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Daemon
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Chameleons

Chameleons have laterally flattened bodies and bulging, independently rotating eyes. They are variously ornamented with crests, horns, and spines. They feed chiefly on insects and are unique among lizards in possessing long, sticky tongues with which they capture their prey. Their changes in skin color are under hormonal and nervous control and are not affected by the color of the background but by stimuli such as light, temperature, and emotion. "Chameleon" is derived from what Greek words? More...
NeuroticHellFem
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Daemon wrote:
Chameleons

Chameleons have laterally flattened bodies and bulging, independently rotating eyes. They are variously ornamented with crests, horns, and spines. They feed chiefly on insects and are unique among lizards in possessing long, sticky tongues with which they capture their prey. Their changes in skin color are under hormonal and nervous control and are not affected by the color of the background but by stimuli such as light, temperature, and emotion. "Chameleon" is derived from what Greek words? More...


Answer: lion & ground.

I'm amazed at their senses. They can see visible & ultraviolet light!
ChristopherJohnson
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I wonder, how could these creatures acquire in the course of evolution the ability to change colour and match the colour pattern of their environment.
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super fast long tongue to catch prey
Milica Boghunovich
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Daemon wrote:
Chameleons

Chameleons have laterally flattened bodies and bulging, independently rotating eyes. They are variously ornamented with crests, horns, and spines. They feed chiefly on insects and are unique among lizards in possessing long, sticky tongues with which they capture their prey. Their changes in skin color are under hormonal and nervous control and are not affected by the color of the background but by stimuli such as light, temperature, and emotion. "Chameleon" is derived from what Greek words? More...


Marvelous creatures!
johnfl
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MY DAD BOUGHT ME A CHAMELEON AT A LOS ANGELES CIRCUS IN 1955. IT WAS FUN TO WATCH IT CHANGE COLORS AS IT HUNG ONTO MY T-SHIRT. ANOTHER FOND MEMORY.
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Scientists have discovered a new species of chameleon, Brookesia micra, believed to be the smallest in the world.
The tiny lizard, native to Madagascar, measures less than 30 millimeters fully grown – and when young, it is small enough to stand comfortably on the head of a match.




It was found by a team of German and American scientists. The miniature chameleon lives on the forest floor by day and crawls into low branches to sleep at night, they say, which is when the researchers spotted it. Dr Frank Glaw of the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology, who led the expedition, told the BBC he and his colleagues scoured the forest at nightime during the wet season, using torches and headlamps to spot the rare lizards as they roosted.
They were seen only in one remote islet in Madagascar's uninhabited Nosy Hara archipelago, which the scientists suggest provide the explanation for their small size. In a phenomenon known as island dwarfism, species confined to islands commonly evolve into miniature versions of their mainland cousins, according to Wired, possibly due to limited resources and pressure to reproduce faster.

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0031314
Celia Harper
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Angel I thought the picture of the bright green chameleon matching the foliage on which he was posed was just awesome. Whatever the scientific explanation, it is surely a wonder of nature. It brightened my morning.
Fredric Frank Myers
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I have always enjoyed these guys and wanted one or ten as friends.
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