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Life In Cold Blood

Life In Cold Blood
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Copyright: Subhayan Mandal (shabsslg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 107 W: 0 N: 127] (913)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-14
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2, Carl-Zeiss Vario-Tesser 12X Optical Zoom
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Monitors, monsters, & dragons 1, Bandhavgarh [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-04 21:43
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Points: 11
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Just a few days back I watched in my sheer amazement the BBC tv series by Sir David Attenborough with the same name as in the title of the photograph. I shall dedicate this photograph to my frieand & the local reptile expert here namely, Victor Mukherjee .

For the record - This is a monitor lizard

Monitor lizards belong to the family Varanidae. All monitors are tropical reptiles. They are active lizards, which may be very hostile, lashing out with their tails upon the slightest provocation. Even a small monitor can produce a stinging lash with its tail. Due to illegal poaching monitor lizards have declined in population through out India. Monitor Lizards are an endangered species today and is listed in Schedule I of Indian Wildlife Act.
Monitor lizards have a long and flattened body (can be upto 1.5 meter long), long tail (1 m), long neck and extermely elongated, slender, forked tongue, similar to that of snakes. The family is of ancient origin (50 million year old). Many species hold their heads erect on their long necks, which gives them the appearance of being alert. They intimidate predators by lashing out with their tails, inflating their throats, hissing loudly, turning sideways, and compressing their bodies. They are mostly terrestrial, but many are agile climbers and good swimmers. Their number is on the decline in the campus mostly due to illegal poaching. People who used to see them earlier report thay have not been seen in the recent years in the campus.

"Excerpts from IIT madras campus wild life."

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-07-04 22:38]

Hello Subhayan !
I love reptiles, but this one I didn't know - thanks for shwing the picture, and for your very informative note. The details on the picture are excellent, as well as the composition and the POV, and I like the natural colors. We can see how well the Monitor Lizard is camouglaged - must have been quite dificult to see him. Very well done !

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-07-04 22:59]

Hi Subhayan,
It' a beautiful lizard. TFS

Hola Subhayan,
Fantástica captura, magnífica composición con excelente nitidez, tiene que impresionar estar frente a este reptil. Saludos
José Ramón

Beautiful shot of a Monitor lizard

Thank you very much for dedicating this to me. It was a great pleasure to read your note.

Great shot. Good composition and sharply focussed. The tail looks really powerfull.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-07-10 2:59]

Hi Subhayan,
It must have been quite an experience to see this one.Happened to see in ET a photograph of a monitor lizard caught in Ranchi recently.

Good details and fine capture of the texture of the lizard.You shot this one most likely under cloudy conditions.And that has had a slight negative impact on the subject's capture.However, the lizard looks wonderful in its pose. It merges excellently well with the environment too.

Well done.
TFS & Cheers

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