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Series of 9 photographs taken 21 August 2009, Turkey. Sony Cybershot.
This lizard was lurking behind overgrown bouganvillea that was been hacked. The lizard literally hung around for a few hours – got a bit miffed when I got too close, but stayed long enough to have a reasonable photoshoot.
Possibly a tad over-enthuiastic but lizards generally move fast and previous attempts have resulted in no more than blur. I appreciate nature more now than ever and enjoy animals in their natural habitat.
Courtesy Wikimedia here
The family Chamaeleonidae are a distinctive and highly specialized clade of lizards. They are distinguished by their parrot-like zygodactylous feet, their separately mobile and stereoscopic eyes, their very long, highly modified, and rapidly extrudable tongues, their swaying gait, and the possession by many of a prehensile tail, crests or horns on their distinctively shaped heads, and the ability of some to change color. Uniquely adapted for climbing and visual hunting, the approximately 160 species of chameleon range from Africa, Madagascar, Spain and Portugal, across south Asia, to Sri Lanka, have been introduced to Hawaii and California, and are found in warm habitats that vary from rain forest to desert conditions.