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Shared Moment: Cool Customer

A chameleon takes a refreshing backyard dip.

  • Photograph by Dennis Quinn
  • PhotoZone
  • Apr 01, 2020

DIVING FOR A DRINK during a drought, a Cape dwarf chameleon gulps from a backyard birdbath in Cape Town, South Africa. “It’s rare to see them submerge their heads,” says herpetologist Dennis Quinn, who caught this moment in his mother-in-law’s garden. Home to some 30 chameleons and many other animals, the garden is packed with native flowers, shrubs, trees and water features that benefit wildlife. “Everything is arranged to provide optimal thermoregulation and foraging,” says Quinn, whose delightful image was grand prize runner-up in NWF’s 2019 Garden for Wildlife™ photo contest.


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