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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-18
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50, 52mm C.PL
Exposure: f/7.8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles (Reptilia) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-25 0:18
Viewed: 5799
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
Today I would like to show you the first reptile picture from my last African trip :>

This is a baby of Mediterranean Chameleon - Chamaeleo chamaeleo (Linnaeus, 1758), the only species of family Chamaelonidae known from Tunisia, and one of only two recorded from North part of Africa (the second is Chamaeleo africanus found in Egypt only (world fauna ca. 85 species).

Distribution: Morocco, Western Sahara, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, S Greece (Aegean Islands, Crete, Chios, Samos), Malta, S Portugal, S Spain, SE Turkey, Cyprus, Sinai, Israel, Jordan, SW Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.

Habitat: areas with vegetation, usually in rather dry habitata like pine and eucalyptus plantations, gardens,, olive groves, or oazes, where it is found climbing. Sometimes found also walking on the ground (especially during mating period)

Size: up to 30 cm (including tail)

Activity: mainly at night

Food: different insect and arachnid species

Picture was taken on the bank of small river in Ghannouche village (district Gabes). Believe me or not, but during about 10 minutes of photographing this little lizard changed its body colouration three times! :>

Thank you in advance for your visits and comments! :>

Argus, uleko, anel, montivipera, jlinaresp, boreocypriensis, Miss_Piggy, ramthakur has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-25 3:23]

Hello Radomir,
Just to see a Mediterranean Chameleon for me would be a pleasure but to photograph it in the wild would be fantastic!!
You have done just that in this fine capture taken when it is slightly worried and showing darker tones. the lateral POV and sharpness against a natural blurred BG are great.
Thanks and best regards from Skĺne,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-05-25 3:40]

Hello Radomir,
A really great shot of this fantastic Chameleon that we saw recently on a film from some Greek island where it is plentiful but threatened by tourism! I like the POV and its fine pose on the branch with the tail holding on tightly! Great sharpness, fine colours and well composed too.
Many thanks and all the best wishes, Ulla

Wow! What an amazing creature you have found Radomir,and what a great capture! Perfect POV & exposure, very sharp and beautifully composed.
What a great image.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-25 4:28]

Hello Radomir,
Somehow funny shot..this baby Chameleon has something human in its expression. You caught it in a typical pose with vivid attitude, ready to catch something. Funny how the tail is helding the branch. Seems to have been hot there! I have been in Gabes years ago, but I didn't see any chameleon.
Kind regards

Great shot of a hungry:) chamelon.
Thanks for sharing.


hello Radomir
super picture with great sharpness and good details
beautiful colours to
greeting lou

Ciao Radomir, great portrait of fantastic creature, fine details, wonderful natural colors, lovely blurry BG and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-25 8:13]

Hello Radomir,
Very nice photo of this Chameleon. A pity that the head is in the shadow, but it all looks very natural. Excellent sharpness and a fantastic isolation from the BG. Good composition.

Hi Radomir,
An amazing creature, captured with a superb background and a fantastic POV! good work, good detail and texture, excellent cut. Thanks for sharing! Jesus
PS: useful note anexed.

Hi Radek,

A well timed and nicely composed shot of this Mr. Multicoloured:) with its typical posture on a branch. Nice to you show the function of the typical 5th leg:) -the prehensile tail i mean-. He he...
TFS this beauty MF!
Have a great night!


Time is chasing but….
This is just fabulous. I cannot find any flaws. It is a sheer pleasure to stop by a great photographers work and leave a note of admiration for outstanding work.

First of all, thank you for remembering me, Radomir. I had almost stopped posting on TN in the last one year. Fortunately, my circumstances have now changed to give me more time for TN.
This is a brilliant picture of a reptile from your African trip.
The POV is unique and the features of the subject are very well highlighted in this great shot.
Thanks and regards.

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