Spirit Guide of the Day is Chameleon! This means it is time to lay low and relax in the background. Use patience and hold your opinions to yourself for a little while. Pay attention to any opportunities before you and rely on what you see rather than what others claim. When your opportunity comes, don't leap just yet. Make sure you have a solid foundation before taking any huge jumps. This should be a positive change in your life if you take your time to make sure your ready. The Chameleon spirit guide is known for it's connection to patience, preparation, individualism, stability, adaptations, and calmness. The Chameleon can remind us to search your surroundings for the resources available to you in order to gather and collect yourself before making any movements. It teaches us how to see even the not so obvious things we need in order to survive. If changes are necessary, be flexible and adapt to the circumstances with patience in order to achieve proper stability. People who connect with Chameleon are often slower and more cautious than others, but that only works to their advantage as it creates deliberate and carefully thought-out decisions. Although these individuals can oftentimes be moody, they are also willing to move quickly when needed to get what they need and possess a unique ability to see and understand multiple viewpoints at once.
Chameleons are reptile belonging to the Iguana Suborder, possessing a unique and well-known ability to change color. This ability comes not as a way to match surroundings, but rather as a form of communication to other Chameleons. A Chameleon's skin changes color to represent various moods or changes in light, humidity, or temperature. For males, the brighter the color, the more dominant and attractive to females. The more submissive Chameleons are brown or grey in color. Females, on the other hand, use their colors to show acceptance or rejection of a suitor as well as to show pregnancy. This ability is created by adjusting special cells in the skin called Iridophore Cells which. These cells, located on the upper cell layer of skin, are structurally changed by relaxing or activating the Chameleon's skin. There are approximately 171 species of Chameleon, ranging in a while variety of sizes and shapes. The smallest Chameleon would be the Leaf Chameleon, growing only to 0.5 inches and possessing the smallest vertebrates ever found. The largest Chameleon would be the Parson's Chameleon, growing up to 27 inches long. All Chameleons continue to grow throughout their lives, shedding their skin in bits and pieces unlike other shedding creatures like snakes that shed their skin at one time. These animals live in habitats such as savannas, rain forests, steppes, and semi-deserts found in regions such as Spain, Africa, Asia, Madagascar, and Portugal. They use a special prehensile tail and unique, large toes to grab and hold onto branches and creep slowly along to hunt prey such as insects and birds. Large, rotating eyes move independently to spot prey, enabling Chameleons to have a 360-degree view all around them, even able to focus their vision and enlarge what they are looking at similar to a camera lense. A long, suction cup tongue which can be twice as long as their bodies can dart out quickly to snag food items. Chameleons are unique in another way. Many of the species will give live births, such as the horn-faced Jackson's Chameleon drawn here, while others will lay eggs. The amount of eggs depends largely on the size of the chameleon, small chameleons only layin around 2 to 4 eggs while larger specimens can have up to 100 at one time. Regardless of species, a Chameleon baby will mature in 1 to 2 years. The one exception to that life span are the Madagascan Chameleons which are researched as the vertebrate with the shortest life span, hatching around November and reaching adulthood in January. February sees the new generation of eggs laid, while the adult population has died after only three months.