|Copyright: Neuro Toxin (Neuro_Toxin)
|Date Taken: 2009-06-03|
|Exposure: f/4.3, 1/1000 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2009-06-12 9:43|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Oriental Garden Lizard|
The Oriental Garden Lizard ( Calotes versicolor ) is an agamid lizard found widely distributed in Asia. It has also been introduced in many parts other parts of the world. It is an insectivore and the male gets a bright red throat in the breeding season
leading to a common incorrect name of Bloodsucker.Two small groups of spines, perfectly separated from each other, above each tympanum. Dorsal crest moderately elevated on the neck and anterior part of the trunk, extending on to the root of the tail in large individuals, and gradually disappearing on the middle of the trunk in younger ones. The hind foot (measured from the heel to the extremity of the fourth toe) is not much longer than the head in the adult, whilst it is considerably longer in the young. The
coloration is very variable, sometimes uniform brownish or greyish-olive or yellowish.Black streaks radiate from the eye, and some of them are continued over the throat, running obliquely backwards, belly frequently with greyish longitudinal stripes, one along the median line being the most distinct; young and half-grown specimens have a dark, black-edged band across the inter-orbital region. The ground-colour is generally a light brownish olive, but the lizard can change it to bright red, to black, and to a mixture of
both. This change is sometimes confined to the head, at other times diffused over the whole body and tail.
(From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calotes_versicolor )
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Hello Dear Friend.
This is a very nice picture from the Oriental Garden Lizard. Good composition of the picture, sharpness very good, showing us a lot of details ; colors, saturation, contrast, background : everything sems me to be correct. One only point is that we don't see the lizard totally.
Thank you for that nice picture.
Hope to read from you from time to time on treknature.
All the best.
- [2009-07-27 15:11]
This is a great picture, I like the depth of field with the lizard so sharply in focus and the blurred background. But, tell me, is this scary creature roaming around your garden or is it in captivity? I wouldn't want him to jump off a branch and land on my head if I were out there trying to get his picture. How big is it anyway?