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   CaliforniaMama  Monday Oct 10 09:43 AM

October 10, 2011 Chamelion

Groan, yawn or gurgle* to start the week.

Photo of his pet, by Scott Thompson

via National Geographic

*Does a chameleon make noise? No but when you expose it to danger it will make a deep throat gurgle sound . . .

Griff  Monday Oct 10 10:08 AM


Gravdigr  Monday Oct 10 03:41 PM


BigV  Monday Oct 10 04:22 PM

yes, very colorful. makes me wonder if he was raised in a cage lined with Jackson Pollock paintings.

That is one beautiful animal.

classicman  Monday Oct 10 04:29 PM

Thats a great pic! Best I could do is here. This one is younger so he isn't as colorful ...yet.

CaliforniaMama  Tuesday Oct 11 08:52 AM

Oh, how sweet!

It looks like one of those weather changing statues that is covered with tiny beads that are either pink or blue depending on the weather.

Wombat  Tuesday Oct 11 10:37 PM

It's doing it all wrong: the background is most definately black.

SPUCK  Wednesday Oct 12 05:09 AM

Needs calibration.

ZenGum  Wednesday Oct 12 05:24 AM

I'd like to put a chameleon on a TV screen.

BigV  Wednesday Oct 12 10:52 AM

I'd like to teach the world to sing.

Sundae  Wednesday Oct 12 04:14 PM

Of course chameleons change colour according to mood, not background...
But we all knew that, right?

classicman  Wednesday Oct 12 04:43 PM

not exactly - according to wiki ...

The primary purpose of color change has been found to be due to social signalling, as opposed to camouflage, although both social signalling color change, and color change for purposes of camouflage do occur in most chameleons, to some extent. Color change is also used as an expression of the physiological condition of the lizard, and as a social indicator to other chameleons. Research suggests that social signaling was the primary driving force behind the evolution of color change, and that camouflage evolved as a secondary concern.[9][10] Chameleons tend to show darker colors when angered, or attempting to scare or intimidate others, and males show lighter, multi-colored patterns when courting females.

Some varieties of chameleon—such as the Smith's dwarf chameleon—use their color-changing ability to blend in with their surroundings, as an effective form of camouflage.[11]

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