Can you see him... the Jackson? Sure, it's easy up close, but not so easy unless you know it's there.
These cute reptiles have become established on Maui, mostly in the upcountry area between Makawao and Kula. They like the cooler elevations and reproduce in the trees and bushes of neighborhood gardens. This one is a male, with the horns on the front of his head. They have the cutest little hands and feet that grip the branches while their eyes look in two different directions. Slow moving and careful, they're really hard to see.
Here's the Jackson again.
Males can get to be about 12-13 inches long with tail (which is prehensile by the way). Females are smaller and don't have the horns. The babies are small - just a couple of inches! The tonque is incredible... it shoots out and zaps flies in mid air! You have to see it to believe it.
Jackson Chameleons are considered an invasive species here on Maui, as they were introduced, and are now thriving. It can wreak havoc on the delicate ecosystem when a new species comes along and has no natural predator. It's forbidden to transport them between islands, but they are quite popular with kids of all ages, and get carried around all over the place.
Are you thinking of moving to Maui? Looking for a home upcountry? Let me be your guide.
Georgina M. Hunter R(S) - an experienced Maui Realtor
Working with Jim Sanders Realty Inc. Paia, Maui HI 96779