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Hawaii: A fierce-looking lizard warms hearts at Big Island coffee farm

Hawaii: A fierce-looking lizard warms hearts at Big Island coffee farm

A three-horned chameleon named Carl isn't exactly a warm and cuddly creature. But the Hawaiian coffee farm denizen is getting plenty of attention these days, thanks to two books that have been written about him.

The children's books are fictional, but Carl is a very real lizard. He's a member of the family of Jackson's chameleons that reside on the farm near Kailua-Kona on the big island.

Author Daniel Swanson holds a copy of his first children's book, a work of fiction about the very real "Carl the Chameleon." (Greenwell Farms)

Carl, more specifically, lives in an orange tree at Greenwell Farms, a Hawaii Island plantation that has been producing coffee...

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