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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flagSweden
16%
58%
0%
25%
12
flagCroatia
36%
27%
9%
27%
11
flagItaly
38%
50%
5%
5%
18
flagSpain
30%
30%
20%
20%
10
flagthe United States
54%
38%
1%
5%
117
flagGermany
45%
34%
6%
13%
81
flagFrance
61%
38%
0%
0%
13
flagNorway
54%
33%
0%
12%
24
flagthe United Kingdom
43%
36%
7%
13%
144
flagPoland
54%
21%
5%
18%
6256
flagUnknown
42%
12%
10%
34%
477
flagUkraine
58%
16%
0%
25%
12
flagIndia
70%
15%
10%
5%
20
flagthe Netherlands
42%
17%
0%
35%
28
flagRepublic of Ireland
66%
5%
16%
11%
18

Gender

men27%
women22%
to match their surroundings
51%
63%
as a social signal to othe chameleons
23%
20%
their skin change color when pressed
6%
3%
chameleons do not change color
18%
12%

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