The chameleon, emblem of Axarquia in Andalucia

In this article you will find the essential information about the chameleon in Andalucia, Spain :

camaleon axarquia andalucia

A few words about the chameleon

The common chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) is a species of iguana lizard of the family Chamaeleonidae and the only representative of its family in Europe.

cameleon en andalousie en Espagne

Where do chameleons live in Spain?

The chameleon is a rare species in Europe. It can be seen in Sicily, the Algarve and Andalucia.

It is also possible to find a few specimens in the community of Murcia, but it is in Andalucia that we will find almost all the chameleon population living in Spain.

camaleon en axarquia andalucia Espana

Where do chameleons live in Andalucia?

Most of the chameleon population living in Spain is concentrated in a very small area in Andalucia.

Indeed, 85% of the chameleon population lives in Axarquia, in the province of Malaga.

camaleonte in andalusia

Where can you find a chameleon?

In Axarquia, you can find a chameleon, even though it is quite rare, both on the coast like in Torrox and in the mountains like in Canillas de Aceituno.

The Junta de Andalucia initiated a conservation and protection programme for the chameleon some years ago.

Chameleon in Andalusia camaleón en Torrox, Andalucia .
camaleón en Torrox

What to do if you see a chameleon?

If you come across a chameleon, the best thing to do is to stop and simply observe it.

Do not disturb them, and of course do not take them. These animals are protected and the Guardia Civil is responsible for their protection. It has even set a fine of several thousand euros for any chameleon theft!

To protect them, especially in summer, you have to be vigilant on the road, it is not uncommon to come across them in the hottest hours. And this animal, like the hedgehog, is “camouflaged”, it does not flee. So be careful not to run over them.

Nota Bene : on the first 2 photos, we see a chameleon on my hand, I specify that I did not take the chameleon in its natural element. I took 2 photos after having “taken it out” of the road to protect it.

Below, a chameleon in Andalucia about to cross a road in Torrox Costa:

Here is a last video of the chameleon I took out of the road, I put it back in an avocado tree which was next to it.

Some useful links

Here is a link to other articles on Axarquia.

If you are in Andalucia as part of a tour with several major cities to visit, here are some links that may be of interest:

Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga

First video, credit, under main title : Nove Nyberg

Find more ideas for visits to authentic Andalusia: see the blog pages on Andalucia.

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