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Chameleon


Chameleon
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Copyright: Gary Larsen (gelarsen) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 46 N: 33] (124)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-21
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG AF, B+W 82mm 010 UV-Haze
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-14 18:08
Viewed: 4231
Points: 2
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Chamaeleo jacksonii (Jackson's chameleon)
I shot this photo while visiting the California Academy of Science in San Francisco. Fortunately with these guys you don't have to worry about any movement when using a slow shutter speed. They just stand there like they are frozen.
Most are approximately 15-35 cm in length. They normally display varying shades of green but can turn as dark as black when in great distress. They are sexually dimorphic. Males have three long, pointed horns protruding from the head. These horns are absent or poorly developed in females. The back of the head displays a small crest. There are small spines along the vertebral line. Like other chameleons, Jackson's chameleon has zygodactylus feet (divided so that two toes point inward and three point outward) which are specialized for tree life, and a prehensile tail which is also used for gripping.
The most recognizable feature of all chameleons, however, are their eyes. The pupil is the only part visible from its covering of skin. Each eye rotates a full 180 degrees and is independent of the other. Chameleons have unusually strong control over the curvature of their lenses, and may actually magnify an image.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-01-14 20:10]

Hello Gary,
Amazing color, excellent composition, and great exposure describes this fine image!!
Ron

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