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Sean Zeederberg

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As a young boy growing up on an agricultural farm in Zimbabwe, Sean spent every opportunity entertaining himself outdoors, camping in the local nature reserve and learning about all facets of the natural world. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental ...

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on The Superstitious Chameleon

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Jean Maguire
Explorer

So interesting, thank you

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Thanks Sean, that’s really interesting. It’s always a good sighting to see them in the wild.

Christa Blessing
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks , Sean, for the interesting explanations regarding facts on chameleons and their behavior. Great photos!

Kara Taylor
Digital Tracker

Absolutely brilliant Pictures! I find them endlessly fascinating. And I can’t help now but smile thinking all the times our tracker has pointed one out on a nighttime game drive and I think he is magic every time!

Doug Hammerich
Senior Digital Ranger

Very interesting article on chameleons. Thank you.

Francesca Doria
Senior Digital Ranger

Very interesting stories of legends and chameleons facts! Thank you

Leslie Kaye
Explorer

Reptiles have never been a favorite of mine but this post is very interesting and educational. These Chameleons are a fascinating design of Nature ….almost robotic with their eyes to see back and front ….their gait etc. While I would not welcome any of them in my house or even in my garden, they are just as different and strange as the Preying Mantis that I found in my garden trying to get away from my 3 cats who were attacking it. I went outside and actually gently grabbed that Preying Mantis with bare hands as it looked at me with those eyes ….. oh those eyes…..rotating all around …and saved its life …..so I would do the same for any living thing including the kind of creepy Lizard. Really enjoy your post … each one of you has very special talents. Thank you again.

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

So cool! Fascinating and informative account Sean, and the pictures are stellar!!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Who would have thought the chameleon had so many facets? I’ll never look at one the same as before I was educated.

Ron Platt
Explorer

Hi Sean, Thanks for you comments on an amazing creature. We are of the same country and I recall having a strong feelings towards Chameleons from early childhood. My mother spoke of our fellow country people’s fearful beliefs about them. I could not understand such beliefs. Your article has given me an excuse to share it with a good friend who is a Senior Area Manager with ZimParks and to ask him to tell me of them. Thank you, again.

Ron Platt
Explorer

Hi Sean, I put my question to my friend at ZimParks as to what he can tell me of the beliefs about chameleons were/are and he has replied “What, I was educated about chameleons is that our should not allow a baby to touch a chameleon as it will result in both slowness in body growth as well as a retarded brain. This because a chameleon is very slow.

The other thing was that it gives birth to live young ones and at giving birth it climbs a tall tree and when high up there it releases it self and raptures and the young ones are out and the mother dies.” Have you come across the belief about the result(s) of a baby touching a chameleon? Lastly, have you or any of your colleagues observed the birth process of a female adult chameleon?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Ron,
James here. I have actually watched a Cape Dwarf chameleon give birth. Technically they are ovoviviparous which means the young grow in an egg case inside the female until she is ready to give birth. As far as what we could see during the birthing process, it essentially looked like a live birth, with exact miniature replicas of the adult coming out. Amazing!
Personally I haven’t come across the belief of a baby touching a chameleon but I’ll check with Sean.
Best regards

Ron Platt
Explorer

Hi James and Sean,
James thanks for the report on the birthing process. Did the female Parent survive or die? Do you recall the number of progeny born? How long, on average, do chameleon live in the wild? No comment on that aspect in Wikipedia
Thanks, again.
Ron.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Seam, we always appreciate your scientific explanations of some of the phenomena experienced at Londolozi. This one was particularly interesting!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

They certainly evoke a strong response

Mama Lioness
Digital Ranger

What FUN pictures and unique logging!

Carly M
Explorer

That’s such a great closeup pic of the chameleon! So good, and I had no idea it took 9-12 months for chameleon eggs to hatch! Such cool creatures, love them!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Sean, Your tight shots are fabulous. The colors are just unreal. We don’t even want to ask about what crazy positions you had to get in to create those shots!

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