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Old Aug 1, 2010, 12:31 PM   #1
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Default furcifer pardalis/Panther Chameleon

juveniles, the first three are of the male, he was born in March and is month younger than the female. The males go though a drastic ontogenetic color development and he will be very vivid in about 10 more months, reds, purples, blues, greens, white and yellows. The females stay muted in earth tones and display contrast banding (as seen here) when they are non-receptive to mating from the males or threatened, she doesn't like coming out of her enclosure as you can tell. The females colors will turn pale peach, orange and pink when she goes into a submissive role for the male....they are amazing creatures, their eggs can take up to a year to hatch because of the complex eye structure being developed. this species lives in the edge of montane rain forests in Madagascar in low lying trees and shrubs. They are easily adapting to human encroachment, whereas most other species are being endangered by such environmental destruction...







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Old Aug 1, 2010, 2:51 PM   #2
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I have to say Edge, that I really enjoy your posts as they are never predictable.

This post is no different.

I really like the color, lighting and composition of these. They look like photographs that I would see in an issue of National Geographic.

Very well done! Thanks for sharing and giving us some background on these little critters.

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Nice series of a very interesting chameleon. These aren't too easily cared for, either. Yours?
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Good job on an interesting subject, Edge.

(That ought to draw some interesting reptile comments from Ted. Now I'm not the only one he can pick on about my reptile (alligator) shots.) LOL!!
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Excellent shots. perfect exposures. Nice choice of backdrop as well.

You can see why they're called Panther Chameleons their poses really are cat like.
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I have to say Edge, that I really enjoy your posts as they are never predictable.

This post is no different.

I really like the color, lighting and composition of these. They look like photographs that I would see in an issue of National Geographic.

Very well done! Thanks for sharing and giving us some background on these little critters.

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Glad I can keep people on their toes Zig! I've been studying reptiles for a long time...it's quite enjoyable for me. Thanks for your kind words


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Nice series of a very interesting chameleon. These aren't too easily cared for, either. Yours?
Yes Gary, these are mine, I will be getting a few more in the coming months, they are quite a challenge but I'm up for it. thanks for the comments


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Good job on an interesting subject, Edge.

(That ought to draw some interesting reptile comments from Ted. Now I'm not the only one he can pick on about my reptile (alligator) shots.) LOL!!
glad I could divert attention! Thanks!

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Excellent shots. perfect exposures. Nice choice of backdrop as well.

You can see why they're called Panther Chameleons their poses really are cat like.
They move like cats when they want to!
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....what the others have said and i too enjoy your posts very much

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You really have the lighting nailed on your subjects, both these and the previous ones of the python. Great work.

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Good job on an interesting subject, Edge.

(That ought to draw some interesting reptile comments from Ted. Now I'm not the only one he can pick on about my reptile (alligator) shots.) LOL!!
I guess I'm fascinated by reptiles, although not enough to have one as a pet (I just don't see myself feeding living creatures to a pet).

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Your setup and lighting for shooting these guys is really effective. Nice stuff.
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As always, cool shots!
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