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Cameleon tail


Cameleon tail
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Copyright: Mn Gl (marjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-04
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-04-12 6:19
Viewed: 5392
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is very first photo of cameleon.
On this photo I show only one interesting part of cameleon body. On nextt photos some more.

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).

Change of color
This Mediterranean Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) turned black after being frightened by a dog
This Mediterranean Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) turned black after being frightened by a dog

Some chameleon species are able to change their skin colour, which has made them one of the most famous lizard families. Changing colour is also an expression of the physical and physiological condition of the lizard.[1] The colour also plays an important part in communication.

Chameleons have specialized cells, collectively called chromatophores, that lie in layers under their transparent outer skin. The cells in the upper layer, called xanthophores and erythrophores, contain yellow and red pigments respectively. Below these is another layer of cells called iridophores or guanophores, and they contain the colourless crystalline substance guanine. These reflect, among others, the blue part of incident light. If the upper layer of chromatophores appears mainly yellow, the reflected light becomes green (blue plus yellow). A layer of dark melanin containing melanophores is situated even deeper under the reflective iridophores. The melanophores influence the 'lightness' of the reflected light. All these different pigment cells can rapidly relocate their pigments, thereby influencing the colour of the chameleon.
Meller’s Chameleon Chamaeleo melleri
Meller’s Chameleon Chamaeleo melleri

Numerous species of chameleon are available in the exotic pet trade. Jacksonii ssp and calyptratus are by far the most common, and are frequently captive-bred. Most species of chameleons are listed on CITES, and therefore are either banned from exportation from their native countries or have strict quotas placed on the numbers exported. However, lack of enforcement in what are mostly poor countries reduces the effectiveness of this listing. However, captively bred animals of the most popular species (Panther, Veiled, and Jackson's) are readily found.

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Colorido fantástico y bellos detalles junto a una muy buena nitidez hacen de esta fotografía un excelente trabajo.
Saludos Marjan, JL.

Hi Marjan, wonderful macro with splendid details of camaleon tail, creat colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Cao Marjane!
Znam da ne bi trebalo da obradjujemo slike ovde ali nisam odolela da napravim workshop, prelep detalj samo ta ruka tu smeta!

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