Feral Chameleons


Chameleons inhabit naturally-autochtoneously three continents:

Africa incl. Madagascar and many off-shore Islands (vast majority of species) 

Asia (from ear East to India and Sri Lanka) and

Europe (here only some eastern Mediterranean islands)...

Thanks to humans, the have been introduced to a series of countries, sometimes intentionally (for fun, for wild harvesting), sometimes as an incident (escapees, abandoned specimens after hurricanes or unwanted pets...) and in some territories, they were capable of building a more or less stable and reproducing populations, sometimes "thriving" and even expanding to other territories, and/or considered "invasive species", sometimes not doing especially well...

Sometimes, finds of live or dead animals are reported 

CZECHIA: C. calyptratus, T. hoehnelii

SWITZERLAND: C. chamaeleon; 

GREAT BRITAIN: C. calyptratus misidentified as F. pardalis

SPAIN (Mallorca): C. calyptratus

INDONESIA (Bali): C. oshaughnessyi, C. brevicorne.


List of the known feral populations of chameleons:



Chamaeleo calyptratus:

FLORIDA, USA

HAWAII, USA (reported as eradicated already but still present)

CALIFORNIA, USA (San Diego area)

TAIWAN

CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN


Furcifer pardalis:

FLORIDA, USA

MAURITIUS (maybe autochtonous)

REUNION, FRANCE (maybe autochtonous)

ANJOUAN, COMOROS


Trioceros jacksonii:

FLORIDA, USA

CALIFORNIA, USA

LOUSIANA, USA

HAWAII, USA


Trioceros hoehnelii altaeelgonis:

MABIRA FOREST, UGANDA

Chamaeleo africanus:

PELOPONNESE, GREECE


Kinyongia multituberculata

NAIROBI, KENYA


Kinyongia tavetana

NAIROBI, KENYA


Bradypodion ventrale

W CAPE, RSA

BLOEMFONTAIN, RSA

WELKOM, RSA

JOHANNESBURG, RSA

STANDERTON, RSA

SECUNDA, RSA


Furcifer oustaleti:

FLORIDA, USA

KENYA (extinct)


Chamaeleo chamaeleon:

MEDITERRANEAN COAST, SPAIN

MEDITERRANEAN COAST, PORTUGAL

MALTA, GOZO

CRETE, GREECE (unconfirmed)

CANARY ISLANDS, Spain (unconfirmed)

SICILY, ITALY (unconfirmed)

APULIA, ITALY

CALABRIA, ITALY

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