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Argentine football fan
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Copyright: Anoop Sukumaran (anoop) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 1 N: 14] (106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-26
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/340 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-03-29 6:13
Viewed: 5244
Points: 7
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is (I was told) a Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor)

These lizards can change their colours, quite rapidly, but not as rapidly as chameleons.
Changeable Lizards are usually a dull brown, grey or olive with speckles or bands, but can can be seen in other colours such as bright green, in this case he decided to take on argentine football colours. These colour changes may reflect their moods.
During the breeding season, the male's head and shoulders turns bright orange to crimson and his throat black. Males also turn red-headed after a successful battle with rivals. Thus their other gruesome name of "Bloodsucker Lizard". But they don't actually suck anybody's blood! Both males and females have a crest from the head to nearly the tail, hence their other common name "Crested Tree Lizard".

Changeable Lizards are related to iguanas (which are found only in the New World). Unlike other lizards, they do not drop their tails (autotomy), and their tails can be very long, stiff and pointy. Like other reptiles, they shed their skins. Like chameleons, Changeable Lizards can move each of their eyes in different directions.

Changeable Lizards eat mainly insects and small vertebrates, including rodents and other lizards. Although they have teeth, these are designed for gripping prey and not tearing it up. So prey is swallowed whole, after it is stunned by shaking it about. Sometimes, young inexperienced Changeable Lizards may choke on prey which are too large. They are commonly found among the undergrowth in open habitats including highly urban areas. The lizards were introduced to Singapore from Malaysia and Thailand in the 1980s.

Breeding: Males become highly territorial during breeding season. They discourage intruding males by brightening their red heads and doing "push-ups". Each tries to attract a female by inflating his throat and drawing attention to his handsomely coloured head. About 10-20 eggs are laid, buried in moist soil. The eggs are long, spinde-shaped and covered with a leathery skin. They hatch in about 6-7 weeks. They are able to breed at about 1 year old.

Role in the habitat: Changeable Lizards control the population of their prey. In turn, they are food for predators higher up in the food chain.

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Interesting capture and well done.
There is slight oof and alot of grain.
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Mike

Nice shot!
Maybe the quality isn't perfect, but I like composition and POV. The colours are very nice as well. I wonder if it can change in Polish red and white national colours? Our team plays tommorow with Northern Ireland in World Cup 2006 qualifications ;-)

Well done and thanks for posting.

  • Great 
  • gren4 (9)
  • [2005-04-01 1:03]

Nice colours and the background works to make this a worthy shot

Great colors - the blue contrasts with the yellow very well. There is a bit of background noise which could be reduced with some software or maybe just slightly blurring parts

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