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Copyright: Achim Fried (John_F_Kennedy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 271 W: 0 N: 286] (3684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-28
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 lll USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-03 3:35
Viewed: 5144
Points: 12
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Waran at the Chobe NP

Monitor lizards or biawak are members of the family Varanidae, a group of carnivorous lizards which includes the heaviest living lizard, the Komodo dragon, with the crocodile monitor being the longest in the world. Varanidae is monotypic, containing only the genus Varanus. Their closest living relatives are the anguid and helodermatid lizards.

Monitor lizards are generally large reptiles, although some can be as small as 12 centimetres in length. They have long necks, powerful tails and claws, and well-developed limbs. Most species are terrestrial, but arboreal and semi-aquatic monitors are also known. Almost all monitor lizards are carnivorous, although Varanus prasinus and Varanus olivaceus are also known to eat fruit. They are oviparous, laying from 7 to 37 eggs, which they often cover with soil or protect in a hollow tree stump. (Wikipedia)

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Hello Achim! Wonderful waran, amazing shot. Ideal light and colours. Good contrast and sharp. Well done!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-04-03 10:36]

Hi Achim,

A great shot of this well camouflaged Monitor Lizard. I'm amazed that you were able to spot him. Beautiful colors and good details of his face and skin. I love the way the hind legs are spread. Well seen and well done.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-03 11:48]

Hi Achim,this is new for me! I rember a Waran seeing in Sri Lanka,but was very very big...this is little and so cute,very nice,excellent sharpness and colors,have a nice weekend,Luciano

Hi Achim, a fine capture of a real beauty, a molitor lizard juvenile on the bark of an old tree trunk from nice POV with fine composition and neat details.
TFS and have a nice WE!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-04-04 4:33]
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Lieber Achim,
Unter Waran stelle ich mir immer eine Riesenechse vor, sympathischer allerdings ist mir diese kleine lustige, sich an einem Baumstamm klammernde Kreatur. Feines Bild, ganz in Brauntönen gehalten.
Bist wieder zurück, hoffe, dass Du eine schöne Reise hattest.
Herzlich grüsst

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-06 20:34]

Hi achin,
thanks for the critique. This shot is such a beauty. It is so naturall and the camouflaged is excelent. you have depicted is wonderfully . In scrutining the reptiles, the beauty is well seen in details.
Lovely composition.


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