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Trioceros schubotzi can be found at elevations as high as 4500m.
The oldest known chameleon fossil is from the extinct species Chamaeleo caroliquarti. It was found in Europe and is 26 million years old.
The word Brookesia is named after the British naturalist Joshua Brookes.
Furcifer oustaleti (Oustalet’s Chameleon) is the longest chameleon species reaching lengths of 27 inches (68cm).
Chameleons have acrodont teeth meaning they are an extension of the jawbone. They are not set in sockets nor are they replaced.
The word Rieppeleon is named after the scientist Olivier Rieppel.
The word Furcifer is derived from the Latin word “furci” or forked.
Kinyongia uthmoelleri and Trioceros quadricornis gracilor have red claws.
Chameleons do have taste buds on their tongue but overall they have a poor sense of taste.
Chameleon fossils have been found in central Europe and China, indicating they were once much more widespread than they are now.

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