- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa; 1 edition (September 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1770073752
- ISBN-13: 978-1770073753
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Marius Burger became interested in reptiles and amphibians at a young age. He studied conservation, but made herpetology his profession. His work has allowed him to travel throughout southern and central Africa and Madagascar, where he conducts surveys of reptiles and amphibians, leads tour groups, and participates in TV documentaries.
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I have no special knowledge in this field.
Since retiring , I have rekindled my interest in Wildlife-- mainly of Africa-- although I am now also reading about other regions.
I was very pleased to find this book-- it gives me details on the Chameleons in Southern Africa.
See in expanded Amazon description above.
Each species is discussed, as well as some that are currently unclassified
There are general chapters at the start on::
Distribution and Classification
Evolution and the Fossil record
Ecology and Anatomy
Behaviour and Reproduction
The Amateur Naturalist
This is followed by the various groups of Chameleon.
Drawf Chameleons, Undescribed Drawf Chameleons.
Glossary. ( I found the Glossary very helpful--- as a person who knew next to nothing it gives the language of Chameleon identification and Chameleon life )
Each Chameleon gets::
There are 1 or more photos, especially where there is a difference between males and females. There are occassional close ups.
Most seem to have a number of photos showing the chameleon, there may be photos of the chameleon in display, or a frightened female.
Occassionally a chameleon is shown on a finger / in a hand so you can better judge their size
Distribution maps are shown
Text covers description, colour action, distribution, habitat, sometimes variants are shown, of the juvenile form etc
In the early chapters you see ::
Chameleon fighting, chameleon carefully passing each other of a thin stem-- one on top, the other passing underneath.
Reproduction ( I hope I have my facts right )
Chameleon either lay eggs that the female then digs a hole in the earth to bury. You see a chameleon female with her "nose " dirty from the digging.The young hatch some months later-- depending on temperature etc and have to dig themselves of the place they were buried. They then have to avoid predators and the then find a place to migrate to.
The other way is that the females keep the eggs in their bodies in seperate sacs. Near the time the young are born, the sacs are attached to a leaf say and then the young then break out of the sac. There is a good picture of a mother and the newly born chameleon that broke out of the sacs. They are very small.
The young are on there own from birth-- there is no family support
I have been spending my time learning about the mammals of Africa.
I really enjoyed this book on Chameleon-- I still have a lot to learn.
The text is well written.
The photos are numerous and crystal clear
The distribution maps show that some species are fairly well spread, others are found in very limited areas.
This book is small, but is specialised on the Chameleons of Southern (especially South)Africa. All the knwon species are represented by good quality photographs as well as all the known undescribed species up to date.
A beautiful book for any herp enthousiast with an interest in Chameleons and who want to go further then the general (captive) chameleon books. Also great as fieldguide use, although it may be to specialised for this use and you would like to take a more general reptile guide with you.
Text is short and gives an written description of the animal involved.
All species also have an distribution map on their page.
A must have !