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Zigzag gecko

Zigzag gecko
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-04
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Geckos, Australian Reptiles and Frogs [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-18 6:25
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Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Zigzag Velvet Gecko (Oedura rhombifer) is a comparatively common gecko that inhabits the tropical woodlands of northern Australia. It’s a medium sized gecko of around 110mm total length, one of 111 species of gecko found in Australia, all of which are primarily nocturnal. All Australian geckos have unblinking eyes; they are cleaned by using their large tongue. A number of species, such as this one, can run over smooth walls, glass and even ceilings, their specialised adhesive feet have lamellae bristling with microscopic structures called setae. The setae provide an increased surface area of contact, allowing then to grasp minute irregularities in the surface. They do not have suction pads as some texts suggest. Most geckos feed on insects, though some will eat other smaller lizards and geckos and some species eat fruit. All Australian geckos lay 2 eggs. There are 13 species of velvet gecko, with this species being one of two widespread arboreal species.
This specimen was found climbing on the window of our camper at Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park (right image) and after taking a couple of shots I moved it onto a tree (left image) to illustrate just how well the zigzag pattern camouflages the gecko on a natural surface.
Right image cropped and 50% USM applied and burn tool used to slightly darken the left hind leg to remove flash flare; 1/170 sec, f 5.6, built-in flash used.
Left image cropped, rotated to match position of right image and 50% USM applied; 1/60 sec, f5, built-in flash used

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-18 7:07]

Gran presentacion Chris... y además muy instructiva.
Excelente composicion con 2 imágenes de este reptil tan particular.
Muy buena agudeza con el detalle de la sombra sobre la pared... y una demostracion de la capacidad de mimetismo que la naturaleza brinda a muchas especies.

Great presentation Chris ... and in addition very instructive.
Excellent composition with 2 images of this so particular reptile
Very good sharpness with the detail of the shade on wall... and one demonstration of the mimicry capacity that the nature offers many species.

Beauty Chris! You guys are so lucky to have all those amazing reptiles.(Don't know about the climate,though)
My little brother works for Steve Irwin at Oz zoo.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-11-18 13:56]

A very good tandem!
I love these composition. Both are well composed, and even your note is very instructive!
Thanks for sharing.
I'll wait for nexts.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-18 15:12]

HI Chris, good double post. The excellence of the camouflage is evident in shot 1 and in shot 2 we can see all the details of the lizard, great pictures.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-11-18 17:54]

Awesome photos. I don't know how you even saw the one on the left. You're good! :0)

Brilliant Chris. Excellent presentation of this critter. What a beauty! I love this one.

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