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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-07
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gems from India part 2, Bayram's Favorites-1, Dedications to Bayram [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-03 1:27
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Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Whenever I think of lizards,geckos or chameleons I will always remember my friend for 3 days - the Indian Chameleon. Needless to say I had a wonderful time with it and my excitement knew no bounds. Hence, while I do this mini series on lizards I cannot resist posting another shot of this charming one. Hope everyone like it.

I dedicate this photo to our much learned friend Bayram Gocmen for this rich contribution to TN.

The Indian Chameleon, Chamaeleo zeylanicus is a species of chameleon found in Sri Lanka, India and other parts of South Asia. Like other chameleons, this species has a long tongue, feet that are shaped into bifid claspers, a prehensile tail, independent eye movement and the ability to change skin colour. They move slowly with a bobbing or swaying movement and are usually arboreal. Strangely, they do not choose the background colour and may not even be able to perceive colour differences. They are usually in shades of green or brown or with bands. They can change colour rapidly and the primary purpose of colour change is for communication with other chameleons and for controlling body temperature by changing to dark colours to absorb heat.

More then 160 species of Chameleons are known, arranged in nine genera. About half the species occur in Madagascar and neighbouring islands, the other half chiefly in Africa.

The head has a bony casque, ornamented with crests or tubercles. A separation between the eyes, the interorbital septum is present. Pre-maxillary extremely small, edentulous; orbit bony all round, the pre- and post-frontals often joining to form a supraorbital roof; a pair of supra-nasal fontanelles, bordered by the nasals, the prefrontals, and the frontal; the latter bone single; parietal single, often much narrowed and compressed, forming a crest, and meeting posteriorly the extremities of the squamosals. Dentition acrodont; teeth compressed, triangular, more or less distinctly tricuspid. Palate toothless. Eye large, covered by a thick granular lid pierced with a small central opening for the pupil. No tympanum or external ear. Body compressed; neck very short. Vertebrae procoelian. Abdominal ribs present. Limbs long, raising the body. Digits arranged in bundles of 2 and 3; in the hand, the inner bundle is formed of three, the outer of two digits; it is the reverse in the foot. Tail prehensile. Head and body covered with granules or tubercles.

Casque much elevated posteriorly, with strong curved parietal crest; the distance between the commissure of the mouth and the extremity of the casque equals or nearly equals the distance between the end of the snout and the hinder extremity of the mandible; no rostral appendages; a strong lateral crest, not reaching the end of the parietal crest; an indication of a dermal occipital lobe on each side, not reaching the parietal crest. No enlarged tubercles on the body; a feebly serrated dorsal crest; a series of conical tubercles form a very distinct crest along the throat and belly. Male with a tarsal process or spur, Tail longer than head and body. Gular-ventral crest white; commissure of the mouth white.

From snout to vent 7 inches long with a prehensile tail of 8 inches.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Family: Chamaeleonidae
Genus: Chamaeleo
Species: C. zeylanicus

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-03 1:38]

Hi Sumon,
Excellent shot.Details are tacksharp.Colors,blurred BG and genaral quality of photo are perfect.Very well done!
Have a nice weekend...

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-03 1:47]

Hello Sumonda,
We were neighbors and this is superb. I always remember Paul (who always post on Chameleon). I am more tempted to visit you/Hara and pankajda on a photo trip. This shot is just superb. Ganesh

A superb macro-capture of a beautiful chameleon specimen from a favourable lateral POV Sumon, its characteristic, rich colouration and typical stance are finely reproduced in this vertical frame, thanks for sharing this gift of nature with us, my friend.

Wowwwwwww….. wowwwww and once more wooowww …. Sumon

Splendid capture of this beautiful chameleon with fine technical qualities and an excellent pose on a dried branch.
Your exposure was good enough to provide us with great detail of the chameleon's pattern and coloration.
Also you showed us an interesting species. I do not remember it from earlier posts on TN.
I have to admit that I have never seen of this species before, so thanks for sharing this and widening my knowledge on Chameleons :-)
Somebody who has not got any experience with chameleons can think that this guy has got some problem with his camouflage mechanism.
In this way, I can say easily that interestingly and almost all chameleon species exhibit green colouration when they settled black or blackish BG as seen in your capture. The reason and mechanism of this event is still under discussion.
In Cyprus, when we encountered with them on the roads they also shows green colouration. Anyway:-), thanks for your kind dedication to me and of course, I'm taking this in to my favorites:)!
TFS my friend.
My best regards


Hello Sumon,
Splendid capture of this lovely chamaeleon species and nice dedication to an expert on herptiles, Professor Göçmen. TFS. Regards,

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-05-03 3:43]

Bonjour Sumon,

Superbe spécimen. Bravo pour l'harmonie des couleurs et les détails.

Hi Sumon.
Chameleon's splendid picture.

Hi Sumon
It is beautiful. Great diagonal compo perfect sharpness, fantastic colors Nothing to critique

Belissima foto parece ser de plastico exelente foto parabéns.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-05-03 4:45]

Hi Sumon,i haven't words,it's beautifull and perfect in sharpenss and colours,very great work,hve a nice day,Luciano

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-03 5:11]

Hi Sumon,
It's a beautiful shot and a very nice dedication for Bayram. Focus,sharpness,composition, colors, POV and details are very good.

Hi Sumon, superb Chamaleo, I like a lot splendid tail, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, perfect focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

Wow..this is what National Geographic photos are for...Wonderful Sumon...did I miss a long night or what? A super super image...that's 2 supers! clear, well composed and a wonder to gaze on!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-03 7:26]

Hi Sumon,

I love it! The pose is wonderful - love the feet and the coiled tail. Excellent colors and details and the vertical composition is perfect.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-03 7:37]

Hello Sumon,
Chamaeleons are fascinating and to capture one in a fine sharp shot like this that shows the whole animal from a great POV must be as much of a delight as for us to see the photo.
A great tribute to our TN professor, Bayram and thanks for sharing this beauty,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-03 7:53]

Hello Sumon,
I think Bayram is a great inspiration to go out and find these wonderful animals - and here you've really scored again!! What a splendid capture of this beautiful Chameleon. Technically this is superb and I love its pose with the curled-up tail. A lovely background too and a nicely cropped. Excellent work!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-03 11:18]

Hi Sunmon,
Good that you managed to dig it up form your archives.Imagine otherwise we would have n'ver been able to look at auch a briliiant shot.
This is tack sharp, with lovely coloiur contrasts and details.The posture is perfectly timed to cpature.Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

Hello my talented friend Sumon!
I really spent sometime to go through the details on this beauty! so fine and colourful on this Chameleon!
just perfect always
many thanks for the sharing
from NZ, Tony

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-03 14:20]

Absolutely perfect image, Sumon!!!!!
The colours here are beautiful!
Stunning detail and impeccable sharpness.
Very well composed and a perfectly parallel POV.
Brilliant DOF and BG.

Well done!!


नमस्ते Sinha,
Mai tera bath boltei um.
Was born in Goa, India, many, many, many ones ago. 71 sal now.
This species is also found abundantly in the South Portugal; they roll their eyes all around... 360*. The Island of Madagascar too has them all over the place.
GREAT IMAGE. Loved your notes too.
Warm regards from Calgary, Canada, Mario.

I love this series!!!
Great detail here and wonderful composed...great vertical crop! :)
Good stuff!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2008-05-03 23:49]

Hello dear Sumon,
Nice close-up for this strange and impressive "Caméléon" in french. I never see in real, but I would like...
The "+++" : vertical composition, great subject, POV, sharpness, DOF, blurred background, exposure, instructive complementary note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and thanks for sharing,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-05-04 4:54]

Hello Sumon, super qualified capture and nice dedication to Dr. Bayram. TFS and regards,

Realismo impresionante Sumon, creando además un curioso efecto óptico hasta que el ojo se adapta a la imagen. La suave luz hace que puedan ser bien apreciadas las texturas. Acertado formato y bello conjunto. Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-05-04 7:07]

Wow, Sumon, going from butterflies to lizards and what a shot! Splendid! I just love the green lizard against the green background, it is well camouflaged and it shows well. The composition is perfect, this is a fantastic picture and congratulations,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-04 9:01]

Hello Sumon,
Excellent photo of this Chameleon. Great clear colours and fantastic sharpness. Beautiful light. Perfect POV and composition.

Hello Sumon. You have captured this in excellent perspective. The image is top quality and first class. A super capture and very well done. I like it and well done. Best regards. Jusni

Outstanding image, Sumon.
Well compose and "all in"

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-05-04 12:59]

Hi Sumon!

Hmm, that's the kind of picture that makes a comment difficult, because all one can say can be said in one word: superb!

So let me be very short this time...

Kind regards, and congratulations!


Sumon, you have done a great job of capturing this perfectly sculptured creation of nature.
The capture is so realistic I feel as if I am looking at the Chamaeleon with my own eyes.
Perfect colour reproduction, splendid details and very attractive vertical composition.
Great job for which you deserve congratulations!

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-05-04 21:03]

Stunning colors, light, and details. Excellent note. I love the full-frame composition from head to curled tail.

Hi Sumon,
impressive shot, what a splendid colours, I like so much his pose and attitude,
excellent quality of course,
many thanks

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-05-04 23:45]

Hello Sumon,

Great presentation of this chameleon. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Wonderful colours. Superb composition too.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-05-05 0:48]

Hello Sumon,
This is really a beautiful shot of the chameleon, this amazing creature. Amazing to see how it holds on the dried branch. Excellent picture and note too.
Best regards

Hola Sumon, excelente fotografia, nitida y con buenos detalles, muy buena luz y mejores colores. Un saludo

Spettacolare immagine, eccellenti POPV e DOF, stupende la composizione verticale e la postura del camaleonte, ottima nitidezza con perfetta leggibilità della "texture", magnifici i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao maurizio

Hi Sumon Da,
This one is the best I suppose in your chameleon posts here in TN. Lovely dedication for Bayram. Very good composition and excellent sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Fantastic photo! Great sharpness, colours and light!!! Composition is great!

Hallo Sumon
Time is rather limited at the moment, but I could not pass without leaving a few words of appreciation for your posting. Just the other day Loot said he cannot remember when last he saw a chameleon. This "Indian Chameleon" markings and patterns are very prominent and well seen. The texture, and scales are also clearly visible and the bright green colour is very attractive. You have captured it in a lovely close up pose and details like the eye-lid, toe nails and not forgetting to mention the curled up tail are well displayed. Lovely presentation.
Kind regards.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-05-06 5:38]

Hi Sumon

Sorry, but just a very short comment today :(
Another superb shot of a chameleon from you, my friend! I like your entire series with it :)
A very nice vertical composition here with a lovely view of its entire body. Wonderful colors and excellent sharpness.

Bravo and TFS

Beautiful, colourful, sharp and detailed - these are some facts about your picture. I like it a lot dear Sumon!
Best greetings,

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-05-10 23:20]

Un cadrage parfait pour ce beau caméléon.
Bonne journée.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-11 1:15]

Hi Sumon.
I have missed this outstanding picture. Now I correct my inadvertence. Amazing creature, superb shot of it. Colouration and details of the chameleon are fantastic. DOF is great. A bit smoothed BG is looked so greatly as main subject. I like impressive strong vertical cropping too. Bravo. Excellent work.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-06-23 23:08]

Hi Sumon.

wonderful capture, is fantastic the colors of chameleon, excellent sharpness and details.beautiful photo.


Hi Sumon,

I love chameleons since I saw one first time on a beach in Tunisia, when a little boy tried to sell it to me.



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