It was a sweltering day in the Madagascan forest when a creature cautiously approached into view. Mitten-like feet daintily grasped and propelled it along a branch and his body was brilliantly hued in reds, oranges, greens, and blues. Suddenly a similarly colored competitor came into view. Their calm behavior took a turn as they realized the presence of one another. Like Las Vegas billboards in slow motion, it wasn't long before their brilliant greens and blues changed to yellows and whites. The reds remained the same but got brighter. As minutes passed and as they went on their way, the chameleon males were back to their original colors. The amazing color-change abilities of these marvelously designed animals have caught the attention of researchers. What the scientific findings reflect is consistent with an all-wise Engineer whose intellect far surpasses human thought and whose palette of color makes any human artist jealous.
Chameleons are unique lizards of the reptile clan. The family contains 200 species and has many unique features that may qualify it as a single created kind.1 The panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis) has been a major research subject in color technology. Male adults of this species have a greater range of color variation than juveniles and females. Although they can change color and be camouflaged with their environment, male color change is based mostly on their emotional state. Emotions change when they meet other competitive males, or when females capture their interest. Skin color can shift dramatically as blue patches turn yellow to white and red patches grow brighter without changing hue. In just a few minutes their colors can revert back to the original. How do they do this?