The Sydney Taronga Zoo has become home to the newly hatched baby chameleons. These tiny creatures are so miniscule that they can easily fit on a pencil or your fingertip. Cute as hell, these veiled chameleons are only 5cm long and already winning the world over.
The veiled chameleons are native to Saudi Arabia and Yemen and they are the first to be born at the zoo in a period of more than five years. Reptile supervisor, Michael McFadden said, “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.”
The chameleons may sometimes use their color changes for camouflage, their colors change far more often in respect to temperature changes, stress, or courtship. They eat plants and insects, which they catch with their long, sticky tongues.
They’ll grow to be about 30cm long, but for now we can’t get enough of how ridiculously tiny they are. There are still 3 clutches of eggs that the zoo is expecting to hatch this week—more baby chameleons! They are cuteness personified.