七彩變色龍 (the Panther Chameleon, Furcifer pardalis)
The vivid chameleon called the Panther Chameleon (Furcifer pardalis), they are the chameleons that have the most variety color! The Panther Chameleon distributed over the north-half of Madagascar, a species kind of widespread. Although it's not a strict phenomenon, but there's color-difference between different areas in male Panther Chameleon. For example, Ambanja and Nosy Be are both famous for the blue-form Panther Chameleon. Some good observers can generally recognize where did it come from when he see a male chameleon or even only a picture (only for male ones... Females are all the same orange color everywhere). Let's call the left Panther Chameleon as Jimmy. One day, I sit in the yard of my hotel in Maroantsetra, and I saw a female Panther Chameleon on the branch of a litchi tree. After I took some pictures, a question I was considering... It's breeding season, there should be at least one male around here! So I searched the trees around the hotel, finally I found one male about 20 meters away from the female, it's Jimmy. What a beautiful chameleon, what a wonderful windfall! The panther chameleons are so beautiful but not rare, it's worth to see them!
這隻超鮮豔的變色龍叫作七彩變色龍 (the Panther Chameleon, Furcifer pardalis)，大概是色彩最多樣的變色龍了！七彩變色龍分布在大約北半部的馬達加斯加，算是分布相當廣泛的一個種。雖然不是絕對，在各地區的公七彩變色龍都有不同的特色，像是西北部的Ambanja或者附近的觀光離島Nosy Be就以出產藍色的七彩變色龍為特色 (但不是每隻都那樣，我在Nosy Be就只看到綠色的)。所以除了母七彩 (每個地方的母七彩都長得幾乎相同，都是橘色的) 之外，有下過功夫的觀察者可以"大致上"為各種顏色的公七彩變色龍歸類產地。這隻是我拍過的七彩變色龍中最漂亮的一隻了，取名叫Jimmy好了。在我找到Jimmy之前，我坐在Maroantsetra的旅館前 (就是那個有安東吉利紅蛙Dyscophus antongilii的旅館)，因為沒事所以看著那些荔枝樹發呆。忽然我在樹上發現了一隻母的七彩變色龍，當然也拍了幾張。這時我心想，最近是變色龍的繁殖季，公龍沒道理放這隻母龍孤家寡龍啊？附近一定有公的七彩變色龍！所以我就背著相機找遍了旅館內外、附近的樹，終於在大約20公尺外的一棵樹上發現Jimmy了！真的好漂亮！好美的意外收穫！七彩變色龍是一種非常漂亮但是卻很親民、數量普遍的變色龍，非常值得一看！