Photographer's Note

Chameleons (family Chamaeleonidae) are squamates that belong to one of the best-known lizard families. The name "chameleon" means "Earth lion" and is derived from the Greek words chamai (on the ground, on the earth) and leon (lion).

Chameleons vary greatly in size and body structure, from approximately 1 in (2.5 cm) Brookesia minima, to the 24 in (60 cm) Calumma parsonii. There is even one species, thought to be unique to Malawi's Mount Mulanje, which is barely 1.5cm across when fully grown. Many have head or facial ornamentation, be it nasal protrusions or even horn-like projections in the case of Chamaeleo jacksonii, or large crests on top of their head, like Chamaeleo calyptratus. Many species are sexually dimorphic, and males are typically much more ornamented than the females.

The main things chameleon species do have in common is their foot structure, their eyes, their lack of ears, and their tongue.

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  • Copyright: Narayanan Ganesan (gannu) (81)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-04-21
  • Exposición: f/7.1, 1/500 segundos
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  • Date Submitted: 2007-04-24 6:15
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