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monitor lizard

monitor lizard
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Copyright: manaswi jain (manaswi27) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 77] (753)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-13
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S9600
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-07 6:42
Viewed: 3799
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Monitor lizards, also known as biawak or goannas, genus Varanus, are members of the family Varanidae. They have a more distinctive upper set of teeth to intimidate their predators when in danger. Varanus is a group of largely carnivorous lizards which includes the largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon, and the crocodile monitor. The closest living relatives are the anguid and helodermatid lizards.

Monitor lizards are usually large reptiles, although some can be as small as 12 centimeters 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 bitatawa, 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.

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Belle capture de se lézard de belle taille. Beau détail de sa langue fourchue. Merci. Rudy

Excellent capture of this very bulky Lizard, Manaswi.
Surrounded by fallen leaves, it looks comfortable in this natural environment.
I can see its tongue extnding out to grab something.
Well done and TFS.

Great photo of this lizard in natural habitat, nice action photo catching the tongue ot! Well done

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-17 3:17]

Hello Manaswi,
such a lively capture of this lizard. The surrounding is so natural with leaves and twigs. In my place this lizard could be seen in the big dran too.


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