Hawaii: A fierce-seeking lizard warms hearts at Significant Island coffee farm

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A 3-horned chameleon named Carl is not precisely a warm and cuddly creature. But the Hawaiian coffee farm denizen is receiving a lot of consideration these days, thanks to two books that have been written about him.

The children’s books are fictional, but Carl is a extremely actual lizard. He’s a member of the loved ones of Jackson’s chameleons that reside on the farm close to Kailua-Kona on the large island.

Author Daniel Swanson holds a copy of his first children's book, a work of fiction about the very real
Author Daniel Swanson holds a copy of his 1st children’s book, a operate of fiction about the extremely actual “Carl the Chameleon.” (Greenwell Farms)

Carl, a lot more particularly, lives in an orange tree at Greenwell Farms, a Hawaii Island plantation that has been generating coffee considering the fact that 1850.

Day-to-day tours of the farm, which normally incorporate sightings of Carl, are no cost —  and they are performed by Daniel Swanson.

Following producing some promotional supplies, Swanson went on to create “Carl the Chameleon” and the just-published sequel, “Carl the Chameleon Goes two College.” The books — along with coffee, of course — are sold at the plantation’s retail shop.

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Daniel Swanson, a tour guide at Greenwell Farms, introduces visitors both to coffee beans and Carl, the three-horned lizard that is the subject of two children's books he has authored.
Daniel Swanson, a tour guide at Greenwell Farms, introduces guests each to coffee beans and Carl, the 3-horned lizard that is the topic of two children’s books he has authored. (Greenwell Farms)

The books share the exploits of an adventurous lizard who — regardless of his menacing face with horns — gets picked on by the college bully.

According to Animal-Globe, the fattest of the chameleon’s horns extends from the nose. Two longer, but skinnier, horns protrude from above the eyes, providing the creatures a fierce look. They are one particular of roughly 200 kinds of chameleons.

An old tractor and cart point the way to Greenwell Farms, about 10 miles south of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.
An old tractor and cart point the way to Greenwell Farms, about 10 miles south of Kailua-Kona on the Significant Island of Hawaii. (Greenwell Farms)

No reservations are needed for Swanson’s every day tours, which operate among eight a.m. and four p.m. The farm is positioned at 81-6581 Mamalahoa Highway in Kealakekua, about 10 miles south of Kailua-Kona.

Information: Greenwell Farms, (808) 323-9616

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