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Here's The Real Reason Why Chameleons Change Colors

Aug 15, 2015
We've grown up with it. Known it for a fact. Chameleons change color to camouflage themselves. Put them in front of any background and they'll disappear. The word chameleon is even used to denote people who are masters of disguise, or actors who can "disappear" into their roles.

But we're wrong. So very wrong. Chameleons have plenty of ways of blending in, but their color-changing abilities are more often used as elaborate communication devices. Who needs a cellphone plan when your body can do the talking for you?

What else don't we know about chameleons? National Geographic has put together a short video that's both incredibly beautiful and super informative. Everything you want to know about these amazing creatures, from their strange tongues to their even stranger movements is packed into this clip.
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