Photos: 8.19.19

R rescued a veiled chameleon from a road near his house, and because he didn’t know what it was, he took it home to find out more. It didn’t take him long to ID it.

It was molting, which you can clearly see on its legs. I love their eyes. They work independently.

These chameleons have been released into the wild by former owners, and there’s a breeding colony in Lee County. The Florida wildlife people do not like it when non-native species become resident. They’ve requested that people kill the green iguanas that are proliferating in south Florida, and one of these days, they may make the same request about the chameleons. No one I know plans to kill any of these innocent creatures. As climate change drives other creatures north, Florida will have to deal with them, too. Live and let live, damn it.

R released the chameleon two days later. He wasn’t set up to take care of it properly, and his dogs wouldn’t stay away from it.

I’ll wrap up this post with a couple of unrelated photos. First, a Halloween pennant. I liked the backlighting.

And another photo with backlighting: a new tiny plant about to unfurl. Sorry; can’t remember which plant this was on.

See you next time.

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4 Responses to Photos: 8.19.19

  1. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    Wow what a beautiful chameleon I hope they aren’t killed too.

    • Fenraven says:

      I don’t think a lot of “invasive species” killing is going on. Most people don’t mind that they’re here. Florida is full of creatures that came from elsewhere. There’s no way to kill them all, nor should we. It’s not their fault they’re here. There’s a group on FB that helps identify Florida fauna (and they do a terrific job, too!), but every time someone posts a pic of a Cuban frog, someone else says, “Kill it.” It’s starting to piss me off. They just want to live, same as the rest of us. LET ‘EM.

  2. Lindsaysf says:

    Gorgeous!

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