Chameleons are some of the coolest animals on the planet. Not only can they change color to their surroundings – which is one of the wildest defense mechanisms on Earth – but the larger ones have prehensile tails as well, meaning they can grasp things and hang from it.
Apparently, they also don’t like being woken up in the middle of the day. In this video uploaded to YouTube by Alex Perez, a large chameleon is angry when his cage is opened and lashes out at his owner by hissing and trying to bite his fingers. It doesn’t give up easily, not allowing him anywhere near it without attacking over and over.
Looking like some sort of prehistoric killer, his body turns camouflage and he emits guttural hissing noises you haven’t heard since the last Jurassic Park. The owner laughs and baits him a bit, clearly not expecting this reaction from his little pet – apparently named Gringo.
With his independently moving eyes – that’s right, chameleons can look in two different directions at once – he tracks his prey, determined to inflict pain for waking him from his afternoon slumber. The owner laughs and threatens the animal in a friendly way, saying, “I survived a hawk attack, I can take you on fool”.
Chameleons aren’t native to North America, with most types generally sticking to sub-Saharan Africa, but have been introduced to the United States as pets. Because of it, Hawaii and parts of California and Florida have reported feral Jackson’s chameleons (the ones with the rhino horns).
The animal in this video looks like a veiled chameleon that are native to Yemen and Saudi Arabia and can grow up to two feet in length. They mainly eat insects but are actually omnivorous.
As the owner mentions, his chameleon reminds him of the raptors in Jurassic Park. Perhaps he should sleep with one eye open tonight – if that movie has taught us anything, it’s that they can open doors now.