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The Indian chameleon

Chamaeleo zeylanicus

Description:

It has a long tongue, feet that are shaped into bifid claspers, a prehensile tail, independent eye movement, and the ability to change skin colour. They move slowly with a bobbing or swaying movement and are usually arboreal.

Habitat:

found in Sri Lanka, India, and other parts of South Asia

Notes:

They can change colour rapidly and the primary purpose of colour change is for communication with other chameleons and for controlling body temperature by changing to dark colours to absorb heat. This one became darker when I went closer.

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2 Comments

VincentVanur
VincentVanur 2 hours ago

Thank you, Ashley T. for the nomination

AshleyT
AshleyT 9 hours ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Kerala, India

Lat: 10.65, Long: 76.54

Spotted on Nov 2, 2017
Submitted on Nov 14, 2017

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