Interactions With Humans:

                The Jackson's Chameleon has many interactions with other species.  One of the main interactions it has isJackson's Chameleon in a terrarium with humans! Many people like having this unique organism as a pet.  It has gained popularity as a funky pet in many homes across the United States.  This organism went from only being found in the wild in its own natural habitat to now living along side people in their homes.  Between 1977 and 1981, the popularity of this pet skyrocketed and caused a high increase of exports from Africa (Carpenter et al. 2004).  



Predation and Invasive Species:

                 Just like the nutrition page stated, the Jackson's Chameleon is a predator.  A group of tA dragonfly is food for the Jackson's Chameleonhe Chameleons was brought to Hawaii from Kenya in the early 1970's as intention of being pets.  One of the first shipments of these animals was not in very good condition and it was placed outside where many of them were released.  This was the first known time that the Chameleons were released into the environment of Hawaii.  This slowly increased to a self-sustaining population of lizards.  Because of this event in history, the Chameleon is now interacting with some of the native species of Hawaii.  The interaction of the lizard with the native population is predation.  It hunts snails, grasshoppers, caterpillars, planthoppers, beetles, and dragonflies (Costello et al. 2009).  There is speculation to whether this is good or bad to the environment of Hawaii.  Some argue that the lizard is killing too many of these small critters while some argue that the lizard is merely controlling the population of the critters. 

**If you want to learn more about what role these small insects play in the chameleon's life, click here!


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