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Copyright: rajan rajwade (Mrajan) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 29] (143)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-24
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/137 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-08 10:27
Viewed: 4058
Points: 14
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Hi, today i am posting this chameleon who don have tail. our good friend while biking in hilly area got this road crossing tail cutted chameleon . it was hurted and was not well enough. our friend brought straight away to us to take care. my daughter was very shocked to see it. It was pale very tired and dyeing. it showed good signs of health during 3 to 4 days of care. my daughter was taking its care personally. and it was very comfertable with her. she never allowed it to be offsight. inspite of good care and attention it left this world while my daughter was sleeeping.

she got panic when she observed it dead.

during its treatment i took some photos. this is the one.
The family Chamaeleonidae are a distinctive and highly specialized clade of lizards. They are distinguished by their parrot-like zygodactylous feet, their separately mobile and stereoscopic eyes, their very long, highly modified, and rapidly extrudable tongues, their swaying gait, and the possession by many of a prehensile tail, crests or horns on their distinctively shaped heads, and the ability of some to change color. Uniquely adapted for climbing and visual hunting, the approximately 160 species of chameleon range from Africa, Madagascar, Spain and Portugal, across south Asia, to Sri Lanka, have been introduced to Hawaii and California, and are found in warm habitats that vary from rain forest to desert conditions.

Chameleons vary greatly in size and body structure, with maximum total length varying from 3.4 cm (1.3 in.) in Brookesia minima (one of the world's smallest reptiles, possibly only surpassed by geckos from the genus Sphaerodactylus) to 68.5 cm (27 in.) in the male Furcifer oustaleti.[2] Many have head or facial ornamentation, such as nasal protrusions, or 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 female chameleons.

Chameleon species have in common their foot structure, eyes, lack of ears, and tongues

Chameleons are didactyl: on each foot the five toes are fused into a group of two and a group of three, giving the foot a tongs-like appearance. These specialized feet allow chameleons to grip tightly to narrow branches. Each toe is equipped with a sharp claw to gain traction on surfaces such as bark when climbing. The claws make it easy to see how many toes are fused into each part of the foot two toes on the outside of each front foot and three on the inside.

Their eyes are the most distinctive among the reptiles. The upper and lower eyelids are joined, with only a pinhole large enough for the pupil to see through. They can rotate and focus separately to observe two different objects simultaneously. It in effect gives them a full 360-degree arc of vision around their body. When prey is located, both eyes can be focused in the same direction, giving sharp stereoscopic vision and depth perception. They have very good eyesight for reptiles, letting them see small insects from a long (5-10 cm) distance.

Chameleons have very long tongues (sometimes longer than their own body length) which they are capable of rapidly extending out of the mouth. The tongue extends out faster than human eyes can follow, at around 26 body lengths per second.

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  • ravish (28)
  • [2009-08-08 10:52]
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Hello rajan,
I really liked the DOF in this shot.Nice POV and really appreciate your efforts to save the chameleon.The colours with the contrasting shades is quite balanced but I can figure out a bit greenish shade to the hands as well but for me they show just how much an influence the greens of the lizard have on its surroundings;much like an artwork ;).Nice work.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-08-08 11:11]

hello sir,
good picture. nice colors in this !!!
very nice notes.
a pity that its life ended :(


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-08-08 16:09]

Hi Rajan,

How wonderful that your daughter was such a good nurse to this poor Chameleon. I'm so sorry your story didn't have a happy ending. I have never seen one of these "for real" so it's really nice to see this close-up. A nice vivid green and good details of the face, eye and body.


Nice picture of this chameleon with such interesting green colours.Well done.Regards.Alin.

Hi Rajan, wonderful shot, the colours are so bright. Nice job. I'm sorry for your daughter, but she will have sweet memories of her green friend.

Hello Rajan,

It is amazing to see how green this little fellow is..!
The fine pose is revealing interesting details, seems like he is comfortable sitting on the hand...
A well framed subject, good macro capture!

Pablo -

Hello Rajan,
Beautiful details of Chameleon with excellent sharpness & luminosity. The story is quite touching. God bless your kind hearted daughter.
Regards-Subhash Ranjan

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