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November 2, 2015

One Eye on the Future

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Julie Larsen Maher Julie Larsen Maher

Hiking along a cool and misty trail through northern Madagascar’s Amber Mountain, I have the feeling I am being watched.

I look up to see a blue-nosed chameleon (Calumma boettgeri) balanced on a branch above my head with a single eye aimed in my direction. I am thinking of a Malagasy proverb that goes “Like the chameleon, with one eye on the future, the other on the past.”

Chameleons are not short-sighted. They have monocular focusing – their eyes move independently from each other. These arboreal reptiles may have developed this special adaptation to aid in catching prey while keeping an eye out for predators.

Blue-nosed chameleons are on the IUCN Red List as a species of least concern, but they are losing ground as their forest homes are destroyed for agriculture expansion and the harvesting of precious hardwoods like rosewood and ebony.

Nikon D2x, Vanguard Monopod

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Elizabeth Snyder~Baldonado
November 3, 2015 at 3:06 pm

I LOVE this picture!!!
These dear little critters ALWAYS make me think of
the late, GREAT actor, Marty
Feldman—& when I see him,
I see THEM!!! :-D
May God bless & protect them,
& those who are working tirelessly to make a better world for them, & for ALL of us.

Julie Larsen Maher
November 5, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Hi Elizabeth

Chameleons certainly have memorable characteristics. Thanks for sharing your kind words and thoughts. Have you seen chameleons in the wild?