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January 2, 2003

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Cleo, the Pet of the Day
Name: Cleo
Age: Three months old
Gender: Female
Kind: Veiled Chameleon
Home: New York, New York, USA
   Cleo is a veiled chameleon. She has a great appetite and eats about 40 crickets a day. Her favorites are the treats she gets which include wax worms and meal worms. Here, she is shedding. She currently sheds every two to three weeks since she is growing very quickly. She changes colors through out the day. When she basks in the sun, she sometimes turns purple! Cleo is very special to me because she was an unwanted "surplus" at the pet store. They gave her away for free because most people ask for male chameleons who supposedly are more decorated and colorful. But Cleo has beautiful stripes and cool color changes as well. When she walks she pretends to be a leaf swaying in the wind as part of her camouflage. And she has this funny hunting ritual where she moves ever so slowly so that I can't even tell she is moving unless I look away for a few minutes and when I turn back to her she has moved a few millimeters. Then when she has patiently made her way close to her food, she pounces, lightening fast, and her cool pink tongue darts out (it's as long as she is) and captures her prey. She is really goofy when I leave water running. I first noticed this when I walked into the bathroom to wash my hands with her on my shoulder. Since then, I have purchased an aquarium pump and leave a bowl of water running for her during the day. She stares at it and will sometimes hang by her prehensile tail on a branch just above the little make-shift fountain.

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