About a year ago, as part of the 'collect and save' mission at Beer Milka, a female common chameleon arrived at the Zoological Garden. The chameleon, a solitary animal, got used to living in a cage and it seemed that it had everything it could desire. A year passed and summer arrived again – the chameleons' breeding season. On one of the last days of August, the chameleon keepers discovered that the 'lady' had received a visitor: a male chameleon that had probably arrived by following the female's sex pheromones, and was trying to get into the cage. The enthusiastic suitor was introduced into the cage and enjoyed the generous hospitality, which included an eager female and fresh crickets. Alas, the honeymoon period was all too short – a few days later the two were observed in a completely different state: the female, wearing prominent warning colors, was hissing, threatening, and biting the male, who had turned pale. The male was released from the cage and went on its way and the female slowly calmed down. Two weeks later the female was observed wearing pregnancy coloration, not to mention chubby as a result of the developing eggs.
The story, however, has a sad ending: just before laying her eggs, probably due to 'pregnancy complication', the female died, not a rare situation in chameleons. About 40 eggs were discovered in the autopsy, but they were not developed enough for successful incubation in an incubator.

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