'll get to exceptions.)
- •That tongueChameleons catch their prey with an unbelievably long tongue, that can be up to three times longer than themselves! It ends with a sticky bulb and can shoot out as fast as a bullet to catch something as small as an ant or as big as a bird.
- •That varietyWhile chameleons are instantly recognizable, they have a huge variety of facial ornaments, which can be plain or include bulbs, warts or, like this Jackson's chameleon and junior demonstrate, three long horns like a miniature Triceratops.
- •That... tininess!This is no baby! Meet Brookesia micra, the smallest chameleon in the world. Native to Madagascar --which is basically chameleon heaven, with half of the world's 150 species found there, some exclusively-- these tiny little imps are less than 15 mm long, making them among the smallest reptiles in the world. It shares the island with the largest species of chameleon, the Malgasy giant, which us up to 30 inches long (about the size of an average cat).
- •That's all!