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Chameleon Colors Used To Communicate
2013-12-12 09:28:13

[ Watch the Video: Communicating Chameleons Rely On Color ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While the color-changing abilities of chameleons are typically thought of as a defense mechanism, new research published online Wednesday in the journal Biology Letters suggests that the lizards could actually use the trait to communicate with other chameleons as well. Doctoral candidate Russell Ligon and associate professor Kevin McGraw of the Arizona State University...

Mini Reptiles Discovered In Madagascar
2012-02-15 08:41:19

Researchers have discovered four new species of miniature lizards in Madagascar, including one so small it can easily perch on the tip of your finger or on a match head, report scientists in the upcoming Wednesday issue of the open access journal PLoS ONE. Brookesia micra, the tiniest chameleon ever discovered, grows to just about an inch (30 mm) long from nose to tail. All four species discovered belong to the genus Brookesia, known as leaf chameleons, which already contains some very...

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2009-11-23 09:50:00

A new species of chameleon has been discovered in Tanzania by a team of scientists. Dr Andrew Marshall, from the Environment Department at the University of York, first spotted the animal while surveying monkeys in the Magombera Forest when he disturbed a twig snake eating one. The specimen was collected, tested and compared to two others found by scientists in the same area and has now been named Kinyongia magomberae (the Magombera chameleon) in research published in the African Journal of...

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2009-04-21 10:30:00

Keeping warm isn't the only reason lizards and other cold-blooded critters bask in the sun. According to a study published in the May/June issue of Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, chameleons alter their sunbathing behavior based on their need for vitamin D. "It's a longstanding assumption that thermoregulation is the only reason that lizards bask," says Kristopher Karsten, a biologist at Texas Christian University who led the study. "Our results suggest that in addition to...

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2009-04-17 09:39:18

Records test competing theories about the evolution of local species There is a new tool for those developing conservation strategies for threatened species and landscapes: museum specimens. Richard Pearson and Christopher Raxworthy of the American Museum of Natural History dusted off a number of collections from Madagascar and used the location information associated with each species to test different ideas regarding the evolution of locally distributed endemism (unique species confined to...

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2008-07-01 15:25:00

Herpetologists discover that a Malagasy chameleon spends most of its short life in an egg There is a newly discovered life history among the 28,300 species of known tetrapods, or four-legged animals with backbones. A chameleon from arid southwestern Madagascar spends up to three-quarters of its life in an egg. Even more unusual, life after hatching is a mere 4 to 5 months. No other known four-legged animal has such a rapid growth rate and such a short life span. The new research is reported...

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2008-01-30 11:20:00

A recent study led by Dr. Devi Stuart-Fox of the University of Melbourne, Australia, reveals that the color-changing ability of chameleons was first used to make them more noticeable. This is contrary to previous beliefs that they changed color for camouflage, only to help them blend in with their surroundings. Chameleons change colors frequently for various reasons: to control their temperature, for camofoulage and to communicate. Until recently it was unclear why chameleons would...


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2007-02-19 03:38:42

The Bearded Leaf Chameleon or Bearded Pygmy Chameleon, Rhampholeon brevicaudatus, is found in the eastern Usambara and Uluguru mountains in northeastern Tanzania. It is easily distinguished from others in the Rhampholeon genus by the presence of a "beard" below the mouth, consisting of a few raised scales. At a full grown length of only a few inches, it is marked by somewhat drab coloring in comparison to other chameleons, usually assuming a brown or tan coloring. It is quite capable of...

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2007-02-19 03:33:35

The Panther Chameleon, Furcifer pardalis, is a species of chameleon that is a member of the Chamaeleonidae family. It lives throughout the island of Madagascar, varying in color throughout the different regions it is found. It lives mainly in tropical forest biome habitat. Male Panther Chameleons can grow up to 20 inches in length (including the tail). However, they usually tend to be about 17-18 inches. Females are generally much smaller, about half the size. Male Panther Chameleons are...

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2007-02-19 03:28:41

Jackson's Chameleon, Chamaeleo jacksonii, is an African chameleon belonging to the family Chamaeleonidae. There are two other subspecies recognized: Dwarf Jackson's Chameleon and Yellow-crested Jackson's Chameleon. They are native to the humid, cooler regions of Kenya and Tanzania, East Africa, found in great numbers at altitudes over 3,000 meters (9840 feet). There is also a feral population in Hawaii. These are small to medium sized chameleons. Their adult size is about 12 inches in...

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2007-02-19 03:25:41

The Veiled Chameleon, Chamaeleo calyptratus, is a species of chameleon found in the mountainous regions of Yemen and Saudi Arabia. It is also called the Yemen Chameleon. These are expert tree climbers and tree dwellers. They have feet specially designed to grasp limbs and branches. The male veiled chameleon has a green base color and, depending on mood, this green will range from a bright lime green to a dark olive drab. The green base color is marked with stripes and spots of yellow,...

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2005-06-23 09:04:50

Chameleons are small to mid-size reptiles that belong to one of the best known lizard families (Chamaeleonidae). They are famous for their ability to change their color also because of their elongated tongue and their eyes which can be moved independently of each other. The name "Chameleon" means "earth lion" and is derived from the Greek words chamai (on the ground, on the earth) and leon (lion). Distribution and habitat The main distribution of Chameleons is Africa and Madagascar,...

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