There are about 180 species of chameleon, most of which are in Africa and Madagascar, but in Europe we only have the common chameleon which can be found in the coastal provinces of Andalucia – Almeria, Malaga, Cadiz and Huelva. The most likely time of year to spot one is summer when they tend to wander in search of mates or a place to nest. Last summer we found one in the road outside our house and yesterday we saw one clinging on to the gate of our house. In both cases the chameleons crossed over from the scrubby, unpopulated hillside across the road from us.
We coaxed the chameleon off our gate and released it at the end of our road into the Parque Natural. Many of these beautiful lizards are killed on the roads in Andalucia in summer so please keep an eye out for them. They do not move very quickly.