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Jackson's Chameleon found on Kauai for first time

Updated: May. 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM HST
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Image: Kauai Invasive Species Committee
Image: Kauai Invasive Species Committee

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - An unwanted visitor has been captured on Kauai for the first time.

A man in Lihue spotted a Jackson's Chameleon last week while walking his dog. He quickly reported it to agriculture officials who later caught the animal.

The chameleons are native to Kenya and Tanzania, but were introduced to Hawaii in the 1970s.

So far, a population has not been established on Kauai, but on other islands, the chameleon is known to feed on native snails and insects, including some endangered species.

This chameleon was flown to Oahu's Bishop Museum Thursday afternoon.

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