Chameleons

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Chameleons Authors: , Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: The Natural History Museum Pages: 112 Illustrations and other contents: Over 100 colour photographs Language: English ISBN: 9780565092900 Categories: , ,

With flattened bodies, opposed feet, independently swivelling eyes, a prehensile tail, and the ability to change colour, chameleons are both fascinating and charismatic. Chameleons is the first popular guide to this extraordinary animal group. This stunningly illustrated book begins by exploring chameleon evolution and classification, describing how they fit into life’s evolutionary tree and revealing their close relations. It discusses the variations in size, shape, colour and markings among the many different species and explains why chameleons look like they do. There are chapters on reproduction and development, food and feeding, and how chameleons defend themselves against predators. Chapter six examines the relationship between chameleons and humans, from their occurrence in mythology and superstition to worldwide conservation work and details of where to see chameleons in the wild. The final section provides an overview of the ten genera of chameleons, describing their distinguishing features, distribution and natural history. Drawing on their vast experience, the authors provide an illuminating insight into the lives of these unusual animals.

Weight0.3011712 kg

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Author Biography

Chris Mattison is a natural history writer and photographer who specialises in reptiles and amphibians. He has written and illustrated over 20 books, mostly on the natural history of reptiles and amphibians and their responsible care and breeding in captivity. His photography regularly appears in books and magazines throughout the world, and he has been a runner-up in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. Nick Garbutt is an award-winning wildlife photographer, author, lecturer and illustrator. He has written numerous natural history books including the acclaimed Mammals of Madagascar: A Complete Guide. He regularly contributes articles and photographs to a wide range of magazines, such as National Geographic and BBC Wildlife, and has had several winning and commended images in Wildlife Photographer of the Year.