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A Triceratops in Hawaii?

June 13, 2013

This Jackson's Chameleon was observed crossing the road this morning at Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. (NPS)

This nearly foot-long Jackson’s Chameleon was observed crossing the road this morning at Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. An invasive species first introduced to Hawaii in the same year the park was created (1972), these have become popular pets in the islands. These chameleons, which are native to East Africa, can grow up to a foot in length and are most common in mountain forests. Because of the desert climate surrounding Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, this particular chameleon probably hitched a ride over from the wet side of Hawaii Island (the Big Island) or possibly intentionally or unintentionally released by its owner in or near the park. Although an invasive creature in Hawaii, it is considered to be a threatened species because of habitat loss and the pet trade. (NPS)

 

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  1. ArtistTaylorAnn permalink
    June 14, 2013 4:38 pm

    Always loved chameleons. They are wonder creatures. Great photo as well.

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