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I live in Yemen

I live in Yemen
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-27
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS, Canon 12x zoom 36-432mm equivalent
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/10 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Reptiles - Chameleons 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-08 6:35
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Veiled Chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus) are native to Yemen and southern Saudi Arabia, and reside in an amazing variety of different habitats. They can be found in the dry plateaus, mountains, and river valleys. They are arboreal, preferring to live in trees, bushes, or shrubs. They prefer temperatures of 75° to 95°F (24° to 35°C) and can be found in elevations up to 3,000 feet (914 m). They are insectivorous, though sometimes eat leaves or fruits if water is scarce.

Veiled chameleons are one of about 80 species of Old World chameleons, also called true chameleons. They are aggressive and brightly coloured. They have a casque, a helmet-like ridge, on top of their heads, which is a tiny swelling as a hatchling, but grows to two inches (5 cm) in height as the animal matures. As hatchlings, they are usually a pastel green, but as they mature they acquire bold bands of bright gold, green, and blue, mixed with yellow, orange, or black, that circle their body. The males are usually more strikingly coloured than the females, which are usually shades of green mottled with shades of tan, orange, white, and sometimes yellow.

There is marked sexual dimorphism. Males have a larger body and casque when mature than females. Male body length can reach between 17 and 24 inches (43 to 61 cm) from head to the tip of the tail and they are usually thin in appearance. Females reach between 10 and 14 inches (25 to 35.5 cm) in length. The female's casque is smaller than the males, and they are more heavy-bodied.

They have eyes that can move independently and look in two directions at once, as well as swivel nearly 180 degrees. They are therefore able to look in any direction, and even follow moving objects, without turning their heads or shifting body position. When a prey animal is spotted, both eyes will focus on the insect in order to perceive depth.

They reach sexual maturity within four to five months, at 8 to 12 inches long. Breeding may occur up to three times a year. Females change colours within 18 hours of a successful mating. Egg laying occurs between 20 and 30 days after mating, with clutch sizes ranging from 35 to 85 eggs. The white, oval, tough-skinned eggs are buried in warm sand. The lifespan of a veiled chameleon may be up to five years for females and up to eight years for males.

This one was taken at Taronga Park Zoo, where the enclosure resembled a rainforest rather than the dry environment described above.

For more information, including references, see the Animal Diversity Web account for this species, here:
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/ site/ accounts/ information/ Chamaeleo_calyptratus.html.

I’ve put a shot of the complete animal in the WORKSHOP.

DOBIS, sAner, RAP, carper, vanderschelden, wuta, honza, wallhalla15, marhowie, jmp, valy67, coasties, mlines has marked this note useful
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  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-08-08 6:49]

Hi Chris!
interesting portrait of a Chameleon, nice colours.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-08 7:24]

Hi Chris,

This is a beautiful portrait. The colors are fantastic and the pose of the chameleon is also perfect. Good POV and sharp details. Well done & TFS!


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-08 9:38]

Adoro estos animales y nunca he tenido la suerte de poder verlos personalmente.
Gran colorido, gran nitidez y detalles para mostrar la "belleza" de este animal.
El detalle de sus puas en su cabeza y lomo es grandioso.
Me gusta Chris... gracias por compartirla.
Saludos... Ricardo

I adore these animal and I have never had the luck to see them personally.
Great coloring, great clarity and details to show the "beauty" of this animal.
The detail of their spikes in their head and loin is grandiose.
I like Chris... thank you for sharing.
Greetings... Ricardo

Hi Chris,
the head loks very funny but it's a beautiful animal both in colours and texture.
Well composed, good POV and details. The shallow DOF helps the animal to standout well from the nice BG.
Well done.

Hi Chris

Cool shot with very interesting model :) TFS


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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-08-08 10:55]

Hi Chris,
a real beauty. excelent details and scharpness as well as perfect exposure.
Good colour display of the cameleon.
Not seen so much on TN.
Very well done and TFS

Hi Chris,

One could say "Oh baby i love your green eyes and your envoutant smile"
I just say : it's a nice portrait... ;o)


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-08 13:21]

fantastic head Chris,
a marvelous details, yes I have photographt this one in the Zoo in Rotterdam. it is a fantastic animal, good point of view, very good job.
gr. jaap

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-08-08 14:12]

Hello Cris , A Very great shot , fantastic details sharp colours pov pose a beauty portret ,tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-08-08 16:13]

Nice shot of this chameleon. Perfect sharpness and nice colors.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-09 3:25]

What an amazing looking chameleon, Chris.
I love that huge bulgy eye and that crest.
The colors are vibrant, and the sharpness is spot on.
Effective crop and POV.
TFS. : )

Hi Chris,
Nice close-up on with all details clearly seen. Excellent pov, dof, and composition. Very well done and TFS.

Hello Chris,
this is a very nice portrait of a chameleon.
Great POV, sharpness and very nice colours too. Excellent note and great composition also. Thank you for posting.

Hi Chris,
Sharp detail with very good color and exposed well. A very nice closeup portrait with great eye contact...NOT ;))
Actually, I like the WS full frame version a bit more. Excellent notes,
Very well done and TFS!

What a coulourful prehistoric creature!

Hi Chris,
What a great colors and details and what a pose. I like it that he isn't looking into your lens and totallt at eas with you beign up close. Great DOF and composition.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-09 16:56]

Hi Chris,
Impressive and beautiful chameleon! Perfect shot: color, sharpness, pov and gesture are wonderful!
TFS, José M.

Hi Chris !
What a strange cameleon, I have never seen it before ! This big 'horn' looks great. Excellent details and textures on the skin, wonderful colors, fantatic composition and POV, and very good DOF. The cameleon stands out nicely against the blurred BG. Very well done !

Hi Chris

Congrats, this is a fantastic shot. You show this interesting charachter very well. Good close, clear detail. :-)

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2006-09-29 20:00]

Hi Chris, Very good close up of this interesting guy. The scales show up well. Good classic for TN. Murray.

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