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on 2 February 2008
I got this book for christmas, as i had asked for it. I have a panther chameleon and hadnt seen this book available anywhere else other than on ebay for ridiculus prices.
I've got to say at first i was slightly disapointed, but to be honest i think i had preconceptions that the book was going to be like an owners manual which it definately isn't. Or at least a background of captivity history etc. Yes, there is a few pretty pictures, and discriptions of breeds, and brief husbandry.
But overall its about scientific studies, 16 pages just on literature cited, and 11 pages on particular authors specific literature works.
Not to slate, it would provide an interesting read, but not what i was looking for.
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on 3 July 2015
I was hoping this book would be a serious and thorough account of the natural history of the Panther Chameleon as opposed to the numerous 'pet chameleon' books on the market, which unfortunately, is effectively what it ends up being. It was published in 2004 but the primary author's own data is based on a field trip in 1991. Most of the citations in discussing the natural environment are from other authorities from many years ago. The photographs are not of any particular quality and the various charts/data relating to the various colour morphs are tedious at best. I totally disagree with the the authors views on the impracticability of farming Panther Chameleons for the reptile pet trade within Madagascar, it would seem he is trying to present an argument for captive breeding purely in other countries including of course his own - i appreciate he is an authority on captive breeding this species but that takes me back to my original criticism, Ferguson is most informative in discussing captive husbandry. I really want to see more books such as the excellent Mountain Dragons (Jan Stipala) a brilliant book dealing purely with Chameleons in the wild.
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