Veiled Chameleon is an Asian species, native to the southwestern Arabian Peninsula where it is distributed in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. It is a generally common species within its range, in several localities found in high densities.
The population is currently stable. Potential threats are the habitat loss and the collection for the international and domestic pet trade.
The Veiled Chameleon is introduced in United States. Free living populations are now established in Florida and Hawaii.
■ Listed in Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, or Washington Convention).
■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Reptilia – reptiles
■ Order Squamata – scaled reptiles
■ Family Chamaeleonidae – chameleons
■ Species Chamaeleo calyptratus – Veiled Chameleon