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Have you seen Veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus)?
Hawaii Early Detection Network Priority Pest for all islands of Hawaii


Veiled chameleon
Adult veiled chameleon
Veiled chameleon
Juvenile veiled chameleon
veiled chameleon
Veiled chameleons appear brightly colored when viewed up close

Identification:
This brightly colored chameleon can grow up to 0.6 m (2 ft) long. Distinctive SHARKFIN-LIKE SHEILD on the back of the head distinguishes this lizard. All have a FLESHY FRINGE that runs down the middle line of its belly to the base of its tail. Legs are long and pencil thin. Large adults have VERTICAL STRIPES. The veiled chameleon is found in only a few places on Maui (see Maui map.) If you know of one anywhere else in Hawaii- let someone know!
Impacts: Veiled chameleons are able to live in a wide range of habitats which poses a threat to Maui's native birds, insects, and vegetation. Fully-grown veiled chameleons may be capable of eating small birds, such as the native 'apapane. Ecologically, they can function like brown tree snakes.
Dispersal Mechanism: Veiled chameleons may enter the state through the illegal pet trade. They are invasive and illegal in Hawaii. It is against the law to import, breed, keep as pets, sell, release, or export veiled chameleons. Penalties can include a fine of up to $200,000 and a possible prison sentence. The Hawaii Department of Agriculture has an amnesty program allowing a person to turn in an illegal animal without prosecution.

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Veiled chameleon look-alikes:


Carex wahuensis

A female Jackson's chameleon.

Jackson's Chameleon (Chamaeleo jacksonii):
Jackson chameleon's grow up to 10 in (25 cm) in length. Adult male has THREE HORNS on the top of their head. Juveniles and females often have blotchy coloration. Jackson's chameleon's do not have the fleshy ridge underneath like the veiled chameleon. This popular pet has established free ranging populations on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, and Oahu. They have not become established on Kauai- please report any sightings!

Allamanda blanchetii

Adult male Jackson's chameleon

Last Updated: Monday January 30 2012. If you have any questions about the Hawaii Early Detection Network contact reportapest-maui@lists.hawaii.edu.
Funding and support for this project was made possible by the Hawai'i Invasive Species Council, the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry assistance, and University of Hawai'i-Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit.