Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): Hello Mr. Jackson, what are you doing here in Huelo Maui?

Hello Mr. Jackson, what are you doing here in Huelo Maui?

Hello Mr. Jackson, what are you doing here in Huelo Maui?

jackson chameleons

I was pleasantly surprised to meet this little fellow this morning, as he was crossing the road.  We don't usually find Jackson's Chameleons in this part of Haiku, the Huelo area.  We've brought some here in the past and let them go, but that was a really long time ago.  This young male can't be very old and was probably born here.

They aren't native to Hawaii but they have adapted well in the upcountry area of Makawao which is not far away, but a higher elevation.  They like high humidity and need cool temperatures at night.

jackson chameleon in Huelo Maui

When he's out in the open he's pretty easy to see, and that's how I spotted him.  But just wait until he gets amongst some leaves and greenery, and if you blink you'll never see him again!

jackson chameleons

When these lizards stand still they are very, very hard to see.  With their cute little feet and prehensile tail they can cling to just about anything, and they love to climb.  They feed on insects and fruit and can catch flying bugs with their incredibly long tongue.  Mr. Jackson here is only about 7 or 8 inches long with his tail, climbing in a hibiscus bush.

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Comment balloon 7 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • November 16 2013 07:37PM


Georgina, what beautiful photographs you were able to obtain of Mr. Jackson.  I love lizards, and at the same time, are frightened by them, but they sure are fascinating.  This little guy is adorable.

Posted by Jean Hanley, Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes (Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters) about 5 years ago

Hi Georgina,

Great pictures and they are so cute and I can see how they would hid in the bushes as they are camouflaged.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) about 5 years ago

The first ones look like he is using the flower as a microphone.

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) about 5 years ago

What a cute little fella Georgina! I think he is "awing" the flower in the first shot!

Posted by Mitch Muller - Charlotte NC Real Estate, Certified Residential Specialist (ProStead Realty Charlotte, NC CRS SRES about 5 years ago

Yup Mr. Jackson is getting ready for a little Karaoke in Haiku, to sing the praises of this wonderful neighborhood.  Thanks for your comments.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 5 years ago

I havent seen one of those in sometime now. Aloha Jeff

Posted by Jeffery Griffin, Broker Owner (Jeff Griffin LLC ) about 5 years ago

How cool is that! I have never seen anything like that before! And he blends in so well with the foliage!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 5 years ago

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