My 7 year old son is reading the Eric Carle book, "The Mixed up Chameleon" in school. The teacher showed them this YouTube video and my son wanted to know if it was really real, so I looked it up.
According to the San Diego Zoo website:
"How chameleons change color is a fascinating and complicated process. First of all, they don't really change color to match their surroundings, and they cannot change to any and all colors. For example, if a chameleon is sitting on a red-and-white polka dot tablecloth, it will not turn red and develop round white spots! Chameleons don't look at what they're sitting on and deliberately decide to match it. Instead, each species of chameleon has a group of patterns and colors that it is able to display; some of these patterns are designed for camouflage. The skin color changes under the influence of the lizard's mood, such as fear or anger, the amount... keep reading on reddit ➡