Debunked: Chameleon changes color to match bath towel

deirdre

Senior Member.
QN0motI.jpg
©A91PLB Imgur


This little guy is making the rounds lately.
Although most posts i've seen just say "chameleon on bathtowel", some have taken it to the extreme.

Others just imply the chameleon has changed his colors to match the towel:
He's trying to blend in. - Pinterest





I cant really tell if he is a Red Bar or Blue Bar, but basically he didnt change colors, that's just how he looks.

Ambilobe Blue Bar Panther (Noki Baby) Chameleon
NokiBoss.jpg
© Chameleon Boss


Ambilobe Red Bar
chameleon_xerxis1.jpg
screameleons.com
 
Last edited:

Hevach

Senior Member.
Chameleons don't change color for camouflage, they do it for communication. Whoever took the original picture probably chose the towel to match the chameleon more than anything.

Here's a good example with another panther chameleon. Notice that when he's on the plant, he doesn't match the plant, and when the guy picks him up, he doesn't change to match the hand, but to more highly contrasting colors. Those are his angry colors (you can tell because he also puffs up to look bigger). Chameleons aren't really a "take out and hold" kind of pet, even if you tame them to stop biting they get agitated really easily from handling.

 

NoParty

Senior Member.
Chameleons don't change color for camouflage, they do it for communication. Whoever took the original picture probably chose the towel to match the chameleon more than anything.
I mostly agree, though I was under the impression that the camo angle was a minor, secondary reason.



Quick Chameleon communication color guide:

Brown = "I'm moderately stressed"
Green = "I'm pretty relaxed...chillin' to the successful Paris Climate Accord"
Bright stripes = "Please stop putting me on your towels, to see what I will do"
Red (with unnatural orange tint): "STAY CLEAR!! I'm voting for Trump!!"
 

mazoola

Member
Another common use of color in chameleons is to signal receptivity (or lack thereof) to mating.

Among panther chameleons (the star of this post), the female is typically more drably colored than the male. However, when she is ready to be bred, her color changes to a uniform salmon pink:


The calyptratus, or veiled, chameleon is even more accommodating with its color changes. There, the female takes on a bright coloration (typically turquoise and yellow-green against charcoal) to indicate she's ready to be bred -- and then, after mating successfully, dims to a 50-shades-of-grey theme to prevent subsequent attempts.

In the wild, chameleons are typically solitary, highly territorial creatures. Given the risks involved in crossing from one's own tree to that of a prospective mate, it's not a journey to be taken lightly -- hence the advantage in knowing in advance whether the trip is going to be worth it.

A quick Google search of chameleon images reveals the wide range of [non-towel-related] coloration among panther and calyptratus chameleons.
 
Thread starter Related Articles Forum Replies Date
TEEJ Debunked: Claim that Joe Biden's hand passes through microphone during White House press gaggle, 16th March 2021 Election 2020 8
bird_up Debunked: "Interdimensional being" caught on CCTV in Neza, Mexico UFOs, Aliens, Monsters, and the Paranormal 6
M Debunked: Atmospheric pressure on Mars is 9 PSI, not 0.09 PSI as claimed by NASA Science and Pseudoscience 75
Patrick Gonzalez Debunked: missing cable on Perseverance landing footage proves it is fake. General Discussion 3
TEEJ Debunked: Biden's Oval Office "Coming Apart at the Seams" [It's a Door] Election 2020 19
derrick06 Debunked: UFO over California Highway (TMZ) UFOs, Aliens, Monsters, and the Paranormal 1
P Debunked: 7 Alleged photos of aliens UFOs, Aliens, Monsters, and the Paranormal 8
Mick West Debunked: Biden signing "Blank" Executive Orders Election 2020 5
Mick West Debunked: Biden in "Fake" Oval Office Election 2020 27
P Debunked: UN hidden camera: the first UFO contact happened [Deep Fake] UFOs, Aliens, Monsters, and the Paranormal 3
Mick West Debunked: 94% of Fulton County Ballots Manually Adjudicated [It's a Process all Batches go Through] Election 2020 0
Mick West Debunked: "Missile Strike" caused Nashville Explosion General Discussion 3
Mick West Debunked: Nashville Explosion was "Across the Street" from the RV General Discussion 0
Mick West Debunked: "Error rate of 68.5% Allowable is .0008%" [Neither is True] Election 2020 4
Mick West Debunked: Claim that the Electoral College Count On Jan 6 will Change the Election Election 2020 136
Rory Debunked: Einstein wrote "blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth" Quotes Debunked 12
Mick West Debunked: Navid Keshavarz-Nia's Claims of "A Sudden Rise in Slope" as Election Fraud Evidence Election 2020 5
Mick West Debunked: Trump's Claim of "1,126,940 votes created out of thin air" in PA Election 2020 8
Mick West Debunked: Crowder's "Fraud Week" Title Graphic (and Why it Matters) Election 2020 1
JFDee Debunked: Democratic senators complained about 'vote switching' by Dominion voting machines in 2019 Election 2020 2
Mendel Debunked: The Democrats are trying to take away freedom of religion Election 2020 6
H Debunked: Dr. Shiva's Scatterplot Analysis of Michigan Precincts Election 2020 43
Mick West Debunked: Suspicious "Biden Only" Ballots in Georgia Election 2020 3
Mick West Debunked: "Nancy Pelosi's long time Chief of Staff is a key executive at Dominion Voting" Election 2020 0
Mick West Debunked: Wisconsin Turnout 89% Impossible High [Actually 72%] Election 2020 1
Mick West Debunked: Video of Poll Worker "Filling In" Ballots. Election 2020 3
Mick West Debunked: Pentagon has Evidence of "Off-World Vehicles Not Made on this Earth" UFO Videos and Reports from the US Navy 14
derrick06 Debunked: United Nations creates a "NWO" website Conspiracy Theories 2
N Debunked: Google Mail icon shows linkage to Freemasons Conspiracy Theories 4
Mendel Debunked: The WHO did not take the Taiwan CDC seriously Coronavirus COVID-19 0
A Why 9/11 Truthers Are Wrong About The Facts | (Part 1 w/ Mick West) 9/11 1
Mendel Debunked: Radar Waves Affect Clouds General Discussion 4
Pumpernickel Need Debunking: Foucault's Pendulum debunked through Mach's principle (the Earth is a static object in the center of the Universe) Science and Pseudoscience 16
M Ufos arrive to the central zone of Chile. (Debunked). Skydentify - What is that Thing in the Sky? 0
Jesse3959 FE Debunked with water tube level - 187 foot building 21.2 miles away below eye level Flat Earth 0
H Debunked: Cadillac Mountain from 220 miles Flat Earth 7
Jesse3959 FE Claim Debunked: JTolan Epic Gravity Experiment - Flat earther disproves Perspective! (or his instruments.) Flat Earth 0
Mick West Debunked: DoD prepares for martial law in CONUS: Conspiracy Theories 0
Oystein Debunked: AE911T: CNBC Anchor Ron Insana claims Building 7 a Controlled Implosion 9/11 13
A Debunked: NASA tampered with the original television audio of the Apollo 11 moon landing Conspiracy Theories 1
Greylandra Debunked: media headline "Judea declares war on Germany" [boycott] Conspiracy Theories 20
Mick West Discovery Channel's "Contact: Declassified Breakthrough" was debunked 2.5 years ago UFOs, Aliens, Monsters, and the Paranormal 8
Joe Hill Debunked: "The North Face of Building 7 Was Pulled Inward" 9/11 66
A Debunked : Fake Set Moon Landing with TV Camera and Stairs Conspiracy Theories 3
Mick West Debunked: Photo with Sun Rays at Odd Angles Flat Earth 0
Staffan Debunked: Wikileaks releases unused footage of moon landing (Capricorn One movie scenes) Conspiracy Theories 2
Mick West Debunked: Neil deGrasse Tyson : "That Stuff is Flat" Flat Earth 10
Mendel Debunked: Air Map of the World 1945 is a flat Earth map Flat Earth 0
Trailblazer Debunked: Trees being cut down "because they block 5G" (tree replacement in Belgium) 5G and Other EMF Health Concerns 44
deirdre Debunked: Exemption from military service doc proves Jews had foreknowledge of WW2 (fake leaflet) General Discussion 0
Related Articles


















































Related Articles

Top