Chameleons protect illegal houses in Portugal’s Ria Formosa

Chameleons save illegal houses from demolition.

Chameleons save illegal houses from demolition. Image by William Warby / CC BY 2.0

A chameleon species has unexpectedly saved scores of illegal houses from being demolished in the Algarve’s protected Parque Natural da Ria Formosa area after the local council lodged an injunction to protect the reptiles. The chameleons have taken up residence among the hundreds of illegal homes, which lie within a vast area of marshes, salt pans, creeks and dune islands stretching for 60km off the coast in between Faro and Olhão. Portugal’s environment minister has vowed to appeal the decision. Read more:

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