The miracle of birth

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13 Aug 2017 20:06 - +3369
TIL some chameleons don't lay eggs. edit: added "some" based on comments/googling, they are fascinating creatures.
13 Aug 2017 20:38 - +2977
Amazing how quick it crawls around on its own.
13 Aug 2017 22:43 - +685
Totally thought you were pulling a fast one on us and that chameleon was pooping.
13 Aug 2017 20:04 - +585
Judging by the upvotes in just a few minutes, this might become a true Karma Chameleon!
13 Aug 2017 21:07 - +541
Huh, i thought they'd lay eggs.
13 Aug 2017 23:25 - +426
It's amazing to me that just seconds after birth the newborn already displays it understands the concept of crawling, depth perception (realizes it cannot make it over to the other leaf), shape recognition (understands where the edge of the leaf is) and an understanding that falling is bad (tries not to fall down after not making it to the other leaf).
13 Aug 2017 20:41 - +125
13 Aug 2017 23:06 - +93
Am I the only one who thought it was just going to the bathroom? I was genuinely surprised when that little critter started running around.
13 Aug 2017 23:33 - +80
"you're on yer own, son. Get a job!"
13 Aug 2017 21:54 - +44
Is this a PSA on some new way to raise your kids? "Plop em out, carry on with your day."
13 Aug 2017 23:45 - +30
Wow, human babies are dumb.
13 Aug 2017 23:25 - +27
Nobody's gonna question about how that mom just dropped it's kid off a branch... It's all about how it looked like poop and chameleons don't lay eggs... Hmph... Could have killed the little guy if it missed the leaf... Child neglect/abuse
13 Aug 2017 20:19 - +20
Can someone explain post natal development to me.
14 Aug 2017 00:10 - +17
Wait wait... hold up, it just pops out and drops where ever it lands? what if there was nothing but open space down below? would it just splat and die? TIL nature is hardcore
14 Aug 2017 00:02 - +17
National Geographic put up an interesting video on [chameleon ranching in Florida]( In a state already home to several invasive reptile species, this one is spreading due to direct human influence. People drop off a couple chameleons in random places, sometimes even other people's property, and then come back later to harvest the chameleons after they've bred. They are then sold as pets. It works because the reptiles are slow as fuck, thus don't spread out far. The ranching trade is also secretive. If an area is discovered, there are people who will flood the area and snatch any chameleon they can find so they all can be relocated before any pet poaching happens. Apparently it's lucrative, considering how there's very little initial cost and there's no need to do thing such as pay to take care of them. They're out there in the wild by themselves. There's also so many ranchers that shipments of the reptiles from their native countries has dropped. This means less animal poaching, and less risk of them becoming endangered in their natural habitat. Then again, they're still an invasive species. So it's hard to say if it's a good or bad thing.
13 Aug 2017 23:27 - +16
Damn to bad we humans cant be born that way. Straight from the womb and out looking for a education followed by a job.
13 Aug 2017 23:34 - +14
The new alien movie is looking good.
13 Aug 2017 23:45 - +11
Still more affectionate than my mom.
13 Aug 2017 23:28 - +9
Life is . . . gross. Add a few encrustations and make the lizards bigger, and this is Resident Evil.
13 Aug 2017 23:30 - +7
Human babies are rubbish
14 Aug 2017 00:04 - +6
Damn! Look at that little guy go! Human babies suck shit compared to chameleons.
14 Aug 2017 00:01 - +6
I saw this video a while back and instantly showed it to my boys. As soon as my then 9 year old saw it, he looked at me very confused and said, "I thought reptiles laid eggs". I was even more confused and felt super dumb that it hadn't registered with me when I saw it. Needless to say, I spent the next hour researching why this one doesn't (or seems like it doesn't).
13 Aug 2017 23:33 - +5
So is this baby born fully equipped with knowledge on how to take care of it self ?
14 Aug 2017 00:20 - +5
I like how he comes out immediately being like " Alright lets get this shit".
14 Aug 2017 02:25 - +5
Mom: "HNNNNNNNNG...and *done*." Babby: "What? Where am I? What is everything?" Mom: "It's life. Get a job."
14 Aug 2017 01:14 - +5
good luck in life you little piece of shit
14 Aug 2017 00:38 - +4
I find natural instinct so interesting. They don't even need logic. They're just like "I feel like climbing up here, I feel like reaching over there."
14 Aug 2017 00:27 - +4
14 Aug 2017 02:47 - +4
'You're on your own now son, I've taught you all I can'
14 Aug 2017 01:25 - +3
So was she aiming for that leaf? Becauseeeeeeee if not >.>
14 Aug 2017 01:50 - +3
the craziest part about this video is how the chameleon has perfectly evolved to give birth this way. the mother drops a baby ball that should just fall straight into the ground. but the viscosity of the baby ball prevents it from free falling, slowly sliding down the branch and then safely plopping onto a leaf. makes me wonder about how many prehistoric baby chameleons fell to their deaths all for the evolutionary benefit of its species.
14 Aug 2017 02:44 - +3
That thing came out ready to do it's own taxes
14 Aug 2017 01:23 - +3
They don't lay eggs? That's awesome!! Didn't know that!
14 Aug 2017 01:40 - +3
I thought I was being duped. I thought I was tricked into watching it poop.
14 Aug 2017 01:34 - +3
Question: so what happens next with this baby chameleon? Because it was a live birth, logic would say it goes back to its mother for milk but ...??? Does it not need its mom after it's born? Does it go from birth right to eating plants? I'm so confused!
14 Aug 2017 00:53 - +3
This guy over here. Fresh out of the womb and he's like "Alright, let's get to it, then. Leaves? I'll climb these shits."
14 Aug 2017 01:46 - +3
Mom of the year award? *poops out baby without looking into the abyss of gravity* "Well if the universe wants ya to live you'll land on a leaf." *splat* "GOOD LUCK KIDDO DON'T LET MY TAIL HIT YOU ON YOUR WAY DOWN" *crawls away from baby*
14 Aug 2017 01:07 - +3
That is pretty damn interesting. I thought it was taking a pre-egg laying shit.
14 Aug 2017 02:22 - +3
I like how the mom is like, "k bye"
14 Aug 2017 01:16 - +3
Live birth, but reptile? So, uh reptilian mammal?

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