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Moorish Gecko

Moorish Gecko
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-22
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-05-07 5:23
Viewed: 4143
Points: 42
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Moorish Wall Gecko - Tarentola mauritanica

This gecko was captured at Albufera where it came up to warm itself in the sun after a rainy morning. There were four or five of them that had found some large boulders to hide under. They were quite shy and disappeared rapidly at slightest movement. There is a complete view of a young one in the WORKSHOP.

This is a species of gecko native to the Western Mediterranean region of Europe and North Africa and widely introduced to North America and Asia. It is commonly observed on walls in urban environments, mainly in warm coastal areas, though it can spread inland - especially in Spain. A robust species, up to 150 millimetres long, its tubercules are enlarged and give the species a spiny armoured appearance.

Adults can measure up to 15 cm, tail included. Robust body and flat head. Back, legs and tail with prominent conic tubercles. Its regenerated tail is smoother and doesn't have tubercles. Obtuse mouth, big eyes with no eyelids and vertical pupil. Fingers with big lateral growths and adherent division less laminae in the bottom face. Only the third and fourth fingers end in union. Brownish grey or brown coloration with darker or lighter spots. These colours change in intensity according to the light. When they are active by day their colour is darker than during the night. It can be found on many construction sites, ruins, rock fields, tree trunks, etc.

Mainly nocturnal or crepuscular. Also active during the day, on sunny days at the end of the winter especially. They like to receive sunlight near their refuge. They hunt insects and in the warmer months of the year it can be found hunting nocturnal insects near light sources, street lamps, etc. They lay 2 almost-spherical eggs twice a year around April and June. After 4 months, little salamanquesas of less than 5 cm in length are born. Moorish geckos are slow to mature, taking 4 to 5 years in captivity.

This was captured from a distance of 2 metres with the camera handheld. Iut has been cropped and sharpened.

Please note - It's not red nail varnish on its toes - it's small parasitic mites!!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-05-07 6:26]

Hi, dear Ulla.
What a cute creature you have sheared and shown nicely with help of two different lovely pictures. I like POV a lot. Look from behind the rock is very cute as well as amazing diagonal composition. I also like nice presentation of the native scenery. It supplements the image of the animal very well. Brownish colour palette of the image is very pleasant and natural. My compliments and best wishes.

Hello Ulla,
Excellent capture of this gecko, great details sharpness, point of view and compositions are very good, lovely natural colours and a superb depth of field,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

Hello Ulla
Interesting species and beautiful photo with excellent composition and good sharpness.

Wonderful capture with excellent details and very good focus!
(Beautiful Mallorca!!!)

Great point of view nicely presented. Good eye contact. regards yiannis

Ciao Ulla, great capture of wonderful gecko, fantastic details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Ulla,
What a great capture of this Moorish Wall Gecko (looks almost prehistoric hey), fabulous depth of field control,
Nice sharpness throughout and lovely natural colours,
Congratulations Ulla and have a good evening,
Best Regards,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-07 8:48]

Hi Ulla,this is a great capture,i like a lot the composition and the point of view,beautiful work in the perfect light of sun,great details and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

hello Ulla
very nice composition with good details and good sharpness
the colours are very good naturel
have you see the parasits on his feet
thanks greeting lou

nice gecko, by no means easy to get close to those lizards sometimes


Hi Ulla,
excellent depth of field and sharpness. Perfect point of view. Very nice natural colours. Composition - excellent.
Thanks for sharing,

  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-07 11:36]

Hello Ulla,
Your low POV makes this to a wonderful photo. Fantastic diagonal composition. Very beautiful light and colours. Excellent sharp details and DOF. A beauty!
When I made a correction in the text, the points disappear. Sorry.

Ciao Ulla. Very good DOF and excellent details. Great POV.


Hallo Ulla,
a very beautiful picture of this gecko taken from an excellent point of view with fine details and bright colours, nice composition
Best regards

Hello Ulla

Both photos are excellent but i love this one
more for its lizard style dynamic pose,
with beautiful light, great focus sharpness details,



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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-05-08 10:50]

Bonsoir Ulla,
A nice little dragon you have seen on Mallorca. Seems to have the ideal coloration to hide, this specimen doesn't ralise that we can see the little red spots on its feet :-). A creature we don't see often on TN.
Un grand merci

Hola Ulla

Bello Gecko, con esos ojos del color de la piel, pudiendose esconder de los depredadores por su mimetismo. Una fantastica imagen.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-05-09 10:46]
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Hello Ulla
Very good photo of that llizard. Not easily captured with such a camouflage. a good composition using a diagonal line.

PS:Is Albufera in Portugal or in Spain?

Hello Ulla,
I concur with all the lauditory comments above. Personally I would have cropped off some of the OOF foreground and, if necessary for the sake of the frame format, even a bit on the left. However, very good as is. Well done.

hello Ulla
wonderful photo of this nice Wall Gecko in a interesting natural environment, very good light and warm colors, great sharp details superb composition
TFS and have a good night

Hello Ulla, very nice capture of this gecko, good details, light and POV, the other a good image. All the best, Paul

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-05-18 5:00]

Hello Ulla,
very special capture shown in good details and also in good presentation. The diagonal composition gives a graphical style, and its enhances your composition.
Nicely taken in good view.


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