A photographic guide to the Chameleon of South Africa.

Discussion in 'Field Observations' started by melanocephalum, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. melanocephalum

    melanocephalum Avid Member

    Finally after tens of thousands of kilometres trekking across Southern Africa, more than 5 years, hours of research, countless emails, terrible weather (one snowed in weekend), endless battery charges and 100's of failed photographs.

    I've finally tracked down and photographed all of the formally described species of chameleons in Southern Africa. The entire story is now live and you can read it below!

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    Please read the adventure here and species-specific story:
    http://www.tyroneping.co.za/chameleons-of-south-africa/
     
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  2. Motherlode Chameleon

    Motherlode Chameleon Chameleon Enthusiast

    Tyrone

    Thanks for posting. Are you Okay if I print a copy for my literature collection? Or where and when can I buy a copy?

    Best Regards
    Jeremy A. Rich
     
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  3. ColorificChameleons

    ColorificChameleons Established Member

    So incredible! Thank you for sharing. It's really fascinating.
     
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  4. CamrynTheCham22

    CamrynTheCham22 Avid Member

    Amazing! All that work, finally completed. Very inspiring
     
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  5. melanocephalum

    melanocephalum Avid Member


    Thanks Jeremy, you're most welcome. At this point, there's not more I am looking to do on the project - just yet!
     
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  6. melanocephalum

    melanocephalum Avid Member

    Thank you much appreciated!
     
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  7. melanocephalum

    melanocephalum Avid Member

    Thanks! Wasn't easy at times but really rewarding!
     
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  8. Brad

    Brad Administrator
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    Thank you so much for sharing. I enjoyed reading about how you found and photographed each species, and some of the stories were quite humorous. Of course the photos are fantastic. I think something like that would make a great coffee table book.
     
  9. kinyonga

    kinyonga Chameleon Enthusiast

    @melanocephalum ... So glad you posted this! I still need to go back and look at it all again! The photographs are great and the stories interesting!
    So Lynn Raw is still around studying chameleons?? I haven't talked to him for a few years now...we used to talk quite a frequently...life gets busy!
    Going back now to look at it again!! Thanks again!
     
  10. Dave Bolamperti

    Dave Bolamperti Avid Member

    Amazing work you have done!! Thank you so much for sharing your story. Bradypodion are my favorite species!!
    I need to read this a few more times just to help it all sink in
    You are the best !
    Good luck in all your work
    Dave
     
  11. CamrynTheCham22

    CamrynTheCham22 Avid Member

    The Bradypodion Thambobates looks so cool with those interesting spikes down his lower jaw/neck! Must be so impressive to experience in real life! :love:
     
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  12. melanocephalum

    melanocephalum Avid Member


    Thank you for taking the time to read and comment - I appreciate it.
    People have been asking about it - of course, most of the stories are far condensed simply for the purposes of people actually finishing it. Perhaps I will work on an extension and of course include more photos for a small print booklet.
     
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  13. melanocephalum

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    Thank you - it's sure taken a long time. Lynn is around yes he is currently based in Denmark still busy with his publications, of course, I doubt he will ever stop!

    Appreciate your comments.
     
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  14. melanocephalum

    melanocephalum Avid Member


    Thanks Dave, thamnobates are a very special species to me indeed so variable too. Glad you enjoyed it.
     
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  15. melanocephalum

    melanocephalum Avid Member

    They sure are, an unimpressed thamnobates sure looks menacing too. It was actually displaying to it's own reflection in my camera's filter.
     
  16. Motherlode Chameleon

    Motherlode Chameleon Chameleon Enthusiast

    Tyrone

    Thanks! This is good to have a paper copy on hand. However when you publish:) and make a book about your expeditions and documentations. Post where we can buy a copy. I would prefer a published copy. LOL.

    Best Regards
    Jeremy A. Rich
     
  17. Chris Anderson

    Chris Anderson Dr. House of Chameleons
    Staff Member

    Huge accomplishment and great page you put together. Very envious that you were able to track them all down!

    Chris
     
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  18. melanocephalum

    melanocephalum Avid Member

    Thanks Chris - your insights and advice were greatly appreciated over the last few years. Certainly helped me track down a few of these species.
     
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  19. Decadancin

    Decadancin Moderatoris Americanus
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    Absolutely love this Tyrone! Thanks for sharing your adventures and making most of us jealous :). Most of us will never see these creatures in their habitat and you have helped us understand a bit more how they live.
     
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  20. melanocephalum

    melanocephalum Avid Member

    Thank you - glad you enjoyed the read!
     
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