Little Hugo arrived last week from Kammerflage Kreations in California.
He made his FedEx overnight flight connection and arrived at my door right on schedule.
I opened the box, and there he was in his plastic cup.
He looked as happy as a little clam.
I photographed him before I removed the cup from the packing box.
This is our first glimpse of each other!
Right away, he began to explore his new house.
He seemed perfectly at home.
I think he explored every inch of his cage!
A friend asked where his ears are?
Chameleons do not have outer or inner ears.
Their hearing is not good, but they can hear some sounds.
As you can see below, there is no ear!
However, their remarkable eyesight compensates for their poor hearing.
Chameleon eyes have a 360-degree arc of vision allowing them to see two directions at once.
Their upper and lower eyelids are joined leaving only a pinhole to see through.
This anatomical feature is unique to chameleons. No other reptile has this eye structure.
This structure provides sharp, stereoscopic vision allowing them to see small insects
from a distance of up to 5-10 meters. (Source: Twisted Sifter)
Below, Hugo is looking in two directions.
The location of lighting in his cage makes it almost impossible to photograph through the screen!
But, you can see the pupil on the left side and the upper portion of the eyelid on the right side.
In the photo above, the structure of his feet are visible, too.
Chameleons have three distinct toes on one side and two on the other side of the front feet.
On the back feet, the toe arrangement is reversed.
The toes have sharp nails to aid in climbing.
Since Hugo is an aggressive hunter, I managed to get some photos
of him catching crickets with his remarkable tongue.
I will post them later.
Hugo is a wonderful little guy, and I am happy to have him with us!