Chamaeleo chamaeleon recticrista
Skin changes color for camouflage, to communicate a mood, or in response to light and temperature conditions. Long, sticky tongue for catching prey. Long tail for holding onto branches. Fused toes that form a pair of grasping pads on each foot, each pad with either two or three small claws. Fused eyelids with only a small hole to see through. Eyes rotate independently, enabling it to see in all directions and in different directions at the same time. Lacks external eardrums. Females are larger than males.
Moves slowly. Ambushes its prey. Hisses when disturbed.
European chameleons feed on large insects, small reptiles, fruits, flowers, and leaves.
Woodlands or shrublands of western Jordan, including Jerash, Amman, and the Dana Nature Reserve.