Words From the Editor

By Christopher V. Anderson


Anderson, C.V. (2004). Words from the editor. Chameleons! Online E-Zine, August 2004. (http://www.chameleonnews.com/04AugAndersonWFTE.html)

Dear Chameleons! E-Zine Readers,

I’d like to start by thanking you all for your patience with the release of this issue. I hope you will agree that it was worth the wait! I’d also like to thank you all for the masses of compliments we received over the last issue and the new look. We are all very pleased that you enjoyed the last issue so much and I hope we can live up to it for a long time to come!

I’d like to invite our readers to participate in the E-Zine. As you might know, in the contact section of the navigation bar at the top of the page, you are able to submit questions for our Q&A, present article ideas and give us feedback on the E-Zine. I’d like to invite our readers to contact us with any of the mentioned queries and I’d also like to invite you all to submit one of your own articles for a future issue (email me at chris.anderson@chameleonnews.com). I’d very much like to engage interested parties in such participation and look forward to hearing from you.

For this issue, we asked Mary Lovein to come back and talk to us again about her experiences with C. jacksonii wild in Hawaii. She’s blessed us with an excellent piece on living in their habitat. We received so many Jackson’s questions and comments from the last issue that I thought having her continue to indulge us was only fitting!

We also have the beginning of a series of a couple articles on chameleon lighting by Andy Beveridge. This first part of the series will help clear up a number of basic and technical principles that are vital to chameleon care and health. In the second part, Andy will, among other things, discuss some of the different types of lights available to breeders and hobbyists.

Continuing on a somewhat similar track, I have the fortune of being able to present to you a short interview I conducted with Dr. Gary Ferguson. He was kind enough to answer a few questions I had for him relating to the content of his new book and his research into chameleon nutrition and behavior.

With the amount of questions regarding the use of plants in chameleon cages, our very own Brandy Snow has provided an article with some tips on care of some of the more common chameleon plants.

We have an article that serves as a joining of two previous article themes. Leah Kroo has provided us with an article on caring for exotic mantids with notes on propagation of mantids as feeders as well, thus giving you an insect profile and an “Of Another Color” article of sorts.

Finally, Don was force to take the issue off from his Q&A spot so I tried my hand at the column for him. We’re looking forward to having him back though!

I’d like to thank all of the authors in this issue. They worked very hard and have allowed us to bring you a great issue! Thanks guys!

Enjoy the issue!

Christopher V. Anderson

Chris Anderson is a herpetologist currently working on his Ph.D. at the University of South Florida after receiving his B.S. from Cornell University. He has spent time in the jungles of South East Asia, among other areas, aiding in research for publication. He has previously traveled throughout Madagascar in search of, and conducting personal research on, the chameleons of the region. He has traveled to over 35 countries, including chameleon habitat in 6. Currently, Chris is the Editor and Webmaster of the Chameleons! Online E-Zine and is studying the kinematics and morphological basis of ballistic tongue projection and tongue retraction in chameleons for his dissertation. Chris Can be emailed at Chris.Anderson@chameleonnews.com or cvanders@mail.usf.edu.


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