True chameleons Chamaeleonidae are uniquely adapted lizards instantly recognizable by their flattened body profiles, zygodactyl feet, independently moving eyes and sometimes remarkable color changing abilities. Recognizing the gender of a given chameleon is not as easy; the different described species exhibit a diverse array of secondary sexual characteristics. Male panther chameleons have paired reproductive structures termed hemipenes.
While the carpet chameleon is not as popular as the more commonly seen panther chameleon, this species is a gem that can bring a lot of color in a small package. These chameleons are very prolific, but it does take some dedication to care for them properly. The carpet chameleon Furcifer lateralis originates from Madagascar, an island located off of the east coast of Africa.
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The following is a brief summary of general chameleon care, husbandry, and medicine. It is not all conclusive, but does provide a framework of necessary information for the chameleon owner. As with any pet, proper husbandry and veterinary care are the most important factors in a long, healthy life.
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We received some excellent responses, including a formal mathematical proof for Problem 1 by Austin Joey Andersonready to be submitted to a professional journal! As strange as it might seem, answering this biology question with a formal proof makes good sense. Here we use an imaginary species of chameleon to consider how something analogous to parity works when there are three categories.
It is important to know the sex of your chameleon, as this will inform the kinds of care you give your pet. Among many species, the female chameleon will eat a more complex diet, and will need care specific to egg-laying. Males of most species are slightly hardier than females, and therefore make a better pet for beginners. All chameleons are solitary and prefer separate cages, but this is especially urgent for male chameleons, who will fight if put in the same cage.
There is a widespread opinion that the chameleon changes its color in order to imitate the environment, as a defense against predators. Those jerks at work, or anywhere, who shift their behavior in accordance to their interests are compared to a chameleon, but this does not happen in the case of the animal. These lizards have evolved their amazing skin-altering abilities not for camouflage, but rather for rapid social communication.
When there is a noticeable physical difference in the appearance of males and females of the same species they are said to be sexually dimorphic. Differences in size, coloration, and the presence or absence of body parts such as horns and tarsal spurs are the more common in the chameleon family. In some species these differences are easily detected at birth. It is more common that physical changes occur during puberty which make the differences more noticeable, and still in many species there are no obvious differences and sexing can only be done by endoscopic examination or surgical sexing.