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Chamaeleo zeylanicus (For Bayram)

Chamaeleo zeylanicus (For Bayram)
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-24
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Kenko UV 62mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications to Bayram [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-07 10:25
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Today's post I dedicate to Bayram (boreocypriensis).

Chameleons (family Chamaeleonidae) are Welsh squamates that belong to one of the best-known lizard families. The word is the Latinized form of the Ancient Greek χαμαιλέων (khamaileon), from χαμαί (khamai) "on the earth, on the ground" + λέων (leon) "lion", translating the Akkadian nē qaqqari, "ground lion".

Chamaeleo is a genus of lizard found in tropical Africa and Asia. They are slow moving, arboreal, with independently movable eyes, the ability to change skin colouration, long tongue, prehensile tail and special leg adaptations for grasping vegetation.

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.

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.

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

Source: Wikipedia

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-07 10:28]

Hello Haraprasan,
beautiful shot and a very nice dedication for Bayram. Focus,sharpness,composition, colors, POV and details are very good.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Haraprasan, great dedication to our friend Bayram, strange greature with fantastic colors, perfect focus, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hallo Haraprasan
I have not seen chameleons in our garden for many years and I wonder why. Looking at your image sends wonderful memories of my childhood days when we used to place the chameleons on subjects of all different colours to see how they change colour. This is a lovely dedication to fellow member Bayram. The variety of greens of its skin and the patterns formed on the body is beautiful. It seems as if this one has climbed from down under and when it reached the top it had to gasp for fresh air. Ha-ha, how silly can one get when your imagination runs away with you? Thanks for sharing.
Best regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-07 11:25]

Hi Hara,the point of view make a difference,impressive details of this nice cameleon,and take that whit the open mouth is great!!!Have a nice day,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-07 12:00]

Hello Haraprasan,
Very nice pose with the mouth open. Good timing, composition and POV. Great sharpness in the patterns of the body and head.
Beautiful natural colours.
Very nice dedication.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-07 12:02]

Hello Haraprasan,
A fine capture of an Indian Chameleon taken from a fine POV on his insect hunting point as he opens his mouth to shoot. Excellent contrasting OOF natural BG that shows the chameleon up well in this great composition.
Thanks for delighting us with this, a fine tribute to our expert herpetologist, Bayram.
Kind regards,

Ahhhh.... what a great surprise to me my dear friend.
Thanks a lot for this pleasant dedication.
Your notes are also excellent!
i liked the composition so much my friend.
Thanks once more. Tomorrrow i will complete my 1st Year on TN. Thus this beauty was a timely present for me:-)


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-07 13:38]

Hi Haraprasan,

This Chameleon is fantastic!!! The colors and textures are wonderful. I love the open mouth, the ring around the eye, the patterns of the skin, and the way he is grasping the rock. A perfect dedication for Bayram and I'm sure he will love it too.


hello Haraprasan

excellent photo of this Chameleon shot with fine POV and framing,
excellent focus, beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness and details,



Hi Haraprasan,

Bayram will appreciate the dedication I'm sure. Amazing poise registered by your optics. Sharp focus with very nicely silenced background. Well done and I like it.


Hi Haraprasan,
Very good capture and kind dedication. TFS

Prof Bayram should be pleased with your dedication, HP.
This is a fantastic capture of a Chameleon from a very good side perspective. The features of this reptile have been well captured in this image. The OOF busy BG does not distract the attention form the subject.
Well done and TFS.

Hello Haraprasan
Excellent composition and nice pose. Great dedication too.

Beautiful shot of thisa pretty cahamaleon Haraprasan. Also eonderful dedication.
TFS and regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-08 1:17]

Hello Haraprasan,
Great capture of this Chameleon in a fine pose! Wonderful colours and details of the skin markings and a very nice composition.
A nice dedication to Bayram!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Haraprasan,

Nice image of the chameleon,wish we could see the tail part which usually it curls,but this is the main attraction of this reptile[even the tounge].tfs

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-08 4:41]

Hello Haraprasan, abeautiful shot of a Zeylan chamaleon with nice pose. Nice dedication too.
TFS and regards,

I like the low POV and open mouth pose HP.
Nice color, exposure, and detail with a great BG too :)

NAMASTAY Harprasan,
Had one of these as a pet. They have LONG LONG tongues.
Great display of this EXOTIC species.
Loved your notes.
Mario with warm greetings.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-08 9:23]

Hi Haraprasan.
Superb, perfectly composed shot of an amazing scene. Cute animal on an impressive stone is looked greatly and nicely smoothed and coloured BG is the wonderful decoration of the picture. Technically shot is taken perfectly. My best regards and TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-08 12:16]

Hi Haraprasan,
a superb photo of this Chameleon which is great for a dedication to Bayram :-)
Very good pose.
Superb composition.
Nice colours.

Well done,

Namaste Hara das,
Beautiful patterned Chamaeleon.
Nicely composed with good light.

A lovely (male ?) individual captured in a characteristic pose from a good, low POV Haraprasan, used to keep several chameleons (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) in our summer home during my younger days (well, half a century ago...), they are wonderful companions. Thanks for sharing this image with us my friend.

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