Chameleon Care Guide
Physical description Length, 9-25 feet. Yellow, black, or brown with light spots. Rumored to change colors like a chameleon. Large head, with a luminous or reflective spot on a caplike structure. May also have a pair of backward-curving horns. Inflated neck. Batlike wings. Wingspan, 30 feet.
Especially dramatic, romantic, and attention seeking, the theatrical histrionic is the epitome of the basic histrionic pattern. Described by Fromm's marketing orientation, such individuals essentially live as commodities, marketing themselves as chameleons on social demand, and changing the characteristics they display depending on audience and circumstance. For them, nothing is intrinsic. Instead, the self is subordinated to the requirements of the social economy transformed, synthesized, fabricated, and packaged to optimize their appeal to the given market niche. Style is not only valued over substance but also valued to the exclusion of substance. As a result, the theatrical histrionic exists largely without depth, as having inner identity limits potential maneuvering. Rather, reading the motives of others and reflecting back to them what is attractive, pleasing, and seductive is their prominent endeavor.
In this scenario, the game played out between hunter and hunted is concerned with the real versus the unreal, the ability to detect unusually fine discrepancies of a devouring chameleon against a background specifically chosen to seem ordinary, if not mundane. Successful predators do not announce nonchalantly, I am here to eat you but instead crouch down, blend in, make keen observations at a distance, move silently, pick their moment, close in, and finally, seize the element of surprise. The cheetah springs, the gazelle dies, and the world goes on.
Increasingly, it is being accepted that conservation is driven largely by proprietorship and price (see, for example, Child, B 2000a Child, B 2000b Child, G and Chitsike, 2000), acting within the biological parameters that limit a sustainable offtake. Many traditional systems for conserving a species in the savannas of southern Africa were weakly developed as stronger institutions were unnecessary at the low population densities prevailing when white people settled in the region. They acted through such devices as taboos against killing species like hyaena, hammerkop or chameleon prohibitions on people hunting or eating their totem animals like eland, zebra, monkeys, squirrels or crocodiles forfeiture of scarce or valuable products to the ruler, in the case of ivory, pangolin meat, leopard pelts and the like or the creation of areas whose use was limited to specific purposes. These areas were
(4) The African elephant (Loxodonta africana) has been suggested by Georg Kaspar Kirchmayer and Sylvia K. Sikes. Sources Bibl e, Ol d Testament (Job 40 1524) Samuel Bochart, Hierozoicon, sive, bipartitum opus De animalibus Sacrae Scripturae (London John Martin and Jacob Al l estry, 1663), vol. 2, chap. 15 Edmund Goldsmid, ed., Un-natural History, or Myths of Ancient Science Being a Collection of Curious Tracts on the Basilisk, Unicorn, Phoenix, Behemoth or Leviathan, Dragon, Giant Spider, Tarantula, Chameleons, Satyrs, Homines Caudati, &e. (Edinburgh Edmund Goldsmid, 1886) Marvin H. Pope, ed., Job (Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday, 1965), p. 266 Roy P. Mackal, A Living Dinosaur In Search of Mokele-Mbembe (Leiden, the Netherlands E. J. Brill, 1987), pp. 5-7.
Physical description Height, 4-5 feet. Covered in short, gray fur. Said to have a chameleon-like ability to change color. Skin appears to have darkened spots. Large, round head. Huge, lidless, fiery-red eyes run up to the temples and spread to the sides white sclera not present. Ears small or absent. Two small nostrils. Lipless mouth. Sharp, protruding fangs. Pointy spikes run from the head down the spine these may double as wings. Attached to the spikes are fleshy membranes that vary in color from blue to red or purple. Thin arms with three webbed fingers. Red claws. Muscular but thin hind legs. Three clawed toes. No tail.
There are about 3,000 species of living lizards. Common lizards include iguanas, chameleons, and geckos. Lizards live on every continent except Antarctica. Figure 41-15 shows some examples of lizards. Most lizards prey on insects or on other small animals. A few of the larger species, such as the chuckwalla and desert iguana of the southwestern United States, feed on plants. The Komodo dragon feeds on prey as large as goats and deer. Only two species of lizards are venomous. They are the Gila monster of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico and the related beaded lizard of southern Mexico.
Infraorder Iguania includes Iguanas (Iguan-idae), Agamids (Agamidae), and Chameleons (Chameleonidae). In general, they have robust bodies, short necks, fleshy tongues, well-developed eyelids, distinct heads, and overlapping and noniridescent scales. Many species have well-developed ornamental crests, spines, frills, or colorful throat fans. Some, such as the Water dragon (Physignathus), are bipedal and run rapidly on only two legs. Others, such as the Flying lizards (Draco) of Asia, have ribs modified for arboreal gliding. The first unequivocal iguanian fossil is Pristiguana from South America in the Late Cretaceous, 80 million years ago.
(1) Naturalized population of a nonnative lizard, such as an Iguana (Family Iguanidae), Agama (Family Agamidae), Skink (Family Scincidae), or Chameleon (Family Chamaeleonidae). However, the Welsh climate is not suitable for a sustained population of these tropical lizards.
Scientific name Chamaeleo oldeanii, proposed by Peter Scott. Physical description Chameleon-like. Brown, with small red spots and a horizontal stripe across each flank. Small horn at the tip of its snout. Long tail. Significant sighting On February 25, 1962, Peter Scott and John and Jane Hunter saw a large chameleon in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area near Oldeani Peak, Tanzania. They captured it, and Scott took it back to England, where it lived for eighteen months. Its remains were preserved a short time before they were lost. Herpetologists were unable to identify the animal. (1) The Dwarf Jackson chameleon (Chamaeleo jacksonii merumontana), suggested by Dick Hellenius, though this subspecies is confined to the Mount Meru area 90 miles distant. (2) A juvenile Meller's chameleon (C. melleri). (4) Bradypodion uthmoelleri, a rare chameleon discovered in 1938 and restricted to the Ngorongoro area, proposed by Karl Shuker.
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