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  • Writer's pictureMollye Miller

Unusual Pet Project: #7 Cedric the one-eyed Chameleon (and a menagerie of animals)

Updated: Jul 20, 2023

Remember when I said I was going to photograph a one-eyed chameleon named Cedric along with 4 cats, 2 dogs, 4 bunnies, 5 turtles…and 16 snakes? Well I did. And I’m pretty shit at math but that is a LOT of animals, particularly reptiles. 🎰 #jackpot

When I arrived at Brittany’s home, she met me enthusiastically at the door with her little chihuahua Carmelo, giggled in a fabulous way and mentioned she’d left out of a few of her animal babies."I forgot a few!" she said in her clear, funny and jubilant way.

Add a tarantula, a hermit crab, two geckos 🦎, a super rare Egyptian desert lizard and a teeny tiny baby red slider turtle the size of an AirPod case. 🐢

Brittany doesn’t just love animals, she knows a ton about them. Sh could legit teach a master class on reptiles. She gave me a tour of her organized, well-kept and surprisingly good smelling home saving lil Cedric and his chameleon lady friend Clementine for last.

Check out some highlights here and more later on my blog 📷🦎🐍This shoot is definitely one I’ll brag about for years. It was such a thrill to work with these beautiful creatures and to capture their truly individual characteristics on camera.

The chameleon was especially fascinating to photograph with its endlessly cool ability to change colors and patterns.Fun fact: chameleons don’t change color to blend into their surroundings… they change color to show their mood. They’re like little living breathing mood rings.

When they sleep, for instance, they change to a vibrant kelly green leaf color which means they are calm. Because nature is so slay, this means when the little dudes change to that green color, they blend in with her surroundings… no predators hunt them while they are catching little baby lizard zzzzzs.

I'm so excited to share these photos with the world and hope they inspire others to appreciate the beauty and complexity of the animal world. 🌍🐾

Stay tuned here and on my blog (link in bio) for more 🐶 🦢 📷#wildlife #photography #chameleon #snakes #photoessay #naturephotography

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