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Copyright: Vivian Droog (viv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-03
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 75-300
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-11 5:34
Viewed: 5814
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Lizard played hide and seek with me on the beach where he or she was hidden in and around a tree.

Thanks for looking.

Out of Wikipedia
Lizards are reptiles of the order Squamata, which they share with the snakes (Ophidians). They are usually four-legged, with external ear openings and movable eyelids. Species range in adult length from a few centimeters (some Caribbean geckos) to nearly three meters (Komodo dragons).

Some lizard species called "glass snakes" or "glass lizards" have no functional legs, though there are some vestigial skeletal leg structures. They are distinguished from true snakes by the presence of eyelids and ears. The tail of glass lizards, like many other lizards, will break off as a defense mechanism, unlike snakes.

Many lizards can change color in response to their environments or in times of stress. The most familiar example is the chameleon, but more subtle color changes occur in other lizard species as well (most notably the anole, also known as the "house chameleon" or "chamele").

Lizards typically feed on insects or rodents. A few species are omnivorous or herbivorous; a familiar example of the latter is the iguana, which is unable to properly digest animal protein. Until very recently, it was thought that only two lizard species were venomous: the Mexican beaded lizard and the closely-related Gila monster, both of which live in northern Mexico and the southwest United States. However recent research at the University of Melbourne, Australia and Pennsylvania State University has revealed that in fact many lizards in the iguanians and monitor (lizard) families have venom-producing glands. None of these poses much danger to humans, as their poison is introduced slowly by chewing, rather than injected as with poisonous snakes. Nine toxins previously thought to only occur in snakes have been discovered, and a number of previously unseen chemicals as well.

These revelations are prompting calls for a complete overhaul of the classification system for lizard species to form a venom clade. "These papers threaten to radically change our concepts of lizard and snake evolution, and particularly of venom evolution," says Harry Greene, a herpetologist at Cornell University in New York.
Most other lizard species are harmless to humans.
Most lizards lay eggs, though a few species are capable of live birth. Many are also capable of regeneration of lost limbs or tails.

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Hi Viv,
it's a bit too much space to the right but it works well here, I like the composition. The colours are very nice and the lizzard are razorsharp except the end of the nose. I like the POV and pose too.
Very well done.

Very cute.. amazingly sharp and excellent DOF
I enjoy looking at this picture very much!

TFS Greetz Kristies

Ciao Vivian,
bel primo piano di iguana, ottimi i dettagli e bella la composizione, mi piace molto!

Franco

Good morning Vivian,
An interesting composition and POV. Great detail and natural color..A variation in title might read "I Got You Babe". Of course, you might have to be in the 50 + age group to get it ;)) Excellent note,
Well done and have a Great Weekend!

Hi Vivian!
Nice catch of this lizard! Nice colours and detail! Well done!

Regards,
João

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-11 9:25]

Original y atrevida composición con una fracción del reptil en escena Vivian.
Me agrada la claridad y nitidez con la que se aprecian sus escamas principalmente sobre el fondo limpio que resalta aun más la belleza del espécimen.
Bonito trabajo.
Saludos... Ricardo

Original and daring composition with a fraction of the reptile in scene Vivian.
I like the clearness and sharpeness with which their are appreciated your squamas mainly on the clean bottom that even stands out plus the beauty of the specimen.
Nice job.
Greetings... Ricardo

Hello Viv, excellent work, great details on the lizard, perfet us of DOF the blured Bg is really nice great work. TFS Kyle

Bonjour Vivian
C'est Une merveilleuse photo prise en portrait avec ce petit lézard.Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.
Bravo et merci...JP

Hi Vivian

Well done on a lovely shot. Complimentary OOF BG to enhance the image. Nicely composed. Lovely saturation of of colours. :-)

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-17 8:06]

Hi Vivian
Great portrait shot of this lizard. Great colours, light, sharpnes, details, BG, DOF and POV.
Well done

osse

salut vivian
un petit peu de bruit sur le BG mais cela n'empeche que ce cliché comporte beaucoup de details et une netteté tres correcte.
laurent

Mooi, met zoveel ruimte voor zijn snuit.

Paul

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-22 7:48]

Hi Vivian.
Superb close-up. Staggering sharpness and colours of the snake. Very expressive blurred and colourful BG. Perfect done and my best regards.
Alexei.

I like it's clarity and focus, the space to the right is a bit too far but looks like it tell some story, presumably the lizard is sneaking something in his/her vicinity. From the appearance I think it should be a member of agamidae family

Hi vivian very nice shot
I like the close view adn the cropp here very mich also the cropp is good
tfs Toba

nice and very original pic, TFS Ori

Great close up, love the detail on the scales. The DOF and POV are excellent

wonderful!!
speacil bokeh and amazing details !
really well done ;)
greetings
Matteo

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