July 28, 2012

Chameleon, Socotra

Photograph by Mark W. Moffett, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

Chamaeleo monachus is found solely on Socotra, as are 90 percent of the island's other reptiles. Local people believe the chameleon is magic: It's said that a person hearing its hiss will lose the ability to speak.

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