20 Teeny Tiny Chameleons Hatched at Aussie Zoo

    Could make a great pencil topper! (Image: Taronga Zoo)You can actually buy Veiled Chameleons as pets. These ones are just hatched and are 2 inches long. (Image: Taronga Zoo)Chameleons' eyes can look in two directions at once. (Image: Taronga Zoo)Freshly hatched, this baby fits perfectly on a finger tip. (Image: Taronga Zoo)They might be tiny but their tongues are 1.5 times the length of their bodies! (Image: Taronga Zoo)Hmmm is that food? (Image: Taronga Zoo)This is a typical resting color but chameleons can make themselves darker or brighter depending on their mood. (Image: Taronga Zoo)Chameleons have prehensile tails to help them grasp onto things. (Image: Taronga Zoo)Chameleon eggs and a  baby chameleon. (Image: Taronga Zoo)

    They’re so small that a pencil or fingertip make a comfortable seat, but these newly hatched Veiled Chameleon babies are massively cute.

    More than 20 baby chameleons were welcomed into the world at the Taronga Zoo in Australia this week.

    About 2 inches long, the chameleon hatchlings are the first born at the Zoo in over five years.

    Just hatched chameleon babies. (Image: Taronga Zoo)

    Their eyes can rotate independently and look in two directions at once, and their tongues can project 1.5 times their body length to capture prey. (Image: Taronga Zoo)

    They’re already feeding on crickets, and are sporting a bright green color. These guys are native to Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and will be mature and able to display their full color range within a year.

    “Veiled Chameleons are a visually amazing species that we’re fortunate to have at Taronga. While they’re not endangered, they do play an important educational role in helping us to get people excited about reptiles and reptile conservation,” said reptile supervisor, Michael McFadden.

    They are usually green or brown but will change color when courting or in defense mode.

    “You’ll see shades of green, yellow, aqua and even very dark brown or black depending on their temperature, mood and reproductive behavior. However, they don’t change color to match a particular background like you see in cartoons,” said Michael.

    A fully grown veiled chameleon pet going for a piece of food on a kid's tongue. (Image: Imgkid.com)

    A fully grown Veiled Chameleon pet going for a piece of food on a kid’s tongue. (Image: Imgkid.com)

    Their tongues are used for catching prey, projecting up to 1.5 times their body length. Another neat trick they have is that, because their eyes are independent of each other, they can look in opposite directions at the same time.

    Unfortunately the babies won’t go on public display until they reach maturity. The zoo plans to keep four, and other Australian zoos and wildlife parks will be given the rest in a few months.

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