This teeny little chameleon might be a few seconds old, but he hasn’t yet realized that he’s out of his egg. The baby panther chameleon, who is still tangled up in his own limbs and tail, gives us a little insight into how reptile looks while still developing in an egg.
Usually when baby chameleons are born, they “pip” their way out of their egg by using special baby appendage called an “egg tooth”. This little guy, a panther chameleon from Canvas Chameleon in Reading, Pennsylvania, was having trouble making his way into the world, so owner Nick Henn had to step in to help.
‘Pipping’ is when reptiles or birds use their egg teeth to break out of their shells. Thankfully the chameleon guy is now safe and comfortable with the rest of his brothers and sisters!
“Here is a baby Panther only seconds old that didn’t realize he was out of the egg”
“I had to help him out of the egg. I don’t believe he would have been able to do it on his own as it didn’t pip correctly so I helped him out”
“If the egg pips on the side for some reason it can be difficult for the little one to push out as their head isn’t near the hole and I’ve actually had them push out other parts of their bodies like their yoke sac which ultimately end up taking their life”
“I felt it was necessary to play Mother Nature and give him a helping hand”
What a cutie! According to Henn, the baby panther chameleon woke up shortly after these pictures were taken. We just hope he wasn’t too embarrassed when he woke up and found everyone staring at him.