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Old 03-11-2010, 06:32 PM
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Can Chameleons Hear?

i have yet to find the answer on this forum. anyone know ? :P doesent look like she's got ears
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:34 PM
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I've wondered this, too. I don't think they can by the way they act and react to noise (I never see any reaction.) Honestly, I have no idea, though.
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Chameleons have no outer ear opening but their inner ear is just as developed as other lizards. This means that their ability to detect airborne sound waves is limited to frequencies that are able to transmit into the inner ear through the skin and tissue. These frequencies tend to be more low pitched sounds of longer wave lengths. They convert into vibrations better then high pitched/short sound waves, which can then be transmitted to the inner ear. This is why substrate vibrations in the environment are well detected by chameleons and why they produce and utilize them for communication.

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I donít think they can hear. I think itís a good thing because I can vacuum or listen to music loud with out feeling like im scaring them lol
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I donít think they can hear. I think itís a good thing because I can vacuum or listen to music loud with out feeling like im scaring them lol
Vacuuming and playing loud music both fall into the category of low frequency sounds that chameleons can hear and will respond to. In high amounts, it can be very stressful to them.

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For those of you who like a lot of base and loud music.....YOUR STRESSING YOUR CHAM.....and us old folks. The vibrations are annoying .
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Here is a thread about their hearing...
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Chameleons have no outer ear opening but their inner ear is just as developed as other lizards. This means that their ability to detect airborne sound waves is limited to frequencies that are able to transmit into the inner ear through the skin and tissue. These frequencies tend to be more low pitched sounds of longer wave lengths. They convert into vibrations better then high pitched/short sound waves, which can then be transmitted to the inner ear. This is why substrate vibrations in the environment are well detected by chameleons and why they produce and utilize them for communication.

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I wonder if the inner ear is what causes the babies in the wild to all hatch out around the same time.
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Can the hear me yell at my kids to "Quite Down! The Chameleon's Sleeping!!!" ??
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Vacuuming and playing loud music both fall into the category of low frequency sounds that chameleons can hear and will respond to. In high amounts, it can be very stressful to them.

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Low frequency noises can come from pretty much everything in your house, the phone ringing, TV on, you talking, listening to music. There is no such thing has a free low frequency room. Now in High quantities yes maybe it is stressful but you donít know 100% I would say it would be more stressful having your chameleon walk on top of a cowboys hat on your head. Yes I do vacuum once a week and keep my place clean. I donít blast my music or bass to where my neighbors are pounding on the wall or have my speakerís right next to the cage. I didnít mean to sound like a horrible pet owner when I said I can vacuum and listen to music loud with out them hearing adding ďwhat my cat and dog would hear
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