Friday, July 27, 2012
1) Mattison, Chris and Nick Garbutt. Chameleons. 2012. Firefly Books. Hardbound: 112 pages. Price: $29.95 U.S.
SUMMARY: With flattened bodies, opposed feet, independently swiveling eyes, a prehensile tail, and the ability to change color, chameleons are both fascinating and charismatic. Chameleons is the first popular authoritative guide to this extraordinary animal group.
This fully illustrated book begins by exploring chameleon evolution and classification, describing how they fit into life's evolutionary tree and revealing their close relations.
Covering all of the 192 species of chameleon, the book reveals:
*Species variation in size, shape, color and markings
*Why chameleons look like they do
*Reproduction and development
*Food and feeding
*Habitat and distribution
*Defense against predators
*Chameleons and humans, mythology, superstition
*Worldwide conservation efforts
*Keeping chameleons as pets, care and breeding in captivity.
Drawing on their vast experience, the authors provide an illuminating insight into the lives of these unusual animals. As the first authoritative guide to chameleons written for the lay reader, this will be a popular choice for dedicated owners of pet chameleons.
RECOMMENDATION: A good general introduction to chameleons.