Chameleon Behavior: Rising Up On Their Hind Legs

Rising up on their hind legs


Rising up on their hind legs is your chameleon’s version of stand and fight. They are giving up the ability to run away quickly on four feet and they are channeling their strategy into fighting. By rising up on their back legs they are able to swing their mouth in most directions to bite the attacker.


Meaning: Your chameleon is feeling threatened and is feeling like they have to defend themselves. The resort to this pose when running away is no longer and option in their mind.

Solution: A chameleon on its hind legs is a fighting stance and you are in danger of being bitten. The solution is to simply leave your chameleon alone!

meller's Chameleon on hind feet
panther chameleon fighting stance
chameleon in defensive position