Words From the Editor

By Christopher V. Anderson


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

Dear Chameleons! E-Zine Readers,

I’d like to start by thanking you all for your patience while we finished getting this issue ready for release! My apologies for running behind schedule, I hope you find it worth the wait! I’d also like to thank you all for your support and kind words about the last issue. We’re delighted that you enjoyed the last issue so much!

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. Furthermore, we’ve decided to have a photo contest for the chameleon photograph of an issue. Please read the rules and submit your photos to us!

I’m pleased to say that Jason Descamps was willing to provide us all with an article on acclimating new chameleon acquisitions. This is a process that can be very complicated and Jason has provided a run-through on the process.

Our assistant editor, Franco Gagliardi, has provided an article detailing his experiences and preferred method of raising baby chameleons. Franco raises quite a number of beautiful panthers every year and I’m very pleased to see him sharing this with us!

Carl Cattau has returned this issue with a review on a new Chameleon related DVD. We’re pleased to be able to notify the chameleon community about this excellent DVD and I’m sure the readers will enjoy it greatly.

Finally, in addition to taking over the Q&A for Don, I’ve written an article on the mechanism by which chameleons change color. I have always been interested in how chameleons are able to perform some of their unique traits and thought this would be a good addition to the issue.

I’d like to thank all of the authors in this issue! Keep the articles and comments coming! For those of you already looking forward to the next issue, you shouldn’t be disappointed; it too is shaping to be a great issue! Keep on checking back and sign up for our mailing list to be notified of future releases!

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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