For what main reason do chameleons change color?

to match their surroundings
as a social signal to othe chameleons
their skin change color when pressed
chameleons do not change color
Color change in chameleons has various func­tion­s, de­pend­ing on the species, but the most common is social sig­nal­ing. Only few species, such as Smith's dwarf chameleon, also adjust their colors for cam­ou­flage.

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to match their surroundings
as a social signal to othe chameleons
their skin change color when pressed
chameleons do not change color
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flagItaly
41%
52%
5%
0%
17
flagthe United Kingdom
49%
40%
6%
4%
112
flagthe United States
55%
40%
1%
1%
109
flagGermany
53%
38%
3%
4%
62
flagNorway
57%
38%
0%
4%
21
flagFrance
61%
38%
0%
0%
13
flagPoland
62%
28%
2%
6%
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flagthe Netherlands
62%
25%
0%
12%
16
flagUnknown
63%
22%
5%
9%
177
flagUkraine
54%
18%
0%
27%
11
flagIndia
68%
15%
10%
5%
19
flagRepublic of Ireland
71%
7%
14%
7%
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Gender

men28%
women21%
to match their surroundings
59%
69%
as a social signal to othe chameleons
28%
21%
their skin change color when pressed
3%
3%
chameleons do not change color
7%
6%

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