|Flap-necked Chameleon, Namibia. Look at that grip- two toes opposing maximises the hold.|
In Africa the chameleon is killed if found. The very attributes that make this creature unique and fascinating, make it the subject of suspicion and negative folklore: it's an evil creature; it's the subject of myths of evil, spells and witchcraft - or muti. Chameleon can puff themselves up to look larger. They can swivel their eyes to look in different directions at once, and changing colours just gives locals the heebie-jeebies! And that grip is so hard to break, but living in trees and brush being able to grip a twig or branch firmly is a necessity.
Here's a great website about chameleons with a forum thread discussing witchcraft and chameleons.
|Dark coloring to match the background.|
|Picking this guy up, his colour lightens up.|
|And away he goes, perfectly camouflaged.|
This guy made it safely with our help.
Anyone self driving in Africa- keep a sharp look-out out for these.
Want to learn more about rare species? Zip over to Rachel's site rhymemeasmile.blogspot.com and check out all the other posts in this linked event!