Chameleons in Madagascar

For those of you who love chameleons, like me, these are all the ones we encountered, along with some other reptiles. This is a Parsons chameleon, named after a British doctor.
The Parsons in the Andisibe area where this lady was, . The eggs stay in the ground for around 18 months before hatching, and they will grow up to 70cm in length.
My night photography is limited, but this tiny big nosed chameleon was a real find. It would not even have been a finger joint in length. Little is known about these fellas.
Brown chameleon..maybe female Oustalets? 
Its all about the eyes for me. They operate independently unless aiming at prey, in which case they focus forward in stereo.
Perinet or side striped chameleon like areas close to rivers or water. This one was at Toamasina.
Panther chameleons are zygodactylous: on each foot , the five toes are fused into a group of two and a group of three, giving the foot a tongs-like appearance. These specialized feet allow them a tight grip on narrow branches.
How lucky to get this. check out the tight grip!
Yep..got the grasshopper.
Look Mum! I can stand! Oustalets chameleon.
Mora mora…slowly slowly
You can see how tiny these Brookesia or leaf chameleons are on my hand on the island of Nose Mangebe..
Brookesia are usually found in the leaf litter but you have to have good eyes to find them! Can you see it?
More bad night photography on Mangebe island
Another panther chameleon. This one smaller, about 12cm long.
A leaf tailed gecko on Nose Mangebe. He had just migrated from a darker tree onto the lighter tree making it much easier to see.
They always lie on the tree upside down so the rain does not get in their nose…
This one is the mossy leaf tailed gecko at Toamasina. Can you see it? So well disguised during the day with the lichen look on their skin , they are easier to find at night when they are active.
The green backed mantella frog. Small in size (just over 20mm) but big in voice. They are a climbing frog and lay their eggs individually under leaves so when the tadpole hatches it drops directly into the water.

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