Thursday, September 27, 2007

Veiled chameleon sheds!!!


This evening, our female chameleon began shedding her skin. It was very cool to see. We all rushed in to watch as she pulled skin off with her rear legs and rubbed her side against the ficus plant. She actually hissed at us which is a sign of stress. You gotta figure we invaded her privacy. Anyway, we backed off at that point, but not before noticing that the sluffed-off skin is white and sticky. The male doesn't look as though he's ready to shed anytime soon. He's smaller than the female, probably because she guards the food dish and, therefore, eats more. I'm not making any comparisons between male and female chameleon behaviour and male and female human behaviour. Nope. Not going there. Just enjoying that we saw a little bit of nature tonight.

6 comments:

liz fenwick said...

Definitely dangerous territory on the male/female eating thing:-) Just popped by from Alyssa blog.

Barrie said...

Liz, thanks for visiting! We ended up putting TWO plastic bowls in their cage. His and her cricket bowls! She can't guard both!

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Cute little thing...if slightly creepy. ;)

Thanks for adding me to your blog roll!

Barrie said...

Hi Alyssa! There are a little creepy, but do grow on you. Well, not literally. Thank goodness! :)

Joe said...

Veiled chameleons are very territorial, especially when it comes to their food. I advise you to please be careful when handling them. I just saw a special on veiled chameleons in South America. They are know to lunge and go right for the juggler, making the juggler drop all his bowling pins (I could have said something else). Please be careful and do not juggle around these animals whatever you do!

Barrie said...

Joe--veiled chameleons move very s-l-o-w-l-y. I'm sure this was mentioned in the tv special. Perhaps you were off making popcorn...that you refused to share with your children. In a territorial way. :)