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Unread postby DuQues » Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:30 pm

christo wrote:As the name says, their camouflage is excellent so happy hunting!

Actually at night they are easy to spot. Just shine your spotlight around, the white blotches that suddenly change color are chameleons.
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Unread postby Liam » Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:20 pm

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On a Guided Game Drive. Just crossing the road the guide got out and picked him up and showed it to us.
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Unread postby DuQues » Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:05 pm

Having tranported one to the side of the road it wanted to go, to avoid a Splash!, those little hands have quite a grip for an animal that size!
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Unread postby Candy's Style » Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:18 am

It sounds like chameleons and other reptiles do have problems with adapting to the urban areas :(
The first chameleon I had ever seen was climbing up on a telephone wire, at that time I was about 9 years old and very over excited :lol:
My second one I saw was a few weeks ago but I was still a bit over excited :redface: ...
It was 'gliding' from one flower to the next by swinging the branches of the flowers. This, of course, happened in slow motion but it was an effective way of getting around :lol: When I approached him his tail started turning black and by the time I had left his whole hind portion was black.

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Re: Chameleon

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:55 pm

How do chameleons change colour?

The skin of chameleons contains pigment cells called melanophores and chromatophores. The melanophores produce a black pigmentation that causes the chameleon to turn dark, while the chromatophores have yellow and red pigments. Sensory perception to their surrounding environment relays signals via the nervous system that stimulate the appropriate cells to react accordingly. The chameleon's colour changes throughout the day, depending on its mood, surroundings and temerature.

Despite their ability to change colour and to blend into the background, many fall victim to snakes like the boomslang and to vine snakes, as well as to birds.

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Unread postby fooble » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:54 pm

Couple of Flap Neck Chameleon Chamaeleo dilepis Photo's
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Re: Chameleon

Unread postby Nannie » Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:34 pm

Have not notice this before,but on download saw that they walk on the points of the toe nails on the tar, or any flat surface for that matter.

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Re: Chameleon

Unread postby zebedy » Fri Oct 23, 2009 1:15 pm

strange question for the experts.

On 2 consecutive days a while back I found a chameleon "floating" down the Olifants river (Phalaborwa, SA) and managed to rescue them and set them free on a tree back away from the rivers edge.

There weren't really any trees overhanging the river (only reeds etc), so I'm wondering how they might have ended up in the water - dropped by a passing bird perhaps? Any thoughts would be welcome.

Also does anyone have any info on whether they can actually swim.
The ones I saw had spreadeagled themselves to try and remain afloat, which seemed to be working but they seem very releived to struggle to the stick I held out for them and clamber aboard and come back on to terra firma.

They seemed none the worse for their adventure

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Re: Chameleon

Unread postby johny8 » Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:55 pm

You all have shared nice experience here in this topic.
I like chameleon for its unique feature of stereoscopic eyes that make it different form other class of lizards. There are 160 different species of chameleon in the world today.
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Re: Chameleon

Unread postby fooble » Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:50 am

Chameleons can indeed swim,
They inflate there bodies and become quite adept to float and paddle around wit there feet, obviously they will not go directly into water for "fun"
but if they happen to fall off a branch ect they are able to get to land again.

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Re: Chameleon

Unread postby zebedy » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:32 pm

thanks fooble.
I'd say they were "floating" more than actively swimming and did really seem appreciative to clamber onto the stick I held out to them. Then enjoyed their boat ride back to the bank too.

So, I guess i didn't really need to rescue them but I'm pleased i did (just in case). I probably wouldn't intervene again, although it gave my boat safari guests a lovely opportunity to see chameleons close up, and i could point out the telescopic tongue and independently moving eyes etc.

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Re: Chameleon

Unread postby xenokal » Sat Jan 23, 2010 3:47 pm

They are simply amazing little things!!!!
These are not from SA but wanted to share a little information. They are abundant in Kenya with all these taken in 1 garden(Nairobi)... Normally they are easy to spot at night as previously stated in this thread but there are so many of them you spot them during the day....

Amazing!

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Re: Chameleon

Unread postby fooble » Sat Jan 30, 2010 4:46 pm

I often get many chameleons bought to me from people who remove then from their environment only to have difficulty keeping them and handing them over,
and mixing up population densities is not a good thing at all.

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Re: Chameleon

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Apr 09, 2010 5:18 pm

This one was crossing the road in Kruger and while trying to protect him by blocking the road, a Yellow-billed Kite suddenly swooped down and plucked it off the road right in front of us. :shock:

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Unread postby Sprocky » Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:18 pm

Elsa, now I have no problem with that. :thumbs_up:

As they say in the classics...."_ _ it happens"!


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