Chameleon

Contest Info

  • Started: 8/23/2008 17:00
  • Ended: 8/26/2008 18:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 36
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Chameleon
Contest Directions: This Saturday we continue our freaking experiment with provided source images. Photoshop this chameleon image (click to download) any way you wish. Some examples are - dressing up this chameleon, giving it some paint job, putting the chameleon into some new environment, movies, paintings. These are just some ideas.
Many thanks to Pablo Gonzalez Vargas and morgueFile for providing the source photo.

Contest Info

    • Started: 8/23/2008 17:00
    • Ended: 8/26/2008 18:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 36
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
36 pictures
  • Elephant Chameleon Hybrid on a Man's Finger

    Elephant Chameleon Hybrid on a Man's Finger
  • Dragon On the Roof

    Dragon On the Roof
  • Chameleon Vanishing Against the Sky

    Chameleon Vanishing Against the Sky
  • Chameleon Seasons

    Chameleon Seasons
  • Melting Chocolate Chameleon

    Melting Chocolate Chameleon
  • Baby Dragon Sitting on a Finger

    Baby Dragon Sitting on a Finger
  • Dragon Chameleon Blowing Smoke

    Dragon Chameleon Blowing Smoke
  • Chameleon Attacking a Monkey

    Chameleon Attacking a Monkey
  • Chameleon Family

    Chameleon Family
  • Sheep Chameleon Hybrid

    Sheep Chameleon Hybrid
36 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Chameleons (Latin- Chamaeleonidae) are a family of lizards, adapted to tree life and capable of changing their body color. The majority of them possess a body length of 25-35 cm, a big chameleon's body length can reach up to 50-60 cm and the small, 3-5cm. The chameleon's legs are long and uniquely adapted to climbing. The fingers grow in two opposite directions from each other and look like "claws", which can tightly clasp tree branches. A long tenacious tail is also used for climbing. Chameleons have unusual organs for vision. The eyelids of chameleons are joined and constantly cover the eyes, but have an aperture for the pupil. Movements of the left and right eyes can be done without coordination, which plays a significant role while catching the insects. The body color changes due to the redistribution of pigments of the skin under the influence of light, temperature, fear of an animal and mood etc. During hunting, chameleons as a rule, sit on the tree branches for longer periods. The body of the animal thus remains motionless and the eyes constantly move (but sometimes, chameleons slowly creep towards their prey). Insects are caught by the tongue, a dumping process of which lasts about 1/20th of a second. Its eyes rotate on different sides and it has a long tongue and eats exclusively insects. Till today, superstitious aboriginals consider that chameleons are the souls of dead people. Despite their external calmness, the chameleon, as a rule, is always on guard and it is distinguished by almost a timidity and cowardice. Probably, this has affected its most known quality – mimicry, when a small animal rather easily changes the color according to the surrounding background and varying conditions. The chameleon is the pride and a taboo of one of the most amazing places on Earth –the Madagascar Islands. Times existed when terrible rumors circulated in this regard. For example, Frenchmen have sent chameleons to guard their plantations. Unfortunate pilferers and moles waited for death because rantutre's evil spirit stayed in the chameleon and local residents could do nothing to disturb it. When motionless, with the appearance of the sickly little body of the chameleon, its predatory tongue, which shoots out up to 30 cm within 4 hundredths of a second, always hunted the local residents. Islanders considered that some unprecedented trick, almost devil treachery is hidden in this amazing capability. However, it is not considered reprehensible to take an example from the chameleon here. "Be judicious: imitate a chameleon which looks to the front with one eye and back with another". One more moment exists which is related to chameleons. Drinks, capable of arousing love, deep sleep and that make a person helpless are called chameleons in folklore. Sorcerers prepared such medicines in ancient times. To maintain a chameleon in a house it is necessary to create conditions in which it felt comfortable as it did in nature. And first of all, it is necessary to get the terrarium equipped with an ultra-violet lamp and temperature regulator. For different species, similar conditions are required for domestication; however the temperature modes and humidity may differ. In nature, the fodder insects possess all the necessary vitamins. But the insects, grown artificially and which can be procured in pet-shops, often do not possess useful substances in sufficient quantities. Hence, it is very important to provide vitamins to chameleons. For confirmation that your chameleon is getting enough vitamins for a healthy life, it is necessary to add special extra nutrition for reptiles in the food. It can be Wardley, Repti series (ReptiCal and ReptiLife in ratio 2:1), LM (current Wardley). It is convenient to roll-in the insects in the vitamin powder before feeding and then feed the chameleons. Liquid vitamins, for example ReptiSol, are to be given accurately as over dosage is easily possible! Therefore, the beginner terrariumists should simply use dry extra nutrition powders. It is especially important to give calcium in a sufficient quantity to young and newborn chameleons. As a rule, they very quickly attain mature sizes, therefore, during their growth it is necessary to provide calcium otherwise a deficiency can turn into rickets for a reptile. It is very difficult to overdose on calcium during this period, therefore, do not regret giving vitamins to a growing chameleon. Crickets are the main food for chameleons in house conditions. These insects possess the best composition of useful substances, minerals and etc for the chameleon. Usually, chameleons with pleasure feast on flies, locusts, zoo-phobas (huge flour worms), flour worms, grasshoppers, may-bugs and dragonflies. Some kinds of chameleons, such as the Yemen chameleon, get used to food and may boycott the main diet food intake at any moment. Hence, it is necessary to diversify the food and occasionally give a locust or even a newborn mouse to chameleons.