Like most chameleons, the veiled chameleon has many features that distinguish it from other lizards. These include a head crest (that is noticeably larger in adults), zygodactyl feet (meaning two toes face forward and two face backward on each foot), a curled and prehensile tail, scaly eyes that are able to move independently, and a long sticky tongue that it uses to capture prey.
Chameleons also have the ability to change their coloration. While often incorrectly assumed to be a camouflaging tactic, chameleons actually change their color as a way to communicate with other chameleons and in response to factors like stress.
Veiled chameleons can grow up to two feet long. Adult coloration ranges from a deep turquoise green to a vibrant lime green, with stripes that can range from brown to yellow. Color can vary greatly depending on the chameleon’s mood. Younger veiled chameleons are a bright green with pale yellow horizontal striping along their bodies. Their crests, called casques, are quite large in male adults, but smaller in young and females.