Originally Posted by Flapenn
- Chameleons have a poor sense of smell.
- Chameleons have ears, which are 2 tiny holes (not visible to the eye), which are located near the eyes. They hear vibrations in the air, which help them find food and stay safe from their enemies. They are almost deaf, but can hear tones and feel vibrations. Vision is their best sense!
Unfortunately that site is not exactly correct. Chameleons do not have external ears (the two tiny holes they mention are not there) or tympanic membranes. While their hearing capacity is greatly reduced, they are able to hear some airborne sounds, particularly in certain wavelengths. Some species are also better at hearing than others (Chamaeleo
have better hearing than Trioceros
, for example). They are also able to detect substrate vibrations, similar to snakes.