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Published by The Natural History Museum

Since visiting Madagascar, I have rather fallen for these extraordinary reptiles. I enjoy most natural history, it has to be admitted, however I find my interest is piqued, particularly if things are a little different. The designs to counter problems are unique, or just a little strange. Chameleons do all of that and more.

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So this was an obvious purchase, when I came across it a few weeks ago and ordered it from work. With Nick Garbutt’s quite extraordinarily good photographs, this slim volume (112 pp) is a jewel of a book.

Image result for chameleons chris mattisonThe Contents is comprehensive: Introduction / Evolution and Classification / Size, Shape, Colour and Markings / Enemies and Defence / Food and Feeding / Reproduction and Development / Chameleons and Humans / Chameleon Genera / Index / Credits & Further Information.

The pictures are stupendous and the information instructive and fascinating. The book retails at £12.99 is a good size – 250 mm x 190 mm with many pictures full page, but all large enough so that the detail can be seen with ease and very, very few (perhaps two) that are spread over two pages. The gutter of the book, therefore, doesn’t detract from the illustrations or text – the margins allow for it to be opened without having to damage the spine. Further, I thought this paperback had been glued together, but on examination find that the book has been sewn. So, a book of quality, about an amazing subject, beautifully illustrated. This is frankly, for those of you interested in chameleons, or have a curious mind and an appreciation of beauty, a must buy.

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