Some facts about this chameleon: Length: 46-61 cm. Tongue reach: 38-50 cm. Weight: 0.23-0.45 kg. Range: East Africa, mainly Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. Diet: Insects, smaller lizards, spiders, worms, and caterpillars. Life span: Up to 12 years (in captivity). First described: In 1864 by the British zoologist Dr. John Edward Gray.
Chamaeleo melleri is one of three chameleons that are considered the true giants of chameleons. Has large occipital lobes and a single rostral horn. Changes colors when excited or in stress. Females produce a single clutch of up to 80 eggs annually. Able to catch insects and even birds 50 cm. away with its tongue.