A fascinating discovery recently published by David Protzel and Frank Glaw revealed tubercles arising from bones of
the skull displace all dermal layers other
than a thin, transparent layer of
epidermis, creating a 'window ' onto the
bone. In the genus Catumma, the number
of these tubercles is sexually dimorphic
in most species, suggesting a signalling
role, and also strongly reflects species
groups, indicating systematic value of
these features. Co-option of the known
fluorescent properties of bone has never
before been shown, yet it is widespread ...
Except of unintentional sounds, that the
chameleon bodies can give when touching some
objects or deeply breathing, chameleons
surprisingly do make sounds proactively,
Hissing, buzzing, spine-thrusting
Hissing, wheezing, coughing
Humming, buzzing, tapping
Buzzing, drumming, cursing,
Bill Strand covers these and many more topics in his legendary Chameleon Breeder Podcast!
A poetry reading based on Locksley Hall by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Dealing with predators, parasites, and insects
None. Bill talks about all of these
Dealing with heat, cold, and wet weather
Elise: Is there a message you would like to
pass along to our community?
Craig: I would say, take it slow. I know
chameleons can be very addicting and there
is such variety, and that it's easy to get
carried away I think many of us have been
there, but it's important to think of the level
of care and commitment chameleons need.
Lots of people want to breed chameleons,
but once you go down that road you'll
realize that there's a huge amount of time
and money involved and it can be
overwhelming. Take it slow, make sure this
what you want to do, stick with it, and most
of all, enjoy it!
Take it slowly
All of the above
Be sure you are ready for the level of care and commitment
Stick with it, and enjoy the process
We are happy you are here, David!
A PhD holder specializing in chameleon fluorescence
A Layman, interested deeply in The Chameleons of Madagascar
A teacher, finishing his PhD studies this year
A grand-nephew of the world famous german herpetologist Robert Mertens
Veiled: Chamaeleo calyptratus
Almost everyday regardless of whether it is rainy or dry season
Only in the rainy season.
Never, it is a desert.
Only if monsoons blow from the seacoast
Mate-guarding is typically where a male will stay in the close vicinity of a female in order to prevent other males from mating with her during her receptive period. In this way, the male has a better chance of fathering her offspring. Again, this has been well studied in Chamaeleo chamaeleon in a series of papers by Mariano Cuadrado in the late 905 and early 00s. Cuadrado showed that male C. cahamaeleon will invest more ' in guarding larger females, as they produce the largest clutch sizes.
Male and female chameleons roosting very closely together
The way in which a male chameleon holds the female tightly for copulation
When a female chameleon flashes non receptive colors
When two male chameleons fight over a female
A few things to be aware of with
quite cold sensitive so if you do
not give them winter protection
and they go below 30 to 28f, you
are going to get some serious
2. although there
are "door yard" varieties that stay
somewhat small.....they can
grow rather large and require a
lot of pruning.....and
3. they are in the poison
lvy family the sap absolutely
contains urishol (the substance
in poison ivy that causes
dermatitis), so if you prune them
and get the sap on you, and you are
highly sensitive to poison ivy or
poison oak or sumac, chances
are, you will be to mango trees
The mango tree branches are the best for use in enclosures
Mango trees are cold sensitive and will need winter protection
Most mango trees grow too large to use in an enclosure
Mango trees are in the same family with poison ivy
The name Graceful Chameleon, under which it often is mentioned in english speaking communities is very likely uncritically repeated error of misunderstanding the meaning of the Latin expression “gracilis”, that means “thin, slender” and not “graceful”
...gracilis is not Trioceros but Chamaeleo and lives in subsaharran not suprasaharran Africa
...arabicus is Chamaeleo not Chameleo.
...laterispinis is not a leaf chameleon.
...the name of the Indian chameleon was CORRECTLY derived from the name of the island Ceylon, latinized as zeylanicus and it DOES live there.
...Trioceros feae is the only chameleon species inhabiting the island Bioko, laying close to the Cameroon coast but belonging to Equatorial Guinea actually.
The name of the indian Chameleon, Chamaeleo zeylanicus was incorrectly derived from the name of the Sri Lanka island, where he does not live
Trioceros feae is the only chameleon species inhabiting the island Bioko, laying close to the Cameroon coast but belonging to Equatorial Guinea actually
The arabian chameleon Chameleo arabicus inhabits parts of Yemen and Oman, including the island of Masirah
The Graceful chameleon Trioceros gracilis is widespread in all suprasaharan Africa
Trioceros laterispinis is a smal leaf-chameleon species from Tanzania
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