How do chameleons camouflage themselves?

Find out how these unique reptiles change the colour of their skin?

Certain species of chameleon have layers of cells called chromatophores, which contain different- coloured pigment granules; by moving these granules around, they control their colour. This technique is more commonly used as a method to signal emotions than camouflage; the species with the best colour- changing abilities use their talents to attract a mate rather than hide from predators. For most species of chameleon, camouflage works in a similar way to other animals; they have evolved over time  to blend in with their surroundings. For example, the mottled colour and spiky shape of the brown leaf chameleon make it almost invisible among dead leaves.

Discover more amazing animal facts in the latest issue of World of Animals. It’s available from all good retailers, or you can order it online from the ImagineShop. If you have a tablet or smartphone, you can also download the digital version onto your iOS or Android device. To make sure you never miss an issue of World of Animals magazine, make sure you subscribe today!

Also read:

Cuttlefish can change colour like chameleons

How does a chameleon’s eyesight work?