Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus)

Chameleons are without doubt my absolute favourite group of lizards. They're so incredibly improbable with oven mits for hands, a tongue as long as their body, eyes that swivel independently, a prehensile tail and of course - perhaps their most famous feature, the ability to change colour. But I didn't seriously expect to see one, least of all in England.

The story is that I met a chap who was the chef at the local pub we were staying at , in Southwold [The Kings Head]. Well, turns out he's a Herp fan and after chatting for a bit over a pint he casually mentioned that he breeds chameleons - the upshot being that he generously agreed to allow a couple of virtual strangers to trample through his house and admire his beautiful charges.

Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus)

The female [pictured] was quite the character and allowed herself to be handled and photographed like a star, the male however was a little more belligerent and had absolutely no desire to suffer such indignities, he did however deign to snatch maggots from his owners fingers with a lightening strike of his tongue.

Anyway, it was a huge buzz for me and playing with chameleon's is something I have always wanted to do, so big thanks to Aaron [sp?] for allowing us to do just that ...

Oh and if you're ever lucky enough to go to Southwold, stop in at the Kings Head - the foods hot, the beer is cold [if it's lagar mmmm, Kronenborg...], and the staff are warm and friendly.

A Hi from us to all the crew there.